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roper care for your trees and they can bring you many benefits. Not only are they lovely additions to your home space, but they also provide tangible benefits to air quality, property value, CO2, storm water, and more. Your investment in your trees pays dividends for both you and your family, but also for your community and the environment.

We have worked in the Colorado Springs region as arborists since 2008, and we love sharing our experience in caring for trees in this region with local homeowners. In this article, we share some of our best tips for tree care, so that you can keep your investment in good condition.

Basic knowledge of proper tree care helps individual tree owners understand the quality of care necessary for the health of their trees.

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Keeping your trees healthy depends on regular maintenance, inspection, watering, and pruning. By keeping a regular schedule for these key items, you can save yourself time, money, and protect your trees.

Watering

“How often should I water my trees?” The answer depends on your particular tree types and the climate and season for your area. Colorado Springs and El Paso County is a dry climate, so watering your trees the right amount is particularly important. The right amount of water to give your tree depends on:

  • Age of the tree
    Trees in their first three years of life are particularly sensitive, and providing the right amount of water in these early years will help them establish the healthy growth and root structure to grow strong and healthy for decades.
  • Soil Drainage and Evaporation
    The type of soil and rate at which it drains will affect the amount of water you need. You can check how quickly your soil is draining by checking moisture at 6 inches below the surface. Additionally, you can add mulch at the base of the tree to help prevent moisture from evaporating from the soil.
  • Seasonal Patterns
    Make sure you are watering in each season as needed. Hot, dry seasons like summer may require more water. Winter watering is equally important, and you should watch the amount of snow you get on your trees to ensure they are still getting regular watering.
Remember, watering is just one part of the process when you are identifying how to care for your trees. While it is a resource investment, you can measure the returns financially, environmentally, asethetically and more. Check out the National Tree Benefit Calculator for more information.

Maintenance and Inspection

What kind of maintenance should you do for your tree? Regular tree maintenance should include:

  • Checking for Disease
    Performing a quick visual inspection of your tree is an easy way to keep it healthy. Trees are like people, in that keeping good health is easier than repairing bad health. Check for signs of disease and broken branches regularly.
  • Check for broken branches and safety issues
    After a storm, particularly the hail storms that are frequent in the Colorado Springs area, make sure that you check your trees for any broken branches or safety issues.
  • Mulching
    Adding mulch at the base of your tree is a great way to protect your tree and keep the moisture and temperature of the soil at the right level.

Tree Pruning

Tree pruning is a great way to keep your trees healthy and aesthetically pleasing. It should be handled by a professional, as there are several considerations for the safety of you, your home, and your tree. We recommend the right level and approach to pruning based on our years of experience. We never recommend unnecessary pruning work, as our goal is to maintain healthy trees as naturally as possible. Check out our article on Sustainable Tree Trimming for more information on our approach.

Conclusion

By making a small amount of effort and learning how to care for your trees properly, you can save yourself time and money. At Eco Tree Colorado Springs, we love to help homeowners understand their particular trees and care for them in a way that benefits the entire community.

Tips: How to Care for your Trees

    • Check your trees regularly for signs of disease or poor growth patterns
    • Check for safety issues regularly, and after a storm
    • Use mulch and fertilizer as recommended by your arborist
    • Ensure that your trees are getting regular watering
    • Prune your trees on the schedule recommended by your arborist

Written by Marty Karner