Question: How much water does a tree need?Answer:
It depends on the soil on your property, but generally a tree needs 1 inch of water per week. On hot dry periods, it may need more water until weather conditions improve. Always water trees in the fall before freeze up; it will help your tree in the spring by having adequate moisture for bud break. Watering trees in the fall will keep frost from not going as deep in the ground which will help keep your roots from winter freezing.
Question: Should I fertilize my tree?Answer:
Most of the time you do not have to worry about fertilizing trees. If you fertilize your lawn 1-2 times per year, the tree will get some of that nitrogen from the feeder roots and fibrous roots that are just below the grass. Over-fertilizing trees can make a tree more susceptible to insects that feed on trees for the sap. Fertilizing your conifers is not necessary because they are adapted to growing in low nutrient soils. Always have your soil tested before fertilizing your trees. You can look at the new growth each year on your trees to determine if they need fertilizer. If you have 4 to 6” of new growth each year on your trees, they do not need to be fertilized. The rule is that if you get 2” or less of new growth each year, you should get a soil test done to determine the deficiency areas of your tree.
Question: Should I put tree tar on the cuts I made on a tree?Answer:
The tree is much better off if you let it seal up on its own. The tree coat will sit on top of the wood and the wood will not seal up naturally underneath. An artificial tree coat will crack over time leaving an area for insects to enter the tree.
Question: How do I plant my own tree?Answer:
When planting your own tree – balled or container grown – first dig the hole twice the size of the root ball or container and no deeper that the top of the root ball. The tree should be even with the top of the ground or slightly above. Planting a tree too deep will cause the roots to come back to the surface searching for oxygen. Always score the sides of a container grown tree to stop the roots from circling the root ball. When you make the investment of adding new trees to your property, it is always better to have a professional – such as Huston's Tree Service – to plant the trees for their long term health.
Huston's Tree Service is dedicated to providing our clients with accurate and up-to-date information about tree care. You can always count on our expertise because it comes with years of study and firsthand experience. Contact us if you have any other questions or comments about our tree services