The changing seasons in New Jersey can be hard on the trees on your property. From far too much rain, which can weaken roots to just not enough rain that in time will undermine or shatter a tree’s root structure; New Jersey weather patterns can be nearly anything at the most surprising times. Some will remember the year Halloween was canceled due power outages and limbs down due to a snow storm or wind gales over sixty miles an hour, that along with some of the most pristine days with fluffy clouds and the bluest skies is New Jersey weather in a nutshell.
- Over mulching.
Using mulch is a great way to keep down bugs and impede weed growth. Using too much or piling it too high around your tree can cause the retention of too much moisture, causing the roots, root ball, bark, and cambium to rot. The cambium is the layer of tissue just under the bark which transports water and nutrients to the leaves of a tree.
Solution – Layer about three or four inches around the tree, pulled back to create a ‘donut’ with the tree in the middle, this will allow for drainage. Do not pile mulch against the tree.
- Cracked limbs.
Autumn is the prefect time to inspect your trees for any broken or cracked limbs. Small limbs that are broken can often be saved by wrapping them with grafting or electrical tape to hold together. If there is good contact between the cambium, or inner bark layer, and the two pieces, the wood should fuse after a few months of growth.
Solution – Larger branches should be taken off as they also pose a greater hazard during a storm. Calling the professionals at Precision Tree and Landscaping to remove dangerous branches will allow your family to safely enjoy the yard.
- Man-made damages.
Weed whacking, lawn mowing, string trimmers are some of the tools used to make lawns look good, but often damage trees if used too close to the trunk of a tree. Not only can these actions stress the tree, also nicks and holes can allow for insects and pests to infiltrate the tree, which of course stresses the tree more.
Solution – Besides being aware of the surroundings, not planting grass seed under your trees is the easiest way to help your trees stay safe. If you see any blemishes or see insect activity on your trees, call in professional tree care to help resolve the health of the tree.
- Lack of nutrients.
Trees born in forests have a steady diet of replenishing organic matter, trees in your backyard, less so. Often the organic matter trees need the most are swept up and disposed of, including grass cuttings, leaves and sticks.
Solution – see an arborist to discuss fertilizer and mulching needs of your trees.
- Compacted soil.
Think of all the ways your lawn and yard are used for, now think of all that traffic pounding down on the soil your trees and shrubs need. Tree roots have a harder time breaking through hard soil. Just because roots cannot spread out due to soil compression does not mean they don’t keep growing.
Solution – Loosen the soil around your trees and add in organic matter to keep it looser set.
Checking your trees at the beginning of each season will help them stay health and give your family years of enjoyment.