10 Bad Things We Do to Our Trees… Part 2
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….
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.