Urban Tree Care: Wilder Tree Company’s Guide for Central Texas

In Central Texas, the changing climate with extended droughts and record-high temperatures presents new challenges for urban trees. At Wilder Tree Company, we emphasize the importance of not just helping these trees survive but ensuring they thrive. Here’s our effective three-stage strategy for maintaining urban trees and forests:

Stage 1: Assessing the Trees

Understanding the specific needs of urban trees is critical. Environmental stresses in Central Texas, such as prolonged exposure to extreme conditions, can severely impact tree health. Key signs of stress include:

  • Leaves: Watch for scorched, wilted, or prematurely shedding leaves, and leaves that brown without falling.
  • Twigs and Branches: Unexpected dying of branches or twigs may indicate root system issues or overall health decline.
  • Internal Decay: Signs like nesting holes, cavities, and insect infestation indicate serious problems.

Stage 2: Tree Care Maintenance

Proper care is less costly than removing dead trees and offers immense benefits:

  • Watering: Trees need significant water, especially during droughts. A general guideline is 5-10 gallons per inch of diameter. Check the moisture depth the day after watering; it should reach 4-5 inches.
  • Composting and Mulching: Apply compost and mulch around the tree’s root system for nutrients, insulation, and moisture retention. Start 5-inches from the base and extend to just short of the canopy.

Tree that needs trimming

Stage 3: Planting Trees for the Future

Continuing to plant new trees is vital for a thriving urban ecosystem:

  • Watering New Trees: Water weekly, focusing further from the base to promote root spread.
  • Planting Considerations: Consider soil quality, water access, and landscape when planting. Plant saplings at the same depth as their root ball.
  • Seasonal Timing: The best planting season is between October and March.


At Wilder Tree Company, we are committed to the long-term health and beauty of Central Texas’s urban trees. From assessing tree health to planting new trees, we are here to help every step of the way.

Need professional guidance or tree care services? Book a consultation with Wilder Tree Company today and let us partner with you in nurturing a greener, healthier urban environment.

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