Tree Health in Minnesota
Healthy trees offer many benefits. However, trees must be well-cared for in order to provide them. From regular maintenance like pruning and fertilization, to managing threats such as disease and pests, trees need a little help now and then. Our experts are passionate about preserving trees. The good news is, proper tree care pays off!
Trees in an urban environment face extra stressors. When it comes to tree health, concerns may be interrelated, and the best solutions take more than one factor into account. The top concerns generally fall into these five categories:
Trees provide you and your community many environmental, economic, and social benefits. Consider this list to learn more about the importance of caring for the trees on your property.
Reduced Energy Use
Higher Property Values
Decrease Heat Islands
Reduced Storm Runoff
Preventative Tree Care Can Reduce the Risk of Disease
Just like people have risk factors that can worsen the negative impact of an illness or disease, so do trees. Fortunately, the reverse is also true: taking steps to optimize our health and getting good preventative care gives us the best chance at fighting an illness or minimizing the negative effects of things like stress. It also helps make treatment more effective. Healthy trees are able to withstand stress from things like drought, insects, and disease better than trees that are already struggling, and then have an additional stressor added. They also respond better to treatment.
Taking action before a problem occurs gives your tree the best chances at a good outcome. For instance, a properly fertilized tree will be able to resist damage from a pest better than one that is suffering from a nutrient deficiency. It may even be less attractive to pests in the first place. However, stressors can still add up. For example, if that same tree suffers root damage from construction activity, that negative environmental impact may be too much for it to overcome.
Negative Impacts Can Add Up
Construction damage is an example of an abiotic tree disorder—a health problem attributed to a non-living cause. Many trees in neighborhoods and cities face risks from abiotic stressors, making preventative care even more valuable. These trees may also grow in places that have limited space. In these instances, growth control treatments can reduce the need for overly frequent or aggressive pruning. Addressing soil health and fertilization needs can boost your tree’s resiliency and vigor, giving it a fighting chance if it comes under attack from insects or disease.
Our Experts Provide Comprehensive Tree Care
Contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation with one of our ISA Certified arborists. We take the time to survey your entire site, because we know the best solutions come from assessing the whole picture. Our experts also stay current on new and emerging health threats in Minnesota, including invasive pests like the emerald ash borer (EAB).
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