Proper Care for Mature Trees: Keep Your Trees Thriving and Healthy for Years to Come
Texas is home to a wide variety of trees, which provide shade and beauty to the landscape.
If properly cared for, a tree can continue to grow and thrive for years.
While young trees with less-established root systems require more maintenance than mature trees, even mature trees require care to keep them growing and healthy.
Your best defense against many of the issues that plague aging trees is to keep your trees healthy and strong. Here are some things that you can do to help keep your mature trees thriving.
Routine inspection is important for your tree as well as property. Inspect your tree for signs of disease, insect infestation, or broken limbs. The sooner you catch a disease, or infestation – the quicker you can correct it. A tree that has been stuck by lightning will need special attention to help it to recover.
Mulching isn’t just for young trees, proper mulching acts as a layer of insulation that protects the tree’s roots from losing valuable moisture during hot, dry summers, or frosty winters. Mulching also discourages weeds from growing under the base of a tree. Mulch also helps protect the base of the tree from lawnmowers. Keep mulch one or two inches away from the tree’s trunk to help prevent decay.
For mature trees, fertilizer can help to provide important nutrients that a tree needs in order to thrive and grow. Care should be taken to use proper fertilizer for the tree’s species, since the wrong type of fertilizer can cause adverse effects to a tree. For trees that are especially valuable, you may want to consider investing in having your soil tested by an arborist in order to determine the nutrient content.
Pruning is an important preventative maintenance procedure. Pruning is used to encourage proper tree growth, remove branches that are diseased or prone to disease. Pruning should be done during the fall season, during the dormant season and never during the summer, or when a tree is in full bloom. Foliage provides much-needed food to the tree, and pruning during this season can cause a tree to become nutrient-deprived. Pruning should always be left to the professional since improper pruning can lead to irreparable damage.
Finally, it may be necessary to have your tree removed if it is a hazard or danger. This could be caused by diseases that are incurable, or for older trees that have become unstable, or damaged beyond repair. A dead or dying tree may be unsafe, and is also more prone to disease or pests which can in turn affect the remaining healthy trees in the area.
For more information on keeping trees healthy, or for helpful information on a diseased, or damaged tree, contact your Houston tree professionals, Ability Tree Experts, today. Call 281-441-4179.