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Five Ways to Keep Your Trees Healthy

The beauty of a tree is undeniable. It can provide shade, shelter, and food for wildlife. Trees are often the first thing to come to mind when thinking about Mother Nature, as they give us so much to cherish and enjoy. But we all know that trees require care and maintenance in order for them to stay healthy and strong.

Here are five ways you can help your favorite tree thrive:

1) Watering

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Trees need water just like any other living organism on our planet because it helps their roots grow deep into the ground, so they can get more nutrients from the soil. Be sure not to overwater or underwater your trees! The best way to measure how much water a tree need is by checking its leaves – if the tree has droopy leaves it needs more water, if its leaves are bright green and perky then it doesn’t need as much.

If you have a long period of drought or heavy rain that is affecting the health of your trees, then increase the frequency by adding an extra inch of water to make sure they can still get their nutrients from the soil!

If you have a tree that is very young, it may need even more watering than older trees because its roots are not as deep yet.

Don’t forget to help your tree out during winter! Watering is even more important when the tree isn’t able to absorb water from melting snow.

2) Fertilizing

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Trees need fertilizer in order to grow strong and healthy! Fertilize the tree when it is dormant (winter) with a slow-release tree care product.

  • Don’t fertilize trees after the soil starts to warm up in spring or summer because that can lead to excess tree growth, which leads to weaker tree structures.
  • Don’t fertilize trees with nitrogen-rich fertilizer because that will cause the tree to grow new leaves, but then drop them all in autumn.

3) Pruning

Pruning is one of the most essential means to keep your tree in good shape and healthy! When you prune it properly, a tree will grow new branches on old ones. This encourages growth that can make for an even stronger woody structure than beforehand; in essence, making this process helpful instead of harmful as some people perceive it might be otherwise.

  • Don’t prune tree limbs too close to the tree trunk, otherwise, it can weaken your tree’s structure.
  • Don’t cut off tree limbs at a certain height because this will leave an opening for predators like birds or squirrels who may take up residence in your tree and cause damage over time! This is why you should always prune tree limbs all the way back to where they branch off from the tree trunk.
  • Never remove more than one-third of a tree’s branches in one pruning session, because it may shock the tree and weaken its structure over time!
  • Be sure to use proper safety equipment when you prune trees like gloves, goggles, masks, etc.
  • If you don’t know how to prune tree limbs, then hire a tree care professional to do it for you! There are many tree services in your area that can help.

4) Weeding

If you have a tree that is surrounded by other trees or shrubs, weeds can grow up and block the tree from getting sunlight! This will make your plant weaker, sicker over time if it doesn’t get enough sun. Make sure you keep all vegetation trimmed down so that the roots of this healthy green space have room to spread out in directions.

Keep tree roots healthy and happy by removing all weeds from the surrounding area of your tree.

If you have a large weed patch, hire a gardener to remove it for you so that it doesn’t get taken over again! There are many local gardeners in your area who can help with this process.

5) Mulchingfirewood lot

Trees need mulch in order to stay healthy! Mulch keeps tree roots cool and moist, which is important for tree health because the soil can get very hot during the summer months! When you have a tree that’s planted in your yard or garden, spread an inch of mulch around the tree and out to the tree’s drip line.

Don’t use mulch that is too deep for tree roots because it will block oxygen from getting down into tree roots, which leads to disease in trees! The best size of bark pieces for mulching around trees is about one inch in diameter or smaller. Some people like to use mulch that comes from tree trimmings, but this kind of mulching can encourage tree diseases to grow!

Don’t use tree trimmings for mulch because it can cause tree diseases.

Mulching in the early autumn helps to prevent soil erosion when winter is here and the snow starts falling! Also, be sure that you remove all fallen leaves from your trees after they drop (autumn) so that there aren’t any dead spots of mulch which can lead to tree disease.


It takes a lot of love and care to keep your trees healthy, but we’ve outlined five ways you can keep them flourishing. Have you tried any of these methods? If not, now is the time to start!

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