A good tree care program begins with a general understanding of man's role in relation to trees. Regarding your own trees, you will usually have four possible courses of action to choose from. Which action you choose to take will have a profound effect on your trees. The following four illustrations will probably fit your situation but you should recognize the result of your decision.
1. The Unmanaged Tree
2. The Poorly Managed Tree
3. The Properly Managed Tree
A good tree care program includes looking for hints of trouble. There are a number of signs and symptoms that indicate the potential for development of decay in a tree. Some trees are improperly pruned or have some environmental damage. All too often they go unrecognized until it is too late. Early recognition of damaging agents, followed by proper treatment, can do much to minimize the damage caused by decay and the subsequent waste of so many good trees. Before deciding on a plan of action, it is wise to consider your active destructive tree agents - insects, disease, wounds and decay.