Maintenance of healthy looking, safe trees is an important consideration for homeowners. Trees are susceptible to physical injury from ice and windstorms, as well as wounds caused by pruning and other human activity. When trees are wounded, the newly uncovered tissue is exposed to pathogens and microorganisms that can infect the tree. These microorganisms feed on tree tissues, resulting in unhealthy, unsightly, or unsafe trees. Homeowners still need to prune trees to maintain aesthetic characteristics, remove diseased or dead limbs, or improve structural stability. Proper approaches to pruning and wounded tree care can go a long way to keep trees safe and healthy.
Tree Care for Healing
Callus formation rates vary for different tree species, environmental conditions and water availability. Some trees may never completely close their wounds, especially when pruned by improperly. However, conditions favoring callus formation after professional pruning helps keep trees healthy and safe.
There are several ways that callus formation rates can be enhanced through proper tree care. A professional tree removal service will be able to help you determine the best course of action.
Trees that are planted in well-drained, quality soils grow in a more balanced fashion that favors the healing process. Trained arborists will take measures to improve soil quality by recommending tree care treatments, such as mulch.
Your professional arborist may apply mineral fertilizers for rapid, reliable growth responses, including callus growth and specialty tree care issues. Your local tree service will take care to ensure that burning of roots and other over-fertilization issues are avoided. If fertilizers are over utilized, tree growth rates may be excessively rapid, which may lead to lowered structural stability as well as increased susceptibility to pathogens and pests.
Trees are pruned to develop proper canopy shape or remove potentially hazardous limbs, among other reasons. The optimal time for pruning varies by region and tree species, but the best time to prune many trees is when rates of growth, and callus formation, are the greatest. Pruning seasons are spring and summer for tree care on Long Island. Hazardous tree limbs should be removed regardless of the time of year to minimize the risks of injury and property damage. Homeowners should check with their local certified arborist for proper tree care and pruning schedules.