5 Reasons to Prune During the Dormant Season October 16, 2015
You may dread the thought of late fall and winter elements, but for your trees, it’s the moment they’ve been waiting for all year.
The dormant season temporarily slows tree growth, which may sound damaging, but in reality it provides opportunity. Pruning in this season is an ideal time to promote current tree health and future tree growth.
So why is this timely trimming just what your tree wants? The tree’s inactivity coupled with the outdoor elements give us five reasons.Read More
Reduce Winter Damage: Prep Trees for Winter with the Fall Four October 14, 2015
While savoring each moment of the crisp autumn air, take time to prep for the coming winter.
By readying your trees for winter, they better withstand snow storms. With fewer fallen branches and limbs this winter, your home and your car will be safer.
Not to mention, your trees are quite the investment, too! Discover exactly how much your trees are worth here.Read More
Applying Dormant Oils Can Help Protect Your Trees From Parasitic Insects October 6, 2015
While dormant trees may not be so easy on the eyes for us, overwintering insects still find their look appealing. Late in the summer, scale insects, mites and aphids will lay eggs on trees that stay on through the winter months until new larvae are born. These larvae can damage fruit trees, such as apple and pear trees, as well as certain shrubs and woody ornamentals.
Thankfully, you can help protect your trees and shrubs with dormant oils (also known as horticultural oils), a readily available and relatively inexpensive solution. An application of dormant oil will help control overwintering insect populations by coating the insects’ spiracles, effectively smothering future larvae. Best of all, the oils are less toxic to beneficial insects, such as lady bugs, as well as birds and mammals.
Applying dormant oil will help to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and give you a head start on insect management in the spring.Read More
Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? September 28, 2015
For parts of the country with cooling temperatures and large populations of deciduous trees, the next six weeks will provide some wonderful scenery. Green leaves will give way to a colorful natural skyline with hues of reds, yellows, oranges and browns
But what gives leaves their fall color palette? The answer can be found in four pigments: