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How to Keep Trees on Your Property Healthy and Strong

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If you want to improve the look and even the value of your property, you might consider having trees planted in the yard. Mature trees are a great addition to any residential space, as trees provide shade, a nice focal point, and a place for birds and other wildlife to nest, thereby helping the environment. Note a few tips on how to ensure those trees remain strong throughout the years, and be sure to talk to a landscaper about the needs of your property's trees in particular.

Look for signs of termites

Don't assume that termites only eat through the wood in a home, as trees are also a favourite target of theirs, for both a food and water source. A tree that has been infested with termites can be fumigated or otherwise treated, if you catch this infestation before too much damage is done. If left unchecked, however, termites can eat through the entire inside of a tree and outright kill it, so that it needs to be removed! Know the appearance of termite trails and the signs of damage, such as holes in the trunk or long areas of missing bark. Being alert to these signs of termite infestation and having a tree treated at the first sign of damage can save it, allowing it to heal and recover from such damage.

Leaning

If a tree seems to be leaning to one side, the trunk may have suffered damage to that side, so that it's weakened and begins to lean. The tree may also not be getting adequate sunlight on its other side, and its branches begin to grow toward their light source, and the tree then leans.

This leaning will put undue weight on that side of the tree, weakening the trunk even further, so that the tree may eventually collapse. Have an arborist or landscaper brace the tree so that it grows straight, and you avoid this potential damage.

Lopping

You may think that trees get pruned only to keep branches away from wires or your home, but tree lopping is necessary for the health of a tree. Dead branches that are not lopped only add unnecessary weight to a tree so that it may lean, as mentioned above, and a disease in one branch may spread to the trunk, so the tree eventually dies and needs removing. Trimming branches also allows for more sunlight to reach all the branches and the trunk itself, so that the tree gets needed light and continues to grow healthy and strong.


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