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From pruning to fertilizing: how to care for the health of your trees

From tree trimming to fertilizing: how to care for the health of your trees

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018

“What are the guidelines for keeping our landscapes and plants healthy and productive? The protocols are called “plant health care,” a phrase coined by the International Society of Arboriculture that includes best care practices for trees and the entire landscape.” -Betty Cahill, The Denver Post

Many of us schedule yearly physicals with our health care provider as an opportunity to avoid any impending issues that may be going on inside our bodies.

The body is often quick to offer warning signs that something may not be right, and it’s up to us to address the signals and take the necessary actions to combat the issue.

Our Colorado landscapes are no different—often offering warning signs that something may not be right with our trees or shrubs. Leaf drop during the heart of the season, browning or yellowing of leaves month s before dormancy, bark peeling away from the trunk—are all warning signs that something isn’t right on our landscape.

The 6 key steps to healthy trees

There are six important components to consider when it comes to Plant Health Care and the Certified Arborists at SavATree can provide you with the best course of action based on your unique property.

  1. First and foremost is your tree selection. Many will choose the fastest growing tree for immediate results, but they often outgrow the intended area and have softer wood which is prone to breakage. For a list of native Colorado trees and their growing specifications, click here.
  2. Proper cultural practices are key to a healthy landscape. They include watering, mulching and fertilizing consistently for the specifies of tree or shrub you’re caring for.
  3. When it comes to tree fertilization, not all trees have the same requirements. Too much and the tree will die; too little and the tree will never flourish. This is where a Certified Arborist from SavATree is a great resourse.
  4. Trimming a tree shouldn’t only be done when a branch is hanging too close to your house. Proper tree trimming helps a tree form good branches for optimum growth.
  5. Have a tree that needs support? Cabling and bracing is a solution, but should only be done by a Certified Arborist for the health and safety of the tree and your property.
  6. Colorado has unique pests and insects that can damage or even kill your trees. It’s important to recognize an infestation and understand the seriousness. Aphids for example are an annoyance, but they won’t kill the tree—wood borers, however, will.

You care for yourself, it’s time to make sure you’re caring for your Colorado trees and shrubs. Call SavATree today for Plant Health Care options that are right for you.


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