Keeping Your Trees Healthy
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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

3 Landscaping Tips For New Homeowners

Joshua Mercier

You have gone through the exciting and stressful process of buying your first home, you have bought a houseful of furniture, and you have invited all of your friends, family, and new neighbors over for a housewarming party to help celebrate your success and admire your purchase. But now that the exhilarating parts are over, it's time to get down to the realities of being a homeowner-maintenance. Owning a home requires constant upkeep and care, and that includes more than just the house, it also includes the landscaping. That's right, you also become a tree owner when you become a homeowner, and taking care of your trees and shrubs and bushes properly is part of your responsibilities. Here are three landscaping tips to keep in mind.

Start A Compost Pile

Over the years, you will need to put your raked leaves, other organic yard debris, garden remnants, and kitchen scraps somewhere. There is no better way to make your own rich soil than a compost pile. A compost pile recycles organic waste into nourishing fertilizer, and it won't cost you a thing.

Prune Your Trees And Hedges

Knowing when and where to prune your trees requires a learning curve, but it's a job that must be done. If trees aren't properly pruned, they can be more prone to breakage. Fruit trees may not produce as much. Shrubs and hedges become overgrown and lose their shape. Trees with no competition can become overgrown and lose branches under their own weight.

For novice tree owners, it is best to hire a tree care service to take care of your trees, at least initially. Over the years of having an arborist tend to them, you will likely pick up some tips and hints, and in smaller yards, may be able to eventually take over the job. But usually, the skill and experience of qualified landscaping experts is worth the nominal expense.

Choose Plants Carefully

It easy to get excited, thinking that now that you own your own home, you can plant all kinds of unique flowers, bedding plants, shrubs, trees, and other ornamental plants. But there is more to choosing the right plants than just whether or not they look pretty. Plants and trees are not cheap, and they each have their own specific habitat requirements. Some plants tolerate drought or shade whereas others will only live in sunny, moist conditions. Some need acidic soil. An uneducated homeowner can spend a lot of money and time only to be disappointed. Check with your local USDA agencies for recommendations on who to consult in your area for planting decisions help.