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Tree Care and Maintenance

Tree Care and Maintenance

Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade.  These are two excellent reasons for their use.  Woody plants also serve many other purposes, and it often is helpful to consider these other functions when selecting a tree or shrub for the landscape.  The benefits of trees can be grouped into social, communal, environmental, and economic categories.

Think of tree care as an investment.  A healthy tree increases in value with age — paying big dividends, increasing property values, beautifying our surroundsings, purifying our air, and saving energy by providing cooling shade from summer’s heat and protection from winter’s wind.

Providing a preventative care program for your landscape plants is like putting money in the bank.  Regular maintenance, designed to promote plant health and vigor, ensures their value will continue to grow.  Preventing a problem is much less costly and time-consuming than curing one once it has developed.  An effective maintenance program, including regular inspections and the necessary follow-up care of mulching, fertilizing, and pruning, can detect problems and correct them before they become damaging or fatal.  Considering that many tree species can live as long as 200 to 300 years, including these practices when caring for your home landscape is an investment that will offer enjoyment and value for generations.

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Insects and Disease

Insects and diseases can threaten tree health.  As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree’s appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem.  By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding their causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and select an appropriate treatment.

Basic elements that influence plant health include sufficient water and light, and a proper balance of nutrients.  Too much or too little of any of these environmental conditions may cause plant stress.

Environmental stress weakens plants and makes them more susceptible to insect and disease attack.

Trees deal with environmental stresses, such as shading and competition for water and nutrients in their native environment, but adjusting their growth and development patterns to reflect the availability of the resources.  Although trees are adapted to living in stressful conditions in nature, many times the stresses they experience in the landscape are more than they can handle and may make them more susceptible to insects and diseases.

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