When planting a tree in your yard, it is best to choose a native species. Connecticut’s native forest species are well adapted to the state’s seasonal fluctuations and will be more easily cared for than species that do not normally grow here in Connecticut. Planting a native tree is also a wonderful tool to improve local ecological diversity by increasing the number of beneficial insects and boosting the number and diversity of birds. It is important to avoid planting invasive trees as these trees can compete for resources and displace native species.
Pruning is key for keeping your trees healthy! Pruning removes dying branches to maintain plant health and safety. The removal of live branches in mature trees reduces density. In most cases, this significantly reduces wind resistance and subsequent storm damage. Keep your pruning shears sharp and clean! Making sure to wash your shears after pruning one tree and before beginning on another reduces the spread of disease and decay. When pruning fruit trees, it is important to know how to prune the tree to best encourage flower production. Fruit trees are particularly sensitive to pruning when performed incorrectly.
Trees that are growing in their natural habitat, like the forest, have plenty of access to the nutrients and mineral they need to thrive. These nutrients come in form of decomposing leaves and twigs, as well as other organic debris left by animals. Doing your best to imitate this habitat for your trees, such as letting fall leaves decompose, will reduce your need for fertilizer. However, in many yards we find soils that are highly disturbed with either a pH that is too high or too low, or lacking in organic matter. In these cases, fertilization is key! Fertilizer is made up of nutrients including Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus. Different formulations of these nutrients are used depending on the type of tree and health of that tree. Applying a high quality, slow-release fertilizer is a great way to return natural nutrients into the soil. Eric’s Tree Service offers a therapeutic grade deep root fertilization which is a liquid fertilizer that is injected into the soil; it is the quickest way to get nutrients to a tree that is struggling.
Keeping your trees well hydrated is a must! Trees at any age require plenty of water to survive and thrive. This water needs to be able to soak into the soil to reach the roots. There will be signs that your trees need more water including browning leaves at the tip, a sparse canopy, and premature leaf drop in the fall. Symptoms of drought stress are not always evident in trees and shrubs right away. Sometimes, symptoms don’t appear until up to two years after the initial water deficit took place!
While it is important to care for your trees, scheduling an annual tree analysis with your local licensed arborist will best determine what your trees need. We are here to help! Check out what is included in our tree analysis and all of the other aborist services we offer!