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Tree Care Tips

Deep Root Fertilization

A common misconception among “tree care companies” is that the best thing for a sick tree is fertilization. Adding too much nitrogen (and the wrong kind)to the soil will create more leaf growth, not root growth. If the canopy of a sick tree is increased too quickly without focusing on root health, the additional leaves will cause even more stress on an already struggling root system and eventually cause more harm than good. Fertilization should be prescribed on an individual basisby a licensed, ISA Certified Arborist. Please call one of our Certified Arborist for an assessment.

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!!!

Mulching is one of the least expensive and beneficial practices for your trees. 2" to 3" of good quality hardwood mulch applied out to the dripline will help reduce compaction issues, retain moisture, reduce conflicts with string trimmers and, as the mulch breaks down, it will add organic matter back into the soil.

Pruning

Pruning is the most common maintenance procedure for trees growing in an urban environment. One should have a thorough understanding of tree biology before attempting to prune trees. Improper pruning can have lasting effects and even shorten a tree's life span. Cambium follows ANSI A300 Standards and Best Practices in all of our tree care operations. Only hire an ISA Certified Arborist to care for your trees. Check out a tree care blog here.

Irrigation

Once established, trees normally do not need additional watering. However, during very dry, hot periods, we recommend supplemental watering at a rate of 1"–2" per week. Water should be applied with a long, slow soaking rather than a quick drenching. Be sure not to over water, as this can cause a number of problems as well. Please contact one of our Arborists with any questions.

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