Taking care of a plant is not too different from taking care of a baby, minus the wailing and the financial burden of course, but watching it grow can be quite a fulfilling experience. A tree or plant that is well taken care of will be a great addition to your garden. It can be a source of shade on a sunny day when you want to enjoy a book out in the garden or a source of fresh, organic produce that will save you a trip to the store. But if you fail to properly take care of a plant, it will never be able to reach its full potential, much like a child.
Watering the plants
The preliminary rule of taking care of any plant or tree is watering. But watering a plant isn’t as easy as it sounds. Before watering a plant, it’s important to know how much water it requires and how often. It’s important to water the tree as soon as it is planted, this is to ensure that the soil settles and to give enough moisture to the roots so that they can start growing. When watering, avoid soaking the soil with excess water. Excess moisture can be a breeding ground for certain pathogens in the soil. Mulching every season is key to retaining soil moisture and controlling the weeds around plants. Older trees don’t require as much water once they’ve grown, unless you live in an extremely dry climate.
Inspection of trees
You can hire the services of a consulting arborist who will educate you on the specific water and fertilizer requirements of each tree. They can also provide guidance on certain measures that should be followed to keep your trees in good condition. Carrying out regular checks on trees and plants for infected leaves and insects will help you to take preventative measures before the tree is completely infected and has to be cut down. This will also prevent the spread of diseases and harmful insects to surrounding trees. When inspecting the health of trees and plants of Naturally Trees, it’s just as important to assess the soil conditions and determine if it’s ideal for plant growth.
Pruning and trimming
Pruning is another way of preventing the spread of diseases and getting rid of damaged parts of a plant. Dead branches and limbs should be regularly trimmed so that trees look healthy and well taken care of all year around. It’s always important to use clean, sharp tools when pruning branches. And if you’re pruning different trees, you should sanitize the pruning tools before starting on a new tree. Trees that are younger than 3 years, should not be pruned excessively, while older trees are better off if they are pruned annually. When pruning, you should get rid of sprouts at the base of the tree as they can absorb all the water and nutrients, while depriving the rest of the tree from essential minerals and water.