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I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

6 Tips For Caring For Backyard Trees

by Addison Washington

If you have trees in your yard, you know the beauty they can provide. You may not realize that they can also add value to your home or property. It is your responsibility to care for your trees in order to ensure that they do not face disease or deterioration. These tips will help you care for your trees, especially if you are a first-time property owner:

1. Know What Damages Trees

Unfortunately, many of the things we do each day can influence a tree's growth. Parking a car too close to the tree can impact its growth underneath the soil. Construction near the trees can also have a negative impact on roots and growth.

2. Understand the Signs of Tree Diseases

Observing your tree for changes is important. The sooner you diagnose a tree, the better. Look for signs of discoloration or lack of growth. As soon as you notice any symptoms of tree diseases, it is smart to call an arborist.

3. Use Mulch

Mulch is a precaution you can use at the base of your tree to prevent common issues like watering or fertilizing too much. Remove old mulch when you add new mulch for best results.

Not sure about the soil underneath the mulch? You can also test the soil to make sure that you aren't simply covering up a bigger issue.

4. Don't Prune too Much

Pruning a tree too often or too much can actually slow its overall growth. This is because the tree has to heal the pruned wounds before continuing to grow more. It is best to prune when you see dead limbs or cracks, but you might want to avoid pruning every time you get to the garden.

The best time to prune trees is when you are left with many dead branches. It is also important to look for areas where the tree branches from different trees cross each other.

5. Make Good Choices Planting Trees

As much as you may love the oak or pine tree right now, how are you going to feel about it in 10 or 20 years when it is much larger?

6. Dehydration Is the Biggest Issue Facing Trees

The biggest reason why a tree dies is due to lack of water. Pay close attention to the response of your tree to water or lack thereof. In areas going through a drought, make sure that you compensate for local watering laws.

Are you looking for more help with your trees? A landscaper or arborist may be able to help you determine the cause of your problem. Contact a company like Lones Stone & Landscape Supply for more information and assistance.