Take a look at the trunks of the trees in your yard. Do you notice any wounds around or near the base of their trunks? Weed trimmers, lawn mowers, and construction equipment can often cause unintended tree damage. Believe it or not, these simple injuries can actually cause a lot of tree health issues, including an eventual death. Young trees are especially vulnerable when damaged in this manner.
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.