How to keep your tree healthy
Keeping your trees in perfect health is not always easy. A well cared for tree is attractive and can add considerable property value, a poorly maintained tree however can be a significant liability. Tree health starts with the right tree for the right place. Improper planting is the leading cause of removal. Proper tree selection and planting is the first step to a healthy tree, after that is proper pruning, nutrition and watering in order for the tree to thrive.
An Arborist is a specialist when it comes to tree care and understanding tree health.
Trees take in carbon dioxide and so do their roots. That is why when you over water a tree it can suffocate the fibrous roots that feed the trees uptake of nutrients. The roots 6-8 inches below the surface absorb the most carbon dioxide and nutrients, which means conditions that restrict carbon dioxide from reaching the roots can cause the tree harm. Excess mulching creates this problem. Mulch rings are a good idea for trees, but if there is too much mulch then the roots will not be able to get the carbon dioxide they need.
Still another issue is soil compaction where the root zone has been compacted through foot or equipment traffic.
This also restricts carbon dioxide uptake of the fibrous roots and can cause a tree harm as well.