Getting Ahead of the Storm. Get a tree check up before it’s too late!
February 23, 2015
What is the best way to protect your trees from damage in a storm? Make sure they’re healthy before the storm hits. Here in North Texas, we never know when we’ll suffer a severe storm. But we do know it’s bound to happen out of the blue. With such erratic weather behavior, its best to keep trees protected year round. Most tree injuries or hazards just aren’t visible to the untrained eye. You might be surprised to find what your trees could be hiding.
We recommend putting your trees through an annual inspection by an experienced certified arborist so they can identify any hazards or health issues. But tree care is always a team effort. Here are some simple things you can do year-round to better care for your valuable trees:
Feed Your Trees
Trees that are stressed and undernourished are more susceptible to pests and diseases. Urban life puts a lot of pressure on our trees. It’s easy to think your trees are doing just fine on their own. But, you’ll need to feed your urban trees in order to keep them healthy and strong. Feeding your trees involves both feeding the soil around your trees and directly fertilizing the trees themselves at the right time. In spring, summer and fall, your trees should be fertilized to support healthy growth. In spring, fall and winter, soil can be boosted with mycorrhizal fungi and liquid compost extract. Winter is an important time to treat trees for certain pests, such as scale.
No time to take care of your own tree health? For details on our complete SEASONS program, click HERE.
Give Your Trees a Drink
Drought has been the biggest contributor to tree loss in DFW over the last several years. Texas has lost a total of 500 Million trees due to drought. Again, you might think your large established trees are doing just fine without your help; but you’d be wrong. Trees need supplemental water when conditions are hot. Drought-stressed trees become weak, brittle and susceptible to many pests and diseases. Trees in this condition can easily topple over once a storm hits. Just because you water your lawn around your trees for a few minutes doesn’t mean your trees are getting enough. Lawns and trees compete for water and nutrients so you’ll need to make sure they both get what they need. Drip hoses and slow-drip water bags can be placed around trees in the summer to provide much needed water. Be sure to review your city’s water restrictions; many have exceptions for watering your trees and foundation plantings.
Prune trees the right way
One of our passions is proper tree pruning. There are so many unqualified individuals pruning trees in the DFW area; they may be severely damaging your trees without even knowing it. Improper pruning (especially “thinning” so that lawns get more sun) can result in weak, hazardous trees. If a guy pulls up in a truck with a chainsaw and has a ladder, rethink your hiring decision!
Not pruning your trees at all is just as bad as poor pruning. By having your trees inspected by a certified arborist annually, you can better identify when and how your trees need to be pruned. There is a lot of science that goes into structuring a tree’s canopy the right way so that both it and the rest of your landscape doesn’t suffer.
Ready to get your trees on an Eco-friendly maintenance plan? Give us a call to hear more about our SEASONS program and tree pruning. To learn more about proper watering, bookmark our blog or tag us questions using #deeproots on Facebook and Twitter.