5 Trunk Care Tips For Landscape Trees

Want to improve your home's curbside appeal? Learn different ways to implement trees and what professional tree services can do to help in this blog.

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Your home is where you should feel proud and happy to welcome others to the most important space in your life. There are many ways mature trees add to curbside appeal, from providing shade to looking majestic and adding to the feel of permanence. Well-tended, mature trees add value to your home, and using a professional tree service will keep your trees looking their best. A good tree service will know how to trim large trees safely, while keeping their shape attractive without damaging their health and growth. Untended trees look messy, and the risk of branches falling during a storm or high winds increases with the age of your trees and the length of time they’ve gone without proper care. Learn different ways to tend to your trees and what professional tree services can do to help in this blog.


5 Trunk Care Tips For Landscape Trees

7 June 2023
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The trunks are the hardest working part of a home's trees, as the trunk is the most likely part to suffer damage from the actions of people and animals. Knowing how to best care for and protect the trunk can help keep the whole tree healthy. 

1. Branch Management

Branches growing too low on the trunk are prone to damage, especially if they cross the path of a sidewalk. Plus, it's difficult to mow under trees when the branches are too low. Your tree service can use a pruning practice called "limbing up," where they trim off all the branches that are low on the trunk and effectively raise the branch canopy to a higher level so that it's easy to walk underneath the tree.

2. Sucker Removal

Some trees produce root suckers. These can come in as weak secondary stems that emerge from low on the trunk or around the base of the trunk. Sometimes suckers resemble weak, bushy growth on the lower trunk. Both types are unattractive and they unnecessarily sap nutrients and water from the rest of the tree. Suckers should be removed as soon as you notice them.

3. Browsing Prevention

Deer and other animals will sometimes strip the bark off of tree trunks, called browsing, which can cause major damage or even kill the tree. Browsing tends to occur more in winter and very early spring when other food sources aren't available. Young trees are often most susceptible to damage. Special wire or plastic tree cages are available to wrap around tree trunks. These protect against animals without hurting the tree.

4. Stability Help

Sometimes a trunk begins to lean toward one side. Newly planted trees that haven't yet grown anchoring roots are most susceptible, but even mature trees can eventually develop a lean. Anchoring the trunk properly solves the issue and prevents the tree from falling down. For a young tree, your service tech may tie the trunk to one or two supporting stakes. Mature trees may have permanent anchoring cables attached to the trunk.

5. Mulch Protection

Mulch is used to protect the roots, but proper application is needed to avoid damage to the trunk. The depth of mulch used around a tree is typically a few inches, as this works well to suppress weeds and prevent soil moisture loss. This deep mulch layer must not rest against the trunk, though, as it can trap moisture that will cause the lower bark to rot. Pull back mulch so there is a ring of bare dirt surrounding the trunk.

Contact a residential tree care service if you need more assistance with your trees.