Tree Care: An Introductory Guide
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Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Palm trees are one of the most decorative and unique trees that you'll find in the warmer, more tropical climates. When properly cared for, these trees can be beautiful and full of foliage. However, knowing how to care for them isn't always easy. That's probably why you're here. If it is, then you're in the right place. This site is dedicated to the care and maintenance of all sorts of trees, including tropical varieties like palm trees. The information on this page can help you to understand which of the basic care steps you can do yourself and which steps are best done by a local tree service.

Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

3 Ways Identifying Your Tree Can Improve Care

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If you've just moved into a new home, walking around the yard and dreaming up new ideas for the landscaping can be fun. But you'll probably want to keep any well-placed, mature trees in the yard, and in order to keep them healthy and happy, you'll need to care for them correctly. The first step in that direction is identifying the trees.

Here are a few of the ways that identifying your landscape trees can help you care for them better.

1. Know your tree's natural growth habits

Different types of landscape trees have different natural growth habits. One drastic example is that a willow tree has a trailing growth habit, while an oak has a spreading growth habit and a fir tree will typically have an upright growth habit.

When you first move in, the trees may have been pruned back severely by the previous owner, but learning the trees' types can help you plan for the shape they naturally grow into. Then, you'll be better able to plan how much elbow room each tree will need, whether you'll be able to utilize the space underneath the tree, and even your tree pruning schedule.

2. Learn about site needs 

Some trees love to have plenty of water available for their roots at all times, whereas other trees are highly susceptible to root rot if their roots are always wet. If you learn that you have a willow (a water-loving tree) in a relatively dry planting site, it may require you to provide supplemental water regularly to stay healthy.

On the other hand, if you have a tree that doesn't love water in a wet spot, you may need a drainage solution to remediate the swampiness in the area. Other site requirements that can vary by tree include things like the amount of sun the site gets, how much airflow and wind the site has, and so on.

3. Discover which pests and diseases to watch out for

Some diseases and pests may be limited to a smaller geographic range, but others can be found on their host plants all over the country. If you know what kind of tree you have, you can more easily learn which pests and diseases could be your tree's Achilles heel, and you can discuss with your tree care expert how to avoid or monitor for those conditions.

As you can see, learning the species and varieties of trees you have on your property can help you help them to flourish.

If you don't have much experience with plant identification, your tree care experts can help you out. They have a lot of experience with different types of trees and can help you correctly pinpoint the varieties of trees you have as well as assess the trees' health and make a plan for their care.

Contact a local tree care company to learn more.