Author: Don Morales

Tree Pests

Common Tree Pests

There are numerous factors that could affect the health of a tree. These factors include the frequency the tree gets watered, the amount of sunlight it receives, the climate on the place it was planted on, the soil quality, and so on.

That being said, there are also factors that could impact the health of a tree in a negative way. Drought, decay, dormancy, strong winds, and pests are just some of the elements that could damage or even kill a tree.

Tree pests kill trees or cause early deterioration. They can be found anywhere in the world. It’s important to know which kinds of pests can damage trees and what kinds of damage they can cause to be able to act faster in case you spot one eating at your tree.

Asian longhorn beetle

This shiny black beetle can kill a tree in just a short span of time. Signs of Asian longhorn beetle infestation involves small holes in the tree trunk and scraped bark of the tree. This pest is very damaging to a tree that when one tree becomes infested, it needs to be removed at once and burned. Most of the time, the trees surrounding affected tree need to be removed and burned, too.

Brown spruce longhorn beetle

This tree pest attacks a tree by eating away at its important parts responsible for keeping it well-fed and healthy. The brown spruce longhorn beetle will continue eating away at the tree until it gets weaker and eventually die.

Emerald ash borer

Just like the brown spruce longhorn beetle, the emerald ash borer eats away at essential parts of the tree, resulting in its gradual weakening. The emerald ash borer mainly attacks ash trees. At times proper treatment with insecticide can still save a tree infested with emerald ash borers; if the infestation is not stopped soon enough the tree may die.


Tips for Watering Your Tree

Just like almost any other plant, trees need to be watered regularly, too, for them to grow strong and healthy.

While basic science has taught us all before that we need to water plants regularly, how often is ‘regularly’?

The thing is, when it comes to watering trees, there is no set standard as to how frequently it should be done. The need to water a tree would depend on its species, the climate in the area you have planted it, and the age of the tree.

But, of course, you still have to water your trees if you want to keep them alive. To help you out, here are some tips followed by numerous expert gardeners as a main rule in watering the trees in their garden:

1. Water your tree right after it is planted. Don’t waste any time and water your tree immediately after you have planted it. Newly-planted trees need more water than older trees.

2. Water trees that are 2 to 3 years old twice a week. Young trees need to be watered twice a week – nothing more and nothing less. If you water the young trees fewer than twice a week, it may die due to lack of water, and, if you water your young trees excessively, it may deteriorate faster because of early decay.

3. Water older trees once a week. If young trees need to be watered two times a week, trees that are more mature need to be watered just once a week. Anything more than that could cause the roots to rot. Keep in mind that some trees might need more or less watering, depending on the circumstances. To find out if your tree needs watering, dig the soil around it to see it if is moist. If the soil is soggy, that means that the tree still has more than enough water. Wait for a day and check again.

Tree Topping

Benefits of Tree Topping

There are many ways a regular homeowner can take care of the plants and bushes in their lawn. Regular watering and trimming of plants will go a long way. Trimming and removing of unsightly weeds will also be good for your plants.

But how can we maintain and take care of something bigger in our garden, such as trees?

Due to their height, solid trunks, and hard branches, maintaining a tree isn’t an easy job. This is why it is ideal to leave all tree-maintenance responsibilities on the hands of the experts. If you are not particularly skilled in tree maintenance, you might just hurt the tree or worse, hurt yourself.

Tree topping is one of the most popular maintenance techniques used by arborists or tree experts to take care of trees.

There are some people who are against tree topping claiming that it hurts the tree itself. Well, this could be true – but only if the person doing the tree topping doesn’t know what they’re doing. Tree topping calls for specific skills to be done right.

The primary reason for tree topping is to reduce the tree height and cut off tree branches in order to minimize the possible damage a tree might suffer during a storm. Since the top of the tree is where leaves and branches are most abundant, it is cut off to prevent the strong winds from blowing it off and possibly damaging properties and harming people.

Another benefit of tree topping is that also decreases the risk of trees falling and getting entangled in electrical wires. Strong gusts of wind can cause some trees to sway violently and fall on roofs, vehicles, or people.

Tree topping, when done properly, can even make the garden look more beautiful. That is why it is really important that only experienced individuals do the job for they can cut the parts of trees without sacrificing its beauty.

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