Keeping your trees healthy and strong is crucial to any aesthetically pleasing landscape. But if you’re working with a tight budget, tree pruning and mulching might be the first thing to be slashed from your budget.
Let’s face it: money is pretty tight these days, and your tree care might seem like a luxury, rather than a necessary. But you don’t have to sacrifice your lush trees to save a few dollars in your household budget. If you’re on a tight budget, here’s how you can still care for your trees – without breaking the bank:
DIY For Less. If you consider yourself to have a green thumb, then DIY tree care might be the way forward. However, keep in mind that you’ll be exposing yourself to some hazard, especially if you’re working with particularly large trees, or any trees located near a street or a power line. If your trees fall into the latter category, it’s best to let the professionals handle that type of tree care.
Your local DIY store will have plenty of tools you can use to care for your trees. If you’re looking to perform a basic clean-up, find a set of tree pruners; tree pruning is often the easiest way to promote the health of your trees. If you’re working with larger trees, make sure you find a ladder that’s tall enough to reach the uppermost branches.
Remember, if you’re pruning your trees, always have someone help you with this hazardous job. They don’t have to be a tree expert either; they can simply hold the ladder to ensure that you’re protected as you prune your tree.
Affordable, Wonderful Mulch. Mulching your trees is a great way to keep them healthy and strong without forking over a small fortune. Mulch can help your trees retain more moisture and nutrients, as well as improve the quality of the surrounding soil. Mulch is also relatively inexpensive, and only needs to be done once per year. If you’re interested in mulching your trees, do it during the mid to late spring season before summer’s skyrocketing temperatures kick in.
You don’t need to be an expert landscape to mulch your trees either; simply add a two to four inch layer of mulch around the base of your tree. Leave a one-inch space between the base of the tree and the layer of mulch, as this will allow the tree to easily breathe.
Hire an Affordable Expert. Of course, you don’t need to go the DIY path if you’re unsure of how to care for your trees. There are plenty of arborists and landscaping experts who care handle your tree care without breaking the bank. To find the right arborist at the right price, don’t be afraid to ask for a free quote before hiring them. Collecting free quotes will help you determine which arborist is in your price range without getting any nasty invoice surprises down the line.