Essential Tree Care Tips to Get Your Spring Started

Be sure you know exactly how to manage your landscaping trees this spring with these vital tree care reminders!

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Critical Root Zone (CRZ)

The critical root zone of a tree is also referred to as a “tree protection zone.” Essentially, it is an invisible or imaginary circle that runs along or just outside the dripline of a tree. This area is important to a tree because it is where the most critical tree roots are located beneath the ground. That is why it is also called a “protection” zone. These are the roots that require the most protection and care. Adequate mulching is an effective method for protecting your tree’s critical root zone. In fact, in terms of tree health, mulch is just as important as fertilizer and water.

Watering

One of the most important parts of taking care of your trees is to make sure they have adequate water. This is especially true for newly planted trees and young trees. After a tree is planted, it is important to water it immediately, then continue watering it regularly over the next two years. Mature trees only require watering during periods of drought, when the soil feels dry to the touch. Keep in mind that too much water can be just as harmful. So, it is important to use just the right amount to keep your trees in good health. To check, use your garden trowel to penetrate the soil 4 to 6 inches deep, then pry the soil back and feel the dampness of the soil.

Mulching

Laying mulch around the base of your trees is a highly effective method of supporting healthy growth and prolonging their life. Although you do not need to re-mulch every week, it is important to check on your mulch beds every day to ensure they are still doing their job. Mulch helps retain moisture and block out excess heat and UV exposure. This helps to keep a tree in good health. If the mulch seems low, put down another layer. Apply new mulch entirely, every year. The rule of thumb when it comes to proper mulching is to keep layers between 2 and 4 inches deep, and at least 6 inches from the base of the trunk.

Staking

See our recent blog, “How to Prepare Your Trees for Spring Weather Conditions” to learn all your options for staking a tree. From there, you can better determine which type of supplementary structural support or protection your landscaping trees need to survive the season. Common industry methods include cabling and bracing, propping, guying, and of course, staking. Talk to your local tree care specialist about tree staking methods and advice when in doubt. They have the tools, training, and knowledge to guide you in the direction of healthy tree care.  

Fertilizing

Tree fertilization helps to make up for any nutrient deficiencies that might be at play. It provides added nutrients, which in turn help a tree grow strong and healthy, and thus, live much longer. Not only does this help a tree look beautiful and deep in color, it gives the tree durability and an increased resistance to inclement weather, disease, pests, nuisance wildlife, and other forms of environmental bearings.

Trimming and Pruning

One of the most important tree services you can outsource for your landscape is pruning. Not only does pruning promote healthy growth, it also encourages flowering and fruit production, making prettier and more profitable trees. In addition to pruning, tree trimming is a highly beneficial, and often times quite necessary, tree service that is something to consider for your property. Tree trimming helps control overgrown limbs and canopies that can pose potential dangers and obstructions.

Professional Tree Care Service for Indianapolis

Call Complete Tree Care at 317-783-2518 for prompt and professional Indianapolis tree service you can trust. We are experienced tree care technicians that can resolve your tree problems, regardless of your projects size or scope. We offer a wide range of tree removal and tree services, for both residential and commercial properties. We even offer free estimates and free tree care advice!

Indianapolis Tree Care 317-783-2518
Indianapolis Tree Care 317-783-2518

How to Prepare Your Trees for Spring Weather Conditions

With Spring right around the corner, now is the right time to be thinking about tree cabling, staking, and bracing. These are excellent tree protection measures to take in order to reduce the likelihood of tree damages caused by heavy winds and rainstorms, which spring is known for. Continue reading to learn about each method of tree protection, and what you can do to ensure your landscaping trees are ready to take on the seasonal inclement weather up ahead.

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Tree Protection

The very root of tree protection starts at the very beginning of a tree’s life. Routine tree care, such as fertilizing, mulching, watering, trimming, and pruning, are all vital to the overall success of a tree’s health and survival. Without proper tree care, trees do not grow to their fullest potential, and as a result, are weaker and more susceptible to damage, disease, and pest infestation.

Along with proper tree care are several methods you can implement to ensure your trees are protected during seasons of inclement weather, namely spring. This is especially important for young or newly planted trees. Among the various methods of tree protection, cabling, bracing, and staking are the most popular and effective.

Tree Cabling and Bracing

The objective of tree cabling is to limit the degree of movement in certain branches and limbs, or for the complete tree. This is accomplished by installing a variety of cables, wires, and hardware like anchors and hooks. Tree bracing is similar to cabling in many ways. It is implemented with the purpose of maintaining certain distance and limiting movement between two leaders (trunks) of a tree. Rods are used to keep two trunks from growing farther apart, or moving sideways against each other. Bracing is also used reconnect broken limbs.

Tree Staking

Young or newly-planted tree require additional support throughout the entire year, until they are strong enough to stand on their own. Tree staking is one practice that is perfect for this job. Tree staking helps protect unstable trees against all sorts of environmental damage, including storm damage, wind damage, breakage, leaning, and other destructive conditions.

Tree Guying

Tree guying is the practice of securing a tree to the ground with the purpose of reducing movement. In turn, this prevents the tree from toppling over or breaking apart. It is traditionally implemented by installing anchors to a tree and in the ground, and then connecting them with a cable.

Tree Propping

Tree props are built and installing in the ground to act as a backing or support for trees. They are installed to support both trunks and limbs, and mostly used for trees that are leaning or in the way. For instance, if a tree has a large limb that dangles over and blocks your gate, you could use a prop to keep the limb from drooping so slow.

Call Us for Trusted Tree Services in Indianapolis

Call Complete Tree Care at 317-783-2518 for prompt and professional Indianapolis tree service you can afford. We are experienced tree care technicians that can resolve your tree problems, regardless of your projects size or scope. We offer a wide range of tree removal and tree services, for both residential and commercial properties. We even offer free estimates and free tree care advice!

Indianapolis Tree Care 317-783-2518
Indianapolis Tree Care 317-783-2518