Taking Care of your Trees 

Trees around our property, those that are young about three years of age, whether we planted it or not, requires care and the right amount of water to survive.  Trees are so precious that it is imperative for us to take care of it. For one, it gives us the essential oxygen for us to live, that is reason enough to take care of them, but they also give our place appeal and shade from the sun and rain.

Unless we hire help from professional tree service, we have to do it by ourselves. Here are the basic things we need to know how to take care of trees.

Trees 

Watering

Young trees require 25 gallons of water per week; it is equivalent to a 1.5 inch of rain. If the trees didn’t receive any water from rainfall, you could do the watering itself by doing these methods.

  • Water the trees by using a hose, turn it to low and direct it at the base of three for about half an hour. Do this for each day of the week.
  • Get a gallon that has 5 gallons capacity and put small holes underneath it. Place it on the base of the tree for five days in a week.
  • Another method is by using a watering bag that has a slow release, fill it up to 25 gallons and place it on the base of the tree for once a week.

If the trees do receive rainfall for some days, estimate its power and adjust your watering accordingly.

Mulching and Trunk Guards

Another thing you can do to protect your tree is by mulching and fencing. Mulching is the method of spreading over materials of nutrients around the soil of the tree. In Mulching, it is preferable that you use compost leaf and barks of other trees that are shredded.

Trunk Guard is another way of taking care of your trees. There are several kinds of trunk guards like plastic guard tubes, spiral guards, paper wrap, burlap, field tiles, or metal tree guards. Trunk Guards serve the purpose of keeping nutrients and water to stay close to the tree and also keeps off small animals and rodents from damaging your tree.

Pruning 

Pruning is the method of cutting or trimming sickly, broken, and damaged branches of a tree. To do this, you have to use sharp tools so you could avoid damage and accidents. You should also keep your tools clean, especially after cutting a sickly branch because it may spread the disease to the other parts of the tree.

On cutting, you have to make a clean cut and don’t leave any stubs. On timing, you can cut those dead branches in any season of the year. If you are planning to do a structural pruning, however, it is best to do it in the dormant season, this is December to March. It is because the leaves fall off in this season, and you can best evaluate the structure that you want when the branches and all of the tree is bare.

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