Hentges Tree Service logo

5905 Old Lohman Rd.

Jefferson City, Mo.

Mon - Fri. 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

5905 Old Lohman Rd.

Jefferson City, Mo.

Mon. - Fri. 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Tree Maintenance: An Essential Investment for Homeowners

As a homeowner, one of the most important investments you can make is in the maintenance and care of your property’s trees. While they greatly enhance the curb appeal and value of any home, trees require ongoing attention and pruning to remain healthy and structurally sound. Neglecting necessary tree care can have devastating consequences, from disease and pest infestations to limb drop and even whole tree failure.

According to tree experts, a regular program of pruning, fertilization, cabling or bracing, and inspections can help identify potential issues early and keep trees safe and thriving for decades. The modest cost of professional tree maintenance is far less than the expense to remove a hazardous tree or repair damage from falling branches. For most homeowners, establishing a long-term relationship with Hentges Tree Service is the best way to keep your trees, and your property, in peak condition. Protecting these valuable assets through conscientious maintenance simply makes financial and safety sense.

Why Tree Maintenance Matters

There are several reasons why tree care should be a priority:

  1. Dead or dying trees and branches pose a risk to people and property. Tree service professionals can identify hazards before they become dangerous and perform pruning or removal as needed. Regular inspections and pruning also help trees withstand severe weather events.
  2. Like most living things, trees require care to thrive. Tree service experts can diagnose issues early and recommend appropriate treatment to keep trees healthy and vigorous. Things like fertilization, pest control, and proper pruning are vital to a tree’s well-being. Neglecting these needs will result in a slow decline, making trees more prone to disease and a shorter lifespan.
  3. For many homeowners, trees are an important part of the landscape and property value. Professional pruning, shaping, and maintenance help keep them looking their best, with healthy foliage and natural, balanced shapes. Poor pruning, on the other hand, can leave trees misshapen, with uneven growth and dead branches.
  4. Healthy, well-maintained trees add significantly to curb appeal and property value. The investment in quality tree care is well worth the added value and enjoyment that beautiful, mature trees provide. Letting trees deteriorate, however, can reduce property value by thousands of dollars.

Professional tree maintenance should be an essential part of any homeowner’s seasonal to-do list. The modest investment in tree health and safety pays dividends for years to come in the form of beauty, shade, property value, and peace of mind.

Pruning: Shaping Your Trees for Health and Safety

Pruning, in particular, helps ensure the health, safety, and beauty of your trees.

  • Pruning removes dead or dying branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage. It also promotes better growth by allowing light and air to reach the inner branches.
  • Pruning trees regularly, especially when they’re young, shapes them and guides their growth. It can enhance their natural shape or create a particular form that complements your landscape design.
  • Thinning out crowded branches improves air circulation, which helps prevent disease. It also reduces wind resistance, minimizing the chance of damage during storms.
  • Pruning stimulates new growth and revitalizes older trees. It activates dormant buds and allows the tree to produce new shoots.

Hentges Tree Service recommends scheduling regular tree pruning, especially for fast-growing tree varieties. For most trees, pruning every 1-3 years is ideal.

Neglecting essential tree care, on the other hand, poses serious risks that become more severe over time and can lead to permanent damage or even death of your trees. Don’t put off this vital maintenance. Call Hentges Tree Service today to schedule an evaluation and discuss an ongoing care plan.

Fertilizing and Mulching: Providing Nutrients to Thrive

An essential part of tree care is providing the necessary nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

Fertilizing in Early Spring

In early spring, before new growth starts, apply a balanced, slow-release tree fertilizer. Look for a formula with equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, such as 10-10-10. Nitrogen promotes healthy foliage, phosphorus stimulates root growth, and potassium improves disease resistance. The slow-release fertilizer provides nutrients over time for the best results.

Mulching for Moisture and Nutrients

Placing a layer of mulch around the base of trees helps retain moisture in the soil and provides organic matter as it decomposes. Apply two to three inches of composted mulch, pulling it a few inches away from the trunk. The mulch also suppresses weeds that compete with trees for water and nutrients. Replenishing the mulch every couple of years provides a continual source of nutrients for the tree.

Watering for Drought Conditions

Especially in hot or drought conditions, trees require consistent access to water. As a rule of thumb, trees need about an inch of water per week. You can use a rain gauge to measure rainfall and supplement it with manual watering when needed. For most trees, water at a slow trickle for 30 to 60 minutes to allow for deep penetration into the root zone. Deep watering, along with mulching, helps trees better withstand dry periods.

Proper fertilizing, mulching, and watering are fundamental to the health and longevity of trees. By providing the necessary nutrients and moisture, you’ll have happy, healthy trees that enhance your property for years to come. Annual tree care is well worth the investment for all the benefits that trees provide.

Inspection and Disease Management: Catching Issues Early

Regular inspections and disease management are essential to keeping your trees healthy and avoiding potentially dangerous issues.


Annual inspections by an arborist from Hentges Tree Service are necessary to monitor the overall health of your trees and catch any problems early on. During an inspection, the arborist will check for signs of disease or damage, assess the tree’s structure and stability, and look for any dead or dying branches that could pose safety hazards if left unaddressed. Early detection of diseases like Dutch elm disease, oak wilt, or canker fungi can help save a tree before irreparable damage is done.

Disease Management

If disease or damage is found during an inspection, the arborist will recommend and implement an appropriate disease management plan. This may involve pruning out infected or dead wood, fertilizing and mulching to improve the tree’s health, or applying certain fungicides or insecticides. For some diseases, the only course of action is the removal of the tree to prevent spreading to nearby healthy trees. As a homeowner, following the recommendations of a certified arborist is the best way to properly manage diseases and keep your tree investment protected.

Regular tree maintenance, especially professional inspections and disease management should be an essential part of your responsibilities as a homeowner. Keeping your trees healthy not only protects your investment and property value but also promotes safety for you and your community. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so invest in your trees before issues arise and require more serious solutions. Annual checkups from a reputable arborist will give you peace of mind that your trees are thriving, and disaster is avoided.

Professional Tree Services: Why DIY Is Not Recommended

As a homeowner, your trees are one of the most valuable assets on your property. However, without proper maintenance and care, they can become unsafe or even die. For these reasons, we highly recommend hiring a professional tree service to handle major tree work rather than attempting “do-it-yourself” methods.


The professional arborists at Hentges Tree Service have the necessary training, experience, and equipment to properly care for your trees. They can assess the overall health of your trees and determine appropriate treatment plans. They also stay up to date with the latest techniques and safety standards in the tree care industry. Attempting major tree work yourself could result in permanent damage or injury.


Tree work can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. Arborists have specialized safety gear and equipment designed specifically for working at high heights and with heavy loads. They are also properly trained in safely operating equipment like chainsaws, chippers, and aerial lifts. As a homeowner, you likely do not have access to this level of safety equipment and training.


Reputable tree services, like Hentges Tree Service, will be fully licensed, insured, and bonded. This helps ensure their work is done properly and helps protect you from liability in the event of an accident or injury. If you were to attempt hazardous tree work yourself and injury were to occur, you could face serious legal and financial consequences.

Time Savings

Professional arborists are able to complete tree work efficiently and effectively. They have the proper tools, training, and experience to handle even complex jobs. As a homeowner, you likely have limited knowledge and experience in this area, so a task may end up taking you far longer than anticipated or may be left unfinished. It is best to leave tree work to the professionals whenever possible.

Hiring Hentges Tree Service to handle major tree maintenance and removal is well worth the investment. We have the expertise, safety standards, liability coverage, and efficiency to properly care for your valuable trees. Your time and safety are best left in the hands of trained professionals.

Caring for the trees on your property is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. Regular maintenance and pruning will help your trees grow healthy and strong, improve their appearance, and extend their lifespan. More importantly, proper tree care helps ensure the safety of your home and family by reducing the risks of damage from falling branches or entire trees. While professional tree services may cost money upfront, they provide an economical solution compared to the expense of repairs from neglect. For any homeowner, a small investment in yearly tree maintenance is essential to protect one of the most valuable aspects of your property and ensure many more years of enjoyment from the natural beauty trees provide.