Many homeowners love tall and big trees, but you won't always get such trees when you buy a new property. You may not be able to make your trees tall overnight, but there are some tree care steps you can take to accelerate their growth. Here are some helpful tips:
Plant the Tree the Right Way
How you plant a tree determines its growth rate. You need to plant the tree in such a way that it will not have a hard time seeking for water and nutrients. The most important thing here is to dig a deep enough hole and fill it with nutrients and soft soil. This ensures that the roots get enough nutrients and don't have a hard time growing and seeking for resources.
Leave One Main Trunk
The more the trunks the slower the tree will grow. Therefore, in case the tree develops more than one trunk, it may be necessary to remove some of them. This helps because multiple trunks compete for growth resources but single trunks use all the available resources for growth. The removal should be done when the tree is young so that it doesn't affect it too much.
Prune the Tree
Once the tree is already growing, you need to prune it regularly. Pruning serves different purposes. For example, trimming the branches ensures that the resources they would have used to grow those branches will go into the remaining part of the tree. Most of the water, nutrients, air, and minerals that would have been "wasted" on the removed branches will be channeled in the remaining foliage (at the top of the tree) to help its growth. Cutting horizontally growing branches forces the tree to grow vertically.
Keep the Tree Healthy
Lastly, you need to keep the tree from diseases and injuries. Anything that affects the life of the tree will affect all aspects of its growth. The trunk, branches, and vertical growth will all be affected. Therefore, avoid injuries and diseases by:
- Preventing and dealing with pest infestation
- Taking care to avoid damaging cuts during trimming
- Taking care not to cut roots during construction or excavations near the tree
- Removing diseased or injured limbs
These are just some of the things that will help accelerate a tree's growth. Consult an arborist for further tips on the same. You can also hire a tree care company to take care of every aspect of your tree's growth and ensure they grow healthy.