Maintenance for a Honey Locust Tree


Honey locust trees (Gleditsia triacanthos) are highly valued by gardeners because of the shade they provide, their resistance to the elements, and the beautiful texture of their leaf. This sturdy tree thrives in plant hardiness zones 3 through 7 according to the United States Department of Agriculture and may now be found all the way throughout the United States, from the eastern shore to California. Its natural range is in the eastern and central regions of North America. Honey locust trees, which are often cultivated in metropolitan areas, contribute to the management of erosion, function as windbreaks, and serve as vegetation pioneers on banks that are undergoing rehabilitation after strip mining.

The trees are able to readily adjust to a wide range of soil conditions, including those that are sandy, rocky, organic, or clay-based, as well as a variety of pH and moisture levels. They develop rapidly, reaching heights of 30 to 75 feet with a spread of 50 feet, and there is no need to rake the leaves in the fall owing to the fact that they fall apart. This information is provided by Purdue University.

Honey Locust Tree Problems

Honey locust trees are susceptible to a broad range of invasive species; nonetheless, webworms are one of the most dangerous threats they face. Webworms are insects that construct webs and feed on the leaves of trees. According to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, honey locusts are also susceptible to infestations of spider mites, leafhoppers, and lead galls, among other common pests. Spraying once every two years brings the danger of pests down. Imidacloprid, a soil-systemic pesticide, may also be used in the autumn to combat leafhoppers and other similar pests.

The soil systemic insecticide known as MSR may be helpful for current leafhopper problems; however, it has the potential to burn the grass and will not be as effective as Imidacloprid in the long run. The presence of pests is exacerbated when trees are placed in close proximity to one another; hence, planting a variety of tree species may help reduce the likelihood of encountering such issues.

Pruning Honey Locusts

Honey locusts should be pruned on a cycle of five to six years beginning when they are young and continuing until they reach maturity. Honey locusts have a significant challenge in the form of nectria canker. The only way to stop the canker from growing worse and spreading is to remove any dead wood and sections that are already afflicted by it. The canker will often attack the crossing places that come about as a result of rapid development, and the first symptom of it is frequently accompanied by permanent devastation. The sap that pours from the wounds of the tree may be reduced by doing tree trimming towards the end of the autumn, as stated by Bartlett Tree Experts. It should not be necessary to prune older trees very often, if at all.

Important Watering Requirements

Honey locusts can withstand droughts and a variety of other damaging environmental factors. They are able to survive in either wet or dry soil. When trees are freshly planted, they should get water immediately and then on a weekly basis for the first year. A new tree needs watering that consists of a trickle that lasts for one hour and gradually saturates the root. Gardeners may ensure that their trees get the appropriate amount of water by altering the amount of watering depending on the amount of rainfall that has occurred locally.

General Tree Care

By chewing on the bark of the honey locust tree, rabbits may cause harm to the tree. Animals such as deer and cattle may also do it harm. The amount of damage caused by the animals will be reduced if there is fencing and other protection around the trees. Because its bark is so thin, it may be severely damaged by fire; as a result, every precaution against potential fire threats should be taken. Fertilization in soil that is not very rich in nutrients may help avoid canker by strengthening the tree and making it less vulnerable to situations that might cause damage.