Trees are beneficial to the health and wellbeing of people. They help reduce noise pollution, improve air quality, and keep the temperature consistent. However, trees can only do their jobs if they are healthy. Unhealthy trees can expose homeowners to fungus and vermin, and can even become a hazard during poor weather conditions. Below are a few ways you can help your trees thrive.
In order to stay healthy and strong, trees need adequate water, nourishment, and sunlight. Depending upon the conditions of their location, human intervention may be required to ensure they are getting enough of all three.
When planting new trees, it’s possible to arrange a basin that naturally collects rainwater near the roots. After the fact, options include hard watering or installing an automatic irrigation system.
Some tree species will drop branches in dry weather to conserve water and survive drought. These dropped branches are colloquially called window makers because they can be quite large and can potentially injure someone if they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Mulch or co-planting can help provide nourishment without the use of chemical fertilizers. Trimming other trees or removing other obstacles can help ensure the tree in question is getting adequate sunlight so it can make its own food.
Since trees get nourishment both from their root system, and sunlight, both avenues of nourishment are essential to maintain tree health. A malnourished tree is a weak tree and it will be more susceptible to fungus, infestation by various vermin, and even falling. Proper and consistent tree care will help extend the lifespan of your trees considerably.
If a tree is no longer healthy, it may need to be removed to keep everyone safe. Unhealthy trees are at risk of falling, especially during a storm.
When a large tree falls, it can cause costly damage to a house or other structures. This threat is compounded by the fact that trees are more likely to fall during storm events than usual.
This means that when a tree falls, it may damage the roof at a time when you most need the roof to provide protection from the elements. It can involve water damage to the property which can introduce additional health hazards in the form of hidden mold and mildew.
It is usually best to contact a professional to assess the state of a tree that looks hazardous. Professional removal before the tree fails will be the safest, cheapest option.
Whether your tree needs to be removed to prevent future complications, or it simply needs a bit of care to stay healthy, learning about the needs of your tree will help keep you protected and safe.