Written by Steve Nix and published on https://www.thoughtco.com/

Trees are the most valuable asset that readily increases the value and beauty of your property. Tree owners should follow the best tree care tips to maintain the long-term good health of their trees.

We call trees our friends. But what are friends who don’t know how to take care of each other? Let’s look at it this way; trees provide us with shade, shelter, food. They purify the air and, most importantly, give us oxygen.

Essential Tree Care Tips – Keep Your Tree Healthy

Ways to Growing a Healthy Tree

Limit Staking Your Tree

tree stake

Tree staking is never done with the intention of harming a tree. Staking is usually done with love and with a desire to promote root and trunk growth and protect a young tree from harm. What some tree planters do not understand is, rather than helping a tree develop root and trunk growth, improper tree staking replaces a supportive trunk and root system with an artificial support that causes the tree to put its resources into growing taller but not growing wider.

Transplant Your Tree

gardener transplanting young tree

Tree owners often need to move or transplant trees from a nursery or within the yard. Yard trees may have been planted too thickly or threaten to outgrow available space. Size is a critical factor in transplanting. The larger a tree, the more difficult it is to transplant.​

Protect a Tree’s CRZ

Critical Root Zone of a tree

Before starting a mulching project, become familiar the critical root zone (CRZ) or tree protection zone. This zone is generally defined as the area under a tree and out to its dripline. Improving conditions in this protection zone will also result in major health benefits to a tree.

Mulch Your Tree

tree mulch

Mulching is the most beneficial thing a home owner can do for the health of a young tree. Mulches are materials placed on the soil surface to improve soil structure, oxygen levels, temperature and moisture availability. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance.05of 08

Fertilize Your Tree

hand holding compost

Ideally, growing trees should be fertilized throughout the year. The greatest amounts should be applied during the early spring and summer months. Several light applications a year are preferred as the tree gets older.06of 08

Prune Your Tree

woman pruning a tree

Pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Here are several methods showing you how to prune your trees.07of 08

Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to Trees

Icicles on red berries

Brittle tree species normally take the brunt of heavy icing after a winter storm. Many of the elms, most true poplars, silver maples, birches, ​willows and ​hack-berries are tree species that simply can’t handle the weight of the ice slurry coating limbs. Learn how to select and manage trees to withstand ice and snow.08of 08

Winterize Your Tree

tree covered in snow

Trees in fall are beginning their dormant phase. Trees may seem to be inactive but the fact is they need to be winterized – protected and cared for to remain healthy, free from diseases and insects.

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