It is very important to take proper care of young trees. Young trees should be cared for in the best way possible. Taking good care of a tree in its youth can help prevent many future problems. Here are a few tips on how you can take care of young trees and/or seedlings:
- Before you plant a tree, you must do some research to make sure that the tree you are planting is compatible with its new environment – as far as a match between the tree species and the soil goes.
- Proper mulching practices have many benefits for trees. But, be careful because too much mulching can have the opposite effect.
- And, lastly – you need a good irrigation system. You need to maintain a balance in the soil’s water levels. If the soil gets excessively dry or wet – both the cases are equally bad for the tree.
Tree care tips
- The first few years of a young tree’s life are the most crucial and the tree will need intensive care during this period.
- Trees are meant to grow big. Big trees add more value to your property and offer many other benefits. As such, you might want to invest in making your landscape more suitable for the promotion of such growth.
- If you want your tree to look graceful when it matures, you might want to consider investing in the structural pruning of the tree when it is young and still developing. Young trees tend to grow out in unpredictable ways that can lead to many defects when the tree eventually matures into its growth. Mature trees with such defects are more likely to fail. Structural pruning helps to correct and prevent such defects in young trees.
Other tree problems
- Trees growing under stress conditions will eventually start to die out. So, it is important to make sure that the trees are not growing stressed out from compacted soil or extremely variable soil moisture levels or something similar.
- Remove any girdled roots that your tree might have developed. Girdled roots leave the tree open to infection and infestation.
- And, lastly, on that note – also remember to take note of any fungal growth that you might spot at the base of the tree on the ground as it may be a sign that your tree is diseased. Similarly, keep an eye out for signs of any pest infestations as well. Problems like these usually compound together when they happen. So, you never know what you might notice that might tip you off towards finding a much bigger problem with your tree than you would have thought. If you run into problems, the best thing to do is to seek the advice of an arborist at a tree service company.