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Ways to Keep Trees Healthy

Healthy trees add beauty and value to any property, but it requires effort to ensure they remain looking their best.

Monitor your trees for signs of poor health such as mushrooms, frass, bare patches and dead twigs. Gently scratch their bark to see if they have alive green tissue underneath their bark.


Water is essential to tree health and growth, helping trees fend off diseases, survive droughts, and resist insect attacks. Furthermore, it serves as the single greatest environmental factor limiting growth and survival; without an adequate supply, plants decline and die. Unfortunately for new tree owners it can be easy to miscalculate how much water should be applied – too little will stunt their development while too much could cause root rot or even decay in your plants.

Trees take in or lose water through two separate processes: roots draw it in from soil while it leaves through pores or stomata on leaf surfaces. This interaction creates daily fluctuations in soil moisture content that are usually corrected through natural rainfall; when rainfall becomes inadequate for extended periods, soil moisture levels decrease and trees respond by wilting, turning color early or being scorched by heat waves.

Once new trees are planted they require frequent watering to establish strong roots and encourage lateral root development, but once their roots have taken hold mature trees should only need occasional irrigation during dry months to remain healthy.

Watering should take place either early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler and less water is lost to evaporation. Mulching can help retain moisture, improve soil texture and decrease weed growth; just be sure to replenish it regularly! For older trees, mulching may also provide needed relief from their drought-stricken surroundings – be sure to replenish this layer regularly though!

Watering should provide enough to saturate all roots while not running off of the soil surface. A soaker hose or drip system is an efficient way to ensure water penetrates deep into the ground, with frequent movement around each hour so you cover every corner of the root zone. To further benefit roots if the soil is sandy, adding compost or organic matter could also be beneficial.


Trees in landscaped environments often don’t get all of the essential nutrients they need for optimal health, necessitating supplemented fertilizer to look their best and offer all their advantages in the landscape. Soil tests or multiplication factors used to estimate root zone area determine what kind and how much fertilizer may be necessary (see Fertilizer Math).

A typical multi-nutrient woody plant fertilizer typically combines macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium with micronutrients such as iron, manganese and boron in order to meet the individual plant’s needs. The exact quantity may depend upon your plant.

At its best, organic or synthetic woody plant fertilizers should be applied between early spring and late fall when roots are at their most active. A high nitrogen concentration could potentially harm trees.

Most shade trees require an expansive root zone area for proper growth, stretching beyond their drip lines or outermost branches. A multi-nutrient fertilizer applied at a rate of 2 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet should promote optimal plant vitality.

Foliar feeding with liquid fertilizers makes nutrients instantly available to leaves and can be an effective method for correcting deficiencies, but should only be considered a short-term solution. Foliar fertilization spray can cause foliar burn when applied directly onto sunny leaf surfaces.

Green Drop’s RootBoost offers deep root tree fertilization services designed to deliver essential nutrients directly to tree roots, helping young and newly planted trees establish themselves faster and grow faster than their peers. Furthermore, this approach ensures nutrients reach deeper stabilizing roots rather than only superficial feeding roots that can be reached from topsoil; creating healthier trees more resistant to drought and heat stress.


Mulch is one of the best tools we have for protecting trees in our gardens from common issues that can arise, like disease and drought stress. Mulch is an organic material used as a covering layer over shrubs, fruit trees, hedges and perennial plants to prevent weed growth while improving soil quality and conserving moisture.

There are various kinds of mulch available, but organic options are the ideal choice due to the organic matter they contain that will eventually break down and increase soil nutrients. Examples of organic mulches are garden compost, shredded leaves, wood chips from non-treated sources (preferred), processed or rotted bark (preferably processed or rotted naturally over time), pine needles (ideally well-rotted manure), pine needles and straw.

Mulches serve multiple functions. First, they suppress weeds which would otherwise compete for water and nutrients with trees, while also protecting against soil erosion and compaction; without these layers of protection in place, roots would find it harder to access nutrients needed by their roots. Furthermore, thick layers of mulch provide some defense from wind, rain and traffic-induced erosion which could damage them as well.

Mulch provides multiple benefits, such as keeping soil cool during hot temperatures and providing insulation against colder climates, insulating roots during periods of extreme cold or heat, preventing soil drying out through reduced evaporation rates, as well as acting as an effective pest deterrent; keeping pests away by keeping their nests out from beneath your surface, where they would feed off of your tree’s foliage.

However, when using mulch it is essential that any type that blocks primary root systems is avoided as this could cause fungus or other issues to negatively affect your tree’s health. Also ensure the mulch remains at least 6 inches away from trunk base to avoid suffocation of tree and its health being adversely impacted due to too close of proximity of mulch to trunk base which could result in root rot or even death of your tree.

Mulch should also be used with caution as it increases the risk of rodent damage. Voles and mice may seek shelter under a deep layer of mulch for warmth or shelter, causing damage by burrowing under it in search of food, which may lead them to nibble away at inner bark or phloem tissue resulting in lost vitality or even the death of trees.


Trees may not need humans for survival, but they do need our assistance in order to remain healthy. That is why pruning is so essential; it promotes new growth while clearing away diseased or dead limbs to maintain the tree in shape while helping prevent any unnecessary largeness that might damage structures on your property like houses or cars.

If you live near an old spruce tree, its branches could cause significant damage over time if they grow too long and start touching your roof or windows, eventually leading to roof leakage or window breakage. Pruning can prevent these branches from breaking off during storms and falling onto your home and belongings causing irreparable harm.

Pruning trees is another effective way to control disease spread throughout your forest. Dead and dying limbs serve as havens for insects that spread illness throughout the tree, while pruning dead branches allows its energy to go toward producing new spurs, potentially yielding fruitful harvests in return.

Pruning can also play an essential role in protecting the health of surrounding plants and your home. Many insects nest inside decaying branches, eating the leaves or sucking up sap from nearby plants. They can spread diseases that hinder plant or tree growth or even invade your home if the trees overhang it or brush against it.

If you prune too harshly, however, they may struggle to recover. Some woody species bleed profusely from pruning wounds – these include maple, birch, elm, dogwood, beech and willow trees – while to minimize this bleeding pruning should take place after leaf growth has matured and cuts made close but not flush with branches or buds. To minimize bleeding when pruning should take place it should occur after leaf growth has become mature and cuts made close but not flush against one or more branch or bud or branch or buds should also be made close but not flush against these woody species bleed profusely from pruning wounds when cut close by branches or buds that make up this group of trees bleed profusely from cuts made close but not flush against branches or buds when cut close but not flush against branches or buds on that tree species’s branches or buds when pruned too harshly. To minimize bleeding during pruning it should occur only after leaf growth has matured completely before cuts were made close but not flush against branches or buds that were close but not flush against branches/bud.

Pruning can time consuming (might occupy your time of playing slots on top sites that you find by digging online to find more information or 더 많은 정보 찾기) can also help control pests and weeds that pose threats to the health of your tree, such as Japanese beetles in your yard. Japanese beetles can damage tree foliage by emitting an unpleasant odor and chewing through its leaves; pruning can help control them by eliminating their feeding sites – which could include leaves from other trees in your yard, or grass patches nearby.