Q: Is it ok to plant trees in the summer or do I need to wait until fall or spring?
A: Although the ideal time to plant is in the fall or spring, it’s fine to plant most trees in the summer – provided they have a fairly robust root system, such as those that come in containers. Watering is extremely important and must be done every day.
Q: I want to have some Ivy planted in the place where my tree was removed, which is in full shade. I’m going on vacation a few weeks after they will be planted and want to know if they’ll be ok?
A: Ivy is a hardy plant. We recommend that you water them every day until you leave. That should give them a good start and it’s helpful that they will be in the shade. To be cautious, you may want to ask a neighbor to water them once a week or so, depending on how much rain has fallen.
Q: My trees and shrubs have grown out a lot this summer, but I’ve heard that I should wait until fall to have them trimmed.
A: Trees and shrubs grow in spring and by summer, are filled out. Branches seem to have crept closer to the house, they are full of leaves, and maybe even hanging low. If your purpose of pruning is to enhance flowering, it will depend on the tree. But it’s always best to wait until it is finished flowering. However, if the tree or shrub presents a concern such as overgrowth or safety, it will be fine to prune as long as it is done properly. Don’t over- prune.
Q: I have an old oak tree to be cut down. Should I get the stump grinding, too?
A: There are a few reasons to include a stump grinding service with your tree removal. Safety is most important, so if the stump is smaller you don’t want to trip over it or ruin your lawnmower. Stumps may also attract insects. Decaying wood makes a great home for ants, wood borers, termites, and other unwanted pests. The nooks and crannies around tree stumps may also trap seeds and promote recurring growth of pesky sprouts. Finally, you may choose a stump grinding service for aesthetic reasons.
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