March 11

3 Easy Steps to Promoting Tree Growth

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Spring is one of the biggest times of years for trees: their buds are coming, they can breathe more freely, and their roots are free from frozen soil. It is also a great time of year for you: you can go outside and be comfortable, the sunshine feels like a million bucks on your skin, and you can even get a head start on your gardening. When getting a head start on gardening, it is important to include your trees because, by the time most people will notice a tree is sick or ready to die, it is too late for even the best arborist to do anything.

Steps to Promote Tree Growth

Many people tend to forget their trees when they garden, but here are just three easy to remember steps that will help you check up on your trees while you are working on your flower beds:

Step #1: Take a walk around your trees and check for the following: decay, soft bark, small holes in the trunk, hollow spots, dead twigs or branches, patches where there is not growth, and recessed soil. Many of these symptoms are signs of internal decay. According to the USDA Forest Service, internal decay does not automatically render a tree unsafe, but it does require you to call a professional.

Step #2: Once you’ve been on the lookout for general tree problems, you can look for more specific threats that are particular to the Indianapolis area. Some of these include the emerald ash borer or EAB, which is an invasive species that attacks ash trees. These pests leave D-shapes holes and S-shaped trails throughout the bark of the tree.

Step #3: Schedule a free estimate consultation with us where we can talk about your tree problems. If you see something that worries you, especially if it is a sign of an invasive species, you will want professionals to deal with the problem. One of our arborists can help you determine what the best course of action is for your tree.

This process will not take you all day. In fact, it can be as simple as a short walk around your yard. The earlier you can do this in the season, the better. Monitoring your trees will save you heartache and money in the future.  Don’t be afraid to ask us any questions you may have in the comments below!

Photo courtesy of Parvin on Flickr.

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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