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Tree Care Tips


These are just a few tips. Trees are complex living organisms. New Jersey Licensed Tree Experts have demonstrated their expertise.


•    Check out the International Society of Arboriculture website http://www.treesaregood.com/

•    Trees need regular care, whether the tree is a young tree that has just been planted or is an
      existing tree.

•    Newly planted trees need to be watered well once or twice a week during the growing season.
     Check with a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert.

•    Annual inspections of your trees should be done to keep them healthier and prune dead and
     dying branches or remove the tree if required.

•    Your lawn will compete with the trees for available nutrients. The lawn will win out!

•    Lawn mowers and string trimmers damage trees resulting in a slow death to the tree if more than
     30 percent of the roots decay! These trees are more likely to fall, roots and all.

•    So, trees should be mulched to a depth of 2-3 inches and at least to the tree’s dripline. Mulch
     volcanoes are very bad for trees since the roots will tend to grow into the deep mulch and then
     dry out during a dry period or drought. This causes the top of the tree to “dieback.”

•    Trees make their own food from the nutrients and water in the soil. Trees do not need to be “fed.”

•    Trees can be fertilized based on a soil sample.

•    Trees should not be fertilized late in the growing season, since new growth can flush and be
      damaged by the cold temperatures. Always consult a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert.

•    When choosing a tree to plant, it’s very important to know what kind of tree is good for the location.

•    Never plant trees that will grow tall under power lines!

•    Some questions to think about include:
      o    Is the soil where you want to plant the tree frequently flooded when it rains? Or does it drain
      o    How much space will the tree have to grow? How big will it get?
      o    How much sun will the tree get?
      o    Does the tree have fruit that is large such as acorns (oaks) or “itchy balls” (Sweetgum,
            London Plane or American Sycamore) or small fruit, such as maples (“helicopters”) or

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