Here are a few tips for caring for healthy trees:
Add mulch to the area around your tree. Mulch insulates the soil, buffering the tree from temperature extremes. It also keeps roots moist and keeps weeds out. Mulch should be a depth of three to four inches.
Water, water, water! Water is an extremely important element of tree care. In fact, overwatering is a very common mistake. A rule of thumb is that your soil should be moist. You can check the moisture of the soil by digging a small rut about two inches deep with a garden trowel. Watering frequency will depend upon tree type and climate, so be sure to read your “owner’s manual”—get informed about the conditions appropriate for your tree.
Have an arborist prune your trees. It is advised for you to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. A trained arborist will foster a tree into beautiful growth and vitality. Pruning can even enhance flowering!