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Bonnell Tree Technicians

When caring for trees, there are several practices you should avoid to ensure their health and well-being. Here are five mistakes to avoid:

1. Compact soil around the roots: Avoid driving heavy machinery or vehicles over the root zone of trees. Compacted soil restricts oxygen flow to the roots and hinders water absorption, leading to root stress and tree decline. Compaction can also damage fine root hairs, essential for nutrient uptake.

2. Improper mulching: Mulch can benefit trees by conserving moisture, moderating soil temperature, and suppressing weeds. However, piling mulch against the tree’s trunk (known as “volcano mulching”) can cause several problems. It traps moisture against the bark, leading to rot, and creates a habitat for pests and diseases. Proper mulching involves spreading a layer of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving a gap around the trunk to allow for proper air circulation.

3. Using improper pruning techniques: Pruning is essential for maintaining tree health and structure, but using incorrect pruning techniques can cause harm. Avoid indiscriminate cutting of branches, as it weakens the tree and promotes weak, fast-growing shoots. Instead, use proper pruning methods like selective pruning to remove dead, diseased, or crossing branches.

4. Applying too much fertilizer or pesticides: Over-fertilization can lead to excessive growth, making trees more susceptible to diseases and pests. Moreover, it can leach into groundwater and harm the environment. Similarly, excessive pesticide use can kill beneficial insects and disrupt the ecological balance. Always follow recommended guidelines and use fertilizers and pesticides judiciously and responsibly.

5. Overwatering: While trees need water to thrive, overwatering can be detrimental. Too much water can suffocate the roots, leading to root rot and other diseases. It’s essential to water trees deeply and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The frequency of watering will depend on factors such as the tree species, soil type, and weather conditions. Learn more about watering here: https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/dnrp/solid-waste/natural-yard-care/documents/When_to_water.ashx?la=en

If you avoid these five mistakes, you can better care for your trees and create a healthy and thriving landscape. Regular observation, proper maintenance, and understanding the specific needs of your trees are essential for their long-term well-being.

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