Man mowing grass along tree line

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.

What happens to injured tree roots or trunks?

Think of your tree’s bark the way you would the skin on your body. It protects your most vital areas from threats that could cause harm. The same thing is true for bark. When it’s removed or cut, harmful bacteria can seep in, allowing your tree to be susceptible to any number of diseases. Your tree can begin to decay from the inside, and it may be a long time, even years, before you notice any signs of tree disease.

Issues with tree leaves or falling branches could be one of the first signs that your tree is in trouble. A tree wound also makes your tree more susceptible to pests, which can cause your tree additional health problems.

Prevention is key to Tree Health

In order to truly keep your trees safe from damage and eventual disease caused by trimmers or mowers, you need to prevent it from happening in the first place. One option is placing plastic guards around the base of any trees that have been newly planted. You can also place mulch around the tree, it will create a barrier around the vulnerable areas.

It’s also important to plant new trees in areas that will allow for easy maintenance, keeping them away from any vulnerabilities. Avoiding locations under power lines or heavily trafficked areas is a good rule of thumb.

The tree care experts at Tree Medics can help you to asses all of your options when it comes to preventing tree damage. We can also discuss options for saving an already damaged tree. Give us a call today at 813-407-9974 with any questions or concerns you may have.

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