“For every tree killed by a bug, 10 more are killed by people.”
If you spend time with arborists, you’re likely to hear some version of this phrase repeated, just based on their experience. When Jeff mentioned it to me, I had a hard time believing it, so I asked him to give me some examples of the ‘wrongs’ he’s seen.
So. What should you do to give your tree the best chance of long-term vitality? Choose the right tree for Northern Indiana. Make sure that it has plenty of space to “branch out” and plan for root expansion. Dig a hole bigger than you’d think you need and fill with good soil. Avoiding Jeff’s list of ‘wrongs’ will help your trees have a happy, healthy life so that you can enjoy them for decades to come!
You can read some tree suggestions and other factors to consider here.
Jeff Ling is a Registered Consulting Arborist and Co-Founder of TreeMasters, Inc., a full service arbor-care company, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It services tree owners with scientific tree management services throughout Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio.