Caring for the Trees in Your Property

Fall and winter are definitely the best seasons to plant trees because they do not experience transplant shock like the summer planted trees do. As a matter of fact, the trees require this opportunity to grow and develop roots prior to being subjected to the extreme heat and dryness of the summer months. The following are some of the few primary maintenance considerations for growing or planting trees on your yard:

1. Fertilizer

During the first season of growing a tree, do not fertilize them with fertilizers containing high nitrogen. But rather, you should use the slow release organic fertilizer and root stimulators (every month during growing season) at half the suggested rate. Having said that, during the second season of growing, fertilize three to four times every year with the use of a slow release type of fertilizer. In addition to that, do not ever use a fertilizer that contains herbicide anywhere near the roots of the trees.

2. Location and Planting

You may plant trees half their potential spread away from the structure. Don’t plant over the utilities underground. Dig a hole few inches in diameter bigger compared to the ball of roots. Dig a hole with an equivalent depth of the ball of roots. Put the tree inside the hole so that the top root ball soil is at least slightly higher or at the soil line, perhaps. Thus, trees after being watered.

Water the hole, water the tree and water the tree in the hole. It is a very effective rule when transferring a tree from one place to another. Watering a new tree prior to getting rid of it from the container aids the soil attached to the root system while making sure the root ball is properly irrigated and all of the available roots are wet.

Watering the newly dug hole only allows you to inspect for any problems in your drainage system which you may need to correct, makes sure surrounding soil is moist or wet and reduces the chances of water being washed away from the root ball of the new plant into the surrounding soil. Watering the new plant after being transferred helps the ball of roots and the surrounding soil to settle. Thus, it also decreases the amount of air pockets. Aside from that, you should not let the trees settle lower compared to the original soil level. Put the same soil back to the hole. Hence, the roots won’t leave the hole if you fill the newly dug hole with amended soil.

3. Pruning

Selective pruning must be done after the first season of growing. Prune during the middle of December to the first day of February. Do not prune oaks, for example, from the first day of February through June 1 because of the oak wilt issues. An appropriately dug and planted tree requires no pruning except to get rid of the growth faults (downward growing and crossing branches) and broken branches as well.

Also, if there are sick or damaged trees in your property, it’s highly advised that you have it removed by a qualified tree removal Cranberry TWP to make sure that it won’t affect other trees in your property.