Tree Care in Winter


Winter Tree Care Best Practices

Should I Prune my Trees?YES!  Long-term management of pruning can ensure your trees continue to provide the aesthetic value and function they intended. Proper, conscientious pruning can enhance the beauty and function of your trees, while reducing the potential for loss of limbs or other failures during winter storms.

Why prune in winter?

When the leaves have dropped in the fall, it is easier for your arborist to see the structure of your trees. When summer annuals have been removed, there is less risk of disrupting your landscape when working on large trees. In regions where the soil freezes, equipment can often gain closer access, which can enhance our safety and reduce your costs. Winter Pruning can also avoid enhancing some serious disease that are active and spread easily during the growing seasons of spring and summer.

Should I mulch in winter?

Yes, you can. Mulching is an important enhancement for your trees. Mulch retains soil moisture, reduces summer soil temperatures, increases winter soil temperature and moisture restores and improves soil nutrient levels and structure.

Which other tree care activities can I do in winter?

Winter is a good time to consult a professionally trained arborist to inspect your trees. Winter foliage loss provides a clearer view for spotting some problems, such as weak branch attachments or insect damage, but an arborist can help you determine the best solutions for your trees. Consider the following:

  • Winter is a suitable time for putting cables on  your trees, if necessary.
  • If your trees have cables and braces in them.
  • Inspect your trees and shrubs for ice damage in winter.
  • Buy a Waterhoop water sprinkler for tree irrigation.

Drought killed over 66 Million Trees in California drought since 2010

Over 66 Million trees were killed in the California’s Sierra Nevada forest since 2010 have died in a six-county region of central and southern Sierra reported by the U.S. Forest Service.  This California drought is one of the worst we’ve seen yet.
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To curb off dangerous potential for wild fires the Forest Service says it has cut down 77,000 trees that pose the greatest risk to people, communities and campgrounds.

Water restrictions for the home owner in California has been a challenge.  It’s hard to keep their personal landscapes alive and well, when these things happen.  Many owners are using more localized watering solutions such as the Waterhoop ® tree sprinkler or a soaker hose for their trees, flowers, garden and shrubs.

Tree study could help cities improve planting


More than half the world’s people and 80 percent of the U.S. population live in urban areas. Trees benefit these residents by filtering the air, reducing temperatures and beautifying landscapes. According to a new study led by Adam Dale, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of entomology, these benefits are reduced when trees are planted in unsuitable urban landscapes. However, guidelines can be developed to lead urban tree- planting decisions in a more sustainable direction.

Dale spearheaded the study while at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previous research by Dale and his colleagues found that impervious surfaces raise temperatures, which increase pest abundance and tree stress, ultimately reducing tree health. He and his team examined the so-called “gloomy scale insect,” which feeds on tree sap and appears as small bumps on the bark of trees.

In the new study, Dale and his team developed guidelines that landscape professionals can use to make more informed urban tree-planting decisions. Although the new study was done in North Carolina and limited to red maple trees, Dale said the findings may be applicable to trees throughout the Southeast.

Through their research, scientists developed thresholds of impervious surface around planting sites. In other words, they defined points at which the amount of pavement around a tree reduces its condition. Using these established levels of impervious surface, landscape architects and other landscape professionals can plant trees in a way that reduces pest damage and economic loss.

“This study demonstrates the effects of the most common features of urban landscapes — roads, parking lots, and buildings — on insect pests and trees, and proposes guidelines for mitigating them,” Dale said.

The study also proposes a method that can be used at a planting site. It’s called the “Pace to Plant” technique. By simply walking 100 steps around a site, landscape professionals can estimate the amount of surrounding impervious surface and use the developed thresholds to guide their tree-planting decisions.

“The hope is that more informed planting will minimize pest infestations and maximize the vigor and performance of street trees,” researchers said in the study, published in this month’s issue of the journal Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. “The decision-making tools presented here will help planners and urban forest managers get the right tree in the right place to reduce future maintenance costs and increase tree survival and services.”


The above post is provided by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The original item was written by Brad Buck. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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Crowd-Funding Platforms Astronomical Growth Year After Year.

In 2012 Funds raised via crowdfunding reached to upwards to $2.7 billion dollars. In 2013 it is estimated that over $5 Billion changed hands from investors to inventors, (As reported by Crowd Funding Statistics). This gives anyone a chance to possibly change their life.

The idea of raising money through crowd funding, so your company or idea can take the next step, is truly genius. Giving the public a chance to stand behind a new idea, product design, or bet on someones dreams. Waterhoop are one of these companies who just started a new Kickstarter campaign that ends on March 4, 2016. Kickstarter Waterhoop Link: Kickstarter Waterhoop Live Link for product fund raising.

According to David Ford, President of Waterhoop, states; “We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to showcase a new idea for a new water sprinkler design for garden lovers. In the last 40 years, new ideas and designs have been lackluster in the water sprinkler product design field…that is, until now. Kickstarter could be the key for us. That means we might just get the necessary equipment to speed up our production process, with the help of every day people…it’s just amazing.”

Not so long ago people thought the only way to break into the market on a shoestring budget, was to have Oprah Winfrey mention it on her highly rated tv show; Oprah. Move over Wall Street, move over Oprah, there is a new kid in town, and it’s called “Crowdfunding”.
Waterhoop ® new lawn and garden water sprinkler has a new Kickstarter campaign that runs until March 4th, 2016.
Waterhoop ® water sprinkler is new revolutionary water sprinkler design that can water trees, flowers, shrub and plants. Waterhoop ® water sprinkler can help conserve water and save time.

Lawn Watering Tips


The two main types of watering are Establishment (used for new seed or sod lawns) and Maintenance (used for lawns already established).

The establishment watering is done by watering every day if not 3 times per day every day for short periods of time. First, water as often as possible, if you have an automatic system set it to water 3 times per day morning, early afternoon and 6 or 7 at night. Most of the automatic systems should be set to run from 5 to 15 minutes per zone depending on what kind of heads are running on the specific zone.

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California’s redwood trees dealing with illegal poachers.

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California forest managers are trying to stop poachers who use chainsaws targeting ancient redwood trees in national and state parks.  The poachers are cutting off small sections of knobby growths for their prized wood grains. (April 14th) Video provided by AP

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