Tree Care Frequently Asked Questions
Can a tree take care of itself once it is established?
This depends on where the tree is growing. For example, if a tree is growing in a natural habitat or in the forest, it can truly do well on its own. On the other hand, trees that grow in suburbs and cities will not always survive or do well without a little care. Keep in mind that cities are saturated with polluted air, roots are confined, the quality of soil is poor and there is road salt. Such stresses can prevent your tree from staying beautiful and healthy. Therefore, you should carry out irrigation, pruning, soil management and pruning.
What is an arborist?
An arborist is a specialist who ensures that woody plants such as trees and shrubs are properly taken care of. Arborists are trained to evaluate a tree’s condition and give recommendations on how to improve its health.
How can I choose a good tree care company?
There are many factors to consider when looking for a reputable tree care company. However, the most important factors are the company's years of experience, its quality of service and reliability. A tree service company with years of experience should understand the proper methods used in tree pruning, removal and stump grinding. In addition, a reliable tree care company should always ready to offer emergency services. It should have a strong reputation for customer support.
Can smaller trees establish faster than larger ones?
Most people believe that if a larger tree is planted, it has less chances of survival than a smaller tree. This misconception has been around for years, but with time, it will graduate to a myth. Technology and science have explained why a tree might fail or thrive. The only risk incurred in planting large trees is the potential lack of a viable root system. If the roots are not healthy, the tree will fail due to nutrient and mineral deficiency.
Should a tree company be insured?
A tree company or arborist should have insurance coverage. The reason is simple – working with trees is dangerous and your property could become damaged during the process. Insurance protects both arborists and tree care professionals and the homeowner.
What is the importance of pruning trees?
There are multiple benefits of tree pruning. The major ones are tree health, safety and aesthetics. Dead or broken branches can fall without warning and cause harm to anyone nearby. If branches grow too long, there is a chance that they will damage your home or even block your chimney. You can rely on a certified arborist when you want to carry out pruning.
Should I water my tree after it has rained?
Rain drops will often bounce off of a canopy and fall far away from the root system. This rain will not benefit the tree, especially if it is newly planted. You should know that the fibrous root system of a newly planted tree is concentrated close to the main stem. It should always be moist. Rain will not always make this happen.
Although it is advisable to continue watering your tree during a rainy season, you should be careful not to suffocate the roots. If the water does not drain within 10 minutes after watering or irrigating, this is a sign that the tree might essentially drown.
Are multi-service companies my best option?
Yes, they are. Dealing with one company that offers tree care services that range from pruning to disease treatment and pest control is simply convenient. Such a company will be a one-stop-shop when it comes to tree care. A reputable company should be able to control pests, manage buckthorn, treat diseases and keep your home safe.
What are the advantages of planting trees at home?
There are many benefits of planting trees on your property. Some of them include:
- Trees come with an incredible aesthetic value.
- You will get to enjoy how the tree blooms during spring and as it prepares for winter.
- Trees will add monetary value to your property.
How long do trees live?
A tree’s lifespan will depend on its species and environment. Trees are blessed with a long life and can live for hundreds of years. The only way to ascertain a tree’s age is by counting the number of its girth rings. A tree’s age is revealed after its death.
Are garden sprinklers good for watering trees?
For short periods of time, garden sprinklers can be used to water trees. They provide water evenly and slowly so that you do not have to worry about drowning the tree.
Should I worry if my evergreen tree begin to lose its leaves?
No, you should not worry. Evergreen trees will shed trees when undergoing a leaf regeneration process. Here, old leaves will fall and be replaced by new ones. If the tree looks healthy, you should not worry. Of course, it is always recommended that you talk with an arborist.
Should the base of my tree be grass-free?
Grass and weed roots can pose a threat to your tree as they are very competitive when it comes to water and nutrients. To counter this problem, you should place bark mulch about five centimeters around the tree’s base.
What is the best time to plant trees?
The best time to plant trees is when they are dormant. It should be done between October and March. A good tree company should supply trees in containers. This means that such trees can be planted during the summer. You must water your trees well for them to thrive.
Can I figure out whether or not a tree is about to fail?
Hazard assessment is best carried out by an arborist. Remember, the older the tree, the more the stress it has to endure and this will impact its structural integrity.