Mulch is important for winter tree care months. Use mulch under your trees in the fall or early winter to help retain water. Mulch is a wonderful thing to use during the winter months.
Give your trees a drink, they are thirsty. Winter water droughts require watering just like the summer. If temperature and weather permits, an occasional watering during the winter on a young tree can help protect and protect that tree for proper survival. Don’t water trees if the tree and soil are frozen.. but if it is a cool temp then water away!
Trees constantly lose water to the atmosphere. Water is the single most limiting essential resource for tree survival and growth. Water shortages severely damage young and old trees alike, and set-up healthy trees for other problems. Drought conditions can lead to tree decline, pest problems, and non-recoverable damage. Supplemental watering can greatly assist in maintaining tree health during droughts – both during the growing season or during the dormant season.
Trees can be old and valuable. They are usually considered non-replaceable beyond 10 inches in diameter. Many associated landscape plants are low cost and easily replaceable. If these plants are damaged or lost to drought, the landscape can be corrected quickly and relatively cheaply. Large, drought-killed trees can not be replaced in two human generations. Please emphasize watering trees during droughts.
Ideally, irrigation should automatically begin when soil moisture reaches some critical measure determined by a moisture probe or soil tensiometers. Trees should be zoned apart from turf and other landscape plants. Careful tuning of irrigation systems are needed to prevent over-watering trees.
Manually, the best ways to water trees are by soaker hose or trickle (drip) irrigation which you turn on and off such as the Tree Sprinkler by WaterKingProducts.com. Even a garden hose, moved often, can provide a good soil soaking although can be time consuming. Use a light organic mulch to conserve moisture and apply water over the top of the mulch.
Deep watering a tree with a pipe or wand stuck into the soil 12-24 inches is not as good for trees as surface applications. Most of the tree’s absorbing roots are in the top foot of soil. Applying water deeper than this level misses the active roots and allows water to drain away from the roots, wasting efforts and water. Apply water across the soil surface and let it soak into the soil. Surface soaking allows tree roots more chances to absorb any water, helps maintain soil health, and helps maintain essential element cycling and transformations in the soil. There are many tree watering products on the market by companies like Bosch watering, Grainger, Teknorapex and Water King Tree Sprinkler @ waterkingproducts.com.
Why Hire a Certified Arborist?
It’s important to use caution when working with trees.
As reported by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) web site: An arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly.
Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
WHAT IS A CERTIFIED ARBORIST?
Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.
You can find the rest of the article on the ISA website link here: http://www.isa-arbor.com/publicOutreach/whyHireCertifiedArborist/index.aspx