Trees are a valuable asset in our landscapes, and for that reason need our protection. Watering or fertilizing your yard usually means the trees benefit, too. Even pruning undesirable branches allows trees to grow stronger and permits more sunlight to reach the turf.
Sometimes we forget to take precautions during construction or when installing new landscaping. There are seven problems that frequently occur, but can easily be avoided with due diligence in planning the improvements.
The seven problems are:
- Root Loss
- Soil Chemical Changes
- Drainage Changes
- Soil Compaction
- Litter/Organic Matter Loss
- Micro-climate Change
The impact of all seven issues can be minimized most easily by establishing a protection zone. The zone, at a minimum, should be equivalent to the diameter of the tree in inches measured outward from the base in feet.
For example: a 20 inch diameter tree should be protected 20 feet out from its base.