Sometimes it can be a little tough to see your favorite shrubs or trees dealing with the hefty load of snow after a big storm. Sometimes it looks like they’re right on the cusp of breaking even – and oftentimes our instinct is to want to shake the snow off and release our beloved plants of their burden.
Ivy has a lot of positive connotations with it in popular culture, particularly for the classic look it can give to certain settings. We even think of great universities when we think of Ivy. But the truth of it is – that while it might look good – it’s almost always something that in the case of a tree – can cause a lot of damage in both the short and long term to your plants.
While it’s easy to see and appreciate the growth at the top of your tree, it’s a little bit more difficult to see the growth that’s not in plain site – particularly root growth. Root growth is usually the most significant indicator that a tree is sturdy and healthy – but more precisely – it gives us a peak into the different growth patterns a tree experiences throughout the year.
When do they grow?
While pests are generally something you don’t want to have around your trees, ants are a little bit different. Some ants aren’t a problem at all and some can even help your tree in certain situations. Other ants? Not so much. So to help cut through the ambiguity, this week’s discussion is going to center around what to do about ants around your tree.
Removing a tree from your property can be difficult. In a way – they almost become like a part of your family. They provide shape, beauty and protection for your lawn. They even show up in family photos now and then.
But there are times when sadly, there’s nothing you can do – and nothing we can do either. And that’s the topic of today’s post- the signs that will tell you that it’s time to say goodbye to your tree.
So the old rule is you shouldn’t ever plant trees in the summer – at least in landscaping circles. But inevitably, we get the same question year after year – “why not plant in the summer?” On the surface, it all seems to make sense right? Sun’s out, gun’s out! Everything’s growing, the weather’s warm, you get plenty of rain (most of the time) – WHY NOT? We’ll, we’ll tell you, today.
Gypsy Moths are some of the most destructive species to ever be introduced to the United States. They devour leaves and can defoliate, weaken and kill nearly 300 different species of trees – and have become especially prevalent in the northeastern part of the country. To date, they’ve infected almost 75 million acres of forest.
Keeping tabs on your tree and protecting it from infection and infestation is an ongoing, year-round effort. However, as much as we look forward to the beauty of Spring and our trees waking up from their long, winter slumber – Spring can be a treacherous time for trees as it’s during this time of year that they’re most susceptible to disease and infection.
We get a wide range of customers at our business – from the grizzled, hardened amateur arborists who only call us for the super important stuff to the newbie who’s just trying to get a handle on what they have in their yard with hopes of being able to take care of more landscaping issues on their own.
For those of you who fall into the later category, this blog is for you.
There’s no better cure for the winter blues than seeing tree buds bloom in the Spring. But when – precisely - does this begin and when will your tree begin to blossom again?
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