LTE volunteer time to prune Lakefield trees

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Pruning on Lakefield Trail
Logan Tree Experts volunteer to prune trees on Lakefield Trail. Photo is taken on Water St. looking north towards Toth Marine.

The Logan Tree Experts were busy pruning the Ash trees along Water Street in Lakefield last week. Owner/operator Matt Logan helped plant these trees when he was a student employee at the Village of Lakefield during high school more than 15 years ago.

The ash trees had never been pruned for structure and therefore were developing poor form and branch unions. To correct this the crew performed a structure pruning to create better form and promote healthy mature trees. They did this by reducing multiple branch attachment points, created more appropriate branch spacing, removed weakly attached limbs and reduced competing leaders as well as removed branches that were to low.

By reducing the amount of limbs attached at close proximity on the trunk the remaining limbs have a greater chance to grow healthy and strong. Spacing limbs or “creating scaffold limbs” gives a tree a more even and strong canopy. Removing weakly attached limbs lessens the opportunity for limbs to fail or brake in the future. By reducing the competing leaders in a tree, the tree will create a healthier, stronger and more storm tolerant form.

Click here to visit the pruning section of our website to learn more.

Get out there and enjoy the Lakefield Trail, we are so lucky to have this in our community – click here to visit their website.

 

Spring Planting has Begun

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As the trees begin to break bud it’s time to start thinking about tree planting. Whether it’s to replace the tree that you had removed, fill in your privacy barrier or just to be proactive and plant a tree for future generations to enjoy – now is the time.

Eric checks that the privacy row of Spruce is straight at a cottage on Stoney Lake.

Large strong trees come from small healthy trees. When it comes to planting, it is important to start with the right tree for the right location. Consider the tree’s characteristics and requirements as well as the existing soil composition,  soil moisture, pH and available space for the tree to grow in.

Secondly, start with healthy plant stock. Ensure there is no damage to the trunk and branches of the tree and that the roots are not damaged or wrapped around the trunk (girdling).  Make sure that you can see the root collar (the point in which the trunk transforms into roots)and that it is above the soil level in the pot and once planted. Give the roots lots of room to establish themselves, dig a hole that is at least twice as wide as the root ball and incorporate some organic material into the soil when back-filling. And finally, make sure to water thoroughly after planting.

Arborists are tree professionals, why not get your tree planted by one. Call us today!