TREE “TO DO” LIST BEFORE SPRING ARRIVES!
“Old Man Winter’s” bitter cold grasp
hasn’t been as tight around our wooded community as in years past. Early
January’s mild temperatures have prematurely started the budding of
leaflets on trees and shrubs, which has also led to the sprouting of
early spring flowers. Hopefully, spring will fully arrive sooner than
later, lessening the chances of a late winter cold-spell. Before spring
arrives, a couple of important late winter tree care tips should be
practiced before the warmer months are in full swing.
that are normally out and about during warmer months are not active
during the winter months. Insect sensitive trees should be pruned during
winter months, allowing the pruned tree to start the healing process
around the necessary cuts.
2 to 4 inch layer of mulch should be applied around the drip line of a
tree. This helps establish a healthy root zone which is essential to a
tree’s development. This mulch layer can also help a tree maintain the
necessary moisture in the event of an early spring drought. Do not pile
the mulch directly on the trunk of the tree. This practice is called
“volcano mulching” and can lead to severe decline in the tree.
Practicing correct mulching and
pruning practices can greatly improve the health and vigor of your
property’s trees. The following are educational/environmental facts from
the Morton Arboretum’s January 2007 Newsletter:
and woodlands release oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the
atmosphere, helping reduce the effects of global warming.
mature tree intercepts about 1,000 gallons of water a year, decreasing
the severity of down-pours allowing water to drip gently onto soil, and
helps control flooding and soil erosion.
plants support birds, bees and a vast array of wildlife. Plants hold
soil in place preventing erosion.
and bees are pollinators that make it possible for plants to reproduce.
Birds control leaf eating insects and keep trees in good health.