When you have trees on your property, it’s normal to want to know how to best care for them. Especially if they’re trees you’ve recently planted. But when you’re doing research, there are plenty of myths and misconceptions out there when it comes to tree care and maintenance. Today, let’s bust some of those myths and get to the truth about keeping your leafy companions happy and healthy:
Myth #1: Trees Don’t Need Water in the Winter
While it’s true that trees may not need as much water during the colder months, they still need some hydration to survive. Winter drought can be a real issue, especially for newly planted trees or those in containers. So, don’t forget to give your trees a drink now and then, especially if there’s been a dry spell.
Myth #2: Pruning in the Fall Leads to Faster Growth
Some people believe that pruning trees in the fall will spur faster growth come springtime. But in reality, fall pruning can actually be detrimental to your trees. Pruning stimulates new growth, which can be susceptible to frost damage in the winter. It’s best to save major pruning for late winter or early spring when the tree is dormant.
Myth #3: Trees Can Heal Themselves
While trees are resilient beings, they can’t exactly heal themselves like we can. Once a tree is damaged, that damage is permanent. However, trees have a remarkable ability to compartmentalize wounds and grow around them. Proper pruning and maintenance can help minimize the risk of damage and encourage healthy growth, but it’s not a cure-all. Regular care is the key to keeping your trees in tip-top shape.
It’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to tree care and maintenance. If you’re unsure about how to care for your trees or if you need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Arboretum Tree Services. Our team specializes in tree care, maintenance, and removal, and we’re here to help your trees thrive. Contact us at 210-414-3369 today for all your tree needs, and we’ll work together to keep your leafy friends happy and healthy for years to come!