If you are the type of person who wants to take care of everyone, you might have been called the “Mom/Dad of the group” or that you are “hovering” over everyone. While people sometimes secretly like that type of relationship (and sometimes they don’t), the other things in our lives often dislike it quite a bit. You have to be able to find the balance and discover whether or not the people (and things) around you need you to be there, or whether they will prosper without you standing over them at all times.

One of those things is your trees – sometimes they hate to be overly handled and treated. Instead of being healthy and thriving under your care, they will fight back against the techniques and tools that you use and end up being unhealthy. It is a sad but true thing that we see on a daily basis. You can overlove your trees and do so much that you aren’t allowing nature to do what it does best: keep the trees alive.

So how can you stop hovering over your trees and allow them to live their best lives?

Here are four tips:

4. You Are Worrying About the Pests Too Much

  • Chemical sprays can be more damaging than the pests themselves are
  • Some “pests” are actually good for the trees
  • Nature tends to take care of itself – no need for you to do anything

First time parents tend to do something across the board: they wash the pacifier everytime it falls on the ground, they follow behind their child as they learn to walk, and they try to go above and beyond when feeding their children. They are the parents that play Mozart in the womb, only dress their child in organic cotton, and only use the most expensive spring water when making bottles.

Meaning: they hover so much when there are things going on in their lives that they cannot control, no matter what they do.

Many people worry about their trees in a similar way. At the very first signs of pests, they immediately but a chemical or try to find a solution online without thinking it through.  The truth of the matter is that not all pests are bad.

According to ThoughtCo, there are many pests that will do damage to your trees, including different types of moths and beetles. However, there are also pests that, while they don’t add anything good to your tree, they aren’t taking away from your tree either. Instead, they are just existing together.

However, the chemicals that you use can be dangerous and can even be worse for your trees (and everything and everyone else in the world). You have to weigh the pros with the cons and make sure that if you are fighting pests that you are using the most natural methods possible.

3. You’ve Watered Too Much

  • Leaves start to turn color or textures
  • Tends to happen in the rainy season
  • Often happens when trees are young

Did you know that humans can drink too much water? As a species, we tend not to drink enough, but if you drink too much, the sodium levels in your body can get too low. This can result in many problems, including dizziness, coherency problems, and decreased motor function. This is called “water drunk.”

Your trees can get water drunk as well. How can you tell if this has happened to your trees?” According to Home Guides: “a loss of vigor, yellowing leaves, leaf scorch and water-soaked blisters on the stems and leaves,” are key signs that something is going wrong.

If you see any of these signals, you need to scale back on the watering. At times, if the watering was just in a short amount of time, you can just allow the dirt to dry out a bit. On the other hand, if it long lasting overwatering, you should start to pull back over time to see what the proper amount of water is for your tree.

2. You Need To Start Below the Base

  • Take soil to a professional for examination
  • Check out the nutrient levels and make changes
  • Testing is needed every few years

One of the biggest arguments among new parents is whether nursing is essential or whether formula is just as good. The answer isn’t the same for every family and every baby.

The same thing can be said about your trees. For many trees and many locations, the soil is good enough that the tree will still grow tall and strong. If you added to the soil and tested it regularly, would the trees be different? Possibly, but there are other factors that impact their growth. For many people, they are throwing so much at their trees but they aren’t starting with the soil. By adding all of these chemicals to your tree or even just using them elsewhere in your yard, you might be causing a lot of damage.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the pH of your land is one of the most significant details to consider – and for most home gardens, you want the pH to be about 6.5. If your pH is off, you will have to make some changes. For everything else? You might be able to just let it be.

1. You’ve Pruned Too Much By Yourself

  • Causes lasting harm
  • Hurts the odds of harvest or spring flowers
  • Your tools probably won’t be good enough

Think about when you want to tweeze your boyfriend’s unibrow or when you try to explain to your girlfriend how she could be more productive at the gym if she just runs a little bit faster – taking something into your own hands that should be in the hands of a professional can do some serious damage to your relationship. The same is true pertaining to trees. By doing something like pruning, which should be taken on by a professional, by yourself, you are setting yourself up for fights and errors.

What you do to your tree will impact its health and wellness long into the future. Tree Care Tips recommends that you should never trim more than 25% of your tree – but even 1% is too much if you do not know what you are doing. Remember that when you are pruning your tree, you are creating lacerations in it and those wounds will need time to rejuvenate and in order to heal correctly, they need to be cut correctly. This means using the proper tools and the best techniques for tree pruning.

If you are looking for a tree care professional in Southern Ontario, give Van Till Tree Care a call today at (705) 653-3777. We will help you to better understand your trees and how to handle any green spots, pruning trouble, or soil issues that you may find – of course, we can also help you with many other issues that you might find for your trees – from the very top of the tree to the roots.

Header photo courtesy of Lenny DiFranza on Flickr!

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