Treatment of Plants – The Use of Surgery in Gardens (Part 2)

Treatment of Plants – The Use of Surgery in Gardens (Part 2)

Trees are usually subjected to all kinds of accidents, illnesses and various other mishaps.

Wind storms frequently break off their limbs, leaving jagged stumps. Heavy snows weigh down branches and may cause them to snap off. Trees are also struck by lightning and can even be attacked by frost, drought and insects. It is also true that sometimes a tree’s little gaping wound can offer a pathway for infection by bacteria and fungi – an infection that becomes responsible for cavities, large and other injuries. However, tree treatment has made great progress in recent years.

Although it is true that tree treatment is particularly different from human and animal treatment because trees are far more plastic than animals and because they possess to a far greater degree the faculty of rejuvenation, several preventive and curative methods have been established to combat plant disease and insect pests.

Tree Care Is an Ancient Art       Tree Care Is an Ancient Art   

The art of horticulture goes back to antiquity. Records show that gardeners of ancient Babylonia, Assyria and Persia pruned trees, transplanted them and treated their wounds. Theophrastus, the Greek philosopher and scientist of the fourth century B.C. wrote a History of Plants in which he describes the cultivation and care of trees and speaks of plastering tree wounds with mud to prevent decay.

Today, tree care has become an exact science. I’d like to take the example of KW TREE EXPERT CO in Ontario. Experts there know a lot about plant physiology and about tree diseases. They are acquainted with the insects that attack trees and with the methods for eradicating them. They know how to determine the acidity and alkalinity of soils, what to use in the way of fertilizers and how to judge the effects of drainage, soil texture and climate on trees. For your peace of mind, let me add that they are perfectly aware of the species of trees that do best in a given environment.

But, what really reassures most people is their choice to practice tree sanitation. This entails cutting away dead, diseased and insect-ridden parts and destroying the debris so that no breeding places for insects and disease remain.

The care of tree wounds even apparently insignificant ones, prevents the inroads of infection and improves the tree’s appearance. Small wounds may enlarge into cavities, which ultimately weaken the structure of the tree and afford a breeding place for insects and destructive fungi. Years ago, tree surgeons for the most part cleaned out larger tree cavities and filled them with concrete or other materials. This was often a costly procedure and frequently the tree died a lingering death in spite of it.

Nowadays, experts attempt to prevent large cavities from forming by attending promptly to the small wounds made by wind breakage and pruning cuts. Furthermore, they increase the tree’s chances of recovery by spraying against insects and fungi, fertilizing the soil and keeping the tree well-watered.

Pruning

Pruning is a necessary operation in tree care. Tree experts do not go about it in a haphazard fashion but remove branches and limbs for a specific purpose. Sometimes they interfere with telephone wires, endanger house roofs or create a traffic hazard by arching low over a highway. Often dead or dying limbs impair the beauty and threaten the health of a tree. Quite frequently a tree is structurally weak and requires shaping to preserve its strong limbs and rid it of unsound ones. Damage from wind, ice storms and heavy snow is considerably reduced if a tree is properly pruned. The cutting away of excessive growth allows for greater circulation of air and deeper penetration of light into the center of the tree.

So, if you are looking for tree treatment services, do not hesitate to contact KW TREE EXPERT CO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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