Tips for Caring for Your Trees

Tips for Caring for Your TreesAnyone who’s shopped for a house knows the value of “curb appeal” (looking attractive from the road), but having a home that looks welcoming, put-together, and well cared-for is dependent on the lawn as well as the house. Keeping your yard looking its best can be much more complex than homeowners expect, between caring for the grass, trees, bushes, and landscaping, so today, all of us at Turf Shield are here to help by offering some tips and tricks to keep the trees in your yard looking healthy and robust.

  • Have the deadwood pruned from your trees at least once per year.
  • Trees are made to survive in natural conditions, like rich soil, plenty of water, and surrounding wildlife, but different trees are also best in different climates. Talk to a tree care professional who can recommend the best trees for your lawn or find a way to give your existing trees any nutrients and necessities they may be lacking.
  • When laying mulch around a tree, keep it at least six inches away from the trunk. Mulch piled too close to the trunk will trap too much water, potentially causing the trunk and roots to rot.
  • Don’t prune a tree for the first year after it’s been planted, other than to remove obvious dead or broken branches.
  • Lower your risk of lawn pest infestations by planting trees from a variety of species. It can also be helpful if your trees vary in age.
  • Rather than blanket fertilizing all your trees, try “prescription fertilization” – having a lawn care professional evaluate what (if any) nutrients your trees are lacking and selectively fertilizing to fit their needs.
  • To check the moisture of the soil, insert a small trowel two inches into the soil and create a narrow trench so you can touch the lower soil with your fingers. It should be moist but not soggy.
  • Some areas have pruning restrictions due to certain pest infestations or widespread tree diseases, so be sure to find out if any apply to you before pruning.
  • Don’t wait to fertilize until after your tree is planted – fertilize the soil before you plant your new tree, and continue with maintenance fertilizations throughout the tree’s life as needed.

Building and maintaining a beautiful lawn which complements your home’s appearance while providing an enjoyable outdoor space requires a delicate balance between all the elements of your landscape. If you want a healthy yard without all the hassle, at Turf Shield, we have the tools and experience to make your trees, grass, bushes, and more look their best all year round. To discuss what we can do for your lawn, schedule a visit with Turf Shield.