The holiday cut-off is a great time to get rid of those trees that are dead or diseased. However, there are a few things you should do to keep your trees safe during this time.
Prune Dead Branches
There are a few different ways to prune dead branches from trees. The most common way is to cut the branch 1-2 inches below the dead branch, then hit the lower side of the branch with a pruning saw in order to break off the entire branch. This will leave a stub that can be removed later with a hand saw or lopper.
Another method is to cut off the branch at a higher point, leaving a long stub that can then be chopped down with an axe or saw. This will leave more wood on the tree and may result in less damage overall due to less stress on the tree’s branches and trunk.
Remove Diseased Trees
There are several methods of removing diseased trees, depending on the severity of the problem. One common method is to cut down the tree and then remove the diseased section. This can be done using a chainsaw, an axe, or a shovel. Another option is to use a caisson cut, in which a trench is dug around the tree and then the tree is cut down from above. In either case, it’s important to clean up any debris left behind so that pests or diseases don’t spread to other trees in your yard.
Keep Your Trees Healthy
Cutting down trees can have a negative impact on their health. Not only can it damage the tree’s physical structure, but it can also cause harm to its roots and leaves. When trees are cut down, they release a large amount of natural gas. This gas can irritate the lungs and cause respiratory problems, especially in children and the elderly. Additionally, when trees are chopped down or sawed up, they may release chemicals called lignins which can harm aquatic ecosystems.
Water Your Trees Your Trees Regularly
Watering your trees is important for their health and for keeping them from becoming dry and brittle. It’s a good idea to water your trees regularly, but it’s also important to remember that not all water is the same. If you’re using tap water, make sure it’s cold before you give your tree a drink. If you’re using a hose, aim the stream of water at the trunk of the tree and let it run slowly over its surface. Try not to wet any branches or leaves; these will need time to absorb water.
Fertilize Your Trees
Fertilizing your trees is important to ensure they grow healthy and produce fruit in the future. There are a few different types of fertilizer that can be used on trees, and it is important to choose the right one for your tree’s needs. Some of the most common types of fertilizer for trees include: animal manure, compost, green manure, and Miracle-Gro. It is also important to keep in mind the type of tree you are fertilizing. For example, apples require a higher level of nitrogen than other types of trees.
By following these 5 tips from BSG Landscape, you can keep your trees safe and healthy during the holiday cut-off.