Tips For Helping To Keep Your Trees Healthy

Keeping the trees around your home healthy is not only important for the aesthetics of your yard because it is also a major safety concern. If your trees suffer injury or illness, they may become unstable, which can result in them damaging your property or injuring those walking under them. Fortunately, there are a couple of tips that you can follow to help keep your trees as healthy as possible.

Request Contractors To Avoid Using Spikes To Climb The Tree

You will occasionally need to have your trees serviced by contractors for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to have the tree treated for disease or to have it pruned away from power lines, some people underestimate the damage that can be done to the tree from the spikes of the contractor when climbing it. These spikes will create punctures in the bark that can allow infection and insects to damage the tree's interior. 

To minimize this risk, you should always request the contractor to avoid the use of spikes. There are a variety of other climbing systems that can be used that are less damaging. Ideally, a pulley system should be used because these simply drape over a branch without any need to puncture the tree's exterior. 

Prune Your Trees During The Late Winter Months

Pruning is often a necessary task for removing diseased parts of the tree and to make sure that it does not grow too close to your home or nearby utility lines. However, many homeowners are unaware of the fact that the time of year that you prune the tree can have a profound impact on it. For example, if you prune the tree during the summer months, there are more insects active, and these may attack the cut portion of the tree. 

Ideally, you want to prune the tree during the late winter months just before the change to spring. During this time of year, the tree will be less likely to be damaged by insects, and by doing this just before spring, you can ensure that the pruned branches will heal rapidly at the start of the growing season.

Tree care can be a surprisingly complex part of maintaining your home and yard, but it is essential for the appearance and safety of your yard. Luckily, you do not need an advanced degree in tree care to manage this task. By following these two tips, you can help ensure that you avoid some common problems that can follow certain forms of maintenance your tree may require.