How did this tree get big!!!?!

So many of my clients are surprised that the little sapling they planted is now a huge tree. It's important when you plan your garden and start planting trees to understand how big they will grow and to keep them maintained in a way that supports how you use your garden. Arborists can help your tree grow in the shape and direction that you want so that the garden is perfect for your family. My blog has tips for the home owner on keeping your tree healthy and, of course, tips on when to use an arborist to get the perfect result.

How to Keep the Trees on Your Property Healthy and Safe


Mature trees on a property can enhance the view of your exterior space and also keep the soil on the property hydrated and healthy. In some cases, trees can even increase your property's overall resale value! While mature trees are often very strong on their own, you want to ensure you're doing everything you can to keep them healthy and safe; note a few tips for how to do this with trees you have on your own property.

Be careful of compacting the soil

Compacted soil doesn't allow air or moisture to flow through very easily; this can be good if your property has a drainage problem, but it also means choking tree roots of the nourishment they need. A better choice for drainage problems is to direct moisture away from the home with underground trenches or a stormwater pit, while still allowing moisture to wash over tree roots.

Tree bark

Tree bark is like the protective skin of the trees; this bark helps keep moisture and other nourishment inside the tree, and also protects delicate layers of wood from harsh sunlight, snow, cold, and other inclement elements. Be careful about damaging the bark of any tree; don't run into it with a lawnmower or weed trimmer, don't peel it for use as mulch, and don't let your children use a tree as a target practice or a toy! Protecting the tree bark will help to protect the tree itself and ensure its long-term growth and health.


Pruning a tree is very healthy and necessary; tree lopping will remove dead and diseased branches that may allow decay to spread, or which are cutting off the tree's supply of fresh oxygen and water. Lopping also allows sunlight to reach interior branches, and reduces some weight on the tree. Cutting older and damaged or dead branches also allows new, healthy branches to grow in their place, and these new branches can absorb more sunlight, hydration, and other nourishing elements.

One word of caution, however; have a professional service do all your tree lopping for you. Cutting random branches or not cutting them in the right direction can mean actually damaging the tree's source of hydration and nourishment, and cutting off too many branches may result in the tree actually getting too much sunlight and drying up. A tree lopper can also note any signs of decay or disease that should be treated by a landscaper or tree surgeon, to protect the tree.

For more information, contact a tree service.


24 April 2017