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Watering Small Trees | Try the 5 Gallon Root Seeker Watering System

watering small trees

When it comes to watering small trees, there is a fine balance between too much water, and not enough water. Over-saturating the ground to the point that it stays wet all the time can lead to disease. Conversely, if you let the ground dry out, the newly planted trees will starve, and most likely die off in the first season. The trick to watering small trees is to target the roots directly. The 5-gallon Root Seeker watering system seems to do the trick. Read more

Chopping Down Christmas Trees | Tree Chopping Tips for the Novice

Chopping Down Christmas Trees

It snowed in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado this week, so I guess it’s okay to start talking about chopping down Christmas Trees for the holidays. In fact, many families have a time-honored family tradition of chopping down Christmas Trees over the Thanksgiving holiday which is just around the corner. Hard to believe it’s here already. Read more

Top Three Christmas Trees | Most Popular Trees to Decorate

Top Three Christmas Trees

The Christmas Season is upon us once again and it’s time to start thinking about choosing the perfect tree to carry inside for the holidays. We have compiled a list of the top three Christmas Trees. These seem to be the most popular trees to decorate for the holidays. Here are a few tips to help you make the best decision about which one of the top three Christmas Trees is best suited for your home or office. Read more

Tree Watering Ring | Slow Release Watering Bags for Newly Planted Trees

Tree Watering Ring

One way to avoid transplant shock for your newly planted trees is to utilize a tree watering ring or a slow release watering bag. The image above demonstrates the tree watering ring in use in a garden bed in front of a new home. The medium brown color of the device neatly conceals the bag from the street-view when placed on a bed of bark mulch. Pile the bark up about 6 inches deep around the perimeter of the bag and it will all but disappear. Read more

Halloween Tree Decorations | Simple Ideas for Decorating Your Trees for Halloween

Halloween Tree Decorations Living Tree

If you enjoy Halloween as much as I do, you may want to hang up a few Halloween Tree Decorations in your front yard. With Halloween just a couple weeks away, this weekend is probably a good time to share some photos of several Halloween Tree Decorations that will make the task quick and easy. Take a peek at a few simple ideas I found on Amazon for my yard: Read more

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Protecting Existing Trees from Construction Damage by Installing Orange Safety Barriers

Protecting Existing Trees

When working on construction sites or home landscaping projects, consideration must be given to protecting existing trees. Preventing damage to exposed tree roots and trunk bark can be crucial to the trees ultimate survival. The best method for protecting existing trees from potential injury can be as simple as installing a well-marked barricade around the tree, or group of trees. Installing a bright orange safety barrier like the one in the photo can save the day. Read more

Pruning Upper Branches | How to Safely Prune Upper Tree Limbs

Pruning Upper Branches

The need for pruning upper branches becomes inevitable as your trees mature. In many cases the upper tree limbs can grow dangerously close to power lines and other structures. The trees sprawling branches may extend near your home, covering eave gutters, or worse contacting roof shingles or the side of your house. Read more

Fruit Trees that Thrive in Planting Zones 3 & 4 and Bear Fruit

Fruit Trees Apple Orchard

Several types of fruit trees thrive in planting zones 3 & 4. While the temperatures are relatively cool in zones 3 & 4, both zones are well suited for growing a variety of fruit trees. The extreme winter temperatures in Zone 4 is can range from minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 30 degrees. The winter lows in zone 3 can be even colder reaching temperatures as cold as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. These extreme low temperatures can simply be too cold for many tree species, while others will flourish. Read more

Alaska Trees | The Most Common Tree Species Found in Alaska

Alaska Trees

Alaska is home to several species, but in all cases Alaska Trees are among the hardiest varieties in order to withstand the harsh environment. The climate is quite diverse, from growing zones 4 and 5 along the southern coast, to the severe cold climate of zone1 found in the frigid northern portion of the state. The list below includes the most common Alaska trees, as well as some general information regarding the various species. Read more

Pruning Apple Trees | When is the Ideal Time for Pruning Apple Trees

Pruning Apple Trees

Apple trees are extremely resilient and grow well in most planting zones, but pruning apple trees annually is crucial for optimum fruit production. The most productive growth areas for apple trees are zones 4 through 7. In addition to improving fruit production, pruning apple trees can also maintain the overall shape of the trees to beautify your landscape. Read more