There are many reasons why people choose to plant trees on their property, which include to improve the appearance of the landscape and to provide shade. It's often necessary for homeowners to contact a tree service to trim their trees, care for diseased trees and to remove trees. We aren't affiliated with tree service professionals but we think homeowners should understand the importance of tree specialists and why their services are needed. We researched tree care and talked to professionals in the tree service industry to obtain the information we needed for this blog. As you read these articles, you'll learn when it's necessary to contact a tree service to maintain and care for your trees.
When a tree starts to look diseased, when one of its major branches break, or when it starts to take on a less-than-ideal shape, your instinct may be to have the tree removed. In many cases, this is the easiest (and probably also the most affordable) approach. However, if you have some affection for the tree or would like to keep it around for some reason, there may be a way to do that. The most knowledgeable tree experts, known as arborists, may be able to save your tree using one or more of these more advanced remedies.
1. Fungicide Injections
Often, homeowners spray a tree that is showing signs of fungal infection with a fungicide spray, and if that does not work, they assume the disease is incurable. Usually, though, this is because the infectious fungi have made their way inside the tree. Fungicide injections may prove more helpful as the tree can transport the substance through its vascular tissue, killing the fungus where it lies. This won't cure every tree disease, but it will help in many cases where fungicide sprays simply are not enough.
2. Cabling and Bracing
When a tree develops a big crack in one of its major limbs, you might picture the tree without that limb and think it will be too ugly to save. However, if you're able to get in touch with an arborist promptly, you can arrange to have them come brace and cable the limb. They will attach a brace to the limb and pull it back towards the tree so that it cannot crack any further or fall off. In time, the tree may heal the crack, and you may be able to have the brace and cable removed.
3. Deep Fertilization
When a tree simply starts to look old and like its health is deteriorating, the problem is sometimes a deficiency of nutrients in the soil. You can dump fertilizer around the tree day after day, but if that fertilizer gets eaten up by grass and other plants, it won't make it deeper down in the soil where the tree's roots are located. An arborist can perform a technique called deep fertilization, which involves injecting fertilizer near the tree's roots where it is more readily accessed. This can have your tree looking healthy and vibrant again within a few weeks.
Don't give up on your ailing tree. Contact an arborist and see what they can do.