Extra Care

Trees are the sublime creatures of nature. Not only do they provide us with fresh oxygen but also bear fruits to tingle our taste buds and satisfy our appetites. Having gorgeous trees on your property is a great way to add to the beauty of your home. While all trees necessitate upkeep to ensure their health, some require much more hard work and a little extra care, especially in the summer months.

Sunlight, water, and air aren’t the only things trees need to grow and remain healthy. Sometimes trees require more maintenance in the form of trimming and pruning. Before you plant trees in your garden consider that taking care of them would be as essential as planting them. Here are a few trees that require your extra care;

Weeping Willows

Weeping Willows

Something out of a whimsical and a magical book, weeping willows are trees with long and slender branches that always droop down, creating a striking illusion of a woman crying, hence its name. This Asian willow is known to be very brittle that can easily break, especially in cities with recorded heavy snow or high winds. Though the scene might look serene, the branches are sensitive and require proper cutting and wooden support at the root level. The tree also needs a lot of water and is always best grown near lakes or streams. If taken care of properly and trimmed regularly, the tree can live up to more than 35 years.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus trees are famous for their signature smell you can find in many medicinal prescriptions as well as toothpaste and mouthwashes. They create a very calm and relaxing environment. These trees are native Australian trees and grow best in a hotter climate. They grow super-fast at almost ten feet a year. Eucalyptus has a unique wood that’s filled with resin, which allows it to be dense. But if tree trimming and pruning are not done regularly on these trees, the branches might start falling unexpectedly.

Maple Trees

Maple trees are famous for the beautiful colors of their leaves and contrasting patterns they form when they fall. If you’re thinking about planting maple trees at your place, you’ll have to start caring for them even before you plant them in the soil. You’ll have to make sure the soil you plant it in is either acidic or neutral. Alkaline soils tend to cause the leaves to remain undernourished and wither away faster after a period of stunted growth. A thick layer of mulch at the base of the tree in the soil will help the tree retain its moisture levels. The tree also will need regular pruning and trimming so late spring is probably the best time to do it. Maintain the tree’s optimum health by pruning every year.

Sweet Gum

These brown and sticky balls of gum-dropping-trees grown in the Northwest Pacific are aesthetically amazing and beautiful. They don’t require a lot of hands-on maintenance like the others. The main problem they cause is the dropping of big balls of gum on your yard that sticks and can be a nuisance, especially if the tree is near a sidewalk. It is a possible threat if people are barefoot. To minimize the mess, you’ll have to prune it regularly to make sure the gum doesn’t fall and stick.

Apple Trees

Might seem like an unusual entry but apple trees, apart from being the envy of all others and a source for fresh fruit always at reach, do require a little bit of effort. Fruit growing trees mainly are prone to parasitic attacks and contagious diseases that don’t take a lot of time before they start to spread. It is suggested to remove damaged branches and fruits immediately after the regular inspection, and of course, trimming is beneficial to maintain the shape and overall health.

Linden Trees

Famous for giving shade in the summer and their unique white and yellow flowers, Linden trees are also very much vulnerable to attack by parasites. Among insects, the aphid species is the most common parasite to eat the tree away. While trimming the tree, inspect the leaves of the tree and watch out for any signs of insects around the branches as well. Aphids will always be crawling around the branches and in such a situation, lathering a generous amount of essential oils can be very helpful. If you want to take more extreme measures and bid the aphids farewell for a long time, pesticides will do the trick.

Basswood

Basswood is no stranger to an aphid attack just like the Linden tree. When the aphids attack a basswood tree, sticky bits of sap are secreted-out that seep down on whatever is beneath it and cover it in its sticky and tacky fluid that becomes hard to get rid. Many people love the idea of basswood trees for their driveways or placing a bench beneath it. Given how hard the sap is to get rid of once it falls, it doesn’t seem like a great idea. Always be on the lookout for an aphid attack and use pesticides carefully.

Wisteria

Wisteria

These trees are known for their ornamental qualities and the ever-gorgeous purple flowers. The name might remind you of a particular Wisteria lane from a famous American TV show that decorated its lawns with the very same tree. Unlike its beautiful flowers, the tree itself can get very unappealing to look at if it is not maintained and appropriately pruned. However, this tree is nothing like an ordinary tree, when you’re pruning, be careful where you cut because one wrong snip and the flowers won’t grow. Call a horticulture specialist if you’re confused about how to do it.

Magnolias

Magnolias are very famous for their ornamental flowers and aromatic barks. They do not cause a hassle while growing up, but once they mature, they require protection from frost. They also prefer to blossom in well-drained fertile soil.

No matter what you plant, your trees will always need maintenance and care to blossom.