It’s April and almost time for one of planet Earth’s favorite parties – Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a simple holiday in which we are encouraged to plant trees. In the U.S. it is celebrated nationally the last Friday in April, however, many states choose their own day to observe depending on the climate and most suitable planting season (Kentucky officially observes the day on the first Friday in April.).
The very first documented arbor plantation festival took place in the Spanish village of Mondonedo in 1594. The first American Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska on April 10th, 1872. The celebration is now observed across the world. Below are a few ways our neighbors honor the tree.
Without trees, where would this cute koala bear hang out?
The down under folks devote more than a few days to their beloved trees. Their Arbor Day is in June and then National Tree Day is the last weekend of July. Arbor Week is also celebrated at various times throughout the year according to the region.
In addition to Arbor Day, Canada celebrates Maple Leaf Day the last Wednesday in September during National Forest Week.
Arbor Day is celebrated in China on March 12th. This date was chosen to commemorate the passing of Dr. Sun yat-sen, known as the father of modern China.
In Israel, it’s Tu Bishvat or Tu B’Shevat (New Year of the Trees) and it’s celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat
In Namibia, a National Tree of the Year is chosen and planted. It usually takes place the second Friday in October
When it comes to climbing trees on customer property, safety is of immeasurable value – for both your family and ours.
Part of our mission to live abundantly is believing in and building a culture that is more than just checking off the boxes. While we are faithful to adhere to the required ANSI and OSHA standards, our commitment to safe practice comes from a deep care for the health and wellness of each other. What this means for Abundant Tree Care is weekly safety meetings and regular training. What this means for you is worry-free home improvement entrusted to a dedicated, careful team.
Just a few (of many) of the preventative safety methods we employ are:
- Assessing the site for any falling object hazards as well as any sloped or uneven ground where ladders or equipment might be used
- Identifying the types of trees involved and the unique hazards related to respective structure
- Fitting and providing personal protective equipment and training arborists in proper use
- Using only the most well-maintained equipment including ladders and aerial lifts in addition to using an arborist climbing line
- Keeping proper distance from power lines and electrical equipment
Any Questions? Need some safely performed tree care in your lawn? Get in touch!
Wood-chip mulch: nutrients for your trees and plants, decoration for your
landscape, great for the environment …….. Cost: $0.00
It sounds a little too good to be true but it’s not!
Effective immediately, Abundant Tree Care, is happy to deliver wood chip mulch directly to you for FREE!
All you need to do is fill out this form and you’ll receive a truckload of free chips to use as decorative nourishment for your landscape.
Why Wood Chips?
Of course, you can use pretty much any organic material for mulch, but wood chips are known as one of the best choices as they provide concentrated sources of carbon- one of the nutrients that is often deficient in soil. Chips also rank at the top for moisture retention, temperature moderation, and weed control.
Environmentally speaking this program is helpful in two big ways: First, the wood mulch you put to use stays out of over-crowded landfills. Secondly, you will be saving Abundant Tree Care on vehicle emissions. Normally, we have to drive 30 minutes to dump a load of mulch.
You might have to spend a bit of time and sweat in moving the chips where you need them, but once there, they can be left alone to do their magic, eliminating the need for any fertilizer or mineral supplements, reducing time spent watering, and making weeding a snap.
Let us know where we can deliver your FREE wood chip mulch!
We never get tired of remembering the many benefits of planting trees.
Trees improve our air quality and give off oxygen. They reduce the urban heat island effect, provide habitat and food for wildlife, and combat erosion and pollution in our waterways. They save us money by shading our homes. Trees reduce stress and have a calming effect on high-traffic streets. Children retain information better when they spend time around trees. Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their room offered a view of trees. Trees simply make life better.
These are just a few of the reasons we should all be motivated to plant more trees!
While we are your faithful local Louisville arborist, specializing in finding the absolute best nursery stock and planting to the highest standards, we also want to provide encouragement and support if you’d like to go to it on your own.
But please keep in mind the high importance of this first step. At Abundant Tree Care, we get called out to look at a lot of trees in stress, and many times the reason for this stress is because the tree was planted incorrectly.
Keeping that in mind, if you still want to take on the planting yourself, read on for a few tips according to the form in which you purchased your tree. Of course, before moving forward with anything you’ll need to…
Dig a Hole
Prepare your hole no deeper than the height of the roots and about two to three times as wide the diameter. This is very important as a hole too deep won’t allow the roots access to sufficient oxygen; Too narrow of a hole will keep roots from expanding sufficiently, which is required for the tree to anchor and receive nourishment. Once it’s in there, turn it so the best side of the tree is facing the direction you want.
Container trees can be stored briefly after purchase as long as it’s in a shady spot and the soil is kept moist. When you plant, remove the container carefully then pull apart, or “butterfly”, the roots. This is very important to ensure the roots expand beyond the dimensions of the container. Once the tree is seated, backfill the original soil into the hole. Compress gently with your hands.
Burlapped Root Balls
Though it’s best to plant these as soon as possible, they can also be stored for a brief time after purchase in a moist and shaded environment. Lift the tree by the ball, not the trunk. When ready to plant, cut the twine or string, and remove the burlap (or at least push it to the very bottom). Surround the ball with soil up to the ball height or slightly lower to allow for some settling. Do not compress the soil.
These trees must be planted ASAP as there is no soil surrounding the roots. When purchasing, inspect the roots to ensure they are moist and have numerous lengths of fine root hairs. Keep them as moist as possible until you are able to plant. Prune broken or damaged roots but take care to save the root structure the best you can. To plant, build a cone of earth in the centre of the hole. Place and splay the roots out over the cone. The “crown”, where the roots and top meet, should be about two inches above the soil level. This will allow for natural settling.
Two main problems that we come across time and time again with suffering trees: Either the tree was not planted at the correct depth (hole too deep or too shallow) or the roots were not pruned at the time of planting and girdling roots formed. Over time these roots can strangle a tree and cause decline or tree mortality.
Of course, we’d be happy to come out and take care of the planting for you. We are also available for any questions you might have about the process, what happens after it’s in the ground and how to ensure optimal growth. Contact your Louisville arborist, Abundant Tree Care, to Request a Quote or with any questions or comments.
You might not have thought much about your lawn being competitive, but trees, plants, and grass all rely on a common resource of soil. Underneath our feet, their roots intermingle and contend for water and nutrients (This is one of the reasons for staying on top of fertilization.).
This interdependency makes it important to care for each piece of your landscape so that all of your landscape thrives. Abundant Tree Care is your local Louisville arborist, carefully trained in diagnosing and treating both particular and broader issues that could be affecting your lawn.
Contact us if you suspect any of the following obstacles are affecting the health and growth of your trees, plants, and turf.
Diseases and Insects: Biotic vs. Abiotic
Biotic stresses include insects and infectious diseases such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Abiotic (or non-infectious) diseases are more common in urban areas and include compacted soil, pollutants, nutrient deficiencies, and drought. The moment you notice something abnormal in your tree’s appearance, you’ll want to carefully explore what – or who – might be behind it. Look for patterns, examine the landscape and the roots, and check the trunk and branches.
Tree and Turf Competition
When selecting trees that will play nice with your turf (and vice versa), look for a species that is small with an open canopy, allowing sunlight to come through. You’ll also want to avoid trees that root near the surface (dodging disastrous run-ins with the lawn mower). Put adequate space in between your plants to keep competition for water and light at a minimum. Some plants can even release chemicals in the soul that will restrict the growth of their neighbors. Regular pruning also helps provide extra light for turf establishment.
Mulch is an effective application for trees in your landscape. The benefits include soil moisture retention, improve soil porosity, and nutrient cycling. However, it is important to use the proper materials and practices for positive impact. On wet soils, thick mulch can lead to excess moisture, causing root rot. Some mulches can affect soil pH and could lead to nutrient deficiencies or toxic buildups. Mulch piled high against trunks can create an attractive habitat for rodents that like to chew on bark.
We realize that sometimes the various potential problems can seem a little overwhelming, but there are tons of resources out there. Our dedicated team at Abundant Tree Care will continue to provide further education and would love to work with you in formulating a plan for care so that every one of your trees, plants, and turfs are thriving abundantly on your landscape!
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