About Tree Care Basics

We all enjoy the trees in our garden and the local area. Many home gardeners do not realize that trees just like other plants need some basic care. Here are a few tips that ensure the health of your trees.

Regular mulching

By placing some good quality garden mulch around the base of the tree will ensure that any moisture in the soil will not evaporate too quickly. Also as the mulch breaks down it will add vital nutrients to the top layer of soil, which is where trees have most of their feeder roots.

Always be certain not to allow any of the mulch to come into contact with the trunk of the tree, as this could cause collar rot. Regular mulching will also encourage micro-organisms such as worms. You can browse https://auratreeservices.com.au/tree-services/tree-removal/ to know more about tree care.

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Fertilizer

Using a good all round liquid fertilizer on a regular basis will ensure that the tree gets all of the nutrients it needs to continue healthy growth. This will also help boost the trees immune system and assist in warding off infection. Use a special fertilizer for Australian Native species, as these trees are prone to toxicity from phosphorus.

Soil De-compaction

One of the major causes of bad health for trees is soil compaction. Over time the soil becomes unable to breathe, this will inhibit air and water freely moving into the topsoil. Take a garden fork and step down on it gently so as it goes about 15 centimeters into the ground. Gently move it back and forth so as to create some spaces or air holes in the soil. Do this about a meter away from the trunk of the tree so as to avoid damaging any surface roots.

Check for Bugs

Check your trees regularly for bugs and signs of insect attack. These are usually pretty obvious and if see any insects eating your trees you will need to act fast. There are a few natural alternatives to pesticides.

My favorite is soapy water. Just take three tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and add it to a bucket of water. Splash the soapy mix all around the leaves of the tree.

Alternatively, you can use a garden hose spray attachment to reach higher places. This will suffocate the bugs as the detergent dries up. Do not spray detergent on trees in the hot mid-day sun. This could burn the leaves.