If you are thinking about planting trees this autumn here are a few things to keep in mind:
Put the proper tree in the proper place.
- Avoid planting trees that drop flowers, leaves or fruit near driveways and walkways.
- Never plant trees with excessive root systems near septic systems, water or underground utility lines.
- Inspect the bark for disease, cuts or improper pruning.
- Make sure the root ball is intact. Measure the ball before buying and plant your tree at that exact depth.
- Remove as much of the burlap as possible without damaging the root ball.
Here’s some tips for your existing trees:
Tying and staking
Take a close look at your trees and shrubs. Can they withstand the weight of snow and ice?
Yews, junipers and arborvitae are especially susceptible to breakage. Give them added strength and support by staking or tying branches up and closer to the center. Start wrapping from the bottom to the top in a spiral fashion. When staking, be careful not to damage the root system.
Wrapping evergreens in burlap (be careful to let the top open for light) can help prevent damage from drifts, wind or road salts. Evergreens are notorious for transpiration, a process by which plants give off moisture to try to even their temperature. Soak them thoroughly up until the ground freezes. Drying and cracking occur from overly active transpiring evergreens. There are products on the market that help control this process. Check with your local nursery or garden center for availability.