August 16, 2021 The benefits of trees are plentiful. Trees give off oxygen, improve air quality by filtering harmful dust and pollutants, reduce the amount of rain runoff, erosion, and pollution in waterways, and of course provide food and protection for many species. In addition, the economic benefits of trees also should not be overlooked. Properly placed trees can reduce cooling costs in the summer, can act as a windbreaker for the effects of winter winds, and the value of a well-landscaped home with mature, healthy trees can be as much as 10% higher than a home with no landscaping. Making sure your trees are in good health is key to maintaining the environmental and economic benefits, and with these simple tips you can achieve this! Placement Doing research before planting a tree can help jumpstart its success before it is even planted, and picking a tree that is meant for your area is important. Thinking about the future, consider how much sunlight will reach the tree, and if there is enough space for a full-grown canopy. As the earth’s climate continues to change, consider how the weather in your area will impact the growth and survival of the tree. Other things to consider are surrounding power lines or utility lines, and how they may affect the growth of your tree. Water In each climate, the amount of precipitation will be varying, but just like any other plant, trees need water. If it hasn’t rained for a few weeks, it might be time to pull the hose out. On average, mature trees will need one inch of water weekly, and new trees need somewhere between 4 and 10 gallons during their first season of growth. This roughly equates to every three to five days depending on weather and soil conditions. Soil The soil your tree is planted in is one of the most important factors for its long-term health. If the tree is located in a forest, natural plant materials provide nutrients in the soil around the trees. However, if the tree is in your yard, the natural nutrients are less likely to provide proper fertilization and we must give the tree the nutrients it requires. Applying a slow-release fertilizer on a regular schedule can help solve this. In addition, mulch can insulate tree roots and prevent soil from drying out. Use fresh natural mulch such as wood or bark chips, because the pH of the soil can influence nutrient availability. At Front Range Arborists, enhancing and preserving valuable trees and turf is what we strive to accomplish with each job. If you are concerned about your tree’s health, contact our experts for a consultation today.