Caring for trees comes naturally to an arborist, but most of us scour the web and try to make a DIY diagnosis. If you want to know why your trees aren’t growing properly or why they they look sick, you should call an ISA Certified Arborist like Cody’s Tree Service. If you want healthy trees and professional care, there’s no substitute for an experienced professional. Read our tips below for healthy trees with lush foliage.
Top Tree Care Tips for Healthy Trees
- Don’t put mulch too high around the base of your tree. If you notice green growth on the trunk of the tree and branches and you have a lot of mulch around the base, uncover the bottom of the trunk by removing the mulch around it. Try to keep the mulch at least 5 to 6 inches away from the tree’s trunk, and no more than 3 inches deep. Proper tree mulching will help preserve nutrients and moisture in the soil without promoting mold or fungus growth.
- Avoid pruning your trees in the summer. If there are dead or hanging branches on the tree you should remove them for safety (hurricane season) and yes, it’s okay to make a few small cuts. Just don’t make any major trims or cut off large branches because next year your tree won’t look as full. Definitely don’t prune oak trees in the summer (unless there are dead or hanging branches that pose a safety risk) because it will increase the chance of oak wilt, a disease that can kill the tree. You can prune birch, many flowering shrub species, and shade trees in the summer.
- July is the time to remove the dead wood from freeze-damaged trees in Texas. Prune the trees by removing the dead wood up to the part that is alive. If you are removing an entire dead tree branch, prune it flush with the trunk.
Contact Cody’s Tree Service in Katy, Texas
Need to schedule a July prune for your freeze damaged trees? Call (281) 391-3450 to speak with a member of our team or contact us online to request service or ask a question. Want more tips in your inbox? Subscribe to get more tree care tips, tricks, and deals in your inbox.