There is a common misconception that when it comes to garden care, the trees within your garden do not require as much care as any of the other living things in there. However, the fact is that is not the case, your garden’s trees require just as much care as anything else in your garden, and it is important to realise that.
If you are lucky enough to have a garden that is full of trees, or you plan on planting plenty of trees in your garden, then it is crucial that you have a solid understanding of how to take care of your trees, just like you take care of the rest of your garden. With that in mind, below are some tree care tips and pieces of advice to take note of and implement when it comes to your garden care.
Mulch is crucial
For new trees, mulch is vital. If you plan on planting some new trees in your garden, always remember to mulch them. Mulch is crucial because it insulates the soil, which creates a buffer between hot and cold temperatures and prevents the tree from freezing. It also retains water, which helps to ensure that the roots stay moist at all times. Then there is the fact that mulch is a great deterrent for weeds and helps to keep them out, giving the new tree a higher chance of growth success.
Know when to prune
When you should prune your trees depends on what type of pruning you are doing. If it’s light pruning, then this can be done at any time. However, for trees that bloom, for instance, you need to be selective about when you prune them – the best time to do so is once their bloom has faded. As for pruning other tree types, usually, the best time to do this is when they are dormant, such as in winter. If you notice anything unusual about your tree that could suggest it has become diseased, you may want to contact a specialist tree service. Trees can get sick just like we can, which is why knowing how to spot the warning signs is so important.
Water your trees
Did you know that just like plants, trees need watering too? Of course, the amount of water that your tree will need will differ depending on how old it is and how long it has been planted. Immediately after planting a tree, it is crucial that you water it. For the first two years of a trees life, deep root watering is key, because by keeping the roots damp, you help to ensure that the tree grows as healthily as possible. Once your tree has been planted for around two years, it won’t need watering as much as its roots will have formed their own structure and will mainly source their own water from the ground.
There you have it, everything that you should know about taking care of your garden’s trees and ensuring that they remain healthy and happy.