Tree Care Management

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Tree care management runs the gamut from selecting trees for planting to tree removal services. One of the best ways to keep a tree healthy is to pick a healthy one in the first place. If you are choosing your own trees at a nursery, make sure a young tree has no broken branches or stem damage. There should be no sign of pests or disease and no wilting. Examine the root system in the container to make sure the tree is not root-bound.

Planting a tree is a delicate operation. First, the tree should be planted where it will fit. Know the size and shape of the particular tree you have in mind--will it grow to 60 feet or more and spread 30 feet, or does it have a tall, narrow growth pattern? Does the tree do better in full sun or part shade? What are its watering requirements? A willow should probably not be planted close to a house for several reasons, but one is its need for lots of water.

Tree Care Management after Planting

After planting, a tree needs regular minor tree trimming and tree pruning in order to keep it looking good and to prevent problems from developing. Tree topping is out as a pruning technique; less drastic measures have been found to be effective, so why mutilate when it isn't necessary? Also on the tree care management schedule should be fertilizing and deep watering to promote strong roots and healthy limbs and foliage. After the first year, tree stakes should be removed from the tree because the ties inhibit growth.

In this time of energy concerns, planting for energy efficiency should be a consideration when planning the design of a yard. Well-planned tree care management in your yard can cut your energy bills dramatically in winter and summer. By carefully locating trees in the yard, you can save up to 25 percent of your household's energy use for heating and cooling. By using trees as windbreaks, you can cut fuel consumption for winter heating by roughly one-third.

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