Property owners have a variety of options available for improving the beauty, health and value of their property, including adding irrigation systems, getting regular tree trimming, and having quality fertilizer applied. One other way residential property owners can improve the overall value, appearance and health of their property is through tree planting. Tree planting is an extremely beneficial method for property improvement, but there are many mistakes property owners can make after tree planting that can cause the newly planted trees harm or even death. By avoiding these common mistakes after tree planting, property owners greatly increase the tree’s chances for a long, stable life.
The first common mistake made after successful tree planting is in regards to mulching. Unfortunately, too many new trees receive either too much mulch or no mulch, and the effects can be devastating to the tree’s immediate and long-term health. Trees that receive little to no mulch have a harder time establishing roots and are more vulnerable to severe weather conditions, insect infestations and tree diseases. In addition, healthy levels of mulch protect new trees from invasive weeds that can steal away vital oxygen, water and other essential nutrients.
Conversely, some newly planted trees can end up facing significant harm or even tree death because of over mulching. While it might seem like adding large piles of mulch around the base of a newly planted tree would keep it even more protected from harm, the opposite is true. Large piles of mulch around the tree base only trap in moisture and diminish the tree’s ability to obtain oxygen and other vital nutrients. Additionally, the excess moisture caused by large mounds of mulch can make the tree much more susceptible to tree diseases and insect infestations because of the tree’s weakened defenses.
Finally, a common mistake made after tree planting is overwatering, especially in areas like Texas with high concentrations of clay in the surrounding soil. When trees are planted, it is critical to provide the correct amount of water based on the tree type, surrounding soil composition and weather conditions. Many new trees receive too much water and the clay soil does not absorb the water as quickly as other soil types, making it harder for tree roots to obtain oxygen. However, using an irrigation system can help new trees receive the correct amounts of water at the right time of day, improving their health and stability.
Avoiding these common mistakes after tree planting can preserve and protect the life of your new trees for years to come. However, many residential property owners do not have the time to thoroughly research the tree species, soil composition and tree planting equipment needed to safely and successfully add trees to their property. Rather than risk choosing the wrong tree, selecting an incorrect planting location, planting the tree incorrectly, overwatering, or putting the wrong amount of mulch on the tree, property owners can make a simple call to Embark Services, Houston’s tree planting leader. Embark Services utilizes Certified Arborists who are experts at native trees and can plant healthy trees in your property with safety, efficiency and care. Embark Services offers a full range of tree care services and can ensure that your tree investment provides added value and enjoyment for years to come. Contact Embark Services directly for more information on their tree planting services or request a consultation today.