If you have planted a tree in the last 5 years, you should provide them with a 'tree care checkup' at least once a year to give them the care that will help them to survive for many years to come.
Thousands of young trees, planted with care and expense, die from the lack of just a little aftercare. So the previous time, money and effort invested in the tree end up being wasted.
These easy, effective tasks normally require less than five minutes for each young tree. You can do many of these at any time of the year, but ideally every March or April is the best time. Contact your local tree service before winter hits and get on their busy spring schedule for next year to ensure you get prompt care in the spring.
The first tip is check the tree's TENDING.
Check the tree in March or April every year. Is it alive? If there are no leaves, look for green under the bark of twigs by scraping the surface with a fingernail or knife. Also check and living buds in the same manner.
Fill in any gaps in the soil around the roots and use a foot to firm the new soil. Also, if the soil has been lifted by frost, firm it down.
If the soil is waterlogged, channel/drain the excess water away from the tree.
Look for damage caused by pests and diseases.
If the tree is dead, try to work out why and correct the problem with the help of an arborist or tree service. Trees "R" Us, Inc. has a complete Chicago plant health care division run by arborists highly trained in this type of tree care. Before planting a new one be sure to check with your tree service or arborist to make sure the sick tree can't be saved. Our Chicago-based arborists are highly qualified for this type of work.
Guards are another easy tree care tip to ensure the health and vitality of young trees. Follow on to the next post to find out more. I'll be posting this in the next few days, so stay tuned to learn more. This is the first of a 5-part post on the tree care for young trees. Please check back to get the whole story!
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