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When is the best time to plant a tree?

Fall is typically the optimal time for planting trees. The Spring season is also a good time. It is important that you pick a tree that is typically healthy in the climate and region that you live in.

When should I schedule my trees to be trimmed and pruned?

When a tree goes dormant is the best time to prune and trim branches.  But if you need to cut our dead or unhealthy branches that can be done at any time during the year. If you have further questions please read about our tree trimming service or feel to contact us.

How do I know if my tree is blooming well?

There are several things that tree owners do that can harm blooming. They include:

  • Putting too much nitrogen in the fertilizer
  • Severely trimming branches; especially during the wrong time of year.
  • Having a tree get too much water or poor drainage.
  • Freeze damage during the winter.

Also keep in mind that young trees do not bloom well in their early years.

Can tree blooming be accelerated?

No. You really cannot speed up a tree blooming.  There are professionals who sell different chemicals and fertilizers that are supposed to accelerate growth but we caution against using them unless you fully understand your soil and there is professional oversight.

How should trees be fertilized?

Most trees do not need to be fertilized unless there is an obvious deficiency.  Again, please consult a professional before starting to use a fertilizer regime on your trees.

Can mature trees be pruned and trimmed?

Pruning trees is a very purposeful process.  So you should always be careful about you are cutting and pruning the branches.  Naturally, as you would expect, a tree will recover more quickly from smaller cuts than from large cuts.  So, yes, you can prune mature trees but you need to be careful about how it is done so the tree stays healthy.  Please contact us if you have any questions about your more mature trees.

What is the best time of year to transplant a tree?

It is best to transplant trees between late winter and early spring.  There are several considerations for transplanting a tree. First, make sure you know the best conditions for your specific tree. Second, consider the room need for the root and crown to stay healthy.  When you are working with a professional arborist they can make sure that the conditions are right and take extra measures to help the tree manage through the shock stage of transplanting.

How should I protect my trees during the winter?

Winter can be stressful on trees. There are steps you can take to help them. Cover the roots with mulch. Cover the trunks with tree wraps. Keep ice from building up on the branches. And if you have further questions about how to manage winter for your trees please feel free to contact us.

What considerations do I need to make for my trees after a major storm?

The first and most obvious step to take after a storm is to check for damaged and broken limbs.  Next, check the ground around the tree to see if it has cracks or is raised. This is the first sign that the tree is starting to lean.  Contact a professional arborist if you need help removing large damaged branches or if you are concerned about leaning.

How can I tell if my trees have a disease?

One of the first signs of tree disease is dead leaves or areas where leaves are not growing well.  Other signs include areas that have an obvious fungus growth, missing bark and mushroom growth.  If you have any questions, please contact a professional arborist in your area that has been trained to manage tree diseases.

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