It pays to stay on top of these routine tree maintenance tasks.
Having trees on your property is a great way to boost your home’s curb appeal. But keeping your trees healthy and in good condition is good for two reasons: for the beauty of your property and also the safety and security of your home. Here are a few routine tree maintenance tasks that you should keep up with.
If you have young or freshly planted trees on your property, these trees need to be watered on a regular basis. Older trees do not require this extra work, as their root systems can pull all the water they need from underground. Until your younger trees reach this level of maturity, you will have to supplement with a regular watering schedule. Keep in mind that different trees will have different watering needs, so make sure you do your research before creating your watering schedule.
It’s also important that you inspect your trees for signs of disease and pests. Look for things such as spotted leaves, discolorations, rotting branches, and other major changes in the appearance or structure of the tree. If you suspect that one of your trees may be diseased or infested, it’s important to call in an expert before the issue spreads to the other trees on your property or advances on the one tree to the point that you might have to have it removed.
Finally, you’ll want to regularly trim away the dead portions of your trees. This will encourage fresh growth and keep your trees looking lush and healthy. Additionally, you should be sure to cut back the branches that hang over your home, walkways, and driveway. This will decrease the chances of property damage and injuries caused by falling branches. Insurance companies frequently do “drive by” inspections of properties to make sure there are no hazards that could cause insurance claims such as heavy, overhanging trees and dense shrubs or brush that could enhance opportunities for fire or roof damage if heavy branches fall. Inspectors also look for major cracks in walkways and driveways, excess remodel materials or excessive debris that could result in personal accidents or claims to the home itself.
We suggest staying on top of routine maintenance tasks to keep your trees and property in peak condition. Another way to care for your home and property is to make sure you have good homeowner insurance in force to protect your family and your assets. If you wish to review your insurance coverages or just want to compare for competitive rates and coverages, give us a call at Randy Jones Insurance Services in Pleasanton, California today.