Feeling overwhelmed about all the news about climate change? Or simply wanting to do your part for the environment? Trees are incredibly important for maintaining a healthy environment and are relatively simple to maintain. Continue reading for easy tips on how to care for mature trees you have in your lawn.
First, here are some quick facts about trees:
*Trees take up to 15 years to reach maturity
*Until a tree has matured, it cannot absorb carbon
*For every tree that is planted, 10 are cut down world wide
Caring for Trees in your Lawn
Much to your surprise, trees need more water than we might think.
*Trees planted within the past 5 years need 5-10 gallons of water weekly to be happy. A good way to water your lovely tree is to set the hose to a slow drip and place it at the base of the tree. If your tree has mulch around it, that’s an even better place for the hose. Leave the hose there for several hours or overnight.
*A tree that is watered throughout a drought will grow 30-60% faster.
*Large trees that appear to be fully grown still need water…though far less often. Consider watering these wise trees once every 4 weeks, and place the hose at the furthest end of the roots you can see rather than at the base. Use a slow trickle, as stated before, and try to move the hose to different spots around the tree ever so often.
*Trees need to be the center of attention, so try not to plant shrubs or bushes near the base of your tree to avoid competition.