Now that summer is officially over, it’s time to think about fall planting! In Texas, October is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs or transplant existing ones. The main thing to remember is to NOT PLANT YOUR TREES TOO DEEP!
We recently had an Arborist over to check out our trees that weren’t doing so well. Every year the leaves seem to stay green for a while, then prematurely turn yellow and then brown (usually in August), and they just weren’t looking healthy. The Arborist said that the reason they weren’t doing so good was that they were all planted too deep… that the soil was up and over the root collar; as a result, the trees were basically strangling themselves with their own roots! Instead of spreading out, the roots were actually wrapping around the tree under the ground. So, we hired his crew to come back and fix the problem. They removed the large “mounds” of mulch and dirt that were piled up around each tree, and dug a small well around the base, exposing the root collar. If they found any roots that had wrapped around the base, they cut that root out. Now our trees will have a fighting chance to grow properly! And since the roots will begin to grow outward instead of wrapping around the root base, they will also be much straighter, and sturdier!
In addition, the Arborist said that trees gather water between the actual wood core and the bark when rain is scarce, so don't cut off the small "shoots" or branches that grow out of the trunk when there hasn't been much rain. Who knew? We didn't... but now we do, and we look forward to seeing our trees grow to be big, straight, and HEALTHY!
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