Trees can really enhance your garden, and make it a prettier, more sheltered, and calmer place to be. Not only are trees nice to look at, but they can provide shelter from the occasionally sweltering UK sun, as well as slightly more relevant shelter from our scheduled program of wind and rain. They also block sound! This is absolutely crucial if you live anywhere near roads of any form. No one likes the sound of traffic, or building sites. Having a peaceful, tranquil garden can really be an asset when it comes to unwinding from the daily grind, or when throwing a party, or simply when enjoying a barbecue. Trees also provide essential homes for squirrels, foxes and birds, which in my opinion, no British garden is complete without. As well as all that, they make oxygen, you know, the stuff we breathe? So keeping your trees healthy, functioning, and in good shape is really in everyone’s best interests. We’re going to run through a few key tips for keeping your trees in amazing shape.
Things Not Growing So Well?
The problem could well be in your soil. You should test your soil to check how acidic or alkaline it is, and whether it has the nutrients trees and plants need to grow and survive. Soil supplements and other ways of improving the quality of your soil are cheap and readily available from garden centres. This goes for all plants, not just trees, if you want nicer, healthier plants in your garden, do a little soil research.
Keep Them in Good Shape
Keeping your trees healthy is more than giving them good soil and leaving them to it, you need to keep them trimmed and fit. Tree surgeons can remove parts of the tree that are dying or dead, potentially saving it. Let’s not forget as well, you don’t want the tree growing into your house or too far out over the neighbours either. Trees can also block sunlight into your house, so consider this when having some tree surgery performed.
Make Sure You Got Their Back
A key danger to trees in the UK is ivy. Ivy grows up trees and parasitically uses them as a structure to gain easier access to sunlight. Eventually, the tree underneath starves, dies and collapses. This is why you need to keep an eye on ivy growing around the base of your trees. If you spot any, be sure to remove it thoroughly, ensuring the root is entirely eradicated so it can’t grow back. If you have trees already coated in ivy, you can cut the ivy around the base of the tree so that it dies, and then have a tree surgeon remove the tendrils to uncover the tree and allow it access to sunlight again.
Keeping your trees in decent shape really isn’t a difficult job. That’s basically the nature of trees, they’re pretty happy to be left alone to do their thing. With a little know-how, diligence and work, you can guarantee the health and sturdiness of your garden fauna and flora for years to come. Everyone loves sitting out in their garden, listening to the birds sing, in privacy and tranquil quiet. At risk of sounding like a bit of a hippie, care for your trees, man.