Trees have never been critical like they are now, especially with the ever-increasing concern about global warming and need to conserve our environment. The value of trees is priceless and extends well beyond the environmental conservation factor; green vegetation is always beautiful to look at compared to dry arid land, and, better yet, trees can be a source of livelihood and are makers of oxygen. Disease management in trees done by Rolon in Warwick RI requires steps that are different from those you would take to cater to healthy trees. Here is how to manage your healthy trees:
1. Pruning the overgrowths and unwanted branches
Crowded branches can stop a tree from reaching its full height potential because of the extra weight they exert on the main trunk. Also, if a tree is too close to a house or any other property, the branches can damage the roof either by breaking off during storms or piling leaf debris on the roof, which may cause rusting and rot in the long run.
If your trees are still young, you can use pruning shears (secateurs) to cut off the branches and move them to the compost manure or leave them at the base to rot depending on convenience. Taller trees can be a little challenging to prune because you will need to climb them and harness yourself on the trunk to cut off the advanced braches with a chain saw or machete.
2. Thinning out the tree population
Trees grow up healthy when they are sufficiently far apart from each other. Thinning, therefore, entails reducing the tree number in a square area, say a 2m x 2m block, which may depend on the age of the trees and the species, to ensure that there is less competition for sunlight, nutrients, water, and other essential resources. If the trees are past shrub stage, cutting some of them may be the only step you can take to thin out the population. Younger trees can be easily removed by uprooting.
Taming is an excellent way of managing your trees, especially when you realize that you didn’t do proper corrective measures during the shrub stage and allowed them to bend and assume unwanted posture. You can also resort to taming if you want young trees to grow in a particular way or even take a specific shape. If you’ve ever seen the trees in wedding gardens or a homestead’s fence assuming peculiar shapes, that’s the product of taming.
Pollarding entails cutting off the branches as well as the tree’s top part. You may resort to pollarding with several objectives in your mind:
– You want the tree to regenerate and have more robust growth at the trunk and the crown just before you harvest it for timber
– You want to reduce the shade cast by the tree on the crops nearby
– You want to harvest fodder, wood, or biomass earlier
– You want to produce fodder or wood that is high up from the livestock’s reach
The frequency and height of pollarding can depend on the product you intent to get from the after the process.