To Your Trees Health – Rot or Damage-
Your healthy tree’s trunk joins its leafy branches above with its growing roots base below. It’s what keeps it all together. If damage occurs to the trunk or it starts rotting it can effect the whole tree.
So what should you do if you have part of the tree trunk that gets damages or starts rotting?
It is not recommended to cut off and seal a rotting portion of a tree trunk. This can leave the tree vulnerable to more infections and could make the tree worse. Trees will try to heal the damaged area by sealing the area its self and will continue to grow.
Tree paint will not close wounds or prevent the spread of diseases. You could do more damage then good by using tree paint. Another misconception is trying to cut out the bad spot. Trying to cut out the problem will not solve the it because the issue is deeper than that. Trees rot because of a disease called wood decay, which usually targets old, large specimens and infects their wood from the inside out. It is almost impossible, to treat wood decay.
Rot could be a sign that your tree’s weak or unstable. You will want to call on a tree removal specialist to assess to see if it’s at risk of falling on your home. Keep your trees health.
Here are some options that your tree specialist may recommend:
* If the tree is mostly healthy and the decayed area is small, there’s a chance that it will seal itself over the rotting spot as it naturally grows new wood.
*Tree health care such as watering, fertilizing and pruning can do wonders to help extend the life of your tree. Just use cation if it is at risk of falling. Also, try to avoid any additional injury to the tree.
*If the tree trunk rot has weakened the tree to the point where it poses a risk to people or your home and property, you will want to have an experienced tree removal service take down the tree for safety.
Tree Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Trees Healthy and Strong
Find the right tree for the right area. Spots with enough sun and space that will allow your tree full growth capacity is ideal. Keep in mind before you dig where power-lines and underground utility’s are and do not plant to close to your home. Also, one of the biggest mistake made is planting the tree to deep.
- Properly water your trees! Do not rely on the rain to water your trees, check your trees regularly for moister and dryness. Typically an older tree will need one inch of water a week. Newer trees will need somewhere between 4 to 10 gallons each week during the first few growing seasons.
- Mulching adds not only beauty to your tree, but it also insulates the tree roots, protects the roots from lawn mower cuts and helps prevent dry soil. When you mulch your tree start by removing the grass and weeds around the tree and spread about two to four inches of mulch. Make sure not to cover the base of the trunk.
- Fertilizing is a way to add nutrients back into the soil to feed your tree. Use a slow-release fertilizer regularly to release nutrients into the soil. Also, test your soil occasionally to see if any elements are missing or low in supply.
- Proper trimming improves trees’ structure while also removing any deadwood holding them back. Major pruning should be done when the tree is dormant and doesn’t have any leaves. Then, in the summer, clean up and clear out small, dead or damaged branches.
- Make an appointment with a tree specialist for your tree. Spotting signs of pests or diseases early can make the difference. You want them to look for red flags like discolored leaves, cankers, holes, and more. They can provide you with a plan of action on how to help.
Proper care will ensure growth and a healthy tree. If your tree is beyond care and posses a safety threat it is always recommended that you hire a professional tree trimming or removal service to exam your tree, keep your trees health.
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