Basic Tree Care: Assessing Root, Limb and Trunk Health



Trees of autumn add beauty to the homestead. Photo by Elijah M. Henderson on Unsplash

As many of us are aware, trees can play a vital role in even the smallest of homestead operations. Trees are to a homestead, what branches are to a tree. 

Not only are trees probably the most useful vegetation on a homestead for basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and health, but they add considerable value to most properties for their energy savings, landscape and aesthetic appeal. This post will highlight a few basic tree care and maintenance tips which may be of use to you on your homestead. Keep in mind that no two properties are alike. Every homestead is different, regarding its plants, trees, soil and the climate where the property is located. 

When considering tree care on a typical homestead, you should take a look at how the property currently functions or will need to function in the future.

You may begin by subdividing your homestead property into manageable zones. Within each zone, consider the location of crops, animals, trails/roadways, fencing or structures and any activities that regularly occur within each zone. Consider how plants, animals or structures will harmoniously coexist or be negatively affected by any particular tree or trees. Think about the four seasons and any possible seasonal impacts which may affect the trees, if any. 

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