As a home or business owner, you may often care for your lawn, plants, and the debris around your home, but what are you doing for your trees?
While it’s true that tree maintenance such as pruning, removal, and fertilization should be entrusted to a certified Winnipeg arborist, there are many things you can do to make sure the trees on your property remain happy and healthy and that the property itself remains safe.
Here are some year-round pro tree tips from your Winnipeg arborist.
Call in the pros when necessary
It may sound counterintuitive to include this in an article about things you can do to care for your trees, but the most important thing to know is when it’s time to call a certified Winnipeg arborist.
Here are some tree maintenance items that required a professional’s assistance:
- Tree trimming and pruning
- Tree fertilization
- Tree removal
- Stump grinding and stump removal
- Tree disease diagnosis and treatment
If you’re unsure about whether or not you need to call in a pro, contact Kildonan Tree Service today and we’ll be happy to advise you.
Learn the signs that a tree may fall
With trees being as tall and heavy as they are, safety is of the utmost importance, whether it’s around your home or your commercial property.
Learning the early warning signs that a tree may fall can help prevent damage to your home or property, as well as injury to you, a loved one, a tenant, or a customer. Here’s what you should look out for:
- A hole in the tree trunk or deep cracks can lead to rot and instability in the tree.
- Strong branches grow in a ‘U’ shape, while branches that grow in a tight ‘V’ are prone to breakage in strong winds.
- Dead branches can dislodge at any time, potentially causing damage to people and property in the area surrounding the tree.
- Rotten roots can lead to weakness in the base of the tree, making it easier for it to blow over in strong winds, or tip due to snow or ice accumulation.
- Any tree that’s leaning should be carefully monitored, especially if it’s leaning more than 15-20 degrees, which requires removal.
- When leaves fall from the outside of branches inward, it usually indicates an issue with the root.
Be careful with yard maintenance
When you perform your usual yardwork — mowing the lawn, trimming foliage, raking, digging — be cautious around the base of your trees. Though exposed roots are covered in the same bark as the trunk, damaging them could prove hazardous to a tree’s health.
Damage to a trees bark can leave it prone to infection or infestation and can also disrupt the flow of nutrients through the tree, potentially causing a series of health issues.
Get a head start in the fall
For any pruning, removal, or maintenance needs, contact a certified Winnipeg arborist some time during the summer to make sure you have service booked for the fall. Tree pruning generally takes place during spring and fall, so don’t wait until the following spring to get your tree care under way.
Kildonan Tree Service can prune and inspect your trees and make sure they’re well fertilized at the right time of year, which will result in an even healthier tree once spring rolls around again. This also extends the growing season for the following year, allowing the tree to fortify its root system and flourish.