Trees are an investment that can grow in value over time. As your tree matures, the benefits it contributes will increase. Protect your investment by caring for it properly. Basic tree care is something you can do yourself. If you do hire help, be sure to hire an ISA-certified arborist.
Mulch protects the tree from mowers and weed eaters while providing a number of other benefits like temperature and moisture control and weed suppression. Use coarse, undyed mulch. The mulch ring should extend to the dripline of the tree. Mulch should be no more than 2 to 4 inches thick. Do not pile mulch against the trunk to form a volcano or create a “donut” with a thick ring of mulch.
Proper pruning helps keep your tree healthy and beautiful. Dead, damaged and diseased limbs should be removed by pruning. Be a good neighbor and keep trees that extend over sidewalks pruned to a height of 7 feet. Street trees should be pruned to a minimum of 12 feet on the street-side of the tree to allow large vehicles to pass beneath.
The three cut method helps prevent stripping the bark when removing the unwanted limbs.
Proper care will help prevent many issues. Don’t apply mulch too thick or against the trunk. Address damage or disease as soon as you notice an issue. If you are unsure what your tree needs, call in an ISA-certified arborist.