In the long run, trees are a sensible low-cost investment that provides benefits for decades to come; that is, if they're cared for properly. Replacing a single tree can cost hundreds of dollars, so it's important to know how to properly care for the trees on your property.
Choose the Right Trees for Your Property
Numerous common tree problems can be avoided by taking the time to do your research and make sure that you choose the right trees for your business's property in the first place. Consider how tall and wide a tree will be when it's mature, whether it will drop its leaves in the winter, and whether its shape will suit your space. Also consider the root system. Some trees have roots that go deep into the ground, while others have invasive roots that spread out close to the surface of the ground, potentially posing a tripping hazard for customers or even damaging sidewalks.
Taking the time to research the best trees for your climate and the needs and limitations of your property can help to ensure that you make the best choice.
Know the Signs of Disease
While most trees are naturally resistant to disease and pests, you will still want to regularly observe your trees so you can catch problems as early as possible. Yellowing or wilting leaves, limited growth, and fungus are a few of the problems that you should keep an eye out for. Know what your tree looks like when it's healthy, and if you observe any changes, call a local arborist to help you consider solutions.
Take Simple Precautions
Compared to flowers and shrubs, trees are relatively low maintenance. However, there are a few simple precautions that you can take to ensure that they last a lifetime. Laying fresh mulch every year will protect the tree from over-fertilizing and over-watering. Mulch should be between two and three inches thick. When laying it, ensure that it is kept away from the tree's bark, and don't forget to remove the old mulch before putting on the fresh layer.
Most trees require very minimal pruning. In fact, because pruning causes damage from which the tree must heal, it can actually result in stunted growth. In most cases, the only time you will need to prune is when you see a dead limb or a branch that has cracked during a strong storm. Ensure that dead or damaged limbs are safely cut away to prevent them from falling and damaging your property or bringing harm to a client or employee.
Know When to Leave Them Alone
Most trees grow beautifully without any human intervention; just look at the region's beautiful parks. If you've selected a hardy tree that is suitable for the climate and has a size, shape, and root system that will be accommodated by your space, and you've ensured that it was properly planted, then in all likelihood, very little maintenance will be required.
Trees bring natural beauty to any business, and by taking the time to understand how to keep your trees healthy, you can ensure that they'll be around for years to come.