Essential Tree Care Tips - Keep Your Tree Healthy

Ways to Growing a Healthy Tree

There are certain things a tree owner must know to keep trees healthy and in the very best condition. Read these tree care essentials for a basic overview of keeping a tree healthy over its natural and predicted biological life span.

tree stake
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Tree staking is never done with the intention of harming a tree. Staking is usually done with love and with a desire to promote root and trunk growth and protect a young tree from harm. What some tree planters do not understand is, rather than helping a tree develop root and trunk growth, improper tree staking replaces a supportive trunk and root system with an artificial support that causes the tree to put its resources into growing taller but not growing wider. More »

gardener transplanting young tree
Gardener transplanting young cherry tree (Prunus) into new position, September. (Richard Clark/Getty Images)

Tree owners often need to move or transplant trees from a nursery or within the yard. Yard trees may have been planted too thickly or threaten to outgrow available space. Size is a critical factor in transplanting. The larger a tree, the more difficult it is to transplant.​ More »

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Protect a Tree's CRZ

Critical Root Zone of a tree
Critical Root Zone. (Athens-Clarke County Community Tree Program, Georgia)

Before starting a mulching project, become familiar the critical root zone (CRZ) or tree protection zone. This zone is generally defined as the area under a tree and out to its dripline. Improving conditions in this protection zone will also result in major health benefits to a tree.

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Mulch Your Tree

tree mulch
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Mulching is the most beneficial thing a home owner can do for the health of a young tree. Mulches are materials placed on the soil surface to improve soil structure, oxygen levels, temperature and moisture availability. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance.

hand holding compost
Compost. (ERNESTO BENAVIDES/Getty Images)

Ideally, growing trees should be fertilized throughout the year. The greatest amounts should be applied during the early spring and summer months. Several light applications a year are preferred as the tree gets older. More »

woman pruning a tree
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Pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Here are several methods showing you how to prune your trees. More »
Icicles on red berries
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Brittle tree species normally take the brunt of heavy icing after a winter storm. Many of the elms, most true poplars, silver maples, birches, ​willows and ​hack-berries are tree species that simply can't handle the weight of the ice slurry coating limbs. Learn how to select and manage trees to withstand ice and snow. More »

tree covered in snow
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Trees in fall are beginning their dormant phase. Trees may seem to be inactive but the fact is they need to be winterized - protected and cared for to remain healthy, free from diseases and insects. More »