We tend to believe what we hear and that’s so true for social media these days but it can also be true for procedures that get passed down through the generations on tree care. Maybe your grandpa told you this was the way to do something or don’t forget that. Whatever. Some of these tactics may not be accurate and we are going to debunk those right now:
#1. You have to stake a newly planted tree.
While there are some appropriate arguments for staking a tree, studies of actually shown the trees tend to develop better and have a more hearty an extensive root system when they are not staked. They may actually develop a better trunk taper as well. The key is supplanting the tree deep enough. Too many people planted just below the surface so that eventually the root start to show on the top of the soil. If you want the tree to care for itself, it’s better to plant it a little bit deeper and not stake it.
#2. Prune a tree heavily when first planted.
It’s actually better to establish a tree when they’re not pruned all the way back. The tree needs a full crown so can produce food and plan hormones which can promote root growth.
#3. If the tree has lost a significant portion of its roots, the crown should become back to compensate for the loss.
This is actually a pretty common recommendation but there’s not a lot of research to support it. After significant root loss, unproven trees can actually respond better than pruned trees. Any removal of the branches could reduce the capacity of the tree to produce food in the leaves they’ll, and there could be some loss branches as a result of this. But, it’s usually better to let the tree decide which limbs and branches should be naturally pruned and after the tree has responded to the damage, only then should you do any further pruning if necessary. It’s always important to get advice from a professional tree removal or tree care specialist before pruning a tree that is lost some undergone grew damage.
#4. When removing a branch, make sure the final cut is flush with the stem.
Trees actually compartmentalize their wounds and they generate more wood for the wounded area, so if you cut the tree branch of flesh with the stem or the trunk you could remove the branch color and actually create a larger damaged spot.
#5.If you don’t like the location of the tree it can be easily moved.
Moving a tree can actually damage it. Once the roots have been established, moving the tree in the future can cause harm. Of course, sometimes moving a tree is unavoidable, but you need to double check how big the crown of the tree will get to make sure that the roots have room to grow 2 to 3 times that width. It’s best to decide where the tree is going to be and then let it establish in that spot.
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