Having a tree in the backyard is a rewarding experience for homeowners. A green, healthy crown will not only give you ample shade during scorching summers but will also act as a visual barrier to provide desired privacy. Not sure if your tree is healthy or growing in the right direction? It is advisable to get a certified arborist report for development applications, which explains every little detail about your tree, such as structural issues, signs of pest infestation and potential diseases.

A qualified arborist creates a certified arborist report after careful assessment of the tree. The report will pinpoint critical areas that require attention or immediate action.

Circling back to the topic, here are a few tips to make your tree stay healthy and green for decades.

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Watering

Proper watering is vital to a tree’s health during the first three years of its life cycle. There are multiple ways to water your tree correctly without spending much time in the backyard. One way to do that is to turn on your garden hose on low and leave it around the base of the tree. The flow should be maintained just enough so as not to form a puddle. Supply as much water as the soil can absorb. In case watering with a garden hose is not an option, punch a few holes at the bottom of a bucket, fill the bucket with water, place it at the base and let the water seep into the ground at its lazy pace.

Too much watering can potentially cause the roots to rot. The simple trick is to supply enough water to keep the soil moist and not soaking wet.

 

Mulching

During warmer months, the soil loses its moisture to the scorching heat, leaving the roots of the tree parched in spite of regular watering. Mulching, however, minimizes the impact of extreme temperature.

Dig a 5-inch deep recession around the base and fill it with mulch to retain maximum water for the roots. Besides mulching, it is also important to clear up grass and garden weeds within the radius of 3 feet to make sure all the water and soil nutrients go to the tree. If you have been taking these measures from the day one, you can hope to see a positive certified arborist report for your tree.

 

Pruning

 

A tree with a relatively heavy crown tends to bend the thin trunk and disorient its growth. Thus, pruning is essential. If the certified arborist report shows that your tree is growing weaker and can potentially fall flat on its face, the recommendation in the later part of the report might point towards pruning. If your tree is older than three years, it should be pruned regularly and should be heavily pruned when winters come to an end.

If the tree in your backyard is of Aboriginal importance, you are required by the Australian law to run assessments and take care of its health as directed by the certified arborist report.

If you continue to take good care of your tree, you might be able to hang a swing on it after a couple of years, and your children will love you for that. A healthy tree in your backyard will appear in your family photos for decades to come and will also pass down its fruits to the posterity.

If you suspect any serious problem about your tree, contact a tree surgeon near you to get a certified arborist report, followed by the customary treatment.