Healthy trees are valuable for the ecosystem benefits and natural beauty they provide. Regular tree inspections and maintenance can help your trees weather storms, lower your energy bills, and increase your home’s value by as much as 15 percent.
Are my trees healthy?
To keep access and track tree health, homeowners should keep a photo log of their trees and conduct periodic self-surveys. Make a note of:
- the location and species of each tree in your yard
- changes to its structure over time, such as small or discolored leaves, premature leaf loss and the presence of mushrooms or fungus
- wounds from lawnmowers
- decayed wood
- wood splitting or cracks
- large dead branches
- damage to roots from construction or trenching
- soil mounding at the base
- ivy or vines growing on the trees
- changes to the environment
- other trees in the vicinity
How can I keep my trees healthy?
Basic maintenance required for optimal tree health includes:
- always use a certified arborist to perform pruning, removal, and clean-up work on your trees.
Check out these resources for maintaining your trees, how to select an arborist, search for certified arborists and more.
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