At Texas Tree Surgeons we love trees. This is our top 10 list of tree trends that got to go in 2024!
- Topped Crape Myrtles
- Just stop! It is a weird trend in North Texas that is based solely on aesthetics and doesn’t increase bloom production.
- Artificial Turf *
- What’s worse than grass, artificial grass? It may look perfect, but it will kill your tree.
- Decorative Rocks at the Base of Trees
- Who decided heavy rocks at the base of trees is more attractive than mulch? It adds weight and during the summer extra heat to cook your tree roots. If you want to hide your roots, we suggest mulch. It looks great, and benefits the health of your tree.
- Lack of Tree Protection During Construction
- Leading killer of urban trees is construction due to soil compaction. This could be easily prevented with consultation from a certified arborist.
- Improperly Pruned Trees
- Improperly pruned trees, like lion tailing, ruins the structural ability of the tree which causes damage to its overall health. Avoid this risk by only hiring an ISA Certified Arborist for tree services.
- Use of Weed & Feed *
- The chemicals used on consumer products like weed & feed misrepresent its effects on trees. By nature weed & feed is designed to kill woody stemmed plants. Trees are woody stemmed plants.
- Relying on Sprinkler Systems to Water Trees
- A common mistake people make is assuming that their sprinkler systems will adequately water their trees. Sprinkler systems were designed with lawns in mind and not trees. Trees need to be watered with a soaker hose or garden hose on slow, low pressure.
- Root Disturbance *
- The roots of a tree need to be cared for as much, if not more than the canopy of tree. Best way to care for them? Leave them untouched.
- Incorrectly Planted Trees
- Trees are an investment, taking the time to plant a tree correctly will ensure your tree will thrive and increase the value of your home.
- Waiting Till There are Signs of Stress to Contact an Arborist *
- Preventive care is the best care. Having a certified arborist that regularly assesses and understands the local environment in relation to your specific tree will ensure it will remain healthy in the long term. Waiting until there are signs of stress in a tree’s canopy incurs more cost and harm.
* (these articles will be released in the near future, check back to read)
At Texas Tree Surgeons, we love trees and we love our community! What are your top ten harmful tree trends that need to go? We would love to know.
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