Tree Care: Benefits Of Trees In Our Environment

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Trees are a quintessential part of our global ecosystem and our own community environments for so many reasons! On Arbor Day each year, we celebrate and promote the importance of trees in our lives, but here at Spring-Green, we think about and celebrate trees all year round. In fact, we’ve made it our business, literally, to help home and business owners create the perfect landscapes full of trees to enhance all of our lives. And, we don’t stop there, tree care is important to protect that environment and your investment in it. We’re here with all the tree and shrub services and tree care tips you need to support your trees’ health and beauty. Let’s have some fun today learning more about Arbor Day and all things tree-related.

The History + Significance of Arbor Day – Arbor Day was the brainchild of Great Plains resident, J. Sterling Morton back in the late 1800s.

He and his wife moved from Michigan to the Nebraska Territory, a land absent of trees. His goal was to encourage tree-planting to beautify the environment and attract new residents to the area. 1872 marked the first Arbor Day, and it was said that one million trees were planted in Nebraska that year. Later in life, J. Sterling Morton took on the role of U. S. Secretary of Agriculture and brought Arbor Day to the federal level. Today, every state and many countries, recognize Arbor Day as a day of dedicated to encouraging tree planting.

Why Trees Are Important To Our Environment

Arbor Day has been celebrated for over 100 years, but its importance is even more poignant than when it was first introduced by J. Sterling Morton way back when. Deforestation has an enormously detrimental impact on our global environment, and the effects are widespread.

Here are some of the benefits trees offer to the world around us:

Trees fight climate change. Trees battle climate change by helping to remove carbon dioxide from the air as well as releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere. For this reason, deforestation has contributed to climate change in recent years.

Trees tame stormwater. Rain is needed in our environment, but without trees, stormwater runoff can wreak havoc. Trees provide a needed benefit to our community infrastructure by shielding us from water generated during rainy periods.

Trees help with conservation. In the agricultural industry, trees can have many benefits such as improving crop yields and preserving topsoil. In addition, trees planted strategically in wetland areas can prevent erosion and even contribute to cleaner water and flood control.

Trees save on energy consumption (and costs). Summer shade, winter warmth, wind shield are all ways that can help reduce our energy consumption. Your local landscape professional can help create a strategic tree planting plan to place the right trees in the right places to save on energy costs and benefit the overall climate around you.

Like all living organisms, trees and shrubs need proper nutrients to live long, healthy lives. The proper maintenance methods can prevent against tree diseases and insect invasion, and with these tree maintenance tips you can help improve the health and beauty of your trees.

Spring-Green Tree Care Services

Arbor Day is the perfect time of the year to give some attention to trees – or, really, any day of the year is perfect for arbor care! Trees do so much to enhance our lives and protect our environment, they deserve year round attention, don’t you agree?

From cooling shade to winter wind shield to attracting birds and wildlife, they bring so much to us in the way of individual comfort. Add in how tree contribute to the holistic environment around us by purifying the air, reducing the occurrence of soil erosion, helping to clean the water and giving kids a fun place to play, and surely you understand why trees matter so much.

The Spring-Green team is working on tree care services all year long. We work with our customers to help them create beauty, improve their own personal enjoyment of their landscapes and gardens and, whenever possible save money on energy costs – all while contributing positively to the environment around them.

Contact your Spring-Green lawn professional today!

Don’t Forget About Your Trees and Shrubs This Fall

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Many landscape plants that are growing in your gardens and flower beds are plants that were brought in from other countries over the last 150 years or so. Being that many of these plants are not native to the US, they may require extra care to maintain them in a healthy and vibrant condition.

As we slowly move towards the cooler weather of the fall, most insect and disease activity starts to slow down except for the warmer parts of the country. In those areas, insect and disease activity can occur all year long. Here are the maintenance tasks and fall tree and shrub care that should take place during this time of year.

Watering Trees and Shrubs

Rainfall usually increases during the fall, but there are areas where drought conditions persist. Smaller trees and shrubs still need to be watered to survive the winter months. This is especially true for evergreen plants, like yews, junipers and pine trees. Broadleaf evergreen plants like azaleas, boxwoods and rhododendrons also need water in the fall. These plants will still lose moisture through transpiration, even when the ground freezes. The best way to water individual plants is to place a hose without a nozzle at the base of the plants and turn the water on at a slow trickle, leaving it in one location for 20 to 30 minutes. For plants growing in a cluster, use a sprinkler, but be sure it is elevated to provide water to all the plants.

After the plants have been watered, add 3 inches of mulch to the planting bed to keep the soil from drying out. Do not pile the mulch up around the base of the tree or shrub, forming what are called “mulch volcanoes.” This practice can lead to an increase in insect and disease development.

Inspecting, Shaping and Pruning Shrubs

Inspect your plants for damage from summer storms and prune out any broken or cracked branches. If you plan to shape any shrubs, remember this simple rule – if the plant flowers before June 15, prune it shortly after it flowers. If you shape spring flowering shrubs using a hedge pruner now, you run the risk of removing the flower buds that are already formed at the end of the branches. Cutting off individual limbs with a hand pruner to improve its shape will reduce the number of flowers for next year, but not to the same extent as using a hedge pruner.

Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs as it allows the root system of the plant to grow in the cooler, moist soil. It’s also an excellent time to root feed trees and shrubs, but be sure to wait until the plant begins to harden off in the fall. In other words, when the leaves start to turn color and drop is a good time to root feed landscape plants. Landscapes plants will look better next spring if time is taken now to make sure they are ready for their “winter nap”.

Contact your neighborhood lawn and tree care professional at Spring-Green to have your landscape checked for problems and schedule the important fall root feed service.