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Dormant Tree Pruning

When is the best time to prune trees?

Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is when there are still leaves in the canopy. In truth, winter is a great time to prune trees.

The benefits of pruning in winter

There are numerous benefits to pruning your trees in the winter such as:

Dead or diseased branches are easily identifiable Cracks or splits in branches are more visible Fungus, cankers or structural defects which can pose a hazard to your property are more observable Pruning trees in the winter also allows the wound site to heal before spring when insects appear Trees with a full canopy can hide imperfections which can cause trouble later on.

Dormant pruning can be beneficial to your trees overall health. By removing dead or diseased limbs, trees can now put their energy into new growth. For younger trees, the Arborist can … Read More »

Rabbit and Deer Damage

Deer and Rabbits Can Damage your Landscape

Sweet, doe-eyed deer and adorable rabbits are fascinating to watch as they visit your neighborhood. Unfortunately, these adorable animals are also a great source of destruction to trees, shrubs, plants and your grass.  Both deer and rabbits will eat lower, tender branches and bark off trees as well as new growth on bushes, perennials and grass. In addition, deer will scrape their antlers on trees to stake their territory and attract mates. This can cause unsightly and severe damage to the trunks cutting into the protective bark of the tree.

How do I prevent Wild Life from Damaging my Landscape?

Like deer, rabbits will dine on new grass and shrub growth, even taking them back to ground level, leaving little chance for the grass or shrubs to recover. Preventing wildlife from viewing your landscape as an all-you-can eat buffet … Read More »

Preventing Salt Damage to your Landscape

We have already had a few bouts with slick streets this winter making driving a challenge. We rely on the our city snow plows to treat the streets that allow us to drive safely in snow and ice. Unfortunately, the de-icing agents can have a negative affect on your lawn and near-by trees.

The effects of de-icers on your Landscape The de-icing agents can contain excessive salt levels which can leach vital water away from your landscape and be absorbed into the root system of trees, shrubs and your lawn. The excessive salt levels in the soil can cause browning, stunted growth, delayed budding and even dieback. Evergreens are especially vulnerable to salt damage. Sadly, the damage is not visible until the following spring when new growth begins.

Protecting your Landscape from de-icers There are some steps you can take to avoid salt damage … Read More »

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Don’t be Caught Off Guard!

What will this winter bring? According to weather forecasters, the Midwest winter should be similar to that of last year, with warmer than normal temperatures. Remember, winter does not mean just snow or ice storms, it can also bring blustery, cold winds that can be strong at times. A seasonal storm is not the time to see how healthy your trees really are. When is the best time to prune my trees? Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is while there are still leaves in the canopy. Actually it is easier for your Certified Arborist to evaluate your trees when there are no leaves. Without the leaves, your Arborist can easily identify dead, cracked or diseased limbs; limbs that could potentially become a liability to your property. During an evaluation, they can also spot possible … Read More »

Dormant Seeding; the Solution to Problem Areas in your Lawn

It is too late to reseed your lawn this year. However, if you missed out on reseeding, there is another option; dormant seeding.

What is Dormant Seeding? Dormant seeding is a unique way to seed late in the year and get great results in the spring. While most seeding is done in the fall, there are advantages to dormant seeding later in the year:

Dormant seeding is ideal for filling in bald patches in your lawn and areas that suffered from insect or disease issues. With dormant seeding, you are less likely to get weeds as you might with spring grass seed. Mother Nature takes care of watering with winter snow and early spring rains.

 

How Does Dormant Seeding Work? Grass seed is applied in late fall, usually the last half of November when temperatures are down around the freezing point. This is ideal as it is … Read More »