Tuesday December 10, 2013
Trees may look inactive going into winter but, the fact is, they continue to regulate their metabolism and only slow down some physiological activities. This decrease in photosynthesis and transpiration begins a tree's dormant phase. Trees still continue to slowly grow roots, respire and take in water and nutrients.
Winter is a difficult time for a tree. A dormant tree still needs to be protected (winterized) to remain healthy and free from diseases and insects in spring. Bad news is, winter weather encourages destructive pests to snuggle in and wait for warm weather to revive their destructive life-cycles.
There are important things you can do to help your tree through winter! The most beneficial things you can do to help keep a tree happy during winter are:
- prune diseased and dead limbs.
- mulch for freeze protection.
- fertilize lightly, hold back on nitrogen.
- water during winter dry periods.
- use a dormant spray when needed.
Winterize Your Trees - Care and Protection for Dormant Trees
An Ash Tree in Dormancy - Photo by Steve Nix, Licensed to About.com
Saturday December 7, 2013
A Christmas tree stand selection is your next to most important decision after making the purchase of a farm raised tree. The stand must be sturdy enough to support the tallest tree you need to display and should have enough water-holding capacity to keep the tree fresh through the season without excessive watering.
Here are three most popular tree stand styles explained and included is my suggested model for purchase. I explain the difference between the swivel straight stand, the pump straight stand and the traditional screw style stand including strengths, weaknesses and price.
Top Three Selling Christmas Tree Stands by Style and Popularity
Tuesday December 3, 2013
Abies fraseri or Fraser fir is considered one of the most popular Christmas trees in the United States. The slender growth habit of Fraser fir makes it appealing to buyers looking for a tree for small to medium rooms. The needles are persistent, hold to the twigs as well as any and limbs are sturdy enough for the heaviest of decorations. The tree ranks number one in my top 10 Christmas tree poll.
I lucked up and found this Fraser fir tree farm near Franklin, North Carolina. Here is my gallery of pictures of the farm during a beautiful fall day. These links perfectly describe why this tree is the PERFECT Christmas tree.
Thursday November 28, 2013
This short Christmas tree review lists a compilation of things to do when deciding which tree to purchase and the care-giving tricks necessary to maintain its foliage beauty in the home safely. Select from a list top ten list of the best tree species for displaying lights and ornaments. Get to know which tree species are available to you (buying online can expand your choices) and are most popular in your area.
Purchasing or cutting a tree is often a family event where memories are made. Knowing where to find a tree, using the proper cutting, refreshing and tree preparation techniques will ensure a successful and safe display. I also include a guide for using a "living" tree as a temporary inside holiday decoration that will be planted later to serve as a special landscape planting.
Getting to Know Your Christmas Tree - Tips and Tricks for Real Christmas Tree Lovers