Tree Care

Tree Care from Start to Finish: A Guide

Although everyone knows that trees are great for the environment, most people don’t seem to know just how beneficial trees can be and how important tree care is.

Planting a tree in your yard can have a positive effect on the following:

  • Quality of air near you
  • Health of your family
  • Memory of children
  • Look of your property
  • Price of real estate

Planting a single tree can give your property a 10% price boost, reduce the noise pollution in your street, and even give your neighbors some extra shade. Today, we’re going to see what you need to plant a tree, discuss how to plant it, and see how much care it requires.

How to Pick Your Tree

Have you ever wondered how much thought people put in selecting a tree to plant? You just can’t pick a random seedling, not look at its kind, and plant it in a random spot, hoping it would grow properly. That’s impossible if you want the process to go smoothly.

Here are a couple of things you should consider when picking a tree.

1. The Young vs. Mature Argument

The first question you need to answer is whether to go with a mature tree or a young one? Both can work. You should go for a mature one if you want your yard to get a fresh look and reap the benefits of a planted tree instantly. Growing a young tree requires some patience after all.

When picking a mature three, you need to make sure that the tree is a strong, mature leader, that its branches and trunk are free of any insects, and that branches are properly distributed. Our recommendation would be to go with a young tree since you’ll have more control over it.

2. The Right Kind of Tree for You

There are many different kinds of trees. You should take into consideration the following:

  • The height of the tree when it matures
  • How wide it will be when it fully grows
  • Will it lose its leaves in the winter or not
  • How much shade will it provide
  • How much sun, water, and soil it needs

These are all things you need to consider when picking a tree. Also, make sure to find out if the tree you want to plant even grows in your area.

3. The Proper Yard Spot to Plant It

Once you’ve found a tree that will grow in your area, you’ll need to plant it. That means you need to find the right spot for it. For example, you need to make sure that the tree doesn’t interfere with any wires or utility lines nearby.

Moreover, you should talk to your neighbors and see if they have any problems with the potential tree. Some people don’t want extra shade. Make sure to plant it in a place where it won’t obstruct sunlight during the winter as well.

How to Plant a Tree

Once you found the right kind of tree and the proper spot in your yard for it, you need to actually plant it. Again, you can’t just dig a hole, put it in there, and expect it to grow tall. You need to put some thought and effort into it and figure out how to keep it alive, once it’s planted.

Calling a tree service to help you is a solution to this, but if you want to do it yourself, here’s how to do tree care:  

1. Tree Watering

Depending on the kind of tree you picked, you’ll probably need to water it on regularly. This is especially important if you live in a dry area. Some parts of the world don’t see rain for months, which can be potentially dangerous for your tree, while it’s still growing.

A mature tree needs only around an inch of water per week. On the other hand, a new tree may require anywhere from 5 to 10 gallons of water every week. It can also need that amount of water for the first few growing seasons. Just make sure not to overdo it, because too much water can be harmful too.

2. Tree Mulching

Mulching is there to insulate the roots of your tree, protect it from being cut by the lawnmower, and prevent dry soil from forming around the base. Simply put, mulching is very important, even though it can be a pain in the neck.

How much mulching is needed? In order to reap the benefits of it, you need to remove the grass around the base of your tree and spread around 4 inches of mulch around it. Just make sure you’ve not covered the trunk base because it could end up harming the tree.

3. Tree Pruning

Whether your tree is healthy or not, some branches will have deadwood on it. That will prevent your tree from growing properly, plus it will ruin its shape. Basically, leaving deadwood on your tree can ruin it both aesthetically and health-wise.

That’s why you need to prune and trim your tree’s structure, to make sure it grows properly. It would be a good idea to do major pruning during the winter when the tree is dormant. That way, you’ll be able to focus on aesthetic improvements during the summer, while the tree is full of leaves.

How to Cure a Tree Disease

No matter how well everything goes, there’s a chance your tree will get a disease at some point. There are more than 30 different potential diseases your tree can become infected with. You should look for help from a professional in tree care if and when that happens.

Call a tree service in your area to look for help. A professional will know how to identify the disease and provide the right treatment. You should also try prevent this from happening. A smart idea would be to schedule regular checkups every 3 to 6 months.

That way, you’ll have a healthy tree in your yard and you’ll be able to enjoy all of its benefits.

We hope that you found our article interesting and informative. Have you ever planted a tree? Is taking care of it harder than you expected? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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