Planting A New Maple Tree? 3 Tips To Keep It Healthy

If you are planning to plant a maple tree in your yard, you need to learn how to take proper care of it. This will ensure that it grows big and strong so it can provide shade in the future. Below are three tips to help you get started.

1. Planting Maple Trees

It is important that you plant the maple tree away from your driveway, or any walkways. This is because most maple trees have shallow roots. These roots will spread and cause cracks to appear in concrete and other materials. Talk with a garden center about how far away from these things you should plant your maple.

When the maple tree is first planted, it is important that you keep it watered regularly. If it does not rain, you need to water it yourself. Along with watering add some fertilizer to help the tree stay healthy. Go to a garden center and purchase fertilizer made for this type of tree. Follow the directions on it to ensure you put the fertilizer on properly.

2. Prune the Tree

Once the tree gets large, you need to have it trimmed by a tree service company. This will help improve the structure to make it stay healthy. Pruning also removes dead limbs, as these limbs may have a fungus that would spread to the entire tree if not removed.

Pruning also thins out the tree to increase the amount of sunlight and air circulation within the tree. This will help reduce some diseases and will help the tree heal wounds it may have.

3. Learn About Pests and Diseases

Many pests and diseases can harm a maple tree including:

  • Anthracnose: This disease causes branches and leaves to die. The leaves will turn brown, and there will be canker sores on the trunk.
  • Verticillium wilt: This is a serious problem as verticillium wilt can kill a maple tree. This is because the infection starts beneath the tree in the roots so you cannot see the problem in the beginning.  Once the roots are infected, the wilt moves up the tree causing canker sores and dead bark.
  • Long-horned Beetle: This is also a serious problem as long-horned beetles will kill a maple tree. These pests eat the sap that is beneath the bark. This prevents the tree from transporting water and nutrients to the roots.

If you notice any of these problems, contact a tree service company immediately to treat your tree.

Talk with the tree service company like Joe Hanley's Tree Trimming about taking proper care of your maple tree, and they can give you many more tips.