Tree care professionals of Pennsylvania share why your trees may not be growing as they should.
Should Your Tree Be Growing Faster?
When you purchase a tree for your yard, whether it be as a garden centerpiece specimen or part of a natural privacy fence or windbreak, you want the tree to grow and thrive. You may think that you are doing everything right and yet the tree still doesn’t seem to be growing as well as the nursery or the tag that came with the tree promised. Should you be concerned? This article will answer those questions about how to care for the tree and what might be hindering its growth.
How Old Is The Tree and Where Is It Planted?
If the tree has been in your yard for a while and it is well established, then there may be several reasons for lack of growth. Though they are the longest lived plants and often outlive many generations of animals, different tree species actually have vastly different lifespans. Some live for centuries while others only last a few decades. As trees grow older, their growth patterns slow. Along with this, there are other signs to look for that may indicate why your tree isn’t growing.
- Densely packed soil can smother a tree’s roots. It may need to be aerated to allow the proper amount of air to filter to the roots.
- The tree may be nearing the end of its life, not that something is wrong with it, it is just getting old.
- Paying attention to climate preference is important for tree growth, if the tree is planted in the wrong area of the world, then it may not grow as well.
Are You Caring For Your Tree Properly?
Tree health care can be a complicated process. There are many things that a tree needs for proper growth. Over-watering is one of the most common mistakes; over-fertilizing is another. Mulch is good for the soil and the tree if used properly, but it can also promote fungal tree disease and pest infestation if improperly applied. Overcrowding of branches and over-pruning can also result in slow growth. Let’s discuss proper use of these important tools.
- Watering: It is obvious that plants need water, but putting on too much water can cause problems for the roots. Water should be added to trees slowly, preferably with a soaker hose.
- Fertilizing: Fertilizer should not be used until a tree is established. Young roots can be burned and otherwise damaged by too much fertilizer too soon. It is best to have soil tested to see what is needed before choosing or using a fertilizer.
- Mulching: Mulch should never be applied to the trunk of a tree. It should be placed in a ring around the root crown, no more than 2-4 inches thick. Thicker mulch can suffocate the roots.
- Pruning: When excessive growth causes overcrowded branches, this can lead to systemic problems for the tree. Cutting back too much can deter growth. This is why it is best to have a trained professional do the work.
Consult With A Certified Arborist
No matter what is going on with your trees, it is always best to consult with an arborist before making a plan. Whether you need a tree risk assessment, advice on plant health care, or tree removal, your local tree service company is there to do just that. They can recommend the best steps to help your trees grow and thrive. They can even recommend which trees will grow best in your area.
About Greater Pitt Tree Service
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