It might be tempting to use the first landscaping company you find to care for your trees. After all, how hard can planting and pruning trees be? In fact, it is a precise process that takes knowledge and experience to ensure your trees are able to thrive for years to come. Continue reading to learn about the most common mistakes made by tree companies that don’t employ certified arborists.
Covering the Root Flare
The root flare is the top section of the tree’s roots, located where the roots flare out from the tree’s trunk. Many uncertified tree companies will cover this area with soil or mulch when they are planting or caring for trees. The result is sometimes called a “mulch volcano,” due to the appearance of the mulch when it is piled against the trunk of the tree. Simply put, mulch should never touch the trunk of the tree, and the root flare should always be exposed. Otherwise, the tree will fail to thrive and may eventually die.
Using Improper Pruning Techniques
One of the top ways to cause a tree to die is to prune it improperly. Unfortunately, many uncertified tree companies use incorrect pruning techniques when dealing with mature trees. For example, if you are worried about the growth of a tree, an uncertified tree company may perform a tree topping service. This improper pruning technique can result in ugly growth and leave your tree susceptible to pests and disease.
Planting Trees in Problematic Areas
While you might have a location in mind for planting a tree, a reliable tree company should not simply move forward with that location without investigating it first. Uncertified tree companies
may plant the tree without considering overhead and underground obstructions. This can lead to issues later on, such as the tree growing too close to powerlines or causing plumbing problems.
A certified arborist will take your preferences into consideration, but also make recommendations based on how the tree will grow.
When you need tree services in Tucson, call Complete Landscaping at (520) 323-8918. Our certified arborists will be able to make the best recommendations for planting and caring for your trees.