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Care of Your Natural Landscape
Tree Beauty - Respects Tree Defense Systems - Respects
you leave a stub, you leave food for organisms that start rot and cankers.
please make your cut where the branch meets the branch collar. The collar is the
place where the bark and wood of the branch and trunk come together. There is
great variation in size among trees and even on the same tree. The angle of the
cut depends on the collar.
dressings do not stop rot - some stimulate rot- so, do not paint wounds.
(from Alex Shigo - Tree Pruning)
Prune out dead branches and branches that cross each other, and do light pruning
for shaping if you wish. Donít top any trees unless absolutely necessary.
No feeding is better than over feeding. If you wish to
fertilize, do so very lightly in Spring. Remember that plants native to your
area have evolved to thrive in a natural soil, so unless your soil has been
stripped or contaminated, your native plants should do fine without amendments.
Usually the best way to improve your soil is to mulch it and let the worms and
micro-organisms do their work. Save the compost for your vegetable garden and
fruit trees, which love and need extra nutrients. You may notice that the annual
weeds love fertilizers also.
The first summer after planting, water once a week to
once a month - you can tell if water is needed by checking the soil a couple of
inches below the mulch. After the first year, extra water may be given in the
Spring or Fall if needed. Regular summer watering of established natives should
be avoided unless there is obvious drought stress.
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