Trees Need Care Too
Trees like humans, need preventative care to ward off disease, especially as they suffer from environmental stresses like air pollution, soil contamination and compaction, exotic invasive insect pests, temperature extremes, devastating storms and drought.
There are several organic approaches to prolong the life of a tree and maintain its good health and vigor.
· Fix the soil with compost and organic supplements. Raking leaves in the fall removes vital organic matter, and toxic chemicals and high nitrogen based fertilizers deplete the soil of important nutrients. It is imperative to replenish the soil with amendments or compost. Healthy, nutrient rich soil determines how well your trees grow.
· Consult a local arborist - a tree needs to be periodically inspected for structural defects, insect pests and disease.
· Trees should be pruned properly and focus on removing dead, dying, diseased and broken branches.
· Proper irrigation and mulching, especially in times of drought, are essential to maintain a tree’s good health.
Trees play a critical role in the health of the planet. They are not living statues – they need care and protection just like any other living thing. Please help preserve these majestic beauties.