Trees do not require the same level of maintenance as many other types of plants in your yard. You do not have to worry about watering them every day or keeping weeds from crowding out their growth. But you still have to give your trees some level of attention if you want to keep them free from damage and disease. You can do this by keeping harmful pests away, learning the signs of disease, and providing extra nutrition to encourage healthy growth.
Keep harmful pests away
Tiny pests can cause big damage to the trees in your yard. In California, some of the pests that can cause serious damage to trees include the Goldspotted Oak Borer, Invasive Shot Hole Borer, and Carpenter Ants. These pests do not eat the wood like termites but they bore into it which can lead to widespread damage. Carpenter ants will hollow out the inside of trees and build nests. The damage that these pests cause does not immediately impact the health of the tree. But, over time, they can cause such widespread damage that the tree has to be cut down. In order to keep your trees free from damage you need to actively protect them against pests. The most effective way to do this is with the help of a tree care professional. A tree care pro will inspect your trees for any signs of damage or pest activity and make recommendations for the appropriate type of treatment.
Learn the signs of disease
Disease is another serious threat to the health of your trees. It can spread throughout your tree and lead to issues such as parasitic growths, dead branches, discolored leaves, and in the worst cases complete death of the tree. If you learn to identify the signs of disease it will help you take action when you notice them on the trees in your yard. Parasitic growths – like mistletoe – and spotted or discolored leaves are two of the most common signs of disease in trees. Branches that are no longer producing leaves can also be a sign of disease. If you notice any of these signs it is a good idea to have your trees inspected by a professional in order to confirm your suspicions.
Provide extra nutrition to encourage healthy growth
You can help protect your trees from a number of threats by providing them with extra nutrition. Trees do not need a lot of attention but providing a boost of nutrition occasionally can help encourage healthy growth and resilience to threats like pests and disease. Two ways that you can provide extra nutrition to the trees in your yard include deep root feedings and systemic tree injections. Both of these options provide a shot of nutrients to your trees that help with growth and overall wellbeing.
A tree that is damaged or diseased can become an eyesore and eventually a safety hazard. If you want to avoid losing your trees to threats like pests and disease you need to take steps to protect against them. A tree care professional can provide chemical protection against pests and disease that may threaten your trees. You can take protecting your trees a step further and invest in deep root feedings and/or system tree injections. If you are interested in getting help protecting your trees from damage and disease, call the pros at the Experienced Gardener and set up a free inspection.