KILL YOUR TREES!
Few trees die
of “old age.” Improper planting, damage during construction, and poor
care, usually done because of a misguided idea as to what is good for a
tree, or without knowing the impact of the act, can stress a tree.
Usually, it takes several acts and several years for the stress to weaken
the tree enough to permit disease and insects to kill it.
hole too small, shallow and too narrow for the tree.
Do not water
the tree excessively or let dry out.
Make sure the
root ball is not too deep, or too shallow.
Do not prune
the tree excessively, leaving less than two thirds of the crown, and trim
the lower branches off, so the tree can not make enough food to survive.
preparing the site for the young tree, do not leave it in the hot sun so
the leaves and root ball dry out.
wire, treated cloth, or synthetic burlap on the root ball so growth is not
tree away from a downspout or other water source to insure that it will
not get too much water.
Do not wrap
the trunk to constrict growth, encourage bark rot, and provide a home for
disease and insects.
Do not use
gravel as fill around the ball to collect water and drown the roots.
Do not use
sharp guy wires to cut and girdle the trunk.
tree is not positioned to close to a building, consider how big the tree
path or picnic area away from the tree to assure that the soil is not
and heavy equipment away from the tree.
Do not change
the landscape near an established tree, such as cutting trees that have
provided shade, and give it a sudden exposure to the sun.
construct a sidewalk, driveway, or patio over the roots or add “fill dirt”
around trees. It changes the oxygen ratio and kills roots.
Inflicting wounds to the bark, by hitting it with equipment , a truck, or
to roots by trenching to run a line for gas, water, sewer, or
disrupt the top six inches of soil around a tree. This will kill the
herbicides away from trees and refrain from injecting with chemicals and
fertilizers. Avoid excessive salt use under trees in winter .
Do not pile
excessive mulch which encourages rodent damage, bark and root rot, and
deprives the roots of oxygen.
non-porous plastic sheet under mulch, will raise the soil temperature,
depriving the tree of moisture, and making a home for insects and fungi.
not leave dead or dying branches and those infected with disease or
insects to encourage more destruction.
limbs flush to the trunk and branches to reduce wound closure and provide
an entrance for disease and insects.
Do not coat
pruning and other cuts with paint, tar, or other sealer it slows healing
and provides a home for fungi and insects.
tree has a source of carbon by raking all leaves away, and not replace
with compost which can decompose for food.
tree with only the recommended amount.
Do not plant
flowers and grass around the tree, and raise the level of soil six or more
while mowing as not to repeatedly strike the tree with a mower and
“girdle” it around the trunk.
Do not “top”
a tree, by cutting back the upper limbs to reduce height. This leaves
stubs with a open path for decay. It promotes sun burn, cankers, bark
splitting, and death of some branches.