I love watching the trees take turns blooming this time of year. First the magnolia with its lovely pale pink flowers, followed by the cherries with their brighter pink and fuchsia blossoms, then the apples and their tufts of white flowers. Coming along is the golden chain tree with its delicate, dangling yellow flowers. The oaks are also flowering with their tender green leaves slowly emerging. (Did you know that all trees flower, some less conspicuously than others?) The majestic upright horse chestnut flowers are peaking and the fragrant purple lilacs are everywhere. Take a walk in your yard or around your neighborhood and appreciate the gift of trees.
Horse Chestnut Tree
Trees Need Care Too
Trees like humans, need preventative care to ward off disease, especially as they suffer from environmental stresses like air pollution, soil contamination and compaction, exotic invasive insect pests, temperature extremes, devastating storms and drought.
There are several organic approaches to prolong the life of a tree and maintain its good health and vigor.
- Fix the soil with compost and organic supplements. Raking leaves in the fall removes vital organic matter, and toxic chemicals and high nitrogen based fertilizers deplete the soil of important nutrients. It is imperative to replenish the soil with amendments or compost. Healthy, nutrient rich soil determines how well your trees grow.
- Consult a local arborist – a tree needs to be periodically inspected for structural defects, insect pests and disease.
- Trees should be pruned properly and focus on removing dead, dying, diseased and broken branches.
- Proper irrigation and mulching, especially in times of drought, are essential to maintain a tree’s good health.
Trees play a critical role in the health of the planet. They are not living statues – they need care and protection just like any other living thing. Please help preserve these majestic beauties.
Some information compiled from bostontreepreservation.com.
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