Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Weather plays an Important Role in the Health of your Trees

Weather is unpredictable. Trees are not. Get to know your trees and how to help them during unsettled weather patterns. With some simple tree care steps you can help your trees thrive and be healthy for many years to come. 

To help you monitor your trees during the seasons, I've developed this list of the top 10 tips for caring for your trees, especially young trees, in unsettled weather: 

1. Since the weather is unpredictable, regularly check your trees to ensure that damage has not occurred due to extreme conditions and take appropriate action. 

2. After stormy weather, check for abrasion on the bark caused by rubbing against the stake or loose ties.  Replace the stake or re-tie the ties to prevent further abrasion. 

3. If a stake has been snapped by the tree moving in windy weather, replace it and re-tie. 

4. To prevent newly planted trees from being rocked backwards and forwards and becoming loose, stake them firmly back in place if necessary. Re-stabilise wind blasted small stock that is not staked by treading the soil around it. 

5. On windy sites, two or three stakes can be inserted opposite each other, or equally spaced around the tree outside the root ball, and secured to the trunk by long ties or a timber crossbar and tie. 

6. If windy conditions have caused the tree to lean to one side or to become top heavy, reset or shorten the stake and replace the tie at the top of the stake to ensure the stem stands upright. 

7. If your trees survive wind damage or waterlogging, remove any dead or damaged limbs once the bark has dried out. 

8. Ensure that the tree guard has not filled with water, by raising its base above the soil level. Also check that it is not so tight to the tree that water cannot escape. 

9. Mulching can reduce compaction and soil erosion that can often follow heavy rain. 

10. If the tree has died due to waterlogging, replace with an appropriate species that tolerates wet soils, for example alder, willow or poplar.

For help with your trees - planting, maintaining, fertilizing, transplanting and removing, be sure to contact your local tree service. It is always best to leave these things to a professional.  Trees can be a big investment and it is important that you give your tree proper care so that it will provide you with benefits for many years to come. If you are local to the Chicago area, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc., a full service tree care company servicing both residential and commercial accounts. 

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