Monthly Archives: October 2018

Caring Properly for your Fruit Tree

If you have just recently planted a new fruit tree, I think it is safe to assume you are not yet an expert on the subject. More fruit trees die in their beginning years due to poor care habits than any disease or pestilence. Therefore it is vital that you understand how to care for trees in a way that will ensure their immediate success as well as future good health.

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The Benefits of Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organically

The Benefits of Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organically
The Benefits of Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organically

Organic gardening is the way of growing vegetables and fruits with the use of things only found in nature. Then, nature does most of the work for you. There are many benefits of growing your own fruits and vegetables with this way. Growing them organically is also easy and you just need to learn some general principles.

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Tree Pruning Tips

Tree Pruning Tips
Tree Pruning Tips

There are two kinds of winter gardening. The first method usually starts in January as the gardening catalogs begin to arrive in the mail. This type of gardening is as easy as sitting in your favorite chair, browsing the catalogs, and either dreaming about what you’re going to do this spring, or actually drawing designs for the gardens you intend to work on.

The second type of winter gardening is to actually get out in the yard and do a little work. Of course if it’s bitter cold, you’d be better off waiting for a good day. Winter is a good time to do some pruning if the temperatures are around 30 degrees or so. I don’t recommend pruning if it’s considerably below freezing because the wood is brittle and will shatter when you make a cut.

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Organic Gardening In The 21st Century

Organic Gardening In The 21st Century
Organic Gardening In The 21st Century

Over the course of the past decade, a significant number of men and women from different parts of the world have taken up gardening. In this regard, these people have found themselves interested both in creating magnificent flower gardens as well as in cultivating thriving vegetable gardens.

A majority of gardeners still rely on what might be considered “mainstream methods” when it comes to the care and maintenance of either their flower or vegetable gardens. In other words, these gardeners tend to rely upon various commercially available chemical treatments and products to care for their gardens. Various types of garden-related chemicals — from pesticides to fertilizers — are available readily at garden supply shops and discount retail stores. More often than not, these basic products can be obtained for a fairly reasonable cost.

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Attracting Birds To Your Garden

Firstly, birds will be attracted by the geographic location of your garden.

Attracting Birds To Your Garden
Attracting Birds To Your Garden

To find out which birds are in the geographic area of your garden at the moment, you will have to consult specialty magazines and documentations. Maybe even the weather guy can provide some information regarding this aspect although this is not always true. Libraries and book stores have books based on migration, on the roads that some bird species take to get to their summer or winter residence. Also, taking pictures of birds you see around you and then reading informative materials that you already have, or searching for information related to them can be an option to find out if these bird are going to make a stop in the area that you live in.

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Why Every Tree Benefits from a Deep Root Feeding in the Fall

What is a Deep Root Feeding?

Specially formulated fertilizer is injected directly into the ground around the base of the tree and filters down through the soil to reach the tree’s roots. This Deep Root Feeding will:

Replenish the tree’s vitamins and nutrients
Strengthen the root system
Stimulate healthy and vibrant new growth
Why Fall is a Great Time to Fertilize a Tree

Giroud’s Deep Root Feeding is a time release fertilizer, so it will provide steady doses of nutrients through the winter and into the growing season. While the tree is dormant during the long, cold winter months, it will feed on the abundance of vitamins from the fertilizer rather than tapping into its own nutrient reserves!

Why Should Homeowners get a Deep Root Feeding for Trees?

Every tree benefits from a Deep Root Feeding! Giroud’s Vice President and ISA Certified Arborist, Drew Slousky, shares an amazing comparison of two Sycamore Trees in Giroud’s Youtube video. One has been fertilized each year and the other has not. Slousky shows the stark differences between the fertilized tree that is healthy and in full leaf and another tree down the street that is clearly in poor health. Fertilizer works! Like a vitamin for humans, trees need to be fertilized annually to maintain good health and fight off disease and insects.

There are also special cases where Deep Root Feedings are not just encouraged, but vital to a tree’s vitality. Here are a few added reasons why a tree may need a fertilizer treatment:

A year of heavy rain can wash vital nutrients from the soil and make trees with weak root systems more likely to uproot
The tree’s leaves are turning color too early in the fall
The tree has a limited root system because of barriers such as sidewalks, driveways and houses
The tree has been cabled, bolted or staked
The tree has suffered some sort of stress, such as storm damage, insect infestation, or disease
The tree is a valuable part of the homeowner’s landscape, and the homeowner wants to ensure that the tree continues to grow vibrant, healthy and strong!
Why should homeowners hire an ISA Certified Arborist to treat trees?

There is a science to fertilizing trees. An ISA Certified Arborist will have the know how to understand exactly what formula is best to feed each species of tree.

Things to ask before choosing a tree service company to give a tree a Deep Root Feeding:

Is the Arborist ISA Certified?
Has the Arborist performed a deep root feeding on this particular type of tree?
Does the Arborist have recommendations from other satisfied customers?
What are the professional credentials of the tech who will be performing the Deep Root Feeding?