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Austin Tree Guide Part 3: Maintaining Your Trees

Posted on April 16th, 2018

Austin Tree Guide Part 3: Maintaining Your Trees


After planting the native trees you have chosen in your yard and ensuring that they are in their proper position and planted in an ideal location, it is time to look at how you can maintain your trees to ensure their successful growth.

Use Proper Planting Techniques

The number one element of maintaining your trees is actually rolled into the process of planting your trees. You want to make sure that proper planting procedure was followed to help ensure the health of the tree.

If you find that the tree was not planted properly, you may want to rectify the situation, so you can go about providing the right type of care and maintenance the tree will need after planting.

Mulching

Mulching is one important aspect to consider when learning to maintain your trees. As you may know, having a thick cover of mulch around the tree can help the soil retain its moisture, reduce water loss, and keeps the soil nice and cool during warmer times.

The mulch also goes a long way in helping to provide the tree with nutrients it desperately needs to grow and thrive after being planted.

When mulching, be sure to keep the mulch at least an inch or two from the base of the tree to help reduce the risk of insects and disease.

Watering

You will also only want to apply an even and thin layer of mulch for it to do its job. There is no need to pile it up and use any more than two to four inches of mulch for each tree.

Watering

Watering is one of the most important things you need to do when maintaining the health of your tree, especially if the weather tends to be much drier for longer periods of time.

When determining the proper amount of water the tree needs, you must take several considerations into mind:

  • The species of the tree and its age
  • The time of year
  • Weather conditions
  • The type of soil

If the tree is young and newly planted, it may require a bit more water than a more mature tree. New trees will need one inch of water per week for the first two years after it is planted.

However, if the weather is much hotter and drier than usual, a new tree can require watering up to three times per week to maintain moist soil and encourage continued growth. It is imperative that the root ball does not dry out.

Pruning

While you are slowly and effectively watering your tree, you can and should take this time to look at the tree closely for any signs of sickness or disease. You can also identify any branches that you feel may need to be pruned or removed.

During a pruning session, you want to remove any dead branches from the tree. This is all a newly planted tree will require for the first year.

After the first year, you can begin removing any rubbing branches or branches that are turning inward and growing toward the trunk instead of out. You should also begin to remove any root suckers you find.

It is best to prune trees during the winter time and always make sure you use shears that are sharp, and you don’t cut too far from the trunk. Doing so may leave a stub, and this is what attracts insects.

Planting and maintaining your trees is vital to ensure that they grow and thrive as they should. Always pay attention to the tips and tricks given regarding a newly planted tree and a mature tree because certain maintenance tips may vary.


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