Category Archives: Trees

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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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?

How to Grow Flowering Dogwood Trees from Seed

How to Grow Flowering Dogwood Trees from Seed
How to Grow Flowering Dogwood Trees from Seed

Flowering Dogwood trees can be easily grown from seed, however 99.9999% of the seedlings that sprout will be Cornus Florida, which is White Flowering Dogwood. It doesn’t matter if you collect the seeds from a White Dogwood or a Pink Dogwood, the seedlings are likely to be white.

The only predictable way to grow a Pink Dogwood, Red Dogwood, or one of the beautiful Dogwoods with variegated leaves, is to bud or graft the desired variety onto a White Dogwood seedling.

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How to Safely Remove tree sap from cars

tree sap
tree sap

Tree Sap is a sticky nuisance! This tacky, syrupy substance can end up in some of the most unwanted of places, especially on cars. Sap can be difficult to remove, and although there are lots of cleaners on the market that can tackle the job, some of them can be abrasive on surfaces. Giroud Tree and Lawn went on a quest for a safe and effective method to remove tree sap from the surface of a car, and the results were surprising!

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