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Jan 15, 2018
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Fruit Trees

Why not grow a home orchard? What could be better than fruit picked fresh from the tree?

Many home gardeners have given up on fruit trees because they did not really get to enjoy the fruit – the local birdlife, possums, bats, vermin or insects got to it first! That can be a problem, but there are also some ways to outsmart the competition so that the feasting rights and benefits become yours.

While there are insecticides to provide an easy solution to the insect side of this problem, it is quite another thing to deter our native fauna. They are, after all, protected and we don’t want to remove them from our gardens, and we don’t even mind sharing some of the fruit with them… just not all of it. Generally, the problem is that while we wait for the fruit to ripen, the possums, bats and birds are happy to feast on the unripened fruit. If we pick the fruit too early, it will not ripen.

Tree nets are now available, which protect the fruit to a large degree, but they are expensive and if not erected correctly, may entangle animals and birds. An alternative to netting is shade cloth over the canopy of the tree, or using individual paper bags over accessible fruit.

Metal sheet Tree Collars are helpful where the issue is a possum or rat climbing up the trunk of the tree.

To keep birds away from ripening fruit, shiny objects hanging in the tree may serve as a deterrent. CDs, aluminium pie pans, strips of reflective tape, a scarecrow shape in the branches – these will all help keep the birds away. Remember to take down the obstacles after the fruit has ripened and is removed. The ecosystem in your garden needs birds to visit and help with cross pollination.

Another solution for the home gardener wanting to enjoy the fruit of their garden is to choose dwarf varieties when planting. These are easier to manage – whether it is spraying for insects or using netting or shade cloth to protect the fruit. These dwarf plants can also be kept in pots, and placed in a protected environment – away from the natural wildlife.

All fruit producing trees and vines should be carefully pruned after fruiting, and will benefit from regular fertilising. Attending to these will help produce a bigger crop for you to enjoy. Even if you have to share some of it with the wildlife!

Jun 17, 2012
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How to kill a tree

No many residential or commercial trees die from ‘natural causes’. Mechanical damage and improper tree care kill more trees than any insects or diseases. Here is a list of tree-damaging mistakes shown in the picture below. Not all of these items alone would immediately kill a tree, but multiple problems will certainly stress, and could eventually kill, a tree.

How to Kill a Tree

Common mistakes with tree care

24 Ways to kill a tree

  1. Top tree to encourage sprouts that weaken tree and encourage pests.
  2. Leave co-dominant leaders to encourage “V” growth and splitting during winds and storms.
  3. Leave crossing branches to rub protective bark and create wounds.
  4. Ignore insect or disease damage.
  5. Coat pruning cuts with paint or sealer to slow healing and promote pest problems.
  6. Leave broken branches unpruned to encourage pests.
  7. Spray unapproved herbicides over tree root area to weaken tree.
  8. Damage roots and trunk with lawn equipment.
  9. Rip through roots when digging trenches.
  10. Plant close to house or obstacle to reduce adequate tree and root growing space.
  11. Attach items to tree to damage bark and girdle branches with wire and rope.
  12. Prune randomly to leave branch “stubs.”
  13. Prune flush cuts to reduce wound closure.
  14. Leave tree staked until guy wire girdles trunk.
  15. Leave wrap on to constrict trunk growth and rot bark.
  16. Pile up excessive mulch to encourage rodent damage and bark rot.
  17. Put non-porous black plastic under mulch.
  18. Stack items atop roots to cause soil compaction.
  19. Leave ball roping on to girdle trunk.
  20. Plant near downspout to assure excessive water or water lightly to encourage shallow root growth.
  21. Leave top of wire basket in place to girdle roots.
  22. Leave treated or synthetic burlap on to prevent root growth.
  23. Dig hole too narrow and over amend backfill to discourage proper root spread.
  24. Dig hole too deep or fill with gravel to collect water and drown roots.

 

24 Ways how not to kill a tree

  1. Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that doesn’t stimulate watersprout production.
  2. When a tree is young, select one or the other of the competing upright branches to be the main branch and cut the other off.
  3. Remove branches that cross and rub in order to prevent bark wounds.
  4. Monitor for insects and diseases and treat appropriately if they are found.
  5. Do not use anything to cover pruning cuts or wounds– trees seal their own wounds.
  6. Cut broken branches off at the branch bark collar.
  7. Spray the lawn with herbicides that will not damage trees.
  8. Mulch around the tree to avoid hitting the tree trunk with lawn or edging equipment and to protect surface roots.
  9. Dig around roots whenever possible but when not, make a clean pruning cut on the tree side of the root.
  10. Know how big a tree will grow (height and width) and space accordingly away from houses and other obstacles.
  11. Insert a nail or screw into your tree to which a wire or line can be attached. The tree will seal around the small wound made by the nail or screw.
  12. Cut branches back to laterals so you don’t leave stubs to which the branches will die back.
  13. Do not make flush cuts. Cut on the outside of the branch bark collar.
  14. Stakes generally aren’t needed on small residential trees, but if they are, remove them after one year to avoid any damage.
  15. Do not wrap the trunk with anything except a wide wire cage if animals are a problem.
  16. Do not put mulch in contact with the trunk, and then pile mulch only 2 to 3 inches over the roots.
  17. Do not put any type of fabric or plastic material under your mulch.
  18. Do not stack items atop the roots; it causes soil compaction.
  19. Take the ball roping off around the tree trunk. If the tree is in a container, remove the container before planting.
  20. Divert water from the roots of trees that don’t like wet soil, but when you water, water deeply to encourage deep root growth.
  21. Remove the top horizontal round of wire from the basket. It is not necessary to remove the entire basket.
  22. Remove the burlap, regardless of type, from atop the ball and down several inches on the ball side. It is not necessary to remove all the burlap.
  23. Dig the hole at least twice as wide as the root system to encourage lateral root growth out of the root ball. Do not amend backfill for individual tree holes. Only amend if the entire planting area can be equally amended.
  24. Dig your hole only as deep as the root system and do not put gravel in the bottom of the planting hole unless you install a drain to actively pull extra water away.

 

This article is from Virginia Cooperative Extension,Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University and written by Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC. Used with permission.

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Jun 17, 2012
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How to kill a tree

No many residential or commercial trees die from ‘natural causes’. Mechanical damage and improper tree care kill more trees than any insects or diseases. Here is a list of tree-damaging mistakes shown in the picture below. Not all of these items alone would immediately kill a tree, but multiple problems will certainly stress, and could eventually kill, a tree.

How to Kill a Tree

Common mistakes with tree care

24 Ways to kill a tree

  1. Top tree to encourage sprouts that weaken tree and encourage pests.
  2. Leave co-dominant leaders to encourage “V” growth and splitting during winds and storms.
  3. Leave crossing branches to rub protective bark and create wounds.
  4. Ignore insect or disease damage.
  5. Coat pruning cuts with paint or sealer to slow healing and promote pest problems.
  6. Leave broken branches unpruned to encourage pests.
  7. Spray unapproved herbicides over tree root area to weaken tree.
  8. Damage roots and trunk with lawn equipment.
  9. Rip through roots when digging trenches.
  10. Plant close to house or obstacle to reduce adequate tree and root growing space.
  11. Attach items to tree to damage bark and girdle branches with wire and rope.
  12. Prune randomly to leave branch “stubs.”
  13. Prune flush cuts to reduce wound closure.
  14. Leave tree staked until guy wire girdles trunk.
  15. Leave wrap on to constrict trunk growth and rot bark.
  16. Pile up excessive mulch to encourage rodent damage and bark rot.
  17. Put non-porous black plastic under mulch.
  18. Stack items atop roots to cause soil compaction.
  19. Leave ball roping on to girdle trunk.
  20. Plant near downspout to assure excessive water or water lightly to encourage shallow root growth.
  21. Leave top of wire basket in place to girdle roots.
  22. Leave treated or synthetic burlap on to prevent root growth.
  23. Dig hole too narrow and over amend backfill to discourage proper root spread.
  24. Dig hole too deep or fill with gravel to collect water and drown roots.

 

24 Ways how not to kill a tree

  1. Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that doesn’t stimulate watersprout production.
  2. When a tree is young, select one or the other of the competing upright branches to be the main branch and cut the other off.
  3. Remove branches that cross and rub in order to prevent bark wounds.
  4. Monitor for insects and diseases and treat appropriately if they are found.
  5. Do not use anything to cover pruning cuts or wounds– trees seal their own wounds.
  6. Cut broken branches off at the branch bark collar.
  7. Spray the lawn with herbicides that will not damage trees.
  8. Mulch around the tree to avoid hitting the tree trunk with lawn or edging equipment and to protect surface roots.
  9. Dig around roots whenever possible but when not, make a clean pruning cut on the tree side of the root.
  10. Know how big a tree will grow (height and width) and space accordingly away from houses and other obstacles.
  11. Insert a nail or screw into your tree to which a wire or line can be attached. The tree will seal around the small wound made by the nail or screw.
  12. Cut branches back to laterals so you don’t leave stubs to which the branches will die back.
  13. Do not make flush cuts. Cut on the outside of the branch bark collar.
  14. Stakes generally aren’t needed on small residential trees, but if they are, remove them after one year to avoid any damage.
  15. Do not wrap the trunk with anything except a wide wire cage if animals are a problem.
  16. Do not put mulch in contact with the trunk, and then pile mulch only 2 to 3 inches over the roots.
  17. Do not put any type of fabric or plastic material under your mulch.
  18. Do not stack items atop the roots; it causes soil compaction.
  19. Take the ball roping off around the tree trunk. If the tree is in a container, remove the container before planting.
  20. Divert water from the roots of trees that don’t like wet soil, but when you water, water deeply to encourage deep root growth.
  21. Remove the top horizontal round of wire from the basket. It is not necessary to remove the entire basket.
  22. Remove the burlap, regardless of type, from atop the ball and down several inches on the ball side. It is not necessary to remove all the burlap.
  23. Dig the hole at least twice as wide as the root system to encourage lateral root growth out of the root ball. Do not amend backfill for individual tree holes. Only amend if the entire planting area can be equally amended.
  24. Dig your hole only as deep as the root system and do not put gravel in the bottom of the planting hole unless you install a drain to actively pull extra water away.

 

This article is from Virginia Cooperative Extension,Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University and written by Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC. Used with permission.

The post How to kill a tree appeared first on Remove Trees in Sydney.

Jun 17, 2012
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How to kill a tree

No many residential or commercial trees die from ‘natural causes’. Mechanical damage and improper tree care kill more trees than any insects or diseases. Here is a list of tree-damaging mistakes shown in the picture below. Not all of these items alone would immediately kill a tree, but multiple problems will certainly stress, and could eventually kill, a tree.

How to Kill a Tree

Common mistakes with tree care

24 Ways to kill a tree

  1. Top tree to encourage sprouts that weaken tree and encourage pests.
  2. Leave co-dominant leaders to encourage “V” growth and splitting during winds and storms.
  3. Leave crossing branches to rub protective bark and create wounds.
  4. Ignore insect or disease damage.
  5. Coat pruning cuts with paint or sealer to slow healing and promote pest problems.
  6. Leave broken branches unpruned to encourage pests.
  7. Spray unapproved herbicides over tree root area to weaken tree.
  8. Damage roots and trunk with lawn equipment.
  9. Rip through roots when digging trenches.
  10. Plant close to house or obstacle to reduce adequate tree and root growing space.
  11. Attach items to tree to damage bark and girdle branches with wire and rope.
  12. Prune randomly to leave branch “stubs.”
  13. Prune flush cuts to reduce wound closure.
  14. Leave tree staked until guy wire girdles trunk.
  15. Leave wrap on to constrict trunk growth and rot bark.
  16. Pile up excessive mulch to encourage rodent damage and bark rot.
  17. Put non-porous black plastic under mulch.
  18. Stack items atop roots to cause soil compaction.
  19. Leave ball roping on to girdle trunk.
  20. Plant near downspout to assure excessive water or water lightly to encourage shallow root growth.
  21. Leave top of wire basket in place to girdle roots.
  22. Leave treated or synthetic burlap on to prevent root growth.
  23. Dig hole too narrow and over amend backfill to discourage proper root spread.
  24. Dig hole too deep or fill with gravel to collect water and drown roots.

 

24 Ways how not to kill a tree

  1. Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that doesn’t stimulate watersprout production.
  2. When a tree is young, select one or the other of the competing upright branches to be the main branch and cut the other off.
  3. Remove branches that cross and rub in order to prevent bark wounds.
  4. Monitor for insects and diseases and treat appropriately if they are found.
  5. Do not use anything to cover pruning cuts or wounds– trees seal their own wounds.
  6. Cut broken branches off at the branch bark collar.
  7. Spray the lawn with herbicides that will not damage trees.
  8. Mulch around the tree to avoid hitting the tree trunk with lawn or edging equipment and to protect surface roots.
  9. Dig around roots whenever possible but when not, make a clean pruning cut on the tree side of the root.
  10. Know how big a tree will grow (height and width) and space accordingly away from houses and other obstacles.
  11. Insert a nail or screw into your tree to which a wire or line can be attached. The tree will seal around the small wound made by the nail or screw.
  12. Cut branches back to laterals so you don’t leave stubs to which the branches will die back.
  13. Do not make flush cuts. Cut on the outside of the branch bark collar.
  14. Stakes generally aren’t needed on small residential trees, but if they are, remove them after one year to avoid any damage.
  15. Do not wrap the trunk with anything except a wide wire cage if animals are a problem.
  16. Do not put mulch in contact with the trunk, and then pile mulch only 2 to 3 inches over the roots.
  17. Do not put any type of fabric or plastic material under your mulch.
  18. Do not stack items atop the roots; it causes soil compaction.
  19. Take the ball roping off around the tree trunk. If the tree is in a container, remove the container before planting.
  20. Divert water from the roots of trees that don’t like wet soil, but when you water, water deeply to encourage deep root growth.
  21. Remove the top horizontal round of wire from the basket. It is not necessary to remove the entire basket.
  22. Remove the burlap, regardless of type, from atop the ball and down several inches on the ball side. It is not necessary to remove all the burlap.
  23. Dig the hole at least twice as wide as the root system to encourage lateral root growth out of the root ball. Do not amend backfill for individual tree holes. Only amend if the entire planting area can be equally amended.
  24. Dig your hole only as deep as the root system and do not put gravel in the bottom of the planting hole unless you install a drain to actively pull extra water away.

 

This article is from Virginia Cooperative Extension,Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University and written by Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC. Used with permission.

The post How to kill a tree appeared first on Remove Trees in Sydney.

Jun 17, 2012
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How to kill a tree

No many residential or commercial trees die from ‘natural causes’. Mechanical damage and improper tree care kill more trees than any insects or diseases. Here is a list of tree-damaging mistakes shown in the picture below. Not all of these items alone would immediately kill a tree, but multiple problems will certainly stress, and could eventually kill, a tree.

How to Kill a Tree

Common mistakes with tree care

24 Ways to kill a tree

  1. Top tree to encourage sprouts that weaken tree and encourage pests.
  2. Leave co-dominant leaders to encourage “V” growth and splitting during winds and storms.
  3. Leave crossing branches to rub protective bark and create wounds.
  4. Ignore insect or disease damage.
  5. Coat pruning cuts with paint or sealer to slow healing and promote pest problems.
  6. Leave broken branches unpruned to encourage pests.
  7. Spray unapproved herbicides over tree root area to weaken tree.
  8. Damage roots and trunk with lawn equipment.
  9. Rip through roots when digging trenches.
  10. Plant close to house or obstacle to reduce adequate tree and root growing space.
  11. Attach items to tree to damage bark and girdle branches with wire and rope.
  12. Prune randomly to leave branch “stubs.”
  13. Prune flush cuts to reduce wound closure.
  14. Leave tree staked until guy wire girdles trunk.
  15. Leave wrap on to constrict trunk growth and rot bark.
  16. Pile up excessive mulch to encourage rodent damage and bark rot.
  17. Put non-porous black plastic under mulch.
  18. Stack items atop roots to cause soil compaction.
  19. Leave ball roping on to girdle trunk.
  20. Plant near downspout to assure excessive water or water lightly to encourage shallow root growth.
  21. Leave top of wire basket in place to girdle roots.
  22. Leave treated or synthetic burlap on to prevent root growth.
  23. Dig hole too narrow and over amend backfill to discourage proper root spread.
  24. Dig hole too deep or fill with gravel to collect water and drown roots.

 

24 Ways how not to kill a tree

  1. Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that doesn’t stimulate watersprout production.
  2. When a tree is young, select one or the other of the competing upright branches to be the main branch and cut the other off.
  3. Remove branches that cross and rub in order to prevent bark wounds.
  4. Monitor for insects and diseases and treat appropriately if they are found.
  5. Do not use anything to cover pruning cuts or wounds– trees seal their own wounds.
  6. Cut broken branches off at the branch bark collar.
  7. Spray the lawn with herbicides that will not damage trees.
  8. Mulch around the tree to avoid hitting the tree trunk with lawn or edging equipment and to protect surface roots.
  9. Dig around roots whenever possible but when not, make a clean pruning cut on the tree side of the root.
  10. Know how big a tree will grow (height and width) and space accordingly away from houses and other obstacles.
  11. Insert a nail or screw into your tree to which a wire or line can be attached. The tree will seal around the small wound made by the nail or screw.
  12. Cut branches back to laterals so you don’t leave stubs to which the branches will die back.
  13. Do not make flush cuts. Cut on the outside of the branch bark collar.
  14. Stakes generally aren’t needed on small residential trees, but if they are, remove them after one year to avoid any damage.
  15. Do not wrap the trunk with anything except a wide wire cage if animals are a problem.
  16. Do not put mulch in contact with the trunk, and then pile mulch only 2 to 3 inches over the roots.
  17. Do not put any type of fabric or plastic material under your mulch.
  18. Do not stack items atop the roots; it causes soil compaction.
  19. Take the ball roping off around the tree trunk. If the tree is in a container, remove the container before planting.
  20. Divert water from the roots of trees that don’t like wet soil, but when you water, water deeply to encourage deep root growth.
  21. Remove the top horizontal round of wire from the basket. It is not necessary to remove the entire basket.
  22. Remove the burlap, regardless of type, from atop the ball and down several inches on the ball side. It is not necessary to remove all the burlap.
  23. Dig the hole at least twice as wide as the root system to encourage lateral root growth out of the root ball. Do not amend backfill for individual tree holes. Only amend if the entire planting area can be equally amended.
  24. Dig your hole only as deep as the root system and do not put gravel in the bottom of the planting hole unless you install a drain to actively pull extra water away.

 

This article is from Virginia Cooperative Extension,Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University and written by Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC. Used with permission.

The post How to kill a tree appeared first on Remove Trees in Sydney.

Jun 17, 2012
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How to kill a tree

No many residential or commercial trees die from ‘natural causes’. Mechanical damage and improper tree care kill more trees than any insects or diseases. Here is a list of tree-damaging mistakes shown in the picture below. Not all of these items alone would immediately kill a tree, but multiple problems will certainly stress, and could eventually kill, a tree.

How to Kill a Tree

Common mistakes with tree care

24 Ways to kill a tree

  1. Top tree to encourage sprouts that weaken tree and encourage pests.
  2. Leave co-dominant leaders to encourage “V” growth and splitting during winds and storms.
  3. Leave crossing branches to rub protective bark and create wounds.
  4. Ignore insect or disease damage.
  5. Coat pruning cuts with paint or sealer to slow healing and promote pest problems.
  6. Leave broken branches unpruned to encourage pests.
  7. Spray unapproved herbicides over tree root area to weaken tree.
  8. Damage roots and trunk with lawn equipment.
  9. Rip through roots when digging trenches.
  10. Plant close to house or obstacle to reduce adequate tree and root growing space.
  11. Attach items to tree to damage bark and girdle branches with wire and rope.
  12. Prune randomly to leave branch “stubs.”
  13. Prune flush cuts to reduce wound closure.
  14. Leave tree staked until guy wire girdles trunk.
  15. Leave wrap on to constrict trunk growth and rot bark.
  16. Pile up excessive mulch to encourage rodent damage and bark rot.
  17. Put non-porous black plastic under mulch.
  18. Stack items atop roots to cause soil compaction.
  19. Leave ball roping on to girdle trunk.
  20. Plant near downspout to assure excessive water or water lightly to encourage shallow root growth.
  21. Leave top of wire basket in place to girdle roots.
  22. Leave treated or synthetic burlap on to prevent root growth.
  23. Dig hole too narrow and over amend backfill to discourage proper root spread.
  24. Dig hole too deep or fill with gravel to collect water and drown roots.

 

24 Ways how not to kill a tree

  1. Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that doesn’t stimulate watersprout production.
  2. When a tree is young, select one or the other of the competing upright branches to be the main branch and cut the other off.
  3. Remove branches that cross and rub in order to prevent bark wounds.
  4. Monitor for insects and diseases and treat appropriately if they are found.
  5. Do not use anything to cover pruning cuts or wounds– trees seal their own wounds.
  6. Cut broken branches off at the branch bark collar.
  7. Spray the lawn with herbicides that will not damage trees.
  8. Mulch around the tree to avoid hitting the tree trunk with lawn or edging equipment and to protect surface roots.
  9. Dig around roots whenever possible but when not, make a clean pruning cut on the tree side of the root.
  10. Know how big a tree will grow (height and width) and space accordingly away from houses and other obstacles.
  11. Insert a nail or screw into your tree to which a wire or line can be attached. The tree will seal around the small wound made by the nail or screw.
  12. Cut branches back to laterals so you don’t leave stubs to which the branches will die back.
  13. Do not make flush cuts. Cut on the outside of the branch bark collar.
  14. Stakes generally aren’t needed on small residential trees, but if they are, remove them after one year to avoid any damage.
  15. Do not wrap the trunk with anything except a wide wire cage if animals are a problem.
  16. Do not put mulch in contact with the trunk, and then pile mulch only 2 to 3 inches over the roots.
  17. Do not put any type of fabric or plastic material under your mulch.
  18. Do not stack items atop the roots; it causes soil compaction.
  19. Take the ball roping off around the tree trunk. If the tree is in a container, remove the container before planting.
  20. Divert water from the roots of trees that don’t like wet soil, but when you water, water deeply to encourage deep root growth.
  21. Remove the top horizontal round of wire from the basket. It is not necessary to remove the entire basket.
  22. Remove the burlap, regardless of type, from atop the ball and down several inches on the ball side. It is not necessary to remove all the burlap.
  23. Dig the hole at least twice as wide as the root system to encourage lateral root growth out of the root ball. Do not amend backfill for individual tree holes. Only amend if the entire planting area can be equally amended.
  24. Dig your hole only as deep as the root system and do not put gravel in the bottom of the planting hole unless you install a drain to actively pull extra water away.

 

This article is from Virginia Cooperative Extension,Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University and written by Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC. Used with permission.

The post How to kill a tree appeared first on Remove Trees in Sydney.

Jun 17, 2012
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How to kill a tree

No many residential or commercial trees die from ‘natural causes’. Mechanical damage and improper tree care kill more trees than any insects or diseases. Here is a list of tree-damaging mistakes shown in the picture below. Not all of these items alone would immediately kill a tree, but multiple problems will certainly stress, and could eventually kill, a tree.

How to Kill a Tree

Common mistakes with tree care

24 Ways to kill a tree

  1. Top tree to encourage sprouts that weaken tree and encourage pests.
  2. Leave co-dominant leaders to encourage “V” growth and splitting during winds and storms.
  3. Leave crossing branches to rub protective bark and create wounds.
  4. Ignore insect or disease damage.
  5. Coat pruning cuts with paint or sealer to slow healing and promote pest problems.
  6. Leave broken branches unpruned to encourage pests.
  7. Spray unapproved herbicides over tree root area to weaken tree.
  8. Damage roots and trunk with lawn equipment.
  9. Rip through roots when digging trenches.
  10. Plant close to house or obstacle to reduce adequate tree and root growing space.
  11. Attach items to tree to damage bark and girdle branches with wire and rope.
  12. Prune randomly to leave branch “stubs.”
  13. Prune flush cuts to reduce wound closure.
  14. Leave tree staked until guy wire girdles trunk.
  15. Leave wrap on to constrict trunk growth and rot bark.
  16. Pile up excessive mulch to encourage rodent damage and bark rot.
  17. Put non-porous black plastic under mulch.
  18. Stack items atop roots to cause soil compaction.
  19. Leave ball roping on to girdle trunk.
  20. Plant near downspout to assure excessive water or water lightly to encourage shallow root growth.
  21. Leave top of wire basket in place to girdle roots.
  22. Leave treated or synthetic burlap on to prevent root growth.
  23. Dig hole too narrow and over amend backfill to discourage proper root spread.
  24. Dig hole too deep or fill with gravel to collect water and drown roots.

 

24 Ways how not to kill a tree

  1. Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that doesn’t stimulate watersprout production.
  2. When a tree is young, select one or the other of the competing upright branches to be the main branch and cut the other off.
  3. Remove branches that cross and rub in order to prevent bark wounds.
  4. Monitor for insects and diseases and treat appropriately if they are found.
  5. Do not use anything to cover pruning cuts or wounds– trees seal their own wounds.
  6. Cut broken branches off at the branch bark collar.
  7. Spray the lawn with herbicides that will not damage trees.
  8. Mulch around the tree to avoid hitting the tree trunk with lawn or edging equipment and to protect surface roots.
  9. Dig around roots whenever possible but when not, make a clean pruning cut on the tree side of the root.
  10. Know how big a tree will grow (height and width) and space accordingly away from houses and other obstacles.
  11. Insert a nail or screw into your tree to which a wire or line can be attached. The tree will seal around the small wound made by the nail or screw.
  12. Cut branches back to laterals so you don’t leave stubs to which the branches will die back.
  13. Do not make flush cuts. Cut on the outside of the branch bark collar.
  14. Stakes generally aren’t needed on small residential trees, but if they are, remove them after one year to avoid any damage.
  15. Do not wrap the trunk with anything except a wide wire cage if animals are a problem.
  16. Do not put mulch in contact with the trunk, and then pile mulch only 2 to 3 inches over the roots.
  17. Do not put any type of fabric or plastic material under your mulch.
  18. Do not stack items atop the roots; it causes soil compaction.
  19. Take the ball roping off around the tree trunk. If the tree is in a container, remove the container before planting.
  20. Divert water from the roots of trees that don’t like wet soil, but when you water, water deeply to encourage deep root growth.
  21. Remove the top horizontal round of wire from the basket. It is not necessary to remove the entire basket.
  22. Remove the burlap, regardless of type, from atop the ball and down several inches on the ball side. It is not necessary to remove all the burlap.
  23. Dig the hole at least twice as wide as the root system to encourage lateral root growth out of the root ball. Do not amend backfill for individual tree holes. Only amend if the entire planting area can be equally amended.
  24. Dig your hole only as deep as the root system and do not put gravel in the bottom of the planting hole unless you install a drain to actively pull extra water away.

 

This article is from Virginia Cooperative Extension,Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University and written by Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC. Used with permission.

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May 12, 2012
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Tree Topping Versus Crown Thinning

Often trees are topped, or dehorned, to reduce the size of the tree or to rejuvenate growth. It is a bad practice that damages the tree leaving it susceptible to disease, weather, rot, fungi and ultimately death. Topping is the process whereby a tree is cut back to a few large branches, usually as a result of a structure or power cable being run overhead, and after a few months dense regrowth is seen, that is loosely attached and hazardous. Read up on tree topping and find out why crown thinning is our preferred option.

Tree Topping

An unsightly tree that has been topped

Tree Topping Regrowth

A tree that has previously topped showing regrowth of dense loosely attached branches.

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May 12, 2012
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Tree Topping Versus Crown Thinning

Often trees are topped, or dehorned, to reduce the size of the tree or to rejuvenate growth. It is a bad practice that damages the tree leaving it susceptible to disease, weather, rot, fungi and ultimately death. Topping is the process whereby a tree is cut back to a few large branches, usually as a result of a structure or power cable being run overhead, and after a few months dense regrowth is seen, that is loosely attached and hazardous. Read up on tree topping and find out why crown thinning is our preferred option.

Tree Topping

An unsightly tree that has been topped

Tree Topping Regrowth

A tree that has previously topped showing regrowth of dense loosely attached branches.

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May 12, 2012
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Tree Topping Versus Crown Thinning

Often trees are topped, or dehorned, to reduce the size of the tree or to rejuvenate growth. It is a bad practice that damages the tree leaving it susceptible to disease, weather, rot, fungi and ultimately death. Topping is the process whereby a tree is cut back to a few large branches, usually as a result of a structure or power cable being run overhead, and after a few months dense regrowth is seen, that is loosely attached and hazardous. Read up on tree topping and find out why crown thinning is our preferred option.

Tree Topping

An unsightly tree that has been topped

Tree Topping Regrowth

A tree that has previously topped showing regrowth of dense loosely attached branches.

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