Tree Pruning – prune deadwood, diseased or crossing and rubbing limbs. Tree Trimming
Clean saws before pruning large Oak trees especially – this is mostly an internal process that companies should have before pruning large trees. If we used a chainsaw to cut down a large dead tree say the day before pruning, we should be sanitizing our chainsaws before making the pruning cuts.
Fertilizing – You can fertilize mature trees once every 2-3 years. Fall OR Spring, are the times for fertilizing trees. Tree Care
Mulching a tree ring – this is one of the best things to do for a tree. To keep lawn mowers away, to retain moisture, and don’t put to much mulch because tree roots need oxygen.
Aerating – even though this is most of the time for grass, it definitely can help oxygenate the soil and help de-compact the soil as well.
Vertical Mulching when the ground is hard – If you notice that the ground is very hard, you may want to consider this option. The ground can get hard for many different reasons, rain runoff, to much foot traffic, heavy equipment, cars, etc. Tree Care
Soil tests – Fairfax County offers free soil tests. It is pretty easy to get a soil test and can be one of the most beneficial things you can do to help your tree!
Assess a tree for cavities, hypoxylon canker, borer activity, tip dieback, etc – a certified arborist can evaluate a tree in decline and provide good recommendations. Certified Arborists