Landscape is an important asset. It increases the value of your
property, produces oxygen, provides shade in the summer and block cold
winds in the winter. But urban and suburban trees, because they must
share our living space, have special needs that you can help fill.
- Plant the right
tree: Do not plant a problem! Take a careful look at the
planting site and consider what you want to accomplish. Find out the
characteristics of the tree you want to plant and make sure it fits.
We will be glad to help you with plant selection, or, ask your
- Mulch: Apply
mulch 3 to 4" thick around the base of the trunk. Do not pile
the mulch against the tree, though! Extend mulch out to the extent
of the tree's canopy (the "umbrella" of leaves) if
possible. This is especially important on younger trees and recently
- Watering: It is
good to water a tree. It is not necessary to drown it. Find out the
proper amount of water for each species, and don not forget to
consider actual rainfall and the sprinkler you use on your lawn.
Again, we can help you with this information, and you may obtain it
at a nursery.
- Mowing and Weed
Trimming: Trees do not like collisions with lawn mowers or being
whipped by the cutting cord of weed trimmers. Mulching solves this
problem. However if mulching is not an option, we recommend trimming
against the tree trunk with shears to prevent injury.
- Monitor your
landscape: At least once a season, take a good long look at your
landscape. Has anything changed? Do you see branches hanging lower
from trees or cracks in the trunks? Any odd coloring or dying
plants? Seasonal monitoring may reveal problems that can be easily
corrected if spotted early!