Archive for October, 2008

Planning Ahead

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Now is the time to start planning ahead for next spring’s planting and tree care projects. Waiting until the last minute to do these tasks can result in untimely actions that have long lasting results that the average homeowner may regret in 8-10 years. Planning ahead to assure that you have the right trees in the right places, and that they are cared for properly, is one of the most important things you can do this fall and winter; more important even than rushing out and planting some trees that you found on sale at your local garden center.

Planning ahead often does not seem to be in an American’s makeup. I sometimes think that we Americans would rather do something wrong three or four times before finally admitting that we need to “read these instructions carefully, before doing anything.” We do a pretty good job of reacting to emergencies by giving generously of our time and money, but we won’t take the time to plan out, beforehand, just how to make the best use of that largess when we go to help out. Tree establishment and care, whether on one’s property or in your community, can greatly benefit from careful and timely planning.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be offering information that should help with planning for proper shade tree establishment and care. In addition, I plan to offer sources where more detailed information about the “Right Tree In The Right Place” concept can be obtained. To get started, I have posted two drawings that illustrate the overall concept, in a general way, that should set the stage for more detailed discussion later on. I hope they’re helpful.

This one is from the Missouri Department of Conservation; the second from the National Arbor Day Foundation:

Pruning Young Trees – Summary

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Getting young trees off to a good start means that they will have less structural problems, and will be more healthy as they enter the teenaged years. Careful planting of the highest quality stock you can find (and afford), along with proper and timely pruning during the formative years, will go a long way toward getting your trees off to that good start. Noted below is a publication, in pdf format, of the Missouri department of Conservation that summarizes the information presented in parts 1-3 of this round of blogging. I hope this primer has been helpful, and good luck with your pruning care.

Click on the link to bring up the entire document.

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Pruning Young Trees (Part 3)

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

This is the last part of the basic primer on pruning young trees. Click on the images to enlarge for easier reading.

Pruning Young Trees (Part 2)

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Now that you have the right tools, and it’s time to prune something off your tree, how is the best way to go about it? The following set of illustrations will guide you through the basics of limb and/or branch removal.

(Note: click on images to enlarge for easier reading, unless you have really sharp eyes)