Debunking Common Tree Myths

Arborists in Vancouver, BC, Canada address common misconceptions about trees and tree care

Don’t Fall Victim to Common Tree Myths

These days, there is an overabundance of resources that claim to offer homeowners best practices and advice when it comes to caring for their homes. Sometimes this information is true, and sometimes this information is completely and utterly false.

Homeowners who have trees around their house or who are interested in growing trees will likely find conflicting information online that can make the tree care process quite confusing. But fret not! Here is a rundown of 3 of the most common myths and why homeowners should hire an expert to handle all of their immediate and future tree needs.

Myth 1: Trees are Dangerous

One of the most common tree myths is that trees are dangerous. That is, many people think trees can cause significant damage, particularly when there are falling tree branches that can harm homes, sidewalks, or even people! The fact of the matter is that in most cases, trees are only dangerous when not properly cared for.

If homeowners are simply dealing with tree stumps, then safety is less of a concern. However, if they are dealing with fully-grown trees, then they need to ensure those trees are properly cared for. This is where tree pruning and tree trimming become very important and, in severe cases, full tree removal if necessary. This will prevent any dangers that would otherwise occur with improper care.

Myth 2: Tree Wounds Can Heal

Another tree myth is that trees are self-healing. That is, if there are wounds or various abrasions, the affected areas can return to a normal and healthy state. In reality, trees perform compartmentalization, a process in which they isolate the injured tissue and separate it from the rest of the healthy tree.

As such, it is very important to avoid damage to any healthy part of a tree since this will have permanent implications. Likewise, pruning to control dead branches and other affected areas can help with overall tree health care.

Myth 3: Trees Are Easy to Plant – Anyone Can Do It!

Last but not least, one of the final myths is that trees are easy to plant. Yes, technically anyone can plant a tree, but it is false to say that anyone can plant a tree correctly. The fact of the matter is that successful tree planting requires careful planning and execution.

There are a number of factors that go into planting and caring for a tree. Some examples include:

  • Location
  • Timing
  • Watering frequency
  • Treatments

The gist here is that tree planting is no easy business, and if homeowners truly want to successfully plant a tree in the long term, they should seek the help of professional arborists who know how to plan and execute properly.

Hire Experts to Avoid These Altogether!

At the end of the day, the best way to avoid these myths altogether (and the pitfalls that come along with believing them) is to hire a professional tree service company to handle any and all tree needs. If homeowners are in need of planting, tree service companies can handle that. If homeowners are in need of tree maintenance, then these companies can also perform tree risk assessments to determine where help is most needed!

About VI Tree Service

VI Tree Service of Vancouver, BC, Canada has been providing environmentally responsible tree services since 1990. With 50 years of combined experience, their team of highly skilled arborists offers free estimations, affordable pricing, efficient solutions, and responsible safety measures for each of their clients. Call them for tree help today!