Five tips to keep trees healthy

Updated Aug 4, 2022
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There is more to keeping trees healthy on a property than just having them look nice for the neighbors and passersby.

Unhealthy trees can cause dangerous accidents and costly property damage from storms and even everyday living.

Rooted Tree Services has provided tips on how to keep trees looking healthy year-round.

1. Fertilize

A deep root fertilization program, or a deep feeding program as it is also called, is a great method to use for fertilizing trees. It will slowly release the nitrogen that ensures trees get the nutrients they require over a course of two to three years to ensure trees have grown strong and healthy.

2. Protect a Tree’s Critical Root Zone (CRZ)

Become familiar with a tree’s CRZ or tree protection zone. Generally, the CRZ is the area under the tree and out to the dripline. Improving these conditions in a tree’s protection zone is also a major health benefit that can keep trees healthy and thriving.

3. Mulch

Mulches are composed of materials placed on the soil surface to improve soil structure, oxygen levels and temperature and moisture availability. Mulch, if properly applied, will create a well cared for and groomed landscape.

4. Prune

To further develop a tree with a strong structure and a desirable form, pruning is an essential task. Pruning a tree will remove dead, damaged and diseased branches that will help prevent those pesky insects and decay from infesting a tree.

5. Storm Proof

Pruning trees to remove dead or diseased branches will help keep branches strong for a better chance of withstanding storm-related activity. Remove trees that have large cracks or root damage or remove branches that have rot in them.

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