When it comes to landscaping, trees and shrubs are pretty impressive. Not only do they add beauty to your yard, but the shade that trees provide can also even lower your electric bill. In the winter, they can divert cold air away from your home, keeping it warmer. Caring for them in a climate that experiences extreme heat can be challenging. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of best practices for tree care in Texas.
Tree Tip No. 1: Mulch
Surrounding your trees with a good layer of mulch is a crucial step for any southern tree care routine. Leave a ring around the tree at the base of the trunk so mold and fungi don’t build up. Then spread the mulch about three feet in diameter and about three inches thick. This will not only give your trees greater curb appeal, but it also gives them a leg up in the battle against drought and weeds. The mulch traps moisture the sun would normally evaporate. In hot, dry climates like Texas, trees need all the help they can get when it comes to retaining water. Mulching also prevents weeds and grass from growing too close to the base of the tree and competing for water and other nutrients.
Tree Tip No. 2: Fertilize
You’ve probably sprinkled your flower beds with fertilizer to get those picturesque blooms. Have you given your trees and shrubs the same love? Applying fertilizer in late fall is the ideal time! Your plants will start diverting energy from growing leaves to focusing on their root systems. As such, investing in your trees and shrubs now will increase the chances of more robust plants next spring. You’ll want to consult with an expert arborist who will take into account your tree’s species as well as the surrounding soil composition.
Tree Tip No. 3: Pruning
When you spot a branch hanging a little too close to your house, your first instinct may be to trim it back as far as possible. You don’t want that branch breaking off and damaging your property right? While there’s nothing wrong with removing dead or dying branches, it’s important to be calculating when pruning trees and shrubs. Improper pruning can have a major impact on the health of your plant. It’s crucial to prune at the correct time of year. You’ll also want to make sure to trim at the correct location on the branch. Too close or too far from the trunk can open up trees to insect infestations or diseases. There’s also the appearance of the plants to consider. Uneven shrubs and scraggly trees stick out like a sore thumb. When you maintain healthy plants, they’ll last for years and look good at the same time.
Tree Tip No. 4: Treatment Programs
Investing in a solid multistep treatment program means your trees get the TLC they need all throughout the year. It’s like hiring a personal trainer for your trees! And while there’s nothing wrong with hitting the gym as often as you can, there’s no denying that having a routine with a professional will definitely yield results. Treatment plans may vary but generally have six to eight steps throughout the year. These steps include things like pest control, fertilizer, and protective measures. They’ll also vary by region. Tree treatment programs in Texas will likely include greater measures against microscopic pests like mildew and fungi.
Tree Tip No. 5: Watering
Every plant needs water – this is a no-brainer. However, it can be difficult to know how much and how long to water. It depends on several factors: age, species, climate, etc. You’ll want to avoid puddling water – especially near the trunk. Puddles provide excess moisture for things like mold, bacteria, and root rot to set in. It’s a good idea to purchase a timer for your hose or sprinkler to avoid overwatering. When in doubt, it’s best to ask your lawn care professional.
Tree Tip No. 6: Dormant Oil
Also known as “horticulture oil,” this is applied in late fall/early winter and is used to prevent a variety of problems from insects to fungal diseases. The benefit is that they pose minimal risk to plants, humans, or animals. Generally, they are a mix of copper, superior oil, and sulfur. Your lawn care expert will know which mix of the three is best for your soil.
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