April 23

Tree Care For New Homeowners

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When you purchase a new home, you don’t always know the history of that home, unless you are the first owner. Even then, there are just some things that you can’t completely control. One of those things is your landscaping. In particular, your trees. Tall trees that are old may not have been planted by the former owners so you have no way to know everything about them.

As new homeowners, your trees may make you nervous if they are close to your home, leaning, or unhealthy. At Menchhofer Tree Care, we understand your concerns. Here are some things new homeowners need to know about tree care.

Tree Removal

  • Tree removal may be the best way to eliminate huge problems
  • Ensure that the stump of the tree is removed as well
  • Be safe if you decide to do it yourself

If you just purchased a new home and you want to build your own outdoor space, you might want to cut down a tree. While we don’t advocate taking down trees that are perfectly healthy, we understand why you may want to do it. Sometimes, the old homeowners may not have taken care of the tree and it is dead or dying and it needs to be removed. Whatever the case may be, ensure that you bring the tree down properly, get the right permits to do so, and protect the other plant life in the yard. According to Family Handy Man, it can be quite a shock for some of the other plants who may get more water or sunlight than they used to, so you will want to give extra attention to plants growing around the tree.

As always, we suggest that you do not try to take down trees yourself- especially trees that are tall. Taking down a tree yourself is a risky and dangerous undertaking. Instead, reach out to tree care professionals who will not only help you to take a tree down safely, but will also remove the stump and look at the other trees in your yard to ensure that they are safe.

Tree Pruning

  • You may not be able to prune right away
  • If pruning wasn’t done for years, you need to be careful
  • Make sure that you own the trees you are pruning

One of the first things most new homeowners want to do is prune their trees. Either the trees weren’t pruned to their liking or they just haven’t been pruned at all. This is common, but it can be dangerous.

According to Trees Are Good, you absolutely need to know where to do the pruning: “A good structure of primary branches should be established while the tree is young. These limbs, called scaffold branches, are a mature tree’s framework. Properly trained young trees will develop a strong structure that requires less corrective pruning as they mature. For most young trees, maintain a single dominant leader growing upward. Do not prune back the tip of this leader or allow secondary branches to outgrow the main leader.”

If a tree hasn’t ever been pruned, there may be underlying complications. It’s easy to damage your tree with incorrect pruning, so we do suggest calling a professional for trees that are especially full or overgrown.

Tree Risk Assessment

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  • Get a better understanding of your tree’s health
  • Perhaps get a better idea of care that has already been done
  • Come up with a treatment plan to keep your trees healthy

If you don’t have a lot of information about your trees, one of the best things you can do is get a tree risk assessment. These are done by professionals who know what to look for when it comes to a tree’s health. They can help you to prevent some major problems that could have happened, predict future maintenance that you may need, and even come up with a plan now to stop damage in its tracks.

Not everyone takes care of their trees and if you aren’t sure who the previous owners of your home were or the work that they did, this is generally a great first step.

Landscape Installation

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  • Make your new yard the yard of your dreams
  • Help to increase your livable space
  • Really make your home your own

When you move into a house that has someone else’s design elements, it doesn’t always feel like your own. One of the best ways to add your own flair is to build out the outdoor space. You can create something absolutely beautiful with landscaping and hardscaping design.

Think about the yard you want to have, what you want to do in it, and start planning. You don’t need to do everything right away. However, some things take time to get them where you want to be. Start planting trees, growing grass, and building out your dream yard as soon as possible. According to Yard Hookup, you should also work on your soil: “Prior to planting, many landscapers work the existing soil with amendments such as compost, expanded shale, and sand to improve drainage, pH values, and soil condition. “

Contact Menchhofer Tree Care for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down – and of course, any seasonal problems that you might have with your trees. If you are having trouble making decisions about how to best care for your tree, we are here to help. Remember that acting sooner rather than later will help you to get the most out of your trees and keep your home safe.

Call us today at 317-661-4240.

Header photo courtesy of oatsy40 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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