Planting trees can be a great way to spruce up a commercial property and to add some natural beauty. The thing is, trees that do not grow naturally in the wild need regular maintenance to keep them healthy and looking their best. Too often, incorrect maintenance techniques and errors can damage the tree. Here are some common tree maintenance mistakes on commercial properties.
Pruning can affect how the tree grows and its shape. If it is pruned too much, then there may not be enough foliage left to help with its development. Also, if a limb is removed that should not be, then the tree could be damaged permanently. If the tree is not cut properly then it can cause dead and weak branches that will eventually fail and die. No more than 25% of the crown should be pruned, depending on the age and overall health of the tree.
The tree must be planted properly in the first place for it to have a fighting chance. The most common planting mistake is planting it too deep. Tree roots do better in shallow soil. That way they are assured of getting plenty of water and oxygen. If they do not get those things, plus the benefit of the warm rays of the sun, then it may not grow properly.
Too many people believe that there can never be too much mulch, but that is simply not the case. Too much mulch will cause the bark of a tree to stay moist, when it needs to be dry. Too much moisture can attract fungi and bugs that can harm the tree. Usually about three to four inches of mulch is enough to help the tree without hindering its development.
Careless use of equipment around trees can lead to big problems. Slices from trimmers or gouges from tools can sometimes leave permanent damage. Be careful around trees when you are using tools. A layer of mulch (but not too much) can serve as a type of barrier from getting too close.
If you are ever in doubt about how you are growing and maintaining the trees on your commercial property, then contact a professional to help keep them healthy and looking great.