Fall and winter are critical times in the lives of our area’s trees and shrubs. Deer can cause significant damage to trees and shrubs over the winter. If your trees and shrubs have been eaten by deer in the past, please give us a call to set up a protective barrier and/or repellant application for this winter. By applying an organic odor that animals associate with predatory activity, we can protect your trees and shrubs before damage occurs. A plastic mesh barrier can also help prevent deer from chewing on the foliage while the barrier itself is nearly invisible from a distance.
Another fall application we offer is our anti-transpirant spray. By applying a protective organic coating to many evergreens (rhododendrons, boxwoods, arborvitae, etc.), we can assist the tree in preventing desiccation due to windy, cold weather. Without this spray, drying winds and freezing ground can prevent plants from achieving their normal moisture intake which results in “winter burn.”
Winter is an ideal time to prune. With the leaves off of the trees, our arborists can get a better look at a tree’s structure. We can spot defects more easily as well as access smaller dead limbs otherwise hidden by foliage. Pruning during dormancy will maximize the next season’s growth, provide a full season for the closure of the wounds, and keep undesirable sprouting to a minimum.
Pest control is another good reason to prune during the winter months. Oaks and elms are the prime examples. By pruning these trees during the dormant season, we can reduce the risk that they will contract Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm Disease.
In past winters, ice storms have wreaked havoc on many of our area’s trees and shrubs. Some of this damage still exists, and pruning out these broken limbs will help reduce hazards to people and property and help reduce the advance of decay. Preventatively, heavy and over-extended limbs can be reduced or removed in preparation for severe weather events.
By inspecting the texture and color of the buds and limbs, we are able to discern between living and dead limbs quite easily. Movement through the trees can be easier and with less material to clean-up, we can sometimes offer better pricing for work done at this time of year.
Late summer often presents drought like conditions that sometimes last for weeks. Drought stress on trees can lead to disease and insect infestation. During extended dry periods it is a good idea to water your trees once or twice a week. Do this by placing a hose near the base of your tree and letting it run at a slow trickle for 2-4 hours. For larger trees, you may have to do this in several locations around the tree to adequately water its extensive root system. This can go a long way in maintaining vigor.