Planting and caring for citrus trees can be challenging and if issues arise, a tree service in Tampa may be needed. Here’s what you need to know about planting citrus trees.
Whether you have a generational property or you’re maintaining a historic home for tours and events, the whole property makes a statement. Don’t just focus your efforts on the house and surrounding structures themselves: everything from the trees along the driveway to the trees in the backyard can be part of the experience. Here’s how to bring them to the forefront with estate management.
Sometimes trees have to be removed despite everyone’s best efforts to save them. This can happen after a property fire, heavy storm damage that devastates a small grove of trees, or even a quick-spreading disease. Once you have your tree management company cut down the trees and grind the stumps, it’s time to rebuild. Make sure you don’t rush by following these four steps:
1. Get the soil inspected and replenished
A fire can burn up a lot of the nutrients and plant matter that go into the soil. It also leaves behind a hardened layer of ash. Before you plant new trees on the site, have an arborist inspect the area and recommend the right treatments to get the soil hydrated and healthy.
The soil near a disease outbreak or fungus needs even more preparation. It’s important to completely remove or counter soil that carries stubborn traces of any parasites or problems. Follow your arborist’s recommended guidelines for wait times before planting.
2. Don’t use fast-growing trees
It could take decades for the replacement trees to look like the ones you lost, and that’s okay. Slow-growing trees are hardier and have better defenses against temperature changes, invasive species, and physical damage. Fast-growing trees that are bred just for quick expansion have weak wood. That means they can’t handle snow or windy weather. Their thin bark also can’t ward off disease or sunscald.
3. Use local varieties
If your lost trees provided important shade or were a vital part of the overall landscaping, then you might not be able to wait for younger trees to grow into their place. If you need to plant mature trees, look for local varieties. They can better handle the stress of a new placement than exotic varieties, and local varieties are sturdier.
4. Get rid of invasive pests
Those animals might not just be digging around your trees for shelter. They could also be looking for food. Burrowing insects might have made mulch or sunscalded bark their home. Have an arborist take a look if your tree has sustained visible damage or if the rodents keep coming back. While catching pests at the beginning of spring is the best way to minimize long-term damage, it’s never too late to limit the damage as much as possible.
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The benefits of trees in landscaping go beyond air purification and oxygen production; trees can lower bills, increase property value, and even reduce the crime rate. Trees reduce heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars and well cared for trees increase property value by up to 20%. Pruning is the most common maintenance for tree care to remove dead branches, improve structure, and reduce the risks to the tree’s health. Tree growth is maximized when pruning is done annually before the spring growth starts.
Tree care can fall in the gap between conventional landscape management services. Many times, home inspections consider the building structures and landscaping surfaces but exclude tree care. In order to maintain the health of your trees and the structural integrity of the surrounding land, it is imperative to keep them covered through a tree maintenance program. Here’s why…
A tree’s root collar, also known as a root crown or neck, is simply the top of a root system, where the trunk meets the roots. For most species of tree, the root collar is supposed to be partially exposed, sitting just at ground level. The tissues of trees’ roots and trunks have vastly different methods for transporting water and nutrients, so their meeting point at the root crown is critically important to facilitating this exchange.
Water & nutrients are the most important requirements of trees living on residential and commercial properties. Irrigation, or watering, may be an easy way to provide the water they need, but supplying the nutrients they need can be a bit more difficult. Tree roots gather nutrients from the surrounding soil below ground. It is commonly thought that tree roots are extremely deep in the soil, however, the reality is that they are predominately living in the upper 8”-12” of the soil and extend laterally to the drip line (or edge of the canopy) &/or beyond.
Trees are an important asset and with proper care can add value to your commercial property.
Last week in the first part, of this 2 Part series we covered a lot of information; if you did not have a chance to read that post you can read it here: Reducing Overhead in Your Landscape – Part 1. If you have already read it, let’s have a quick recap. In Part 1 we discussed the importance of properly caring for your trees in the early stages of development with a “Tree Care Maintenance Plan”, to reduce future risks that can be very costly.
Properly caring for the trees on your commercial property in the early stages of life or development, can help save money on your landscape in the long run.
During their first years, trees are not much different than that of a child or pet, they require special care to ensure their long term success and health. Having a “Tree Care Maintenance Plan” from the initial planting of the tree through it’s adolescent stages can be less costly; and as an added benefit, will result in a more beautiful and inviting landscape. In addition, to ensuring maximum health and aesthetics, having a solid “Tree Care Maintenance Plan” can also greatly reduce costly risks and hazards in the future.