As we get closer to January, we will more often be putting our hands at ten and two, hoping that we don’t hit a patch of black ice. That ice we’re watching out for is the same culprit doing damage to our trees each year.
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your tree (if you haven’t already). Decorating Christmas trees has been a tradition since 1510, but with roughly 350 million trees growing on 15,000 U.S. tree farms, getting a refresher course on how to care for and buy trees couldn’t hurt. Review these points before and after buying your tree so you can focus on enjoying it with your loved ones.
It’s doubtful that anyone would be surprised to know that deciduous (leafy) and coniferous trees react differently from each other during the cold winter months. One can easily identify that by appearance. But can you identify how trees prepare themselves, and how we might help them prepare, for the dropping temperatures?
The rules of tree work are in no specific order; the basics are vital for the health and livelihood of your trees. However, there are common misconceptions with some of these tasks including watering. It’s important to understand what these common errors are and why they should be avoided when caring for your landscape.
When you think fall season tree care, what typically comes to mind is one thing—raking. But your lawn and tree work should involve much more than that.
For our forestry to truly flourish, the entire community needs to understand the importance of tree care and the benefits of urban forestry.