A growing family will completely change the way you use your lawn and property. If you have children, they will reach the age when they want to spend a lot of time outdoors. The trees in your yard could become a fun source of entertainment. You may want to attach a tire swing to a tree or eventually build a tree house for the child to play in.

While the quality of the products you install remains important, you also want to consider the quality of the tree itself. If you plan years in advance, you can strengthen a tree and ensure that the plant is big and strong enough to handle all kinds of childhood activities. Moreover, the unique landscape of Colorado requires proper tree care on a regular basis.

Check out some of the professional arborist treatments you can rely on to help with the health of trees in your yard.

1. Tree Fertilization

The soil and lawns in Colorado were not always sprawling areas with green grass. Beneath the surface of most neighborhoods is a rocky desert-like terrain that has been transformed over the years. While the mountain areas often feature lush trees, many of the trees in your yard were likely imported.

When you want to use a tree and attach objects to it, the strength of the roots is just as important as the strength of the branches. An arborist can provide tree fertilization to the lawn that surrounds the tree. When the ground cannot provide natural nutrients for a tree, fertilization will help a tree grow and root deeper into the ground.

The fertilization process will also include the removal of weeds around a tree. Invasive weeds can suck up nutrients and take them directly away from a tree. The tree can grow and strengthen when it has as much access to the ground soil as possible.

2. Tree Injections

An arborist can also provide direct tree injections to ensure the health of a tree. While fertilization will help with multiple trees, tree injections are aimed at specific trees on your property. If you have one specific tree you seek to use for childhood activities, then you can focus injections on the tree.

A tree injection can include a wide range of help. Upon inspection, a tree professional may decide to inject a tree with nutrients to help with growth. An injection may include fungicides if a worker spots signs of a fungus. A fungus invasion could result in weaker branches and the eventual death of a tree.

In many situations, an injection can include a mixture of multiple treatment options. The blend choice is not random and will include mixes based on the individual tree on your property. Typically, a tree will only need one injection per season, but future inspections can determine how often the tree needs more injections.

3. Insect Treatment

When your children play outside, you don’t want to worry about insect impacts like mosquito bites or bee stings. The insect protection you provide for children should also extend to your tree. Insect invasions can impact the health of a tree, especially with some invasive species that can quickly cause damage to a tree.

In the Colorado area, insects like the emerald ash borer can cause significant damage to a tree and eat through it. Other insects may also eat through the wood, chew on leaves, and impact the overall strength of a tree. Insect treatment may include an insecticide treatment injected into the soil that surrounds the tree.

A tree arborist may apply a spray directly to a tree and help control the insect population. Even if you have one tree you want to use for childhood activities, you should consider treatment on all of your trees. You do not want an insect population to grow on another tree and then invade the tree you want to use.

Annual treatment will help take care of new insects each year and ensure they do not come back again when warmer weather arrives.

4. Tree Pruning

In the same way you would trim hair to avoid split ends and damage, you want to rely on tree pruning to keep a tree healthy. Cutting off branches on a tree may seem like it has the opposite effect of strengthening, but pruning will only help a tree grow bigger and stronger.

When a professional cuts certain branches, the tree can redirect nutrients to larger branches and the trunk of the tree. The removal of dead branches will increase the safety of the tree. Certain pruning tasks will prevent a tree from leaning one way and ensure a tree grows up straight.

A few years of pruning will keep a tree in ideal health, especially if you decide to build structures like a tree house on the property.

For more information on tree health and strength, contact us at Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc. We will help provide you with strong trees for the duration of your child’s best years playing outside and enjoying all kinds of tree-based activities.