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

Tips For Managing Your Yard's Landscaping Trees

Joshua Mercier

Trees growing in your yard provide many benefits to your family and the environment, but can also become a problem for you and your home. Here are some tips to help you manage and maintain your yard's trees.

Keep Them Trimmed

When your trees become large and are near your home or other structure, it can be helpful to trim the branches back to prevent their causing damage to your home's structure. A tree that is growing onto or over your home's roof or against the side of your home should have its branches trimmed back. This prevents damage to your roof and its shingles and to the side of your home. You can hire a tree removal company to safely trim the tree back, preserving the rest of the tree, or complete the work yourself with safety equipment. 

Maintain Their Roots Systems

Large trees growing in your yard can pose a threat to your home's plumbing and sewer system. The sewer pipe exiting your home which delivers waste from your home is often the victim of nutrient-seeking tree roots, especially when there is a small crack, hole, or another opening on the exterior of your sewer line. When a tree root finds nutrients and moisture inside your sewer line, its growth can be explosive, filling the sewer line and clogging your waste flow. Fortunately, you don't need to remove the tree to save your sewer line, unless the tree is causing additional problems.

Once your plumber has discovered and cleared tree roots from your sewer line, use rock salt, or sodium chloride to prevent further root growth without harming your tree. Flush two pounds of sodium chloride (rock salt) into your toilet, one-half pound at a time, then allow the treatment to sit for 12 hours. The roots will absorb the sodium chloride and it will dehydrate them to kill them within the pipe. Repeat this process every six months, as needed to prevent root blockage.

Remove Them When Necessary

At times it is necessary to remove a tree from your yard. It is a good idea to try to allow trees to remain growing in your yard because of the shade they provide, oxygen they produce, the home they provide to wildlife, and fruit if they are a fruit-bearing tree. But when a tree is infested with pests or insects, is diseased, or provides a great deal of trash in the form of small branches, seed pods, or similar excessive material, it can be beneficial to remove the tree and replace it with a healthy tree or a tree of a different variety.

Depending on the size of the tree, it may be recommended to hire a professional tree company to cut the tree down in your yard, clean up or chip the branches, and remove or grind the stump from the ground. Grinding the stump turns any remaining stump and its root system into wood shavings within the soil. This mixes a mulch within the soil to increase its nutrients for the planting of a new tree. For smaller trees, you can safely complete the removal yourself.