Have you ever been in a relationship where you love the other person just a little bit too much? Or have you been the person in a relationship that always seems to be a little more attached? Your trees can feel the same way as they ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend felt – like you are just doing too much and giving them too much love.

Just like in a relationship, your trees need some space to flourish. You need to care for them and help them if something goes wrong, but you should also know when you should stand back and allow the tree to take care of itself. This is difficult and unless you really study trees, you might not know the signs and symptoms of a tree that is just getting too much love.

Luckily, we will be your tree relationship gurus and we can help you to better understand what your trees are telling you. Start with these four tips:

4. You’ve Pruned By Yourself

  • Causes lasting damage
  • Hurts the chance of harvest or spring florals
  • Your tools probably aren’t good enough

Think about when you want to tweeze your boyfriend’s unibrow or when you try to explain to your girlfriend how she could be more effective at the gym if she just runs a little bit faster – taking something into your own hands that should be in the hands of a professional can do some serious damage to your relationship. The same is true of trees. By doing something like pruning, which should be handled by a professional, by yourself, you are setting yourself up for fights and failures.

What you do to your tree will impact its health long into the future. Tree Care Tips suggests that you should never prune more than 25% of your tree – but even 1% is too much if you do not know what you are doing. Remember that when you are pruning your tree, you are making wounds in it and those wounds will need time to heal and in order to heal correctly, they need to be cut correctly. This means using the proper tools and the best techniques for tree pruning.

3. You’ve Watered Too Much

  • Leaves start to turn colors
  • Tends to happen in the rainy season
  • Allow soil to dry out at times

Sometimes too much of a good thing is certainly a bad thing. If you have watered your trees too much, you will see the following symptoms, according to Home Guides: “a loss of vigor, yellowing leaves, leaf scorch and water-soaked blisters on the stems and leaves. Dig down several inches into the tree’s root zone, in the area between the trunk and the edge of the tree’s canopy. The tree’s root zone typically extends out anywhere from 1.5 to 4 times the width of the canopy. Very moist soil at that depth suggests too much water. A sour smell indicates that the soil is oxygen-deprived. Also, any signs of mushrooms or algae around tree’s root zone can indicate a water-logged tree.”

If you see any of these signs, you need to scale back on the watering. Sometimes, if the watering was just in a short amount of time, you can just allow the soil to dry out a bit. However, if it is systemic overwatering, you should start to pull back over time to see what the right amount of water is for your tree.

2. Your Soil is Wrong

  • Take soil to a professional for testing
  • Make sure to balance out nutrients
  • Testing is required every few years

Providing nutrients is one of the most basic ways we show anything or anyone that we love them. From animals who are trying to impress the apex predator to teen girls who are baking cookies for the quarterback, it is one of the most universal signs of affection. You need to do the same thing to your trees. Most people who love their trees overlook the fact that the soil might be killing them slowly.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the pH of your soil is one of the most important factors to consider – and for most home gardens, you want the pH to be about 6.5. This will support all of the vital functions of your tree, including absorbing nutrients, growing, repairing from wounds, and producing fruits if applicable.

1. You Are Worrying About the Pests Too Much

  • Sprays can be more damaging than the pests
  • Some “pests” are actually good for the trees
  • Nature tends to take care of itself

Many people worry about their trees and think that the first signs of pests means that they need to do something quickly. This isn’t always the case. Instead, you have to sit back and really look at your tree to see if it is being affected. If you aren’t sure, you can always contact a professional for his or her opinion.

According to ThoughtCo, “Insects that attack trees come in many sizes and shapes. The beetles consume leaf parts and inner bark; the aphids, leafminers, and moths defoliate; the borers consume wood; the gall-making wasps deform limbs and leaves. Not all insects will kill a tree, but the “killers” listed can be certain death when insect populations explode.”

So really, you have to be careful and judicious when it comes to treating your tree. Sometimes, the methods that you would use to kill the pests or insects might do more damage. You also need to know that not all pests look like insects – birds and mammals can be dangerous as well.

If you happen to be looking for a tree care professional in South Jersey, give Bumblebee Tree Service a call today at (609) 297-1721. We will help you to better understand your trees and have all of the appropriate equipment to take care of any problems that pop up throughout the year. Remember that just like anything, your trees need time to grow and thrive by themselves. Doing too much can be just as detrimental as doing nothing at all. However, the worst thing you can do is do something by yourself that should have been done by a professional.

Header photo courtesy of Fran Urbano on Flickr!