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Eco Tree http://ecotreecos.com Colorado Springs Arborist Tue, 22 May 2018 01:06:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 How to Care for Your Trees http://ecotreecos.com/how-to-care-for-your-trees/ http://ecotreecos.com/how-to-care-for-your-trees/#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:46:42 +0000 http://snipemedia.com/?p=2501 Proper care for your trees and they can bring you many benefits. Not only are they lovely additions to your home space, but they also provide tangible benefits to air quality, property value, CO2, storm water, and more. Your investment in your trees pays dividends for both you and your family, but also for your ...

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roper care for your trees and they can bring you many benefits. Not only are they lovely additions to your home space, but they also provide tangible benefits to air quality, property value, CO2, storm water, and more. Your investment in your trees pays dividends for both you and your family, but also for your community and the environment.

We have worked in the Colorado Springs region as arborists since 2008, and we love sharing our experience in caring for trees in this region with local homeowners. In this article, we share some of our best tips for tree care, so that you can keep your investment in good condition.

Basic knowledge of proper tree care helps individual tree owners understand the quality of care necessary for the health of their trees.

International Society of Arboriculture

Keeping your trees healthy depends on regular maintenance, inspection, watering, and pruning. By keeping a regular schedule for these key items, you can save yourself time, money, and protect your trees.

Watering

“How often should I water my trees?” The answer depends on your particular tree types and the climate and season for your area. Colorado Springs and El Paso County is a dry climate, so watering your trees the right amount is particularly important. The right amount of water to give your tree depends on:

  • Age of the tree
    Trees in their first three years of life are particularly sensitive, and providing the right amount of water in these early years will help them establish the healthy growth and root structure to grow strong and healthy for decades.
  • Soil Drainage and Evaporation
    The type of soil and rate at which it drains will affect the amount of water you need. You can check how quickly your soil is draining by checking moisture at 6 inches below the surface. Additionally, you can add mulch at the base of the tree to help prevent moisture from evaporating from the soil.
  • Seasonal Patterns
    Make sure you are watering in each season as needed. Hot, dry seasons like summer may require more water. Winter watering is equally important, and you should watch the amount of snow you get on your trees to ensure they are still getting regular watering.
Remember, watering is just one part of the process when you are identifying how to care for your trees. While it is a resource investment, you can measure the returns financially, environmentally, asethetically and more. Check out the National Tree Benefit Calculator for more information.

Maintenance and Inspection

What kind of maintenance should you do for your tree? Regular tree maintenance should include:

  • Checking for Disease
    Performing a quick visual inspection of your tree is an easy way to keep it healthy. Trees are like people, in that keeping good health is easier than repairing bad health. Check for signs of disease and broken branches regularly.
  • Check for broken branches and safety issues
    After a storm, particularly the hail storms that are frequent in the Colorado Springs area, make sure that you check your trees for any broken branches or safety issues.
  • Mulching
    Adding mulch at the base of your tree is a great way to protect your tree and keep the moisture and temperature of the soil at the right level.

Tree Pruning

Tree pruning is a great way to keep your trees healthy and aesthetically pleasing. It should be handled by a professional, as there are several considerations for the safety of you, your home, and your tree. We recommend the right level and approach to pruning based on our years of experience. We never recommend unnecessary pruning work, as our goal is to maintain healthy trees as naturally as possible. Check out our article on Sustainable Tree Trimming for more information on our approach.

Conclusion

By making a small amount of effort and learning how to care for your trees properly, you can save yourself time and money. At Eco Tree Colorado Springs, we love to help homeowners understand their particular trees and care for them in a way that benefits the entire community.

Tips: How to Care for your Trees

    • Check your trees regularly for signs of disease or poor growth patterns
    • Check for safety issues regularly, and after a storm
    • Use mulch and fertilizer as recommended by your arborist
    • Ensure that your trees are getting regular watering
    • Prune your trees on the schedule recommended by your arborist

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ustainability is a core principle of our business. We live and work in the beautiful state of Colorado, and we look for ecologically-friendly ways to preserve that natural beauty. That’s why we keep a focus on sustainable tree trimming.

Sustainable tree trimming means a commitment to the long term health of the tree. As a homeowner, we know that you want to keep your home and trees a beautiful, long-term investment. That’s why we provide expert recommendations for your requests that help you meet those goals for now and the future. We want you to understand how this approach works in our business.

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

Robert Swan

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We believe in our responsibility as arborists and community members to encourage sustainable tree care, including:

 
Growth Planning
We help you plan for beautiful trees on your property, while allowing a healthy growth rate for your trees..
No Tree Topping
We do not offer tree topping or services that provide short term results at the expense of long term tree health.
Pest Pruning
Tree trimming is one method of safely and effectively reducing infestation and preventing the spread of tree disease.
 

WE KEEP THE LONG TERM IN MIND

Our sustainable tree trimming practices and philosophy aren’t just about protecting the health of your trees. They are also about growing lifelong customer relationships. We are community members in Colorado Springs, and we provide only the kind of arborist services we’d be proud to stand by decades from now.

OUR SUSTAINABLE TRIMMING DO’S

    • Prune trees at the best time, according to your arborist: when it is least stressful to the tree
    • Prune trees only as much as needed by tree type and age
    • Trim young trees appropriately to encourage the right features and shape in the adult tree
    • Use appropriate tools and precautions to safely remove branches

OUR SUSTAINABLE TRIMMING DON’TS

    • Remove more than 25% of a tree’s branches and leaves
    • Tree topping, or the thoughtless removal of branch ends. Topping can result in the early death of a tree, poor aesthetics, and more.
    • Trim trees susceptible to fire blight or oak wilt during vulnerable seasons

By standing by our philosophy of sustainability, we plant the seeds for the future health and wellness of your trees.

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How to Grow a Fruit Tree http://ecotreecos.com/how-to-grow-a-fruit-tree/ http://ecotreecos.com/how-to-grow-a-fruit-tree/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:35:11 +0000 http://mistix.premiumcoding.com/?p=1 Deciding to grow a fruit tree in your yard is a great investment in your property and can result in wonderful produce for you to enjoy. Here are some tips to help you grow a fruit tree so that you can get the most benefit from your tree. You want to consider: choosing an appropriate tree, fertilization, and sustainable ...

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eciding to grow a fruit tree in your yard is a great investment in your property and can result in wonderful produce for you to enjoy. Here are some tips to help you grow a fruit tree so that you can get the most benefit from your tree. You want to consider: choosing an appropriate tree, fertilization, and sustainable pest management.

Choosing the Right Fruit Tree

The type of tree that’s right for you and your situation depends primarily on your climate, the space you have, and the type of fruit you like. Here are some examples for the Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs regions:

Tree Space Required Sun / Soil Fruit Season Considerations
Apple 5 to 18′ normal
4 to 8′ dwarf
Full / Loamy August – October Most varieties will not pollinate themselves. Check for a self-pollinating version or plant two types near each other.
Plum  20 to 25′ normal
10-15′ dwarf
 Full / Loamy May – October Many varieties will not pollinate themselves. Check for a self-pollinating version or plant two types near each other.
Peach 15 to 20′ normal
10-12′ dwarf
 Full / Sandy June –  August  Pruning plays an important role in fruit production and healthy tree growth. Check with your arborist for appropriate tips to encourage growth.
Crabapple  15 to 20′ normal
6-8′ dwarf
 Full / Acidic  May – October Normally considered a decorative tree, fruit can be sour and inedible. Fruit season varies by variety.

These are just a few examples of fruit trees that do well in our area. Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs are primarily located in the Agricultural Hardiness Zones 5b and 6a. Check your specific neighborhood before you plant any trees as this can affect how well your trees thrive and produce fruit.

Did you know that your agricultural hardiness zone can vary by year and location? Check out the Plant Hardiness Interactive Map to find out what your specific location is this year.

FRUIT TREE FERTILIZATION

Fruit tree fertilization depends on the the type of tree you have. Most young trees come with planting and fertilization instructions, but you want to consider these factors:

    • Does your fruit tree require a different species to cross-pollinate?
    • How important are bees or other agents to your pollination process?
    • Do you need to provide the tree with specific resources during pollination season, such as added nitrogen?

Make sure that you are informed about the right approach to fertilization for your trees, as this stage is critical to your tree’s productivity. Questions? We can help!

PEST MANAGEMENT

Keeping your fruit tree health and free of pests and diseases is important to its productivity and lifespan. Here is some information on pests and diseases to watch for by tree type, as well as tips for sustainable pest management.

Tree Pests Diseases
Apple Common pests include: apple maggot flies, plum curculio, and codling moth Apple trees are suceptible to apple scab.
Plum Suceptible to the plum curculios, a variety of beetle common in the US Plum tree diseases include: black knot, plum pocket plum disease, brown rot, plum pox, perennial canker, plum tree leaf spot
Peach Pests include: Oriental Fruit Moth, Peach Twig Borer, Plum Curculio, Western Flower Thrips, Spotted Wing Drosophila, Plant bugs and Stink bugs, Peach Fruit Fly, Mediterranean Fruit Fly Suceptible to bacterial spot, brown rot, peach leaf curl, peach scab, peach yellows
Crabapple Pests such as: aphids, Japanese beetles, mites, leafminer and leafroller caterpillars Suceptible to these diseases: botryosphaeria canker, fire blight, scab, cedar-apple cedar-quince, cedar-hawthorn, Japanese apple rust, frogeye leafspot

TIPS FOR PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT

    • Check your trees regularly. Early prevention and identification of pest and disease issues is key to sustainable pest management.
    • Prune according to arborist recommendations, and during the winter time. This is when it is easiest to see pest or disease issues.
    • Do not use pesticide without consulting your arborist first.

GROW A FRUIT TREE EFFICIENTLY

Whether you decide to grow a fruit tree for decorative purposes or for the fruit itself, you will have best success as an informed tree owner. Choose the right tree for your space, learn about appropriate fertilization techniques, and make sure to stay on top of pest management. We are here to support you as the tree owner! Feel free to schedule a free consultation to get great advice on how to care for your fruit trees.

Sources:

  1. http://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-grow-crabapple-trees/
  2. http://www.almanac.com/blog/gardening/gardening/best-crabapples-your-yard
  3. http://www.almanac.com/plant/apples
  4. http://www.almanac.com/plant/peaches
  5. http://www.almanac.com/plant/plums
  6. http://garden.org/howtos/index.php?q=show&id=2153
  7. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/hodges/ProtectUs/presentations/peaches_arthropods.pdf
  8. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/common-peach-diseases.htm

 

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