Posts tagged ‘maintenance’

Seasonal care for trees & shrubs: Mulching

Mulching with organic mulches (e.g. leaves, needles, hardwood and softwood bark and wood, grass, cocoa hulls, straw, etc.) helps to maintain tree health by aiding in water retention, inhibiting weed development, protecting from lawn mowing equipment, offering a layer of insulation during cold weather and adding organic matter into the soil (Carlson, 2003). At planting or transplanting time add a mulch layer 2-4″ deep around the tree as wide as you can tolerate but, to avoid stem damage, not against the trunk. Mature trees can be mulched at any time.

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Continue Reading April 4, 2008 at 6:13 am 6 comments

Seasonal care of trees & shrubs: Watering

Providing adequate water is one of the most important things you can do to establish and maintain tree health. Watering newly planted/transplanted trees regularly for 3-5 years is critical in establishing healthy trees. Yearly rainfall amounts may or may not be adequate for new trees in the landscape or for established trees; therefore, pay particular attention during the summer and/or periods of drought. Established trees only need to be watered during drought-like conditions. Water until the ground freezes to help reduce the amount of winter damage.

Continue Reading April 4, 2008 at 6:02 am 5 comments

Seasonal care of trees & shrubs: Transplanting

Transplanting is defined as: the digging (aka. uprooting) of a plant from one location for the purpose of moving it to a new location. Typically, during this type of move lots of roots are lost.

Step 1: Things to do before you transplant. Part 1: Preparing for the Move (PDF)

Step 2: How to transplant. Part 2: Making the Move (PDF)

Spring is the best time to transplant softwood species like pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, false cypress, and Atlantic white cedar.

Continue Reading April 4, 2008 at 5:42 am 3 comments

Seasonal Care for Trees and Shrubs in Northern U.S. Climates

Welcome to the world of tree care! In the left hand column of the image below, you will find links to the many maintenance duties you can do to help keep your landscape trees healthy and safe. The accompanying chart highlights the most favorable timing for the listed tree care activities. Below this chart you can find links to other complete chart versions that are larger and easier to read.

Continue Reading April 4, 2008 at 5:06 am 5 comments

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