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Mulch – Why, Where, How Much?

Mulch – Why, Where, How Much?

Why do I need to use mulch under my tree? Mulching under a tree has several benefits to a tree— • It helps to control weed germination and growth • It helps to reduce soil moisture • It helps to protect the tree from potential damage from lawn mowers and weed eaters • It insulates the soil and helps to keep the tree’s roots cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter • It can help to improve existing soil as it decomposes • It can inhibit plant diseases In a natural forest setting, a tree is constantly being mulched and “fed” by decomposing leaves, organic materials, and living organisms....

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Common Pests and Diseases

Common Pests and Diseases

Common Pest and Diseases found in Kentucky/Indiana Landscapes There are many varieties of pest and diseases we see in the local area that can inflict damage to trees and shrubs in your urban landscape. Bob Ray Co., Inc.’s certified arborists can diagnose and recommend treatment for controlling many of the commonly seen pests and diseases. Spider Mites One of the more prevalent pests we come across in landscapes are various species of spider mites. Spider mites are often seen in urban landscapes and can attack both deciduous and evergreen plants. Mites are very tiny, about the size of a speck...

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Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

How Does Stump Grinding Work? If an old stump is consuming valuable space on your property and making lawn mowing a pain, there is an excellent solution. You may choose to have it removed through a process known as stump grinding. A machine called a “stump grinder” is used for stump grinding. A stump grinder is really a big machine which has a vertically aligned blade with big metal teeth in the shape of a saw. The blade is mounted on a machine arm that’s mounted to a Bob Cat, truck or tractor. This way the stump grinding machine may be transported to the stump.  Each stump...

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Winter Tree Care

Winter Tree Care

Winter Tree Care Now that it appears there will be an actual winter in Louisville, it is an excellent opportunity for tree pruning. Tree pruning to eliminate branches in winter can avoid severe future damage while enhancing the trees’ well being and strength. The cold weather conditions also means you will find far fewer insects or illnesses that are going to impact the pruned areas. There are some steps that need to be taken for the best winter tree care: Actions for Effective Winterizing Frequently, a tree’s survival may rely on the care you give it before a winter storm strikes. Branches...

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Summer Tree Pruning

Summer Tree Pruning

Summer tree pruning is not the best time to prune, but it can be done safely. Pruning fruit trees in the summer is actually desirable.  Here are some reasons why it is okay to prune trees in the summer: Fruit tree health is determined by size Summer pruning fruit trees in particular controls growth on a tree by removing water sprouts. Water sprouts are those shooters that grow straight up on a major limb. Summer is also a good time to remove the upper branches that can shade fruit on lower branches.  Opening up the canopy allows better air flow through the tree, promoting rapid drying that...

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Winter Storm Damage

Winter Storm Damage

Most damage to property during serious climate situations happens because of falling trees and limbs. High winds and saturated soil typical of winter storms can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. Limbs might be torn totally free during storms or a whole tree might fall, causing power failures, home damage, as well as individual injury. Throughout winter, the load of ice and snow accumulations create failure of branches and even whole trees. While it’s impossible to completely safeguard your trees and home from serious storms, you will find some fundamental procedures of...

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