Trees are essential for human and animal life on the planet, and not only that, but are the longest surviving species on the entire Earth, therefore giving us a link to the past, the present, and the future.
It is very important that forests, woodland, and trees in urban environments are preserved and properly managed, lest they wither and die. You must know how to properly maintain a tree; unspecialized tree surgeons are notorious for killing and maiming trees.
Tree canopies act as a filter, preventing and absorbing dust and pollutants from the air. It is said that every year, a single tree will remove up just under two kilos of pollutants and dust from the air every single year – they also provide shade from radiation and reduce noise.
Many trees have medicinal properties, for example, the silver birch tree bark is an antiseptic. Trees reduce blood pressure and anxiety, also. For all of the aforementioned reasons, we must learn how to properly maintain trees, to preserve them, and sustain them.
Here are the basics of tree maintenance.
Tree removals should never be attempted by anyone who is not a licensed and professional arborist. While you can make reductions to a tree and prune a tree yourself, a full removal must only be performed by somebody who is licensed to do so.
You can find a full list of tree trimming and removals specialists online and on online review websites. Choose the most experienced and well-reviewed arborist, as it is not uncommon, as previously mentioned, for unskilled tree surgeons to kill and maim trees, leaving the job unfinished.
Find the most professional you can to remove your tree and never allow an unskilled tradesperson to attempt a tree removal.
Pruning a tree is the most common tree maintenance action that is performed. Trees can be trimmed for one of many purposes, from aesthetics to health, all the way to safety.
Many people prune their trees simply for aesthetics, which helps a tree to hold its shape and appearance, but you mustn’t attempt to prune your tree into an unnatural shape, as this can cause serious damage. You may prune a tree for safety purposes to remove dead or broken limbs and branches.
These can be very dangerous if somebody is standing beneath it when it falls.
The health of the tree is another reason to prune it; strategically removing infected and diseased limbs and thinning a tree’s crown can improve its health and help it to last much longer. Strategic removals of infected or diseased limbs should only be performed by licensed and professional tree surgeons, as trying to do this yourself can be very dangerous for the tree.
It is important that, if you are going to trim a tree yourself, you adhere to this guide and read these tips. If you do not know what you are doing, you can cause serious damage to your tree. You will likely have to trim your tree during its dormant season.
The first tip when it comes to trimming your tree is that you should be conscientious about the size of the branch that you are removing. If it is over ten centimeters in diameter, you should likely not remove it; you can remove it if it is less than five centimeters, however.
You should only trim weak V-shaped branches that have narrow angles; the branches with strong, U-shaped angles should be left untouched.
When branches are young, you should prune away from the branches; when young, they are much easier to manage and you reduce the chances of leaving nasty scars and abrasions to the surface of the tree.
Watering Your Tree
You may, if you live in an arid environment, or an environment that has not seen much rain, have to water your tree. No harm can be done by frequently watering your tree even if you do not live in one of these environments or climates. Watering your tree is very good for it.
The importance of maintaining your tree is to protect their roots. You need to ensure the soil around the roots is not compacted, as the soil can prevent oxygen and water from getting to the roots of your tree. You will also need to ensure that the soil is healthy and in good condition.
Now, with the help of this page, you know how you can properly maintain your tree. Tree maintenance is essential for every tree owner and should be something that you do regularly. Be sure to maintain your tree regularly and keep it in good health.