Tag: Trees

Planting Trees in Fall

The fall season can be an excellent time to plant trees. During the spring, soils are cold and may be so wet that low oxygen levels inhibit root growth. The warm and moist soils associated with fall encourage root growth. Fall root growth means the tree becomes established well before a spring-planted tree and is better able to withstand summer stresses. However, certain trees do not produce significant root growth during the fall and are better planted in the spring. These include beech, birch, redbud, magnolia, tulip poplar, willow oak, scarlet oak, black oak, willows, and dogwood.

Fall-planted trees require some special care. Remember, that roots are actively growing even though the top is dormant. Make sure the soil stays moist but not soggy. This may require watering not only in the fall but also during the winter months if we experience warm spells that dry the soil. Mulch also is helpful because it minimizes moisture loss and slows the cooling of the soil so root growth continues as long as possible. Evergreens should be moved earlier in the fall than deciduous plants. They need at least six weeks before the ground freezes for the roots to become established

By: Cassie Homan

Pruning Fruit Trees

If you have fruit trees, now is the time to prune them before the trees break dormancy. Fruit trees can be pruned through March as long as the wood isn’t frozen.

Pruning is important to maintain a functional structure of the tree and to keep the tree healthy. Pruning helps develop strong tree structure, increase sunlight penetration through the canopy, and control the size of the tree.

Watch this video tutorial to prune your trees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbKR4oE6Ylc&index=3&list=PL8AF47942719DD5BD

By: Cassie Homan

Protecting Seedling from Deer

Deer can cause serious damage to newly planted seedlings and young trees. When they browse the buds, they reduce growth rates, nipping the tree at the base can create multiple stemmed trees, and bucks rubbing their antlers on stems can kill the tree entirely.

Follow these tips from the Kansas Forest Service, to protect your young trees.

http://www.kansasforests.org/conservation_trees/careandtips/deer.html

By: Cassie Homan