Caring for Your Trees

A crepe myrtle in full bloom surrounded by green grass


When pruning a tree, you should always consider the natural structure of a tree. For most trees and shrubs, pruning should be done during the winter when it is easier to see the correct branches to cut. It is a good idea to consult an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)-certified arborist who is familiar with the Charlotte Tree Ordinance before cutting trees.

Pruning young trees

Pruning mature trees

Why topping hurts trees


It's a good idea to water newly planted trees once a week during normal weather conditions, and twice a week during dry spells. Provide 5 to 10 gallons, applied slowly over the mulched area of your tree so it can soak into the ground where the roots are.

New tree planting

Choosing a Tree

Trees have many benefits, but not all are right for all planting sites or climates. Tree selection and placement are two of the most important decisions a homeowner makes when choosing a tree.

Tree selection  

Buying trees  


Mulching can provide many benefits, but improper mulching can actually harm the tree.

Mulching tips


There are steps you can take to identify which pest(s) are harming your trees. Identifying insects and pests  If you need professional assistance with a tree on your property, consult an arborist who specializes in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Find an arborist.