Three Lesser-Known Threats To Your Trees And How To Avoid Them

29 April 2015
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If you want the trees in your yard to thrive, it's important that you protect them from the biggest threats to their stability. In fact, the biggest hazards that exist for these trees include environmental exposures and poor care on your part. Here's a look at some of the things that you should be attentive to when making sure that your trees are properly cared for and flourishing.

Road Salt Exposure

In cold-weather environments where salt is used frequently on the roads, your trees could be at greater risk than you realize. In fact, roadway salt can be damaging to your trees and problematic for the roots. If the local plows are pushing snow out of the road and onto your property line, the snow melt can carry road salt to your soil. This can cause a nutrient imbalance in the trees if the roots absorb this salt-containing melt.

If your property has been exposed to road salt, you'll want to take some steps to mitigate its effects. Break up the soil along the root line of your tree and mix in some gypsum pellets. The gypsum will help to balance the soil with calcium and sulfur instead of the excess salt.

Traffic Damage

Although most trees can stand up to foot traffic in the yard from your kids and your landscapers, excessive activity levels or heavy equipment on the lawn can actually compact the tree roots, making it hard for them to serve their core functions. When the roots are compacted and unable to absorb water and nutrients properly, it can slowly kill the tree. To avoid this problem, be attentive to the traffic in your yard. Keep heavy equipment away from tree roots and try to moderate the overall traffic on the property.


When your tree roots don't get enough water, it can be damaging to the tree. Equally damaging is giving the tree too much water. If you flood your tree's roots with too much water, it can cause the roots to drown. The tree may appear to grow quickly, but the branches won't be able to thicken properly to create the strength needed to support the tree. Make sure you don't water your tree in the day preceding or following heavy rainfall, and watch the soil for any signs of over-saturation.

It's in your best interest to understand these lesser-known hazards if you want your trees to grow and flourish successfully. If you have a tree that's already suffering the effects of these mistakes, you'll want to talk with a tree trimming and care service to help you fix the problem. To find out more, contact a company like Ironwood Earthcare.