Eliminating Weeds Without Killing Your Trees

Trees are a wonderful thing. They can provide shade, shelter, and even a place to harbor memories. However, often times weeds will grow around your trees and steal your tree's water sources. Many people try to control these weeds with commercial spray and end up harming their trees. With these simple tips, you can diminish the weed growth around your trees without harming the tree itself.

Prepare your ground before you even plant your tree. 

Now if you have already planted your tree, there is no need to fear. But in the name of preparation, clearing the ground of weeds and putting a layer of topsoil on the ground will give your tree the best opportunity to avoid competition with weeds. This will also make the weeds easier to handle, as they will not be as deeply rooted when they do grow.

  • Find the right weed killer.

A weed killer will be most effective if you use a chemical that directly targets the variety of weeds that are growing. If you are unsure of what weeds are growing and what chemicals are  needed, the Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a list of acceptable weed killers and their uses. This list can be found on the EPA website. Using these approved chemicals will give you better success and will also not damage the environment.

  • Properly mixing your Weed Killer.

Almost all weed killers come in a highly concentrated form. It is very important that you read the label carefully and give the chemical the right dilution in order to create the actual certified weed killer. Unfortunately, too high of concentration of solution will kill much more than your weeds. Read the labels and follow all instructions and cautions given.

  • Applying with caution.

When you have properly mixed your weed killer, you must apply with your tree in mind. While a small interaction with the chemical shouldn't kill your tree, you should be careful to avoid spraying the trunk of the tree. Also be aware of shallow roots and low hanging branches, this can create a problem for your tree if they come in too much contact with weed killers.

Watch for signs of Damage.

While using these steps should create a healthy weed-free environment, there is the possibility that your tree will be damaged. It is important to check your tree for damage after spraying the weeds. If you do find blemishes or dead parts of the tree, you should definitely find a different weed killer. With keen observation, your tree can return to full health.

While weeds are almost inevitable, using these tips, you can fight weeds and maintain your trees. For more information check out companies such as Greenwood Tree Experts.