Tree health and the Tree Farm's Fall Field Day!
Fall is really here! It's beautiful and the colors of the trees are remarkable.
One thing you can do to support your trees is help keep them healthy. At this time of year, it's not suitable to do a hard pruning of most trees. However, if you have any dead branches, cut them out now! As cold weather approaches, trees need a strong scaffolding of branches. Any dead branches give a chance for rot to set it at the crotch of that dead branch and the tree trunk. As well, minimize branch breakage by getting out the dead or dying branches.
[How do you spot a stressed tree? Look for damage to the bark or cambium, borer holes and external famage on the tree trunk. As well, if your tree lost all/ part of its leaves this summer and did not leaf back out or defoliated very early, this is a sign of stress. Heat, drought, etc. lead to lots of stress on trees which lead to borers which lead to more stress. Eventually, a tree that has been stressed for many seasons will die. By giving a little extra attention, water, fertilizer, perhaps bark wrap to assist in healing cambium damage, we can give this tree a break and maybe extend its life a bit! Two old timer tricks for stressed or delicate trees: water heavily once a month in every cold month (November- February) and do a half strength granular fertilizer around the tree in the fall.]
Another fun fact about your trees: did you know that most, if not all, conifers actually loose some of their needles yearly? Does your pine tree have yellow needles on the inside of its branches? How about your arborvitae? Nearly every conifer does this- chamaecyparis, yew, thuja plicata or arborvitae, pine, etc. Yearly or semi-yearly, evergreens will let 1/3 of their oldest needles go. It's their way of lightening their load for the cold weather. Fear not, your conifer is not dying! This is all part of the process. Make sure, though, that this yellowing is happening on the inside of the branches, not the tips.
Fall Field Day at the Tree Farm
Saturday, October 16th from 8-5 pm. Come visit the Tree Farm this Saturday and find your next tree! Enjoy some cider and cocoa, let the kids paint a pumpkin and play with our trebuchet.... Also, hop on the golf cart and look through the trees in the field. Enjoy a pretty fall day in the midst of trees in full color! Call (785) 423-5861 for more information.
Plant Bulbs- The best time to plant bulbs is when the nights are cool and the trees are at the peak of fall color. You can plant in to November is Kansas. Don't plant early! Simply lay out your area (full sun, good drainage), dig up or turn over the soil (place it onto cardboard for easy coverage), place or scatter your bulbs for a natural look, scoop the dug up soil and a good compost mixture back on top. FERTILIZE IN SPRING. I do not advocate fertilizing in fall, unlike many people. I believe that when green starts poking out, then you fertilize! Good compost will help naturally fertilize bulbs anyway.
Best Bulb Choices for KS- naturalizing daffodils and jonquils. Grape Hyacinth, miniature/ wild tulips. Larger beautiful tulips will not naturalize and don't like our soil- so plant those but know that the they will peter out in short measure!
Decide what doesn't work in your landscape and take it out! Edge beds NOW. Buy stone edging at your local landscape retailer or the Tree Farm to create a professional, permanent edging. Weed now- fall is the time that most weeds set seed and create havoc for next year!
Treat broadleaf weeds in your lawn. We are at the final window for grass seed right now. Give your lawn lots of water though and fertilize if necessary!
ENJOY THE WEATHER!
Give us a call to help plan your landscape- use our design services to get a broad overview of your property and a plan of action for the future! Plant evergreens and trees while the weather is moderate.