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  • Writer's pictureShelby Pietersen

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Trees

Trees, trees, trees! They're everywhere! And as a homeowner, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Caring for your trees can be more complex than you thought. Well, don’t worry, we've got you covered!

In this blog post, we're going to give you all the tree-mendous info you need to keep your trees looking tip-top, while hopefully making you laugh at the same time!

Planting Trees

How do I know if I'm ready to become a tree parent?

Are you tired of your garden looking like a desert, but with grass? Do you want to live in a forest, but with a roof? Then you're ready to become a tree parent! But before you start digging, it's essential to choose the right tree for your garden.

What are the best trees to plant in South Africa?

When it comes to selecting trees, think of it like dating. You want to choose someone that's compatible with your lifestyle, has a good personality, and won't bring any drama to your life. Just like your partner, your tree should be well-suited to your garden's climate and soil conditions.

Some popular options include Cape Beech, Yellowwood, and the Cape chestnut. These trees are hardy, fast-growing, and can withstand the harsh South African climate.

How do I properly plant a tree?

Planting a tree is like settling into a new home. You want to make sure you have all the essentials and that your new home is comfy and cosy. The same goes for trees, you want to make sure they have enough room to grow and that the soil is nice and cushy.

Dig a hole that's twice the width of the tree's root ball and just as deep, and then settle the tree into its new home. Make sure to water the tree well after planting and mulch around the base to keep the soil moist and weed-free.

Maintaining Your Trees

How often should I water my trees?

Trees are like people, they need water to survive. How often you water your trees will depend on their species, the time of year, and the weather. But in general, young trees need a drink once a week, and established trees can survive on a drink every two weeks. If you're in a drought-prone area, you may need to water your trees more often. The key is to make sure the soil stays moist, but not waterlogged.

How do I prune my trees?

Pruning is like giving your trees a haircut. It's essential to keep them looking good and to get rid of any dead or diseased branches. When pruning, use sharp, clean tools and make cuts at a slight angle just above a node or bud. Avoid leaving stubs, as they can lead to decay and pests. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring when the tree is dormant.

How do I fertilize my trees?

Fertilizing is like giving your trees a healthy meal. Trees need food to grow, and fertilizing helps ensure they get all the nutrients they need. There are many different fertilizers available, and the best one for your tree will depend on its species and soil type. Fertilize young trees twice a year, in spring and fall, and established trees once a year, in spring.

Removing Trees

When is it necessary to remove a tree?

If your tree is dead, dying, or poses a safety risk, then it's time to say goodbye. Removing a tree is like saying farewell to a dear friend. But just like with your friends, sometimes it's best to say goodbye to prevent potential damage or injury.

How do I safely remove a tree?

Removing a tree can be dangerous, and you don't want to be the one who ends up with a splinter in your eye. That's why it's essential to call in professionals - like Overberg Arborists. They have the equipment and experience to safely remove the tree without causing any damage to your property or themselves.

Trees are an essential part of any South African landscape, and proper care and maintenance are crucial to ensure their survival and growth. By following the tips outlined in this blog post, homeowners can ensure that their trees thrive for many years to come and bring joy to their gardens.

If you’d like 1:1 help with your trees, contact Overberg Arborists today.



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