In the current world and extending global culture, it is easy to become so engrossed in the Internet world that one loses sight of what was here before the Internet. Often, there is the admonition to go outside and “get fresh air,” or “smell the roses,” but there are those who still get stuck in front of the computer and “online.”
A year ago, SnowBrains quoted research that indicated that 93% of those in the United States spend their lives indoors (including the house and automobile). Maybe, for those 93%, the keeping the green doesn’t matter, but then again, that number could change and there may be children who are born desiring to climb a tree.
Unfortunately, if our culture completely ignores the existence of the non-Internet, natural world, the natural world may not exist in a way that can be enjoyed in the future. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken. These are steps to ensure that there is still a green earth outside the door that leads to a computer hooked up to the Internet. For this article, the focus is on trees.
Taking Care of Trees
Since trees don’t just pop up overnight, there is a need to start as early as possible and care for the health of the tree as it reaches its maturity (which sometimes involves multiple generations). There are many different areas of tree care and a few topics are covered here.
Tree pruning is the process of trimming the excess branches and overgrowth that trees sometimes produce. There are different reasons for wanting to do this. Sometimes homeowners want their overgrown greenery pruned because it blocks their view of the street (or other neighbors!). Of course, there is still the appearance factor, in the desire to have the tree possess a more appealing look.
When it comes to timing for the tree pruning, it can differ from tree species to tree species. An example of a tree that has specific times of the year for pruning is a fruit tree, which has times that are more advantageous compared to others. Ann Ralph gave an interesting interview to Huffington Post on the topic of her love for fruit trees, pruning, and more! Also, there was a Q&A, specifically on fruit tree pruning, posted on Gardens Alive.
Another concern for trees is disease management. A New York Times article from the end of the 1980s reminds the world of how 75% of the elm trees were lost as a result of the Dutch elm disease. Fortunately, the scientists started working on a solution, so that there was a minimal loss of elm trees going forward. This is one example of a devastating loss, and demonstrates a need for experienced specialists to check trees to ensure that other pests and fungi and diseases are not affecting the trees.
As one can tell, from the experience of the Dutch elm disease, if a diseased tree is missed, it can cause another tree to become infected and pretty soon, a neighborhood of trees are condemned. That is not a desired outcome in the interest of trees and nature.
In the case of the Dutch elm disease, trees needed to be removed, when they couldn’t be saved. That brings up another important factor that concerns trees, and more importantly, safety of humans and property. That factor is the “how” in tree removal.
As is the case in the Dutch elm disease, a major reason for tree removal is that the tree has already died. In those cases, it is likely that the tree could fall on its own. A resident would not want the tree to fall where it shouldn’t fall and harm an individual or cause property damage. That is also the same concern(s) that exists with an improperly removed tree, as well. That is why tree removal can be a dangerous act for anyone who is inexperienced.
The first rule is that homeowners do not attempt to remove the tree themselves. Instead, they should hire a professional. The exception is if the homeowner is already a specialist and trained in the art and science of tree removal.
When considering the hiring of a specialist, it is helpful to cover four aspects of tree removal and ensure that all of these aspects are covered:
- The specialist is able to properly assess and measure the tree;
- The specialist performs the successful removal of the tree;
- The specialist cleans up after him/herself — cleaning up the excess branches, leaves, roots, etc. after the tree removal;
- The specialist has valid liability insurance (i.e. against property damage, etc.).
It can sound overwhelming to own and maintain tress, but fortunately, there are experts who can cover the complicated tasks. In many cases, the owner of the tree(s) can learn the basics to help the tree to live a happy and healthy live, maintaining a green earth for all of those Internet users here, and in the future.