While all trees require some care to keep them healthy and vibrant, trees that have been planted withing the last three years require regular watering and care to prosper. Young trees that do not receive the care they need become susceptible to disease and pests that can cause the tree to die.
These helpful tips for basic tree care can help you keep your trees healthy and growing.
All living organisms need water to survive. Without the proper amount of water, your tree will not receive the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, and any dreams of shade will evaporate in the Texas heat. Trees should be given 25 gallons of water per week. This is equivalent to about one and a half inches of rainfall.
Mulch is a great way to retain moisture around the base of your tree so that its roots have ready access to the nutrients they need to continue to flourish. Additionally, mulch will help prevent weeds that can steal moisture and nutrients from your tree.
When applying mulch follow the 3-3-3 rule – 3 inches of mulch in a 3-foot radius surrounding your tree with 3 inches of space left immediately around the base of your tree. We recommend composted leaves or shredded bark as the base for your mulch.
Protect the Base of Your Tree
There are several protection concerns for your trees such as small animals and lawn maintenance equipment like weed whackers and lawn mowers. Installing a trunk guard is one of the most effective measures to prevent small rodents or equipment from damaging a tree trunk.
Pruning and Trimming
Make sure to clean your pruning and trimming tools after every use to maintain clean and sharp tools that can effectively assist you in keeping your tree healthy. When making a cut, cut over the collar of the bud, branch or trunk without cutting into the flesh of the tree.