Saturday, November 23, 2013

What are Tree Mulches?

Mulches are stuff that is placed over the surface of soil to preserve moisture along with improving the conditions of soil. These are among those most beneficial and handy things that a home owner can make use of for health of his trees and plants. Mulch can not only minimize the weed competition but can also reduce the chances of water loss from the field’s soil along with improving ardently the structure of your field’s soil. If mulches are used and applied properly, these can give your landscape a well groomed attractive appearance. But at the same time if used wrong, like if mulch is too deep, this can actually cause some major harms to your trees along with other plants at your landscape. 

Type of Mulches 

Mulches are available in two forms – organic and inorganic mulches. Organic mulches consist of cocoa hulls, wood chips, hardwood or softwood bark, leaves, pine needles, manure mixes, along with a range of some other products but all of these are usually derivative of plants. Such kind of mulches decomposes and decays in the fields at diverse pace, totally depending on the climate as well as the material. The decomposition progression improves fertility and quality of the soil. There are micro-organisms in the soil that ensure decomposition of these.

Inorganic mulches include geo-textile fabrics, lava rock, stones, pulverized rubber etc. This type of mulch does not decay or decompose and hence do not perk up the soil structure or provide nutrients or add organic materials to the soil.

Too Much is Bad 

Though both kinds of mulches are good for your landscape yet the proverb, ‘Excess of Everything is Bad’ also implies here. Using too much of mulches can be harmful for your landscape. Experts only recommend a mulching depth, averagely, up to 2-4 inches only. Excess of mulching may cause – 
  • Deep mulch may cause over moisture in your tree’s root zone hence causing the roots to rot or decay.
  • Too much of mulches also affect the pH level of your field’s soil resulting to deficiency or toxicity of some micro-nutrients. 
  • High mulch piles can become the home of rodents which are certainly a bad thing for your plants.
  • Excess use of these can result into some sour or foul smell in your field. 

So always consult a professional arborist to know how much mulch your field requires. 

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Friday, November 15, 2013

How to Prune Young Trees and Conifers

To maintain healthy growth of trees, there are some basic requirements of a tree which need to be fulfilled. Among these basic necessities is the tree pruning along with regular watering fertilization and aeration.  Pruning is a technique to remove the selected parts of a tree and plants like buds, braches or roots. The major purpose of pruning is to remove dead wood, to improve the health of plants, to provide the tree with a required shape, to control the growth as per requirement, to reduce down the risk of falling branches or get some specimens for nursery.  In either way or for either purpose, the pruning, if done aptly, is a helpful healthy practice that maintains the beauty as well as good health of your tree. Today, this article will be focusing on how to prune tour young trees and conifers. Here is the detailed information.

Conifers are type of evergreen trees with scale-like or needle-like foliage. These trees are different from broadleaf evergreens. Young trees, like conifers are quite sensitive but proper pruning is quite beneficial for both of them. At the same time, heavy pruning or untimely pruning for both of them can be highly hazardous.

How to Prune – 

Start with out of scale or longer branches by cutting them to a lateral, means from a dynamic side shoot. For easy effective pruning, you can start from the top of your tree and coming downwards while removing all of the unnecessary branches which have extended out, quite beyond the lower or shorter ones. This will help maintaining a proper attractive shape for your trees. During tree pruning, make sure you are not ruining your tree’s natural shape by simply cutting down all the branched in a similar length. Always avoid harsh pruning since it is very harmful for young trees and conifers as well.

When pruning your young trees and conifers, it is significant to use the right kind of tools for the work. For young trees and conifers, most of the pruning cuts can be made with secateurs (hand pruning shears). But never ever make use of hedge shears over your young trees and conifers. Whatever tool you make use of, it should always be clean as well as sharp.

If you think taking care of all these steps and cautions is difficult, you can even hire a professional arborist to perform the task for you.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Why is it Necessary to Remove Stumps from Tree?

Trees are indeed one of the most vital components of our home garden. But when trees of your landscape die, whether from damage, disease, insects or drought, you will need to make your mind whether you want to remove the tree stump along with dead tree before calling upon a professional tree removal service provider. But if you are having a hard time deciding whether to get the tree stump removed or not then you should go through some of these points that will elaborate the necessity of removing tree stumps. Have a look at such 5 important reasons that will explain why it is quite essential to remove the left over tree stumps from your backyard –

Stumps don’t look Pretty - Aesthetically speaking, the left over stumps of a dead removed tree will not, at all, look good in your landscape. Such a scene is not appealing. In such situation, removing a stump is a better option.

Stumps may cause new Unwanted Growth – Cases are fair enough that stumps may leave to new unwanted growth of sprouts which can lead to several small unwanted trees growing in your landscape around that stump. Moreover to remove these unwanted sprouts it will cost you heavily since these sprouts may keep shooting back from time to time. Not only the cost, but these will also leech important nutrients from other trees and plants which are located near them.

Stumps may be Hazardous - Stumps can be hazardous because these may be dangerous to your kids. When playing and running in your backyard, your kids may not look for these left over stumps and might trip over it and get injured. The same problem can be faced by your neighbors while coming to your backyard or to their kids.

Precious Yard Space – These stumps do take your precious yard’s space which you may use for some other purpose. That same space could be used for a picnic table or a flower bed that enhances the beauty of your backyard eminently.

Insects Dilemma – These stumps take a long time to get rotten up completely before decaying. During decay process, these attract lots of beetles, wood-boring pests, termites and ants. Then get ready for these uninvited guests to visit your home quite oftenly.

If you find stump removing a complex activity, you can hire a local arborist to perform the task for you in the right way. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

How Tree Stumps Can Enhance Agricultural Productivity

The incorporation of trees in the farming services has, undoubtedly, given several advantages. Trees, in numerous ways enhance the productivity of agriculture and help the crops while saving from many potential dangers. But, who would have thought that even after falling, a tree through its stump can help the agricultural activities and crops grown. But, it is true fact that tree stumps can enhance agricultural productivity.. Actually, the stumps of trees fetch the wisdom of enhancing outstanding growth of planted crops. This fact has been approved by none other than the FMNR (Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration). As per their stats, the soil will experience an unbelievable noteworthy improvement in quality as well as in its yielding ability than the usual one with the benefit from available tree stumps along with some supplementary resources provided to crops.

These days, with information and help from FMNR, farmers are able to get extra benefits and hence more income by taking benefit from underground root system which are live and are obtained from earlier removed trees of the field. On an average, farmers nurture around 5-6 strongest available stems in their field while tree pruning away the rest. The farmers then allow these stems to grow. Some of these are further harvested, over the time, form firewood and timber purposes while some are allowed to remain there. Presence of these left stumps further helps in holding strongly the nitrogen in the soil of agricultural field.

Moreover, availability of these stumps on the ground also lessens down the probability of wind erosion which diminishes the chances of blowing off of seeds from the field. Another benefit is the fallen leaves from the trees that sprout out from the stumps over the course of time. These scattered and fallen tree leaves enrich the soil of agricultural field with essential nutrients. This factor helps enhances the yield and agricultural productivity factor which straightforwardly augments profit and benefit for the farmers. One more plus point includes rise in infiltration rate due to presence of these stumps and their sprouted trees. This leads to rising up of water level successfully around the local fields. 

The benefits of tree stumps in enhancing the agricultural productivity, unquestionably, are unavoidable. With apt management of canopy and density, dramatic advantages can be obtained with this process resulting in improvement in the crop and agricultural productivity and hence in household income.