It’s Arbor Day! It’s that special time of the year when we thank trees for all they do for us. They shade our homes creating wind breaks and shade our homes reducing energy costs. They provide oxygen. They create homes for birds, animals, insects and more. They reduce runoff. I could go on and on.
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Often you hear “Plant A Tree!” for Arbor Day, but this year I am suggesting you do something a little different. CARE for your trees. The secret to tree longevity is proper care and monitoring for insect issues, pruning and caring for their root system. So what steps can you take to make sure your trees stay healthy and happy for years to come A few simple tasks.
First take a good look at the trees on your property. Do they look healthy? Are they budding and leafing out properly? Is the canopy full? If not perhaps the buds were hit in a late spring frost. Perhaps it is something larger than that. If it looks sick have a professional Arborist look at it. Weak trees are more likely to fall on your property creating an issue.
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Maybe you have an insect issue. So you notice sawdust at the base of the tree? Are ants or bees common to see around the base of your tree? Are the leaves full of holes? Do the needles have white or black on them? There are many easy treatments for insects, and if caught soon enough could reduce the impact to the tree long term. If the problem is small a localized treatment may be all you need. If the tree is large, or the pest is numerous, an injection may be what you need.
Lastly, look at the overall shape of the tree and it’s branches. Are there any branches that are broken? Hanging? Crossing over each other and rubbing? Proper pruning will eliminate these issues and open the canopy to make the tree healthier over all. A few proactive cuts, at the proper time of the year, can improve the shape and health of the tree.
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So this Arbor Day take a little time to look over your trees to make sure they are healthy. Many issues if caught soon can be corrected. If you have questions about what you see contact a local arborist . They will set up a consultation for you to discuss your trees and their projected long term health issues.