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Spring upkeep: How to properly maintain your property's trees

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2014-04-22 07:04:09

Did you recently purchase your first home? If so, you have likely given some thought to the myriad of ways in which you need to prepare your property for the changing seasons, as each presents a unique set of meteorological conditions that can affect your comfort - and savings account. 

With spring now underway, homeowners in many parts of the Northeast are probably enjoying warmer temperatures and gleefully watching snowbanks melt away. While this time of year is good for cleaning the home's interior, there are also numerous tasks that need to be completed outside in preparation for summer. For instance, if your property has any trees on it, you should pay some attention to these features, as those that aren't properly maintained can pose a substantial number of possible risks. 

If you're hoping to properly maintain trees located in close proximity to your house, consider following these helpful tips.

Prune carefully, regularly - Pruning long, old branches can help stabilize the tree, as well as inhibit the spread of various diseases that could cause it to die. However, this type of upkeep is only effective when done properly. When this has taken place, your trees will look beautifully balanced, and benefit from improved health, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. In order to achieve this end, be sure to make neat, straight pruning cuts from a safe position away from the tree. In addition, always make certain that the blades on your shears, saws and loppers are clean and functioning adequately - this will make the job faster, easier and more efficient. 

Resist urge to fertilize - Although trees are able to make their own food through photosynthesis, overly-anxious homeowners sometimes decide to add unneeded minerals and nutrients to it. If a tree is covered with organic material and located in a sunny area with fertile soil, it has no need for fertilizer, according to HouseLogic. In fact, adding such chemicals to a tree can serve to poison its root system. pollute watersheds and cause excessive, weakened growth. Ultimately, it's best to just let it be. However, if your property's trees begin to sport dead branches, unseasonably yellow foliage or salts on the soil surface, you might want to test the soil. Ailments like insect infestations and nutrient deficiencies appear in the same fashion as the symptoms of over-fertilization.

Implement proper mulching tactics - Adding some mulch to the base of your trees can not only enhance the property's cosmetic appeal, it can also help protect them. Mulch can reduce the stress put on younger trees and heighten your home's curb appeal - but it's important you do it correctly. Piling too much mulch up against a tree can foster trunk rot and encourage the spread of diseases, while failing to add an adequate amount can expose its roots, according to the Christian Science Monitor. It is generally thought that adding just a few inches - not enough to resemble a "mulch volcano" - around the base of the tree, and extending it to the edge of the tree's canopy, is the best practice. 

Interested in implementing one of these useful strategies for maintaining trees on your residential property? Poli Mortgage Group can help cover the cost. As a trusted source of low rates for over 13 years, this firm has written more than $11 billion in affordable home loans, helping establish its reputation as one of the nation's top mortgage lenders. The company's talented Loan Officers have the know-how needed to adequately assist borrowers, and consistently provide high quality customer service. To compare the latest rates without having to enter any personal information, visit the firm's official website at any time of day or night. To learn more, complete the Contact Us form or call 866-353-7654.


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