Plant a Tree This Spring!When is the best time to plant a tree all depends on the type of tree. Many trees do best in spring such as Birch, Magnolia, Poplars, fruit trees and dogwoods. Other trees do best in the fall such as crabapples, hackberry, hawthorn, elm, linden, maple, sycamore, pines, and spruces. Planting in spring or fall allows the root system to establish before summer heat or winter cold sets in. Preparation is key When Planting your New Tree Before you plant your new tree or shrub, there are a few rules you must follow in order to give your new landscape additions every opportunity to thrive in their new environment: Select the right tree or shrub for your landscape. The Best Trees for Kansas City offers a wide variety of trees for the Midwest. Do not fertilize new plantings; start out with a … Read More »
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Meet The Emerald Ash Borer
It has been fourteen years since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the U.S. To date, it has killed over twenty-five million ash trees in twenty-one states and caused millions of dollars in tree loss. Known for its iridescent green body, the Emerald Ash Borer only preys on ash trees.
How do I tell if my Ash Tree is Infected?
The signs of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation are fairly easy to recognize. The distinct signs of an infected tree are:“D” shaped exit holes Canopy die-back Volunteer growth at the base of the infected ash tree “S” trails left by the Emerald Ash Borer located underneath the bark
Unfortunately by the time these signs are noticed, the Emerald Ash Borer has already caused extensive damage and the health of the tree has been compromised.
How do I Protect my Ash Trees?
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It’s spring and flowers are starting to pop up, trees are beginning to leaf out and insects are starting to invade your landscape.
What is attacking my landscape?
Chiggers, fleas and ticks can be found throughout your landscape. The most threatening of these insects are ticks. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which can cause devastating health issues in both people and pets. Experts recommend a pesticide treatment which can help control ticks in your landscape.
While chiggers and flea bites rarely result in health problems, their bite can cause extensive itching, redness and tenderness at the bite mark. Fleas can be brought into the house via pets and lay eggs in your carpet. A pesticide application to your landscape will help control the flea population in your yard and keep them out of your home!
So how do you keep these biting insects out … Read More »
Spring is Just Around the Corner
With the exception of a few cold days and a few snow falls this year, the Midwest has had a warmer than usual winter. Hopefully spring is not too far behind!
While it is still too early to start planting, you can prepare your landscape for spring growth.Late February and March are the ideal time to prune fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Pruning trees and shrubs now while trees are still dormant will promote new growth and allow pruned areas to heal before the tree starts to bloom in spring. Prevent weeds such as crabgrass, foxtail and broadleaf from overtaking your lawn with an early pre-emergent application. A pre-emergent works on the weed seeds that may over winter in your lawn and prohibits them from germinating in the spring. Maintain the health of your ash trees and … Read More »
Protecting your Shrubs and Trees from Winter Burn Laura Peterson, Certified Arborist
I cannot begin to guess what this winter is going to bring; 2 feet of snow covering the ground until March, below zero with high winds and no snow until January or mild 40 degree days with sporadic snowfall and 2 inches of ice covering everything in March. Whatever conditions occur this winter it is bound to be dry for the evergreens. Soil moisture is a factor, but the almost constant winds from November through February are extremely drying and damaging to evergreens.
Drying Winter Harms Trees
Native evergreen trees and shrubs are well adapted to our winters, but the majority of plants in landscapes are not native and don’t have the resources to combat the drying winds.
Plants lose moisture through pores in the leaves. If there is not sufficient soil moisture, … Read More »