Topic: Tree Care

Proper Watering of Trees

tree watering

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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Avoiding Tree Damage During Construction

avoiding tree damage during construction

Unfortunately, the processes involved with construction can be deadly to nearby trees. Unless the damage is extreme, the trees may not die immediately, but could decline over several years. With this delay in symptom development, you may not associate the loss of the tree with the construction.

It is possible to preserve trees on building sites if the right measures are taken to prevent the following:

  • Physical injury to trunk and crown
  • Cutting of roots
  • Soil compaction & contamination
  • Smothering roots by adding soil
  • Exposure to the elements

The value of the trees on your property and the importance of saving them needs to be communicated with your builder. Few builders are aware of the way trees’ roots grow, and what is needed to protect them. Educating and working together in planning is essential.

avoiding tree damage during construction

Get in writing all of the measures intended to protect your trees. Erecting barriers, limiting access and sometimes small changes in the placement or design  will be crucial to their survival. So remember, before you add an addition, install a pool or change your landscape, be sure to consult with our certified arborists first.

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Monitoring the Health of your Trees

monitoring the health of your trees

Take the time to look at your trees close up and from far away.  Look at them as individuals and as a group.  Look up and look down.  If you see anything that causes concern call your arborist at Four Seasons Tree Care.

The best way to a healthy landscape is to be proactive and preventative. Monitoring on a regular basis throughout the growing season by a knowledgeable, experienced Arborist with a keen eye will help to minimize potential threats to the health and safety of your trees and shrubs.  Trees that are stressed or in decline or perhaps have died are usually suffering from a combination of factors.  Insects and diseases are often secondary, as they prefer to attack weakened trees. 

A Plant Health Care Program that includes monitoring with treatments as required can be set up through Four Seasons Tree Care, ensuring that a qualified Arborist is on your property several times throughout the growing season.  This helps to keep insects or diseases at a tolerable level and reduce the use of pesticides.  Consideration is given to several control options using an Integrated Pest Management system to develop, restore, preserve or augment natural checks and balances.   Recognizing beneficial pest organisms is a crucial element in this process. Early and correct diagnosis of a disorder can make the difference between a healthy landscape and a happy homeowner or a dead tree.

Environmental stressors and climatic conditions can weaken trees and shrubs making them more susceptible to insect and disease attack.  Not all disorders are infectious.  Physiological disorders account for a large percentage of declining trees.  The Arborists at Four Seasons Tree Care will make recommendations to improve the site conditions for your trees and shrubs. These options may include soil amendments, fertilizing, pruning, planting the right tree in the right place and sometimes even removals.

Improving the overall health and safety of your trees and shrubs is a top priority for our Arborists.