Most people wait until a tree is dangerously leaning or a significant branch has come off before calling an arborist. Certified arborists, on the other hand, aren’t just for emergencies. They’re the experts on all things tree-related, and they’ve got lots of tips on how to keep your trees healthy and thriving. Here are a few things arborists wish homeowners were aware of when it comes to tree care.
The health of a tree is influenced by a variety of things.
Arborists have a lot of questions for you to answer. Because there are so many aspects that influence a tree’s health, they must. Nagy explains, “The first thing you do is play detective and start asking questions.” “How long have you lived here? Did you take any action? “Can you tell me who mulches your lawn?” All of these questions help an arborist narrow down the potential causes of a tree’s problems and identify a solution.
Its all starts with the soil.
“When it comes to tree concerns, the first thing we look into is the roots and soil,” Nagy explains. The root zone of a tree is the first to be affected by most stresses. Soil compaction or extremely damp soil conditions, for example, might damage the thin roots that take up water and nutrients, depriving the tree of food. Infestation becomes more likely when the tree grows starved. “Once [homeowners] realise everything originates down there,” Nagy adds, “we can take our diagnosis up the tree and put it all together.”
It is preferable to plant native trees.
According to Nagy, “each tree is unique to its area and in its ability to recover and defend,” Some trees are more tolerant of particular situations than others. Native trees, not surprisingly, are more tolerant of the local climate and soil conditions than ornamental trees adapted to other environments and soil types. Non-native trees, as a result, often necessitate more effort to thrive in your yard.
For compacted soil, arborists offer options.
Many of us are unaware of how far tree roots may spread. According to Nagy, tree roots extend three times as far as the canopy and are only found in the top 18 to 12 inches of soil. If the earth has been damaged by heavy machinery or vehicles, an arborist can provide a solution to benefit the tree. “We do vertical mulching,” Nagy continues, “which is when you drill down into the soil and then replace that compacted moist soil with a loose gravely substance that allows water and oxygen to flow through.”
Trees do not perish as a result of a single event or pest.
“Trees become stressed for a variety of causes, resulting in a deterioration and eventual death,” Nagy explains. Insects and diseases, which plague trees are frequently indirect outcomes of other stressors. Drought, flood, soil compaction, or physical damage disrupt a tree’s optimal growing environment, causing stress. “If you have a struggling tree, it will emit pheromones that indicate that it is weak,” Nagy explains. “Then illnesses or insects will quickly infiltrate and take control.”
Microclimates exist in your yard.
The same tree species will not necessarily thrive in all areas of your yard. “Each [region around a house] yard treated as a microclimate,” Nagy explains. Because the front of your house may be in direct sunlight and always a few degrees warmer than the backyard, you must examine the microclimates in your yard and how they may affect the health of your trees.