In general, a tree is a great thing. It helps recycle the carbon dioxide in the air, to make it more breathable; it can provide shade for you and your family; you can carve your initials in it, which some people are against – but it looks really cool on Pinterest.
However, a tree can have all sorts of unforeseen issues as well. Like a plant disease, or out-of-control roots. So if you have a tree on your property, you should keep reading; we’ll tell you what you need to know about managing tree growth.
- Unchecked growth may be counterproductive
Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to certain plants and trees. Take roses, for instance: some forms can grow to 8 or 9-feet tall, but that might not be the most attractive form of rose bush.
Therefore, don’t let your trees grow unchecked. Consider pruning, and use this power judiciously. Remember, branches without fruit or flowers are “suckers,” which means they suck nutrients away from branches that are actually producing something. That results in weaker fruits/flowers. We recommend pruning suckers without mercy.
- Consider the effect of the roots
If you have a tree near the sidewalk, driveway, or some other form of pavement, you need to consider how its roots will factor in. As the tree grows larger, those roots will also grow – and they may grow enough to cause pavement to crack above them. Is that the kind of headache you’d like to deal with? If not, you might want to consider removing this tree before it gets to that point.
- Disease and blight need to be removed quickly
A plant disease can kill a tree with astounding quickness, especially if it’s ignored. If you notice any strange discoloration of leaves or branches, inexplicable dying branches or other odd tree activity, you need to address it. Diseased branches should be removed – this may save the tree. But perhaps more importantly, it can halt the spread of the disease. If the problem reaches the tree roots, it can then spread to other plants in the area.