Pennsylvania Tree Care Tips
August 26, 2019
Trees are vital and often overlooked features of your yard. All you do is plant them and they seemingly take care of themselves. While trees are relatively low maintenance plants, they do still require some attention; that’s a small price to pay for a plant that can live for generations and provide you and your family with shade, beauty, and fresh air. Keep your trees healthy and safe by following these helpful tree care tips.
Choose the Right Tree
If you are planning on planting some new trees in your yard this year, you should first consider the soil type and amount of light the tree will receive. You also need to ask yourself what the purpose of the tree will be. Is it going to be a shade tree or purely a decorative piece? Check out these fast-growing trees to see which trees will do best in your yard.
Choosing the Right Place
Remember, trees are permanent, so pick a spot where the tree can grow into. Make sure you know how big the tree can get and plan accordingly. Don’t plant your trees:
- Under or near utility lines
- Close to foundations
- Near sidewalks
- Close to other buildings
Deep Root Fertilization
Keeping your trees healthy and strong is important for ensuring they’re around for a long time. The best way to do that is with deep root fertilization.
What is deep root fertilization?
Deep root fertilization is a process by which a liquid fertilizer is injected under high pressure down into the roots of the tree. Everything the tree needs is sent right where it is needed and does not wash off or get absorbed by other plants like traditional fertilizers.
Winter Burn Protection
Winter burn is a common problem that faces evergreens. Symptoms start to appear as snow melts and spring temperatures rise. You will notice the foliage starting to brown at the tips of branches and progressing inward. Affected foliage starts to drop in spring and continues through mid-summer. In extreme cases, the entire tree can brown and die.
What causes winter burn?
Winter burn is associated with dehydration. As trees go through photosynthesis they release moisture through transpiration, sort of like sweat. Just like us, trees need to replace that lost water, but in the winter that can be hard to do. Trees with shallow root systems can have a hard time extracting frozen water from the ground and a warmer than usual fall that prevents the tree from going dormant when it should, can leave the tree unprepared for freezing temperatures.
Trees face a lot of problems throughout the year but none are more threatening to the wellbeing of the tree than diseases and pests. Here in Pennsylvania, we are familiar with the infamous elm bark beetle and the emerald ash borer that are responsible for destroying the elm and ash populations in our state. But these aren’t the only troublesome pests that destroy our trees.
Common Pennsylvania tree pests include:
- Tent worms
- Japanese beetles
- Gypsie moths
- Asian longhorn beetles
A great way to protect your trees from an insect invasion is with dormant oil. Dormant oil is applied to the trunks and branches of your trees to smother overwintering insects in their eggs. This is an essential tree care service for Pennsylvania trees.
Hire The Professionals.
At Showcase Lawn Works we have been serving the folks of New Holland, Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years. With over a century of combined experience, we know how to deal with lawn and tree problems. We offer top of the line comprehensive lawn care and tree and shrub care solutions to solve any problem your yard may face.