Do's and Don'ts for Healthy Trees
Listen to your trees. Trees show signs of stress. Changes in a tree's appearance can tell you a lot of things. Look for changes in leaf color, misshapen leaves, thinness of the canopy and early loss of leaves.
Hire a professional arborist. If you have concerns about your trees, call a certified arborist. A professional arborist should be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Ask for insurance certificates, references, credentials and estimates.
Proper planting is necessary for a long life. Attention should be given to site and tree selection, while following correct tree planting guidelines. A well-planted tree can ensure years of healthy growth and benefits.
"Topping" and "Lion Tailing" are forbidden. Never, ever, top your shade trees. By doing so you are inflicting irreparable damage to them. There are numerous ways by which the canopy of a tree can be thinned without topping.
Prepare your trees for the next season by routinely monitoring their growth. When a tree's health is in question, contact a trained arborist for an assessment and plant health care plan. Preventative maintenance is less expensive than damages from a tree's failure.
Timing is very important. Trees react differently in each season, hence the timing of various tree care procedures is critical. Fertilization and planting and disease control are examples of time sensitive tree care procedures.
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Recommended Trees for Middle Tennessee?
SMALL TREES FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Amur Maple - Acer ginnala and cultivars
Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum and cultivars
Red Buckeye - Aesculus pavia
Allegheny Serviceberry - Amelanchier laevis
American Hornbeam - Carpinus caroliniana
Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis and cultivars
Flowering Dogwood - Cornus florida and cultivars
Kousa Dogwood - Cornus kousa and cultivars
Corneliancherry - Cornus mas
Japanese Cornel Dogwood - Cornus officinalis
Winter King Hawthorn - Crataegus viridis, 'Winter King'
Witchhazel - Hamamelis x intermedia cultivars
Crepe Myrtle - Lagerstroemia hybrids
Little Gem Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora. 'Little Gem'
Sweetbay Magnolia - Magnolia virginiana
Flowering Crabapple - Malus cultivars (disease resistant) 'Adironack', 'Callaway', 'Centennial,' 'Donald'
Wyman', 'Prairifire', 'Sugar Tyme'
American Hophornbeam - Ostrya virginiana
Japanese Black Pine - Pinus thunbergii
Weeping Higan Cherry - Prunus subhirtella pendula
Yoshino Cherry - Prunus x yedoensis
OVERSTORY TREES FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Red Maple - Acer rubrum and cultivars
Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum and cultivars
American Yellowwood - Cladrastis kentukea
Green Ash - Fraxinus pennsylvanica cultivars ('Cimmaron', 'Patmore', 'Summit')
Ginkgo - Ginkgo biloba (male) and cultivars
American Holly - Ilex opaca and cultivars
Eastern Redcedar - Juniperus virginiana
Sterile Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba'
Tulip Poplar - Liriodendron tulipifera
Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora
Dawn Redwood - Metasequoia glyptostroboides
London Planetree - Platanus x acerifolia
Sawtooth Oak - Quercus acutissima
Willow Oak - Quercus phellos
Chestnut Oak - Quercus prinus
Shumard Oak - Quercus shumardii
Common Baldcypress - Taxodium distichum
Littleleaf Linden - Tilia cordata and cultivars
Lacebark Elm - Ulmus parvifolia and cultivars
Japanese Zelkova - Zelkova serrata cultivars ('Village Green,' 'Green Vase')