With climate change problems and unprecedented air pollution levels, it’s become apparent how important it is to save trees. They’re essential for the environment and can bring quite a few benefits to you and your family. So you have plenty of reasons to plant a tree in your yard.
While hiring tree care professionals is often in your best interest, if you want to keep your yard looking nice and healthy, there are a few simple things you can do yourself to take care of your trees. But you’ll need the right tools for that.
So, let’s check out some of the essential tools you’ll need if you intend to grow trees in your yard.
Spades are the essential digging tool you’ll want to have in the shed. Although they tend to be more expensive than your average gardening equipment, it’s just a one-time investment. They’re reliable, made of high-quality materials, and will last for years to come.
You’ll need a spade when you’re planting your tree. You’ll want to dig a hole big enough for the tree and then break the surrounding ground up a bit. That will allow the roots to develop properly, as they won’t have to push through the hard ground as they grow.
If the soil in your garden is too hard or compacted, you’ll need a mattock or pick. It’s a small tool reminiscent of a pickaxe, and it’s perfect for breaking up the soil.
Use it to soften and aerate the ground before you plant your tree.
3. Durable Gardening Gloves
Around 300,000 people experience a serious gardening injury each year. To prevent this from happening to you, you should invest in adequate protective gear. Primarily, that includes durable gardening gloves.
Your tree will require some care as it matures, so you’ll frequently be fiddling around with it. Weeding, pruning, removing damaged branches, and more. Make sure your hands are protected by getting high-quality gloves.
And ensure they’re the right size for you. Gloves too big or too small can actually be quite dangerous. You won’t be able to hold the gardening tools properly, and you’ll risk injury.
4. Pruning Shears
Pruning shears can be a handy tool when your tree is still young. You can use them to remove any smaller branches with ease.
There are several different types of pruning shears, two of the most popular being anvil and bypass pruners. Anvil pruners have a sharp blade that presses against a flat surface – think of it like a knife pressing down on a cutting board. Bypass pruners are more like scissors, with the blades running past each other.
Anvil pruners for trees are good for cutting off dead branches, but should never be used on greenwood. Bypass pruners are designed for live plants, so use them if you’re removing live branches.
Regardless of the type of pruners, you’re using, remember to keep the blades sharp. Dull blades pose more danger to you and your plants than sharp ones.
Loppers are essentially longer pruners. They’re used for the same tasks, and the only difference is the handle size. Loppers can have handles between 15” and 32” long.
You’ll use loppers when your tree grows a little too large for your small handheld pruners and when you need to prune hard-to-reach areas.
6. Pruning Saw
If you want to cut off branches that are more than an inch and a half in diameter, it’s best to use a pruning saw instead of a pruner. You have a variety of different pruning saws at your disposal, but just make sure you get a high-quality one.
A rake is an absolute necessity, even if you don’t have a tree in your garden. It’s an excellent tool for tampering the soil and removing debris. You should use the rake to clear up the area around your tree so that the roots can get the much-needed air and water without a problem.
Every garden needs a wheelbarrow. It’s a staple in every shed, and for a good reason. A wheelbarrow allows you to move things around easily. Compost, mulch for your tree, soil, even if you need to move a hundred pounds, you’ll be able to do so with ease.
9. A Sturdy Ladder
The ladder will become an essential tool in your garden once your tree develops. Even the longest loppers won’t be long enough to prune the branches of a tall tree. So, invest in a sturdy ladder to make things easier for yourself.
And always use common sense when you’re on the ladder. Don’t lean the ladder against a dead branch, or climb it with equipment that’s too heavy for you to hold. Go up and down slowly and carefully.
10. A Garden Hose
Your young tree will need plenty of water in its first year of life. You’ll need to use 10 to 15 gallons of water on a weekly basis to keep it happy and healthy. Naturally, using a garden hose is the easiest way to water the tree.
Young trees are pretty sensitive, and you’ll want to be gentle with them. Don’t just drop 15 gallons of water over them and call it a day. If possible, use a garden hose with an adjustable nozzle. It will mimic rainfall and be much gentler towards the tree.
Let the Experts Help You Along
While you can do minor pruning and watering by yourself, it’s always best to call in the experts if your tree needs additional care. If you notice large dead branches or think that your tree has a disease, give us a call. We provide professional tree care services and will ensure that your trees are healthy and strong.