Introduction to Arboriculture: Part 1 – What is Arboriculture?

Arboriculture is one of the branches of horticulture within the field of plant sciences and is concerned with the selection, planting, and care of trees, shrubs and vines.  Whether a single tree or shrub needs care, or a small group of trees and shrubs – arboriculture is focused on caring for them. The International Society […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 10 – Tree Aftercare

It is important to understand the process of how a newly planted tree grows.  Trees can lose up to 90 percent of their original root system when transplanted from the nursery field.  So in the first year of planting, the shoots are likely to be shorter and the leaves smaller than normal.  An arborist can […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 9 – Tree Wrapping

Trees are typically planted in the fall season.  As we transition into winter, we get some hot and cold transition periods where the sun hits the tree and warms up during the day, then the sun goes down at night and cools down drastically.  The heating and cooling of the bark will cause expansion and […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 8 – Mulching

Adding mulch around the base of the tree immediately after planting and replenishing during its early years will act as a weed barrier and also protect the tree from damage from a variety of stressors.  Mulching also helps control the temperature underneath the soil level, while simultaneously keeps the soil most, which is most important, […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 7 – Staking

An arborist will help determine if tree staking methods should be implemented on the tree during the planting process.  Several factors determine if tree staking is the right fit and staking might not be appropriate for all tree types. Tree staking factors: If the tree is in a windy area, they we might consider adding […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 6 – Pruning

Pruning a newly planted tree can be administered by an arborist immediately after the tree is planted.  Newly planted trees require minimal pruning – only dead, diseased or injured branches should be pruned immediately after a tree is pruned.  However, once the tree is established – the second or third year after planting, the tree […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 5 – Watering

The roots of newly planted trees need water to grow and establish – so it is important to water trees a special way after planting to encourage root growth.  While regular surface watering might be best suited for garden plants, a young tree will benefit more from a good soaking once or twice a week. […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 4 – Fertilization

Tree fertilization is a process that should be administered by an arborist during the tree planting process.  Fertilizing in the planting hole can cause root injury, so we usually wait to fertilize young trees lightly in the spring after planting.  Starter fertilizers are not essential on newly planted trees, however, adding mycorrhizal fungi to the […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 3 – Planting

As soon as the hole is dug, we’re almost ready to plant the tree, but first we’ll double check (with the help of an arborist, of course), that the tree is at the right height when placed in the hole, and that the hole has enough space around the sides for the roots to grow. […]

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Tree Planting 101: Part 2 – Planning & Digging

When is the best time to plant? Once the tree species, location and purpose have been determined, the next step is waiting for the right time to plant the tree.  Depending on the regional climate, a tree might thrive better when planted in the fall, just before the ground freezes in the winter – or […]

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