How To Care for Trees in Your Garden

Around 28% of 2.3 billion tree seedlings are planted by tree farmers and private landowners each year. Trees are some of the favorite types of plants that gardeners and farmers like to plant on their plots. From providing shade to enhancing the beauty of your garden, trees offer many benefits.


But, they also need maintenance so that they flourish and stay healthy. If you have trees on your property, here are some tips to care for and maintain their condition.

Identify Your Trees Properly


Before you can take care of your trees, determine the type of sapling that is growing on your land. Devote time to research so that you can identify the trees properly. Only then can you know what they need to thrive. Once you have ascertained the tree you are dealing with, it is easy to check how much water it needs or what kind of soil is best for its roots.

You will also be able to identify if your tree is susceptible to drought and can take the right precautions to weather such a situation. In addition, identifying the right species allows you to determine if the tree has any sensitivities such as high winds or water logging. Another vital aspect is the ability to define common issues and diseases that your tree may face.

Understanding threats and diseases can help you look after sick trees not only to correct the problems, but also to avoid spreading the threat to other trees. By knowing the signs and symptoms of a disease, you can get help from tree experts so that the appropriate treatment or action can be taken.

Do Basic Maintenance


Not all trees are fussy. While some may require more attention than others, it is enough that you maintain them regularly so that they grow well. Pruning trees correctly is important to keep them healthy and strong. It is also imperative that you take steps to protect their roots. Without healthy roots, trees will wither and rot.

However, before they can grow vigorous roots, trees need healthy soil as well. Thus, make sure that the soil is not compacted to allow water and oxygen to reach its roots. Protect the root area to avoid damage to your sapling. You can do this by finding the drip line or by mapping an imaginary circle on the ground around the plant corresponding to the areas where the branches of the tree extend. Once you do this, do not change or touch the soil to avoid harming the tree.

Moreover, it is vital that you water effectively especially during the dry summer months when your tree needs a little help from you. Water deeply every so often to prevent withering. In winter, your tree will not need watering unless it was newly-planted. Do use mulch to shield trees from stress. Mulch around the base of your tree extending it to the drip line or just under the canopy. Apply fertilizer as needed.

Trees are valuable plants that offer many benefits to a piece of land and their owners. By knowing their growth requirements, watering effectively, pruning properly, fertilizing, and mulching, your tree will thrive and flourish for many, many years.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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