What do Trees Need to be Healthy

There are types of trees that can thrive over time. These trees are typically the ones that received the proper care from their owners during their younger years. Unfortunately, some trees die prematurely or don’t reach their maximum capacity because they were not given the right care they deserve. These trees get infected by diseases and pests that result in their decline.

After your tree has been plagued with a disease, is there a chance for it to be healthy again? How can you help your tree maintain its health for the years to come? Keep reading and learn the answers to these crucial questions. 

Tree Maintenance Tips for Healthier Tree

  • Plant the right tree in a suitable location. You shouldn’t plant just any tree. Make sure the tree is desirable and can overcome the weather and soil conditions in your neighborhood. Look for a site where it can get ample sunlight and enough space to allow it to grow to its maximum height. Don’t dig too close to your house and other fixed structures such as power lines. 
  • Water properly. Trees need water to survive. Be sure to water your plant if it hasn’t rained for weeks to ensure it gets the right amount of water to thrive. Younger trees require up to 10 gallons of water every week, especially in the first growing season.
  • Mulch. Mulching is a useful maintenance tool. Mulch keeps the roots insulated in the war and cold weather. It also maintains the moisture in the ground and protects the roots from damage that lawnmower can cause. Mulch also prevents soil erosion around the tree. Spread up to 4 inches of around the base of the tree without covering it completely.
  • Fertilize. Forest trees don’t need to be fertilized because they feed on the plant materials around them. However, this is not the case for landscape trees. We need to remove fallen leaves and grass around the tree and feed them with it with fertilizer for better health. You should fertilize your tree regularly with a slow-release fertilizer. It is recommended to test your soil regularly, to find out whether there are nutrients that your tree is missing on.
  • Prune. One of the best ways to help improve your tree’s health is by proper pruning. It removes the deadwood and dying branches, as well as the damaged limbs that can cause the decline of your tree’s health. Prune the tree when it is dormant, especially when it has lost its leaves. You can get rid of the dead and damaged branches regardless of the season.

Schedule a consultation. Your tree deserves care as much as you do. Set an appointment with a certified arborist to have an accurate diagnosis of your tree’s condition. A certified arborist can identify signs that your tree is diseased or infested by pests and provide you with an expert opinion on how to treat the tree. You may be able to see apparent signs of decline such as discoloration, cankers, and loss of leaves, but a certified arborist can do much more. It is always best to ask assistance to ensure your tree’s welfare.  Call Brees Tree Service Lafayette at 765-588-4010 for more information about tree care.