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Keeping Your Trees Healthy

When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Not Just In Japan! Planting The Japanese Maple In Your American Yard

Joshua Mercier

A lush, green lawn, clean and colorful flowerbeds, and trimmed shrubs are key elements to your home's landscape and curb appeal. Planting and maintaining trees in your yard also increases appeal and value, but, you may not know where to begin when choosing the perfect accent tree for your landscape. Fortunately, a Japanese Maple tree is a great option since it works well with most landscape designs and in most climates. Using this guide, you will have a better understanding of planting and caring for your new Japanese Maple tree.

Planting Tips

The name may suggest this beautiful tree is only suited to a Japanese garden, but it can grow and thrive in your American yard as well. Use the following tips to successfully plant the Japanese Maple in your landscape:

  • Root Ball – When digging the hole, be sure it is about 3 times as wide as the tree's root ball.
  • Sunshine – Plant your tree in an area of the yard that receives full sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon for the best growth.
  • Soil – The soil surrounding your Japanese Maple should be well-drained, ensuring the roots effectively implement into the ground.
  • Wind – The delicate foliage of the tree is easily damaged by harsh winds, so keep this in mind when choosing a location in your yard. Plant in an area of your landscape that blocks gusts of wind, reducing the risk of damage.
  • Friends – Consider surrounding your new tree with a few friends. The Japanese Maple will thrive around azaleas or hostas, which require the same planting conditions.

Maintenance Tips

While obvious to hear, watering your tree will be necessary. In the warmer, dryer seasons, water the tree daily. During the fall or winter, water the Japanese maple tree once a week. Use your garden hose to soak the tree base.

The foliage of your Japanese Maple offers rich shades of red and burgundy, but pruning the tree in the Fall is essential to ensure this color repeats over the years. Use pruning shears to cut off dead branches and twigs from the base of your tree. Then, add fresh mulch to the tree's base, which will prevent damage from the harsh winter temperatures.

The Japanese Maple tree is a great addition to your American landscape. Using these simple tips, you can plant and maintain these appealing, valuable trees. For more information, talk to a tree service.