Trees are like any other living creature; after all, they need water, nurturing, and even protection. But how and why do you protect a tree? Various natural and unnatural elements impact a tree without proper maintenance, which could cause damage. This can be stunted growth or growing out of shape, and both are bad for your tree. By protecting trees from damage, you can better ensure your tree thrives.
When it comes to knowing how to protect trees, it’s important to note that the wintertime and ongoing construction are the times when trees require the most care. However, you can avoid issues and keep your trees strong by preparing them for these times.
Preparing Your Tree for Winter
During the winter, young and small trees may struggle a bit for two reasons. First, the ground freezes over, and while it may be a bit warmer under the soil, you should have an extra layer to keep the roots warm. It’s best you use a gardening fabric or mulch for this. In doing this, you’ll keep the roots of your young tree nice and toasty, so it can flourish once the snow melts.
The second type of damage you have to worry about is heavy snow breaking branches, especially if this is a young tree. Smaller trees may not yet have the strength to hold layers of snow, which could lead to them snapping under pressure. Luckily, this type of winter tree protection is simple: tie a support stake around the tree to keep it safe.
Protecting Trees During Construction
Protecting trees goes beyond the natural elements, as necessary tasks like construction may also damage your tree. All the heavy machinery moving around could cause damage to the roots through the soil, such as destabilization to the tree or strangled roots. Construction projects such as trenching may also impact your tree, especially if the roots of an older tree grow into underground piping.
To protect your trees from damage, you should plant them away from these areas and zone off the critical region when construction needs to take place. As you do this, remember to account for the tree’s roots by adding one foot to every inch of the trunk’s diameter.
Contact Sid Mourning Tree Services for assistance in caring for and protecting trees from damage. As industry experts, we have the knowledge you need to make sure your trees grow properly. Reach out to learn about our tree services today!
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