Trees tend to live for a very long time, especially in natural, wooded environments, like forests. Even in urban areas though, trees often live longer than the people who planted them stay in the home. When they are well cared for, trees can often outlast the human life span by many years. This means that when you move into a home, the odds are good that you may have mature trees on the property that you need to care for. Here are some extraordinary tips on doing only that.
Remember to Water
When your area is in a dry spell, it is important to remember to water your trees. Many people spend time every day watering the grass but assume that since trees grow fine in the forest without human intervention, they will also be fine in your yard. Trees in a forest, however, have an extensive root system of many trees to hold moisture in the ground, and your lone tree doesn’t. Generally speaking, any week that it doesn’t rain more than 1.5 inches, you should water your tree thoroughly once.
Mulch is another tool for making sure that your tree doesn’t get too thirsty, but be careful not to overdo it. The purpose of mulch is to help the soil retain moisture by keeping it from evaporating in the heat. More is not always better here, however. Piling too much mulch up around the trunk of the tree can cause it to rot. If you are going to mulch, simply make a layer of 2-3 inches of mulch around the whole tree.
Be On The Lookout for Warning Signs
It is important to monitor your trees to make sure that they stay healthy. If you spot warning signs of issues early, it is much easy to call in the professionals right then and save the tree than it would be later down the road. Look for signs of withering, spotting, or blotchiness on leaves or blossoms, and take notice if leaves or blossoms come out or die off earlier or later than usual. Pay attention to the bark on the tree as well. Look of unusual bumps, cracks, holes, or peeling, as well as any ivy or fungus that is growing on it. Finally, if a storm rolls through, make sure to examine the tree for signs of damage.