As a full-service tree company, we are contacted by tree owners for various reasons. Potential customers may contact us for trimming when they start looking to use their yards at the end of winter. Others may need trimming and cleanup when they are preparing to sell their house, or remedial work after utility line clearance. Unfortunately, some people contact us only after a tree has fallen or sustained major damage. While there are some of our customers who consider tree preservation as an important part of home ownership, it is, sadly, an often-overlooked area of property maintenance.
What is Tree Preservation?
Preservation of trees, generally, refers to the practice of safeguarding the health of trees from potential hazards. Tree preservation is most often referred to during the planning of construction in the vicinity of trees, but it is not limited to that scenario only. In addition to pre- and post-construction care, preservation tree care is important at all phases of a tree’s life.
- Proper planting, including preparing the area around a newly-planted tree, is critical to giving a young tree the best chance to thrive.
- As a tree matures, tree preservation efforts are geared toward keeping the tree’s environment stable and healthy and protecting the tree from pests and damage.
- In an older tree, preservation tree care may involve retrenchment pruning and other techniques to prevent unnecessary energy loss.
- If a tree sustains damage, whatever the source, tree preservation care may call for specific fertilization and watering practices, or growth regulator application.
- Preservation tree care is not just fixing a present health issue, but working to prevent future issues from arising.
Preservation Care for Young Trees
Preservation tree care starts with the planting of a new tree.
- While young trees are naturally vigorous and can put on growth quickly, proper planting techniques will enable the trees to become well-established and truly thrive.
- Before planting, be sure to select the right tree for the site, taking into consideration sun exposure, soil type, drainage, and nearby trees and plants (including turf grass and other ground cover).
- Prepare the planting site by digging the right-sized hole to receive the tree, and leaving room around the new tree for proper mulching.
- Address any circling or girdling roots before filling in around the tree with soil.
- Water sufficiently, but take care not to overwater, which can lead to destabilization and fungal growth.
- Consider an appropriate fertilization program to help the young tree get nutrients that may not be naturally present in the soil.
Mature Tree Preservation
Mature trees may seem able to withstand a great deal, due to their size, but even well-established, native species can benefit from preservation tree services.
- As trees mature and grow, they need more root room.
- Be sure to enlarge the surrounding mulch area to match the tree’s size.
- Larger trees are less flexible than young trees, and are more prone to breaking from high winds and storms.
- Keep mature trees properly trimmed to reduce risk of limb loss.
- As trees reach the end of their lifespan, they lose vigor and have reduced energy reserves.
- Consider retrenchment pruning to reduce size and help a tree use its energy more efficiently.
- While they have more-developed natural defenses, older trees may still need additional help to avoid pests and diseases.
- Consult an ISA Certified Arborist in your area who can advise on risks specific to your trees.
Construction and Post-Damage Preservation Tree Care
The term “tree preservation” is most often applied to the steps taken before, during, and after construction or other work is performed near trees.
- Tree preservation for construction is focused on reducing the impact of environmental changes on trees and establishing protective barriers between the trees and potentially-damaging equipment.
- In addition to physical barriers, preservation care should include information and education to help nearby workers be aware of and avoid activities that could cause damage or unneeded stress to trees.
- Even if a tree preservation plan is followed exactly, most trees need post-construction care after work is completed.
- Preservation plant health care programs can help a stressed tree refill depleted energy reserves and repair any damage.
- Similarly, after storms or other damage, trees need preservation tree care to help them recover.
At Texas Tree Surgeons, we love trees and we love our community! We are proud to offer full preservation tree services for all stages of a tree’s life. As a locally-owned and operated company, we have a history of caring for North Texas trees and their owners. We believe that an educated customer is our best ally in tree care, and we are always happy to have one of our ISA Certified Arborists evaluate your trees and discuss their specific needs. Preservation tree care is our specialty — contact us today!