Trees are a stunning part of our home landscape. While they offer many benefits to the air, and much-needed shade in the summertime, properly caring for your trees can be tricky. Whether your trees are newly planted or have been growing in your yard for years, let’s look at the answers to some commonly asked questions about caring for trees.

Why Should I Plant Trees on My Property?


There are endless benefits to having a variety of trees planted in your yard:

  1.  Trees are fantastic for the local ecosystem, improving air quality and attracting pollinators like bees and insects.
  2. Trees protect your garden beds from rain runoff, stopping your gardens from flooding.
  3. Trees can help with home energy costs by providing shade and wind protection.
  4. Planting beautiful trees in your yard will help you add character and curb appeal, increasing the value of your property.

How Do I Choose the Right Tree to Plant?


Start by considering the constraints of the area where you wish to plant your tree. For example, are there height constraints, such as overhead powerlines? How far do you want the tree to spread? What are the sun exposure and soil conditions where you are planting?

Second, ask yourself what the purpose of your tree placement is. Pinpoint your main reason, from privacy and aesthetics to shade and sun protection. Your arborist can help you choose the perfect tree with the answers to these questions.

When Should I Plant My Trees?


Planting a tree at the right time is vital to successful growth for years to come. You want to plant the tree with plenty of time for the roots to establish before the temperatures become too high or too low. When the roots are established sufficiently, the tree will have a solid foundation from which to grow. Fall and spring are ideal times to plant your trees. You might be surprised that planting can run from September through November.

Is My Tree Sick?

Some tell-tale signs indicate that your tree is sick or dying, including:

  • Stunted leaf growth, yellowing leaves, or holes in leaves
  • Dropped branches
  • Wilting
  • Cracks in the trunk
  • Your local arborist might be able to help you restore your tree’s health.

When Should I Prune My Trees?


The best time to prune a tree depends on the type of tree you are considering. Generally, it is best to prune trees in their dormant stage, so they are not growing. Often, dormancy falls during the changing of seasons. Reach out to your arborist for advice because not pruning at the right time or pruning incorrectly could mean that your tree won’t bloom during the growing season.

What Else Do I Need to Know About Caring for My Trees?

Once your trees are fully mature, they may not need fertilizer unless there are growth issues. However, if your tree does need extra nutrients to grow and bloom from a fertilizer, you would typically fertilize it in the spring to nourish the tree ahead of the growing season.

Finally, winter can be hard on people and trees! Consider adding mulch around your trees to give them a little insulation and an added layer of protection.

Plants A Plenty has a variety of trees for every style and space. Their staff of experts can help you choose and care for your home’s trees. Plants A Plenty is always stocked with options to suit your needs, from flowering trees to evergreens. Stop in today at 622 E. Cambridge Avenue in North Enid or call us at 580.237.1394.

Sources:
https://www.abundanttree.com/blog/2021/september/tree-faqs/