Big Summer Home Improvement Project?
Be sure to consider the root zone of your trees as you work on your homes. Abrupt grade changes or root zone soil compaction can begin the slow suffocation of your tree. Tree roots depended on aerated, oxygenated soil for proper function. Always consider having a tree protection zone around valuable trees during construction projects. Ask us if you don’t know how!
- Apply Mulch no more than 2-4 inches deep
- Avoid any mulch piled up against the base of your trees. You should always be able to see the root flare, or the place where the stem of the tree widens as it enters the soil
- Extend the mulch away from the trunk as far as you can without disturbing the aesthetic of your landscape
- No mulch volcanoes! These can lead to rapid deterioration of the lower stem, affecting tree stability and often leading to tree death.
Visual Tree Inspection
Sometimes just a casual glance at your trees can help you find and even prevent potential problems. Look for these:
- Excessive lean. Leaning trees can be more likely to break or uproot in high wind and/or heavy rain events. If you think your tree might be gradually increasing its lean, its time to give us a call
- Poorly formed branch unions. Stronger branch unions create more of a “U” shape where they meet the main stem, and not much seam between branch and stem. Weaker unions create a “V” shape with the stem and are often predisposed to break, sometimes under their own weight.
- Hollow spots or cavities in the tree the may cause stability problems.
- Mushrooms or conks growing out of the trunk or the ground around the tree that signify wood decay