Trees are simple creatures but there is so much more underneath the surface. Like the roots of a cypress tree that extends deep beneath the earth’s top layer, there is a world unknown to man. Trees receive 90% of their nutrients from the air. The rest is sourced from sunlight, water and soil. There isn’t much that we can do about outdoor air quality but we can control the amount of light they receive and nutrients from the soil. As veteran arborists, this is our favorite part of the job. Being able to care for our silent friends is a joy.
Trees need access to a reliable water source. They consume 2000 liters of water annually. Although they consume a great deal of water, it is easy to over water them. Instead of increasing your tree’s water intake, we can add mulch around the base. Mulch serves as a blanket and helps trees to retain moisture. It is more difficult for trees to develop a strong root system in cold climates. Mulch can help mitigate the extreme cold temperatures during the winter months. Allow us to take a look at your irrigation system and analyze the amount of water your trees receive to ensure that they thrive.
Nutrient rich soil is vital for your tree’s health. Did you know that trees have memory? They respond to their present based on what occurred in the past. If the soil quality is poor, a tree will limit its growth and flowering based on an expectation of lack. Remember that trees never grow beyond their means. Based on the expectation of a lack of nutrients, it can be expected that they will limit their growth the following year. If you desire healthy trees, it is important that the soil and fertilizer be rich and specially formulated for the species, soil quality and amount of light the tree receives.
Photosynthesis is a process in which trees take the energy from light and transforms it into oxygen. Trees and marine plants are the biggest suppliers of the earth’s oxygen. Trees of varying species and other plants will compete with each other for access to light. If two of the same species are growing next to each other, they will not grow taller than their neighbor. This strategy ensures that the whole rather than the individual wins. In many yards and fields throughout Abbotsville, differing species are planted in the same vicinity. They are not of the same tribe and will therefore do whatever they can to individually guarantee survival of their species.
Pruning, Mulching and Root Care
There are three main parts of a tree: the crown, the trunk and the roots. Each section of the tree is vital. The roots carry vital nutrients to the rest of the tree and to other trees within the same species. Too much water results in weak roots and the tree is likely to shift. Mulching has multiple benefits. It prevents erosion and acts as a blanket in the winter and summer. Mulch allows trees to retain moisture during intense heat. In the winter it provides warmth. As mulch disintegrates, nutrients are deposited back into the soil. Pruning is a necessary part of urban and suburban tree care. Proper pruning in autumn gives trees a chance to flower and bloom in the summer months.