Q&A with Savannah’s Tree Whisperer
One of Savannah’s greatest assets are our fabulous trees. I asked my favorite tree whisperer, Shannon Baughman local manager for Bartlett Tree Experts, to share some tips.
Q: What is one of the easiest thing’s homeowners can do to ensure the health of their trees?
A: Trees need to be inspected yearly by a Certified Arborist to inspect for health or structural Issues
Q: Do all trees need fertilization? If so how often?
A: All Trees in our urban environment will be lacking some vital nutrients. Soil Sampling is the best means to understand what nutrients are lacking. Annual fertilization is a good idea. If the tree is in poor shape, it may need two applications per year.
Q: How close should you plant a tree to your home?
A: A large shade tree should not be planted closer than 20 feet from the house if possible. Smaller trees such as crape myrtles should be a minimum of 10 feet away.
Q: How far apart should you space trees to allow good growth and expansion?
A: Large shade trees should be no closer than 30 feet apart. Ornamental trees can have a spacing of 15 feet apart.
Do you have additional questions for Shannon? You can reach him here:
Shannon K. Baughman, Local Manager
Certified Arborist IL-0811
Certified Tree Care Safety Professional
Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
The F. A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company
2220 Gamble Rd, Suite A
Savannah GA 31405