Fall is a time for crisp air, beautiful colors, and showers of tree leaves. Cleaning up the leaves that fall in your yard is essential to maintaining its health. Leaves left to accumulate are susceptible to mold growth, and they also prevent your grass from getting adequate sunlight.
You might think those leaves are worth nothing more than garbage but, there are some nifty little things that you can do to make them useful. Use them as mulch, an enhancing element for your compost pile, art, or even educational experience for children.
Here are a couple of ideas for how to put your leave piles to good use.
Autumn is full of beautiful colors and an abundance of beautiful leaves. Take advantage of the leaves in your yard and create beautiful art that you’ll adore all year long. Here are some DIY ideas of what you can make:
• Leaf Lantern
For this enchanting project, you need all you need is freshly fallen leaves and tea lights.
• Custom Cards
Using blank note cards and adhesive spray you can make custom cards. Stick the leaves to the cards with the spray and send your family and friends a beautiful greeting.
• Leaf Wreath
Add some decoration to your front door by creating a festive wreath out of the fallen leaves in your yard. Preserve the leaves with glycerin, and you’ll have a beautiful adornment for the season.
• Fall Roses
If you’re feeling romantic or you just like roses, you can make a bouquet with the leaves you gather in your yard.
Get creative and recycle those leaves in your yard by creating beautiful masterpieces to be used as decoration, gifts, and more.
The leaves in your yard are more than just trash. They have several different purposes including benefiting your compost pile. Their nutrient-rich content can be used to enhance the amount of nitrogen in your pile. Adding compost that contains leaves will aid in the growth and production of high-quality vegetables and plants.
You can make mulch for your garden with dead leaves. Much made with leaves can be just as good, if not better than store bought mulch made from wood or wood chips. It also won’t cause as much damage to vinyl siding as wood mulch will.
Having your children help clean up the dead leaves from your yard can be a learning experience for them. Help them gather leaves to make a collection. Press the leaves into the newspaper to remove the moisture then identify and label the leaves by which tree they come from.
There’s one thing you can’t avoid during the autumn months, and that’s falling leaves. It’s best to keep them cleaned up out of your yard to maintain the health of your lawn. Instead of just setting them beside the road for the garbage truck, create a masterpiece, add them to your compost pile, make mulch, or use it as an educational experience.
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Has it ever occurred to you that a particular tree would complement a different location better than where it’s currently at? Or maybe it's gotten too big for its home. But, when is the best time to transplant trees?
The answer to that question depends on the species of your tree. If your tree is a pine, oak, maple, or fruit tree, then it’s best to move them while they’re dormant. During the early spring or late fall. If you transport them in the fall, then do it before the first frost. If you relocate in spring, then do so before it begins to sprout.
Why When They're Dormant?
The root system works year around to pump water from the branches to the canopy. Moving your tree when it's abundant with leaves and fruit you cut off its steady supply of nutrients and water. The tree would then experience transplant shock and have a hard time adjusting to its new residence.
Dormant trees, however, don't usually go through as much trauma during the move. That's because their leaves and fruit have already fallen and don't need as much water. Doing a transplant while the tree is dormant also allows them for it to build up its nutrients and root system before the start of the next growing season.
Transplanting Trees in Winter
You may think that since trees are dormant during the winter time, then that would be a good time for you to transplant them. However, that’s not the best time either. It’s possible to damage the root system when the ground and soil have frost in it and are frozen. Hard, frozen ground also makes the process much more difficult.
Is The Dormant Season Always the Best Time
All trees need to be transplanted within the same time frame during the spring and fall. However, the perfect window of opportunity depends on the species of your tree.
• Fruit: Early springtime before the fruit begins to grow is the best time to move fruit trees.
• Oak: Transport oak trees during the early spring. February or March is usually the best time. Or you can choose a window that works best for your area just before budding begins in your area.
• Pine or Evergreen: Early Fall is the ideal time to transport pine or evergreen trees.
• Maple: These trees typically grow well into the autumn months. The best time to move these trees is late fall around November. Wait until the leaves on the canopy begin to disappear, and the branches become bare to transport your tree.
Regardless of the reason, moving your tree can prove to be challenging. While the exact best time to transport it depends on the species of the tree, it should always be moved within the spring and fall time. To find out more about when to move your tree contact your local arborist and tree care company. If you live near Rochester NY, Rochester Tree Care is the premier tree care company. Contact them for any tree care questions and concerns.
You might not consider what's lurking in the branches of the majestic trees you love. However, once you notice those silky webs while relaxing under the shade of the canopy, you might change your mind.
You may be wondering what kind of spider would choose your backyard tree to call home. However, you’d be surprised to learn that it's not spiders that create those webs after all. Rather Eastern tent caterpillars or fall webworms are to blame for spider webs in trees.
Keep reading to find out more about these tree pests and how to remove and prevent them from decorating your tree with “spider webs.”
The Reason Behind the Web
Fall webworms and Eastern tent caterpillars give spiders a lousy reputation. They are the real culprits behind those sticky webs. Which one depends on the time of year.
Fall webworms are caterpillars that leave behind a thick web after feeding on the tree. Fruit trees are their first choice but, there are over 100 different trees that it chooses for its meals.
If the webs appear in the spring, then the artist behind the silky masterpieces are most likely Eastern tent caterpillars. These little critters eat from numerous trees but only pose a significant risk to black cherry cheese.
What You Need to Know About These Creatures
• Fall Webworms
As you might predict with their name, these crawling critters most often appear in the fall. They are present always but only come out in the fall. Fall webworms are caterpillars that eat from the tree and then leave behind a thick web. In the winter they lay eggs that hatch in spring. By summer they are feeding on your tree and leaving those webs for fall.
• Eastern Tent Caterpillars
Tent caterpillars, on the other hand, hatch around the beginning of March and build their webs during April. Their webs serve the purpose of shelter from the rain that spring often brings. The leaves of the tree will be its food until they spin themselves into a cocoon a month later. A few weeks later, they will emerge as moths and lay their eggs again to start the entire process over again in May.
Should You Be Concerned and What About Fall
Webworms and tent caterpillars are harmless to humans. They aren’t poisonous and pose no risk to established trees. However, a young tree is a different story. Both tent caterpillars and fall webworms love to feed on younger trees. This could cause complete leaf loss before it reaches its prime. If you find webs in your young trees, then they rely on you to step in and eradicate the pests.
How to Remove the Spider Webs in Trees
To remove the web itself, you can use a broom to knock them down. To remove the webworms, you’ll need to spray insecticide or prune the trees to keep them from coming back during the next summer because they don’t live in their webs.
For tent caterpillars, remove their black bumpy looking eggs on your tree's branches during the winter time. If you there are still some that hatch in spring, then you’ll need to apply insecticide to your tree.
Don’t blame the spiders for those creepy webs, Eastern tent caterpillars and fall webworms are the true culprits. If your tree isn’t still young, you’ll have nothing to worry about. To find out more about whether the webs on your tree should be removed, call your local tree specialist. If you’re located in Rochester NY, then Rochester Tree services would be delighted to answer any questions you might have regarding the spider webs in your tree.
Do you need to stake a tree but don't know how?
Don't worry; you’ve clicked on the right page.
Staking can be necessary for newer trees to ensure proper growth and development of the trunk and roots. However, it's not always needed.
Your tree counts on you and the environment for the vital nutrients it needs to grow. There are several different ways to give your tree some extra assistance during its growing years such as early pruning. Staking can also help steer your tree in the right direction. To find out if your tree needs staking and how to do it; keep reading.
Does Your Tree Need Staking?
Usually, trees will grow correctly on their own if they are receiving the proper nutrients from the soil, sun, and water. Some circumstances might require you to provide additional guidance to ensure adequate growth.
You may need to stake your tree if:
• The root system is unusually small and can't offer adequate growth for the leaves and stems above the ground.
• There's an extreme curvature of the stem when it's not supported.
• The wind where you’re planting your tree is exceptionally windy, and it could become uprooted if there is a lack of support.
• The tree is at risk of being damaged uprooted by vandals who prey on unprotected trees.
What You'll Need
The supplies you need to stake your tree depend on its size and condition. If your tree is small or average sized, then wooden stakes would most likely be effective. However, if your tree is large, then metal fence stakes would be the best option.
On the plus side, the stakes you make for your tree are reusable. So, you can use them on the next one.
What You Need to Know Before You Stake
You don't need to stake all trees. It may seem like they need the extra support when they’re youngsters, but unnecessary staking can lead to a low number of roots and an unsteady base. It's essential to know if staking your tree is going to benefit it rather than damage. You should only stake if the tree needs to protect, additional support, or increased anchorage.
Do You Have to Stake Your Tree?
If you planted your tree correctly and it has a stable root system and secure trunk you probably don't have to worry about staking your tree. Some trees that usually don't have to be staked are conifers and evergreens such as the balsa for and black spruce native to Rochester, NY. Also, trees with low lying branches don't have to be staked either.
How Long You Should Stake Your Tree
Stakes are commonly detached at the beginning of the next growing season. So, if you attach your stake during springtime, you should remove it in the fall. If you attach it in fall, then remove it in spring. This time is vital to prevent your tree from relying on the stake to stand up by itself.
Staking is necessary for some trees and not for others. It's important to know if your tree will benefit from the process or if a simple trimming will do the trick. Unnecessary staking can lead to an inadequate root system and unsteady base. Only stake your tree if it needs protection, additional support, or assistance with anchorage to prevent uprooting from the wind. Conifers and evergreen trees don't need to be staked. For more information about staking your tree contact your local tree care company. If you’re located in Rochester, then contact Rochester Tree Service for your staking questions and needs.
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