Trees and shrubs can provide an excellent addition to the landscaping around any home. They not only provide visual interest through height, girth, coloration, flowers, and so on, but they can also fill the air with fragrant scents. And you’ll no doubt enjoy the privacy, shade, wind break, and potentially even noise dampening that trees and shrubs can offer. Some even grow fruit for your table. That said, you will have to put some time and effort into maintaining the larger flora and fauna on your property. Here are just a few tips designed to help homeowners maintain their trees and shrubs.
- Watering. The amount of water required to keep your trees and shrubs healthy will depend largely on your climate and the particular plants you choose to include in your landscaping. Generally speaking, plants in hot, arid climates will need more water to survive. And tropical plants that thrive on humidity and moisture may also need extra water, whether they’re in their natural environment or not. But you don’t want to over-water or you could end up with root rot, mildew, and other issues. A good rule of thumb is to check moisture levels by poking around in the dirt. If the soil is damp about an inch below the surface, you probably don’t need to add more water. If, on the other hand, water is evaporating too quickly, before it is adequately absorbed, you might want to aerate the soil, install a drip system, or spread some ground cover to help the soil hold moisture.
- Drainage. Getting water to the roots of your trees and shrubs is essential if you don’t want them to die. But you also can’t let them sit in water. Proper drainage, including the use of arable soil, correct grading, and possibly even a drainage system, will help to ensure that your root systems get the right amount of moisture.
- Pruning. Trees and shrubs are not like your lawn: you won’t need to trim them nearly as often. But if you want them to grow appropriately, some pruning will be necessary. Shrubs are meant to spread, to a degree, but you don’t want them to become an overgrown nightmare. Trimming can be employed to keep them in desired shapes or sizes. And trimming can also help you to stunt or shape some trees. In addition, you’ll need to clear away dead or decayed branches that can damage the rest of the plant.
- Pests. Insect and animals can definitely damage your trees and shrubs if you’re not careful, so you need to watch out for pests that are common to your area or to specific plants. When you discover signs of pest damage, such as insect infestations or portions that have been eaten by animals, you need to take steps to keep pests at bay. Pesticides (either chemical or natural) and fencing may both work to your benefit. Whether you have a diseased tree that is infested with beetles or you’ve got aphids covering your shrubbery, getting rid of pests is a priority for the health of your plants.
- Native and drought-resistant plants. If you want your trees and shrubs to enjoy the best chance for survival, utilizing native and drought-resistant options is something you should consider (although some drought-resistant plants will not do well in, say, tropical climates). A specialist from a reputable vendor like Robinson Tree Service should be able to help you select the appropriate options for your climate, as well as provide you with ongoing maintenance services.