Shocking Mistakes Killing The Trees In Your Garden

By: albertaarb - August 15, 2014

It seems that when it comes to landscaping, trees are often the most neglected members of a garden. Most plants need a lot of care - feeding, watering, weeding, etc. But trees seem to get by on their own.

What many people aren't aware of, however, is that trees need a little TLC, too.

Yes, they appear to take care of themselves for the most part. But there are definite mistakes a person can make when caring for their trees. These mistakes can kill a tree - especially a very young one.

Keep your trees healthy and thriving for years to come with these surprising mistakes you need to be aware of:

Underwatering - It may seem as though rain is all trees need to stay healthy and hydrated. And for the most part, this is true. But what happens when you live in an arid climate, or your area is facing a drought? If your tree has leaves that are wilting, or branches which have become brittle and dry, chances are that it's crying out for a drink. Make sure that there's plenty of mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture. 

Overwatering - Yes, living things need water, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Just like people can drown, too much water can effectively drown a tree. Young trees need around 10 gallons of water a week, or one inch of rainfall. Any more than that and you run the risk of killing the roots. 

Incorrect mulching - Yes, mulching is important to keep a tree watered correctly. And also to moderate soil temperatures and guard against weed growth. But there's a right and wrong way to go about mulching around a tree. The wrong way is to place a large mound of mulch directly against the tree trunk. Instead, make sure the mulch is not touching the trunk, and that you mulch in a 3-4 foot circle, 3-4 inches deep.

Not giving it enough room - When planting trees, keep in mind the fact that they'll need room both for branches and for deep roots. Be aware of how much room the tree will need once it reaches maturity and plant it in a location where it will be able to thrive. In other words, away from obstructions, not too close to the house or other buildings, etc. 

Topping or over-pruning - Often, unskilled individuals or even tree care companies will top or over-prune a tree. A tree should never be topped, and you should never remove more than 1/4 of the twigs and leaves.

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