At Arborscapes, we want to see the entire Charlotte area have the healthiest trees possible. While we offer an entire suite of tree services and plant health care, we also realize that plenty of homeowners enjoy some (safe) DIY yardwork. We get lots of questions about taking care of trees, and we wanted to share some of the most common ones here to help you make the most of your yard.
Q: What is the best time to plant trees in the Charlotte area?
A: The best time to plant trees in Charlotte is during the spring and fall months, when temperatures are mild and soil is moist. This allows the tree to establish roots and get a strong start before the summer heat sets in.
Q: What kind of trees are best suited for the piedmont climate?
A: Charlotte has a temperate climate with hot summers and mild winters, which makes it suitable for a variety of tree species. Some of the best options include: oak trees, magnolias, dogwoods, crepe myrtles, and Japanese maples.
Q: How often should I water my new trees?
A: Newly planted trees should be watered regularly, usually once a week or more often during dry spells. A good rule of thumb is to provide the tree with 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter.
Q: What are some common pests and diseases that affect trees in Charlotte?
A: Some common pests and diseases affecting trees in Charlotte include: caterpillars, aphids, borers, and black knot fungus. Regular inspections and prompt treatment can help to prevent and control these issues.
Q: What is the best way to mulch my trees?
A: Mulch is a great way to help conserve moisture and regulate soil temperature around your trees. A 2-3 inch layer of mulch spread evenly around the base of the tree is ideal. Avoid mulching too deeply, as this can lead to stem rot. Also consider the soil. The health of the soil beneath the mulch will play as big a as the mulch (if not bigger).
Q: Can I prune my trees in the spring?
A: Yes, spring is a good time to prune trees in Charlotte, but be careful not to prune too severely. This can cause stress and make the tree more susceptible to pests and diseases.
Q: How do I choose the right fertilizer for my trees?
A: The type of fertilizer you choose will depend on the specific needs of your tree. A general purpose fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is a good choice for most trees. Soil tests can help you determine the specific needs of your soil and trees.
Q: How can I protect my trees during severe weather events like hurricanes or tornadoes?
A: To protect your trees during severe weather events, make sure they are properly staked and secured in the ground. Prune dead or weak branches to reduce the risk of damage, and consider wrapping the trunk of the tree with burlap to protect it from wind damage.
Q: What is the best way to deal with tree roots that are causing problems with my sidewalks or foundation?
A: If tree roots are causing problems with your sidewalks or foundation, it is best to consult with a professional arborist. They can help determine the best course of action, which may include removing the tree, cutting the roots, or installing root barriers to prevent further damage.
As always, Arborscapes is ready to help with any and all of your tree questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
A native of Centerville, Ohio, Nathan attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a BS degree in Urban Forestry. He’s been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1997 – the year he learned how to climb trees during an internship in Varese, Italy.