Topic: Tips for Healthy Trees

Proper Watering of Trees

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To help sustain your trees, water trees deeply with soaker hoses or irrigation systems, as opposed to brief surface watering.  Let the soil get somewhat dry between waterings to avoid “drowning” your trees. 

Just Add Water!  Trees require water and oxygen to live just like we do. One comes naturally, not always the cleanest oxygen, but it is there.  The other comes naturally only if Mother Nature provides it on a regular basis.  When our weather is in a drought pattern, then providing water to your trees becomes your responsibility. 

If you have a summer that is particularly dry, 6 weeks without any natural rainfall.  The effects of this will be evident in the following year unless you watered your trees through this period. The tree’s damage from drought occurs beneath the soil line in the form of root damage, long before any outward signs of trouble are noticed.  When the roots detect a shortage of water they send out an acid which results in the closing of the stomata pores conserving moisture for later use.  Stressed trees can allow opportunistic pests to take advantage of the situation and make their move to infest your tree. Applying the right amount of water depends on the tree’s actual needs.  It is based on soil, sun and shade exposures, plant types and seasonal local climate.  A 2-3” layer of wood chips will help trees in retaining moisture.

What can you do to keep your trees healthy during hotter, drier months? Just add water!  To help sustain your trees, water trees deeply with soaker hoses or irrigation systems, as opposed to brief surface watering.  Let the soil get somewhat dry between watering to avoid “drowning” your trees.  Water the soil area from the trunk to the branch tips. Use the touch test to help determine watering needs. It is important to remember that woody plants like to have their soils deeply soaked and then allowed to dry before watering again. 

Your trees will thank you.

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Tree Pruning

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Four Seasons Tree Care tree pruning specialists remove diseased branches as well as deadwood and stubs that serve as a breeding area for insects and fungi.

Crossing branches, water shoots, sucker growth and branches forming weak attachments are removed whenever possible to eliminate potential failure. Clearances, canopy raising and selectively thinning can also be performed if necessary.

Proper pruning at early stages of tree development promotes good tree health and structure in addition to being cost effective.

It should be noted that improper pruning can cause significant damage or death to your trees.

Contact us today to get your free pruning quote.

Soil Injected Fertilization – The Many Benefits

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The benefits of soil injected fertilization:

  • To help replenish sterile urban soils that do not get the opportunity for nutrient recycling.
  • To help strengthen diseased trees and provide nutrients where poor soil conditions exist.
  • To aid the establishment of young trees and assist older trees.
  • To provide nutrients for trees growing in adverse conditions (eg. parking lots, roadsides etc.)
  • To provide additional nutrition where trees are in competition for soil resources.
  • For general maintenance to ensure good plant health.

The residual quality of our fertilizer provides nutrient release for a two year period. This product also contains a complete package of secondary and micro nutrients complimented with Mycorrhizae beneficial fungi that will assist with water and nutrient intake for health root development and tree growth.