Do: Prune your trees
Trees do need some pruning every once in awhile, but when and how often is always a hot debate. One thing that is certain, is fall is a very bad time to prune. It stimulates growth right before the winter hits. It is also a time where fungi and diseases can spread.
Don’t: Prune your trees too often
You should never prune your trees every season of the year. Early spring is the ideal time to do the majority of your pruning. This way, you are stimulating growth at an optimal time. Always avoid big pruning cuts. This can potentially be too big of an injury for your tree which can leave them vulnerable.
Do: Look for pests and tree diseases
The more you know about your trees, the better! Keep an eye out for any pests. See if there have been any outbreaks in your area. Know the signs of a sick tree. This can save you some money and, more importantly, your tree’s life.
Don’t: Do any cleanup after storm damage
First, make sure the scene is safe. Then, you should contact your insurance agency and take pictures of fallen trees and damage. Going outside and trying to clean up the mess could ruin your insurance claim.
Do: Make sure your tree isn’t getting too close to power lines
Having a tree close to a power line is a hazard. If a nasty storm hits, you could easily lose power. It’s better safe than sorry. Trim or remove the tree if it is getting close to the power lines. If it is by the street power lines, contact your city. They may indeed trim it away from the power lines free of charge.
Don’t: Plant trees too close to each other
A tree’s root system is huge. Placing a tree next to something solid or another tree could disrupt healthy root growth. Without healthy root growth, trees can easily topple over. Moreover, without healthy root growth, trees might not reach their full potential. A rule of thumb, the roots could be two to four times the diameter of the crown.
Do: Water Your Trees
Just like your lawn needs water, trees need some water too after a couple of hot summer days. Water all around the base of your tree.
Don’t: Overwater your trees
At the same time, you don’t want to overwater them either. This can put the tree in danger of root rot or pest invasion.
Do: Use mulch around trees
Mulch can be your tree’s friend if used properly. A layer of mulch can keep the soil moist around the tree’s roots.
Don’t: Use too much mulch
Though this sounds like a tongue twister, it is a common tree care problem. If you add too thick of a mulch layer, you create a breeding ground for pests and rot root (sort of like the over watering issue mentioned above).
Don’t: Try to remove a large tree by yourself
Large trees are a danger to you and your property. Let a certified arborist take care of this task. Thousands of people are hurt each year by chainsaw accidents, fallen trees, and fallen electricity lines.
Do: Call a tree service for help
This isn’t meant to sounds like a pitch. Tree services exist for a reason! If you have a large tree that needs to be removed or a tree that looks sick, give a tree company a call. They will often come out to your home and offer advice and a free bid. Tree service companies can offer you better advice that a Google search.
Do: Buy trees that are native to your area
No one would plant a palm tree in their yard in Minnesota, would they? If they did, it most likely wouldn’t live long. Choosing a beautiful tree that is native to the area is best for your tree and your wallet. Minnesota has 52 native tree species to choose from. Click here for the entire list.