Our List of Things You Should and Should Not Do

Even the most innocent intentions can have drastic negative long-term impacts. You just have to look at the environment and, more specifically, how humans look after trees.

We are all privy to the importance of trees to our livelihoods, from aesthetics to shade to aiding in the general ecosystem that we all share. However, there can be too much of a good thing when we interfere with the tree growing process.

For example, trees are just like humans in the sense that they too need space. Planting trees close together can be a detriment because they fight for soil resources (see: food and water), not to mention their roots can get all intertwined and you have a whole new problem on your hands.

While mulch may be a good idea to reduce or eliminate weed growth around tree trunks and improve moisture and balance soil temperature, it is another example of too much of a good thing. Excessive amounts of mulch can actually suffocate trees due to copious amounts of moisture. To remedy this, at least a six-inch buffer is recommended between trunk and mulch.  And no thicker than 3 inches deep in mulch beds.

Screws and nails are also something to avoid. Not only do they impose a risk of disease or insect infestation, but for some less mature trees they could actually cause the tree bark to grow around the metal objects.

Other things to know about include herbicides and pesticides, staking or “guying” a tree, power lines, hanging decoration or plants from trees, building or constructing on the root system, and improper pruning.

These are just helpful tips. For more expert advice, call the experts at Camelot Tree & Shrub today!