Maintenance is the single best investment a homeowner can make in the health of the trees in their yard. Proper pruning can extend the healthy years in the life of almost every tree, but like people, every tree is an individual.
· Older trees with health problems cannot tolerate pruning like a young, healthy tree.
· Ornamental trees should be pruned at least once every year or two.
· Missing branches or cracked limbs are a tell-tale symptom that a tree is not well and needs special attention.
· Evergreens and large maples that are so popular in the Northwest need to wind sailed every 3-5 years to insure their health and prevent branches from become dangerous projectiles during a storm.
· Trees deserve as much attention as the plants in your garden. Be sure they are getting the proper nutrients added to the soil to prolong a healthy life.
Apply when needed
Just like a healthy body, trees often need supplements to remain healthy and reach their full, productive lifespan. Applications of mycorrhizae can eliminate 95 percent of fungus that can literally destroy a tree from the roots up. Proper application of mycorrhizae in the soil can help a tree absorb more water, generate new growth and help fruit trees become more productive.
The nutritional benefits from mycorrhizae can also reduce shock from transplants and offset the impact of soil erosion, chemicals released by road and home construction and the invasion of non-native plants.