How To Take Care Of Garden Trees

Trees are essential additions to your living space. Not only do garden trees beautify your compound but they serve many other purposes in relation to your wooden shed. They break the speed of the wind, thus ensuring that foreign objects do not bang into your wooden shed, thus reducing the chances of damage. They also protect the wooden shed from getting too much exposure to UV rays, which are known to cause cellular damage. Having them around is therefore a sure way of protecting yourself from having to incur costs related to repair and maintenance over the lifetime of your shed. If you want to know how to take care of garden trees so that they can provide their services for decades on end, read on:

Watering

When you plant a tree, it is vital that you take good care of it in the first years, as this determines whether it will form strong roots, enabling it to be healthy. One of the factors that you should consider is how much water you give the tree.

Supposing you have planted your garden tree today, ensure that you provide it with lots of water after that. This step aids in helping both the soil and mulch settle. It also ensures that the roots get the water they need to begin growing. The mistake that people often make at this stage is to give the tree too much water. Though it is essential for the roots to have water, having too much of the same hinders the healthy growth of the garden tree. You should aim to leave the soil moist as opposed to wet, and the best way to achieve this would be through the use of a gardening hose for half a minute. Any more than this would be over-soaking, and it would result in the rotting of the roots.

This process should continue for as long as your garden tree is less than two years old. During this time, the roots have yet to establish themselves in a way that they can absorb adequate water from the surrounding soil. You can check the soil regularly and when it feels dry, proceed to use the gardening hose for half a minute or less, depending on the conditions at the time. Where the tree gets enough water from rainfall, there is no need for additional water.

When checking the soil for dryness, do not rely on what you feel at the top. Instead, push a trowel at least two inches into the soil before inserting your finger in the trench to check for moisture. Often, the top part of the earth may be dry, yet there is water underneath. Failure to test the wetness at least two inches into the ground may have you thinking that the tree needs water and may lead to over-soaking.

At two years, you can relax on the watering schedule. However, this will depend on two issues: your climate and the garden tree type. Suppose you live in an area with regular rainfall, you can easily cut back on the watering schedule, and the tree would do just fine. However, where you live in a dry region, you may have to continue with the irrigation as the tree may lack adequate water to keep growing.

Suppose your garden tree requires more water than rainfall can provide, you would have to stick to a given schedule to ensure that it grows healthy. If you haven’t yet planted a garden tree, you should consider researching the watering specifications of your preferred species to enable you to get one that does not require much water.

Mulching

Moisture is an essential component where you wish to have a healthy tree, and one way to keep the roots moist is the use of mulch. Once you have planted your garden tree, ensure that you place mulch around it. This step will not only protect the roots from harsh temperatures, it will also prevent the growth of weeds at the site. If the tree is small such that one cannot notice it with ease, the mulch also serves as a marker.

It helps to clear any grass or vegetation around your plant to a diameter of at least three feet. If you can spare ten feet, then all the better. Note that the chosen space should depend on how big the tree is likely to be in the future. As such, there is no need to clear much space where the garden tree is small. You can use a rake or other garden implement to do this.

You then need to add a three-inch layer of natural mulch into the space provided. Suppose you have a four-foot space, ensure that you work the mulch into that area. Wood chips or other such natural materials will do the trick. The least diameter for the mulch should be three feet, so keep this in mind.

While adding the natural mulch, leave a three-inch space between the materials and the trunk of the tree. Failure to do this leads to smothering which will work against the healthy growth of the garden tree.

Pruning

This step helps you get rid of any branches or parts of the tree that could be problematic and thus keeps infestations at bay. It is also an excellent way to regulate the growth of a tree. Start by getting rid of any dead branches the tree may have as this will help it appear healthy. You know that a branch is dead when its bark starts falling off and it lacks leaves.

Though pruning is an excellent way to ensure that your garden tree is healthy, you should limit it to a few times per year until your tree is at least three years old. Pruning it too much before then as it reduces leaf space and thus reduces the nutrients that the tree gets. This, in turn, leads to a lack of full development of the roots and the tree thus takes time to establish itself. For the first three years, limit the pruning to dead or broken branches.

Once your tree is three years old, you can start pruning it annually, especially during the winter to help it grow.

With these few steps, your garden tree should not only establish itself, it should also serve you and your wooden shed for many decades.

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