Do you have a troublesome tree in your yard? Do not fret, the knowledgeable team at Growing Green is here to help. If your new or existing trees are showing signs of distress, the root of the problem may be easier to fix than you think. Below we have listed a few easy solutions to a few common tree issues you may be experiencing. Use our tips and tricks to get your trees back in good health!
Although you may have been sure your sapling was in the perfect position, sometimes tree roots can run into obstacles. If you find your tree’s roots are running into barriers (like roads, sidewalks, or buildings) there are a few things you can do. If removing the barrier is not an option, you can ensure the tree is getting enough nutrients to stay healthy where it is. To keep your tree in good health, we highly recommend watering as frequently as needed, even in the winter. This is especially important in Colorado’s dry climate. For a healthy tree, we suggest watering once to twice a month, using around 10 gallons of water per every inch in the tree’s diameter. However, during the winter months be sure to only water when there is no snow on the ground and the temperature is above freezing.
Although water is extremely important to the health of your tree, so is the soil it grows in. By monitoring and improving your lawn’s soil, you can greatly help your distressed tree. An easy way to do this is to mulch the base of your tree’s trunk. We recommend placing 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch, like wood chips or shredded bark, in a circular pattern around your tree. When mulching your tree be sure to leave a few inches between the mulch and base, creating a donut-hole like shape. If mulching does not help improve your tree's health, it may be time to call an expert, like the team at Growing Green, to help determine and solve the issue.
Unfortunately, trees in distress are more likely to attract pests and disease. To help prevent this, it is extremely important to monitor your tree closely. The sooner you can identify the issue, the easier it will be to resolve. In the spring and summer, pay close attention to the leaves. If you notice spots of dead tissue, powdery white or grey substances, large areas of browning, orange or reddish spots that ooze, large dead areas in the foliage, or anything else that looks abnormal we highly recommend you call our experts, as these could be signs of serious disease. If you are concerned about a pest infestation, look for tiny burrow holes on the branches and stems.
If you have questions or concerns about the health of your trees, contact our experts at Growing Green
. We are available to assist you with tree and shrub maintenance, organic weed control services, landscaping projects and techniques, and lawn care services. For the colder months, we also offer snow removal and plowing services. Give our knowledgeable staff a call and set up your first appointment