What is Tree topping?
Topping is the practice of removing whole tops of trees
or large branches and/or trunks from the tops of trees
leaving stubs or lateral branches that are too small to assume the role
of a terminal leader. Other common names for the practice include
hat-racking, heading, rounding over, and tipping. Click here to Learn More
How does Topping Hurt your Trees
Learn why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and discover
Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. Yet,
despite more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful
effects, topping remains a common practice. Click here to Learn More
What are the reasons for topping?
Usually tree topping happens when a tree has reached an undesirable
height and size, or if the branches are interfering with utility lines,
solar collectors, or perhaps are providing too much shade in a garden
area. Click here to Learn More
fall is here, you may want to add a new tree or shrubs to your landscape. But with Michigan’s frigid winter right
around the corner, it is safe to plant now?
start digging the hole to plant your new tree or shrub, let’s first find out if
it's Ok to plant this late in the fall.
actually the best time to garden. Not only is cooler weather easier on new
plants and tired bones, but planting in a spent garden with rain on the horizon
also has advantages.
Cooler Weather Helps
fall. Their leaves aren’t stressed by
the scorching sun, and cooler temps lessen the demand for water from the
roots. Less watering means lower
maintenance. Trees and shrubs that are planted in the fall are more robust than
spring or summer planted trees and shrubs.
Tips on late-season
plantings through the winter
trees and shrubs need about a month to establish roots before a heavy freeze,
but it’s actually Ok to plant them anytime the ground is workable. If the ground is frozen solid and unworkable,
you can store un-planted shrubs in a sheltered spot with a southern
exposure. Bank around the pots with
leaves or mulch to keep them insulated and water every few days. When the growth starts in early spring, prune
away any damaged branches, shape up your plants, feed with a balanced organic
fertilizer, and they should recover nicely.
Tips for planting Shrubs and Trees
- Avoid stimulating growth: Don’t
fertilize or overly amend the soil. You can add a little compost and bone meal
(to stimulate root growth), but hold off on fertilizer until spring.
- Don’t disturb the plant: Avoid pruning,
and be very gentle with the roots while planting. The shrub won’t have
time to recover from damage, and it’s going to be stressed enough as it
- Keep plants watered: The worst part
of cold damage is caused by desiccation, or drying out. Keep new shrubs
watered every week or two until the ground freezes, and especially right
before a heavy freeze.
- Watch out for frost heaving: Make sure the
plants stay firmly plants when the ground freezes.
- Apply Mulch: Add mulch to keep newly
planted shrubs insulated. If you’re planting cold-sensitive trees or
shrubs, you can add extra protection by wrapping or banking the plants
with burlap or leaves on cold nights. Be sure to uncover in the morning.
go ahead and plant a tree this fall.
When spring comes, here in southern Michigan, all you have to do is go
outside and enjoy the fruits of your autumn labor. The trees and shrubs will thank you with more
robust root systems.
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