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Tips to Grow your Trees

  • Do not cut the top off of your tree. If you cut the top off of a tree, bushy, weakly attached limbs usually grow back higher than the original branches. Cutting the top of a tree is one of the worst things you can do for the health of a tree. It starves the tree by drastically reducing its food-making ability and makes the tree more susceptible to insects and disease.
  • Do not girdle. Girdling is any activity that injures the bark of a tree trunk and extends around much of the trunk's circumference. Injuries to the tree's bark caused by lawnmowers and weed trimmers, destroy the tree's layers that conduct water and minerals from the roots to the leaves and return the food produced by the leaves to the rest of the tree.
  • Water your tree. Because trees are very hearty, people tend to forget to water them. Watering trees is critical to their health. Nearly all trees benefit from long, slow watering. Controlled, gradual release allows the water to thoroughly soak in and filter deeply into the soil. Long, slow watering will improve the drought-tolerance of your trees during periods of hot, dry weather. Young and newly planted trees especially need a lot of water and should be put on a watering schedule best suited for the tree type, soil type and time of year.
  • Place mulch around the tree. Mulch insulates soil, retains moisture, keeps out weeds, prevents soil compaction, and reduces lawnmower and weed trimmer damage.
  • The best materials for mulch are:
    • Bark chunks or shredded bark that is at least 3/8 inch in size,
    • pine needles
    • one-year old wood chips
    • leaves that were shredded and composted for at least three months
  • The worst materials for mulch are:
    • Fresh grass clippings or fresh wood chips
    • Fresh organic mulch
    • Organic mulch that smells bad
    • Peat moss or sawdust
    • Pebbles, rocks, or cobble stones
    • Bricks or pavement or black plastic
    • Ground-up rubber tire

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