Monthly Archives: November 2016

Five Common Tree Myths Debunked

Just Because They’re Believed Doesn’t Mean They’re True

Like all living things, trees require the proper living conditions and care to thrive. Be that as it may, there are quite a few myths out there regarding tree health that can negatively affect your trees’ vitality. That’s why we’re here to set the record straight on five of the most common tree myths:

Common Tree Myths

  1. Tree Topping is Okay – Tree topping is a quick way to temporarily cut back unwanted branches, but it also disfigures the overall structure and leads to weak limb growth.
  2. Adding Mulch is Always a Good Idea– While applying mulch to the base of a tree can enhance its health, using too much can disturb soil moisture and aeration levels and cause the tree’s base to rot.
  3. Using Soil Enhancements is Always Okay – A lot of people think using soil enhancements—including chemicals and fertilizers—is always okay. However, they can actually prevent trees from acclimating to surrounding soil and damage root systems.
  4. More Fertilizer is Better­ ­– Applying the right amount of fertilizer at the right time can enhance trees’ health, but using too much at unnecessary times overstimulates crown growth and weakens natural growth abilities.
  5. Planting Trees is Easy – Many people think planting a tree consists of simply picking one out, digging a hole and filling it with dirt. However, there are many factors to take into account, including: the size of the property, the type of tree, soil type, surrounding structures and proper aftercare.

If you are unsure about how to properly care for your trees, don’t pay attention to common myths. Contact Fannin Tree Farm instead! We’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.