With winter here, now is the time to act to take to heart some of these Edmonton tree care tips to get you and your yard through the winter months. During the hectic holiday period, it’s easy to forget that your plants and trees need love, too. Here are some tips to help you keep your lawn and yard healthy this year.
Make sure you are doing all of your tree watering in the early morning or in the evening. You want to ensure that the soil is not already moist to the touch — if there is significant overnight dew or remnants of recent rain or snowmelt, your tree may not need extra water. If you do water, remember not to focus just on the area around the trunk, but the entire root system, which can be approximated by watering the ground under its branch coverage. Watering does not need to be done every day and should not be done more than twice a week. If there are drought conditions, the soil may be resistant to watering, so in that case it is best to lightly water over different periods until the soil absorbs the water regularly. Watering throughout the year better prepares trees for the winter.
Hopefully by now all your pruning should be done for the season, but it’s not always prudent to simply wait for summer before thinking about it again. Most deciduous trees should be trimmed in late winter and early spring (January through April), while other species (like maples and birches) should be pruned in mid-summer.
Another Edmonton tree care tip to keep in mind is that elm trees may only be pruned between October and March (due to elm bark beetles being dormant). Pruning your elms during this time is so vial that there are even bylaws in place, and according to the municipal codes and bylaws, this is the only time elm trees can legally be pruned. Remember when removing dead branches and limbs to never prune away more than one quarter of the tree’s total crown cover at one time. When in doubt, hire a professional tree care company to inspect your trees and offer a recommendation or even do the job for you. One local option is Chipps Tree Care, whose ISA-certified arborists are available for on-site assessments.
If you are going to be planting this winter, remember to always handle your trees or saplings with care and lift the tree by the rootball. The tree should be placed in a large, deep hole, preferably about twice as wide as the rootball itself. This insures that the immediate soil around the new tree has been turned over recently and there will be no surprises. Use the soil you’ve already dug out from the hole after removing any alien objects (unless the soil is mostly clay) and top your backfill off with mulch to ensure a healthy tree. If you’re unsure of any of the steps along the way to properly plant and care for a new tree, consider calling in an expert from Chipps Tree Care to help you with planting advice for your particular breed of tree. Hopefully these tree care tips from the experts in Edmonton will carry you and your yard happily and safely through the New Year.