With so much information in the world today it is hard for homeowners to figure out what is true and what is not, especially in a complicated industry such as tree care. There are a lot of unsafe practices and wives tales out there that are outdated and dangerous to trees and the people who live in their proximity. Don’t get fooled by tree care myths; read on to protect yourself by learning about 6 Common Tree Care Myths and The Fact That Prove Them Wrong.
#1 Tree’s Need To Be Balanced
Fact: Trees do not grow symmetrically they grow towards the light and they adjust to the weight.
#2 It Doesn’t Matter How The Branches Are Cut, It Will Grow Back
Fact: Tree branches need to be pruned properly to prevent damage. A limb does not grow back in the same spot. Limbs that are cut improperly can cause permanent and irreparable damage to your tree.
#3 Water Is Good And More Water Is Better
Fact:During the drought season it is very good to help your trees by watering; however, over watering is not good and can cause root rot. Watering once a week (deep and slow) is better than daily (fast).
#4 “Let’s Plant It Here, If We Don’t Like It We Can Move It Later”
Fact: Moving a tree can damage it, especially once the roots have been established and planting in the wrong location can harm the tree in the future. Check how big your tree’s crown will get and make sure the roots have room to grown 2-3x that width. Also make sure the spot your planting in has the right soil type and light exposure for the type of tree your planting.
#5 Dead Branches Will Come Down On Their Own
Fact: Dead branches “hangers” are unsafe. They may come down at any time, especially during wind and snow storms.
#6 Safety Doesn’t Matter
Fact: Hiring an unlicensed and uninsured tree care company can get you sued. If an accident or injury occurs, the homeowner can be responsible. Hire an accredited tree care company to keep your trees, home, and family safe.
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