May 8, 2013

If you missed the first part of this article, check out our posting from yesterday to find the first 5 bad things we do to our trees, and read more here to see the last 5.

6.  Some Trees Need Full Sunlight

Some trees, depending on the species, can suffer from too much shade. Simply put, many conifers and hardwood trees have to be in full sunlight most of the day to survive. These trees are what foresters and botanists call “shade intolerant”. Trees that can take shade are shade tolerant. Tree species that cannot tolerate shade well are pine, many oaks, poplar, hickory, black cherry, cottonwood, willow, and Douglas fir. Trees that can take shade are hemlock, spruce, most birch and elm, beech, basswood, and dogwood.

7.  Remember Your Tree’s Space and Growth Requirements

Every tree has its own unique growth potential. How tall and wide a tree grows is not only determined by its health and the condition of the site, but the final size of a tree will also be determined by its genetic growth potential. Most good tree guides will give you height and spread information. You need to refer to that every time you plan to plant. 

8.  Root Damage Via Compaction and Storage

A tree’s root system is the most vital organ on a tree. When roots fail to work properly the tree will eventually decline and die. A few common mistakes made by tree owners is to build or pave over roots, excavate on and around the tree trunk, park or store equipment and/or toxic material over the root zone. 

9.  Tree and Property Incompatibility

Poor tree placement and the lack of a landscape plan can harm both your tree and the property it battles to live with. Always avoid planting trees that will outgrow the space provided. Damage to building foundations, water, and utility lines and walkways are the usual cause of damage. In most cases, the tree has to be removed.

10.  Don’t Use Trees for Utility Poles and Decoration

Trees can easily become convenient fence posts, light poles and ornament stands. Don’t be tempted into using a standing tree for purposes of utility and decoration by attaching them with permanent invasive anchors.