The bells are jingling and the elves are hard at work…it must be the holidays! As we step deeper into the season, it is time to add some wintry whimsy and fun to your home and miniature garden. We usually focus on live miniature plants and the miniature accessories that bring out the best in flowers, trees, ground cover plants, and shrubs, but today I would like to shed some light on a holiday favourite: bottle brush miniature trees.
These faux trees get their name from a kitchen tool, the bottle brush. Of course, they are not really made out of bottle brushes. These durable faux miniature plants are a good fit for indoor container gardens and even outdoor miniature gardens. They come in snow-frosted finish or plain, and you can find them bedecked with miniature decorations or unadorned. There are many options to choose from, so you can find the bottle brush tree that suits your fairy garden best.
The most important components in a landscape are probably trees. Their prominent shape and size gives the necessary depth to any garden or lawn. Such a large and tall plant can be impossible to ignore in any scenery and they can add a sense of permanence with their remarkable longevity, making it possible for them to be enjoyed through generations. Additionally, trees attract life as they have the ability to support whole ecosystems being a possible home to birds, bees, butterflies, squirrels, small plants, and other creatures. Moreover, trees can also become aesthetic, flowering trees can add beauty and grace apart from a sense of strength and prominence.
When a tree is in the young stages, one of the most vital things you need to provide for it in addition to water and nutrients is support. If you donít hold up the tree somehow, it might end up bending in a certain direction and growing extremely crooked for the rest of its life. So no matter what, you should always have some kind of support.
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.
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.
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?