Many of the trees that are growing in your yard today, will still be there, with the right care, when your grandchildren are all grown up as well. Trees can live a good long life but they do need help from time to time. They need to be watered, fertilized, and pruned on a regular basis. If not, they can be susceptible to diseases that could harm them or even kill them, if left untreated. If you’ve just moved into a home that has some large, never cared for trees, you’ll have to be careful the first time you prune them or you could end up killing them. Here are some tips on how to trim a tree and not kill it in the process.
There Are A Lot Of Reasons Why Trimming A Tree Is Good For It
One of the major diseases that trees get is a fungus. It grows in the older, dead parts of the tree and then tries to spread to the good part as well. When you prune a tree, one of the first things you need to do is cut out any and all dead, decaying, and rotted wood. This not only stops the decay from spreading but there are quite a number of insects that like to live in the dead wood as well. Some of these insects have a habit of helping to spread the fungus because that helps the insects create more living space for themselves.
By cutting out all of the dead and infested wood, you stop the spread of the fungus and the symbiotic insects that live there. However, this can be a problem if the branch is very large and is going to leave a wound that will be hard for the tree to heal. It’s better to do your pruning in the late fall or winter so that the tree’s sap is held in the roots and it won’t be prone to as much bleeding. Plus, most of the insects and other diseases are far less active during the colder months and you don’t have as much risk of infection.
If you have to cut a tree during the spring or summer months, one of the best things you can do to not kill your tree is buy some special latex tree wound paint. It’s very similar to regular house paint and it will help keep the wound sealed until the tree can generate its own cover for protection.
Giving A Tree Plenty Of Fertilizer And Water After Pruning Is Good
When a tree is recovering from surgery, they are just like an animal in that they need nutrients to help repair themselves. You should give them a good deep watering, especially if the soil is dry, and include fertilizer at the same time. The tree will absorb the water and fertilizer and grow back more healthy than before. Plus, by not having the extra limbs that were pruned off, more of the tree’s resources are able to be spent on the remaining good limbs.
If you have an older tree that hasn’t been pruned in a long time, it’s sometimes better to seek the advice of professional tree experts. Pruning a large tree without killing it can be a challenge if the limbs are extra large. In such a case, expert advice is in order.