Really Seeing Trees

Banyan Tree at Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota, FL

As a #TreeProtector, you really #SeeTrees as they are.  That means not only seeing the magnificence and beauty of this Banyan tree, but also seeing that it has some dead branches.

Don’t just immediately think “oh, we have to cut them off.”  That is coming from the human point of view or coming from some previous lesson about trees.

Instead think: “Oh, this tree is not growing right.  It might be having trouble in its inner circulation of fluids, or with making food, or with being able to grow enough leaves.”

And think too, “I can do practical and bio-energy things to help it!”

•WATER YOUR TREES DURING DROUGHT OR EXTREME HEAT!! They may have outgrown their area. Water deep and long.
•Research! Plant the right tree in the right place.
•Use CARE when transplanting not to damage roots. Plant AT soil level, do not pile extra soil on top of root ball. Water often.
•Do NOT add soil, new plantings, or stone planters around an existing tree; it smothers roots.
•Use a sprinkling of mulch, don’t pile it up at the base.
• For construction, install plastic fencing at the drip-line so that they don’t dig, pile materials, or park under under trees.
• After construction, do NOT
regrade the soil over the roots. Short walls can hold back soil.
• Don’t install bricks, stone, or walkways under trees.
•Avoid “topping” trees & road salt.
•REMOVE BANDS OR TIES–they strangle fluid flows under bark.
•Protect young trees but don’t tie anything to them.
•LEAVE leaves; they have natural fertilizer and beneficials. Shred them for winter. Avoid blowers.
•Learn proper pruning techniques or hire a sensitive professional who knows how to ASK THE TREE where best to prune.