Best Tree Care Practices – July 2018: Part 3

We are having some extremely warm weather here in Pasco for July. But honestly, it’s typically like this. With that in mind, ensuring that our trees and landscaping are being taken care of, we should already be prepared for what to do.

Site Conditions
Consider the following site conditions when selecting a tree:
Soil: Soil should have adequate quality and volume to support mature tree growth. Test soil before planting, if possible.

Hardiness zone:

  • Exposure to wind and sun – most woody plants require full sunlight, but some do
    well in light shade. Wind can uproot newly planted trees, cause damage during
    storms, and dry out soils. Special maintenance may be required to establish trees
    on windy sites.
  • Space constraints – soil volume and proximity of infrastructure as tree mature.
  • Nearby human activity – what activities will occur around the planting site? Will
    there be compaction? Vandalism? Will the tree be overwatered by runoff from
    adjacent sites?
  • Drainage – Poor drainage can deprive the roots of oxygen and kill the tree.

Susceptibility to pests and diseases
Pests and disease affect almost every species, and pest severity varies geographically. Consult an ISA Certified Arborist to help select trees resistant to pest problems in your area.

Avoid planting monocultures, which are more susceptible to disease. Plant a variety of species to provide a more sustainable urban forest.

We will continue this series over the next few months covering a wide array of topics. Don’t forget, when you’re looking for the best tree maintenance company in Pasco, we’d love the chance to earn your business.

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