As spring starts many people are beginning to select trees to plant on their property. Planting new trees should be viewed at as an investment. Trees provide numerous environmental and economic benefits. As mentioned before in a previous blog post tree planting is a critical stage in a tree's life. Planting is not as easy as just digging a hole and tossing the tree in the hole. Proper establishment will increase the odds that your tree lives longer and is more vigorous.
Tree topping is a far too common bad practice that that has a myriad of negative effects on tree structure and physiology. It results in permanent disfigurement and very often mortality. People often think topping somehow rejuvenates the tree due to the new flush of growth following topping. However, this is the tree's reaction to the severe stress of losing most or all of its ability to photosynthesize, or create food. Latent buds are activated as a survival mechanism re
Mulching around your trees is a common practice intended to enhance the look of the landscape as well as create beneficial conditions for trees. Although the process appears simple there are right and wrong ways to mulch. Far to often I see mulch piled very high and against the trunk of a tree resulting in what is called 'volcano mulching'. A properly mulched tree should have 2''-4'' of mulch with the trunk and base of the tree free from contact with the mulch. Excessive