DO NOT buy cheap mulch in your garden for the winter. It is a GREAT idea to add mulch to your garden in the winter, however, you must read the ingredients in the mulch, and make sure you are buying good stuff to last through the snow and freeze. Certain mulches that show a “discounted” price, will he harmful to your garden throughout the winter. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
DO NOT forget to rake the leaves. Don’t leave the leaves. Pick them up, do 1 last mow! Give your grass a chance to breathe in the winter.
DO NOT cut the grass to0 short. Cutting the grass “too short” before the ground freezes.
DO NOT Ignore the bugs. If you were having a bug problem, a spider problem, or worse before the snow falls, do NOT ignore it until spring. They can come back stronger than ever next spring. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
DO NOT miss out on the deals! After planting and gardening season wraps up, there are TONS of stores that practically give away their garden equipment. DO NOT miss out on the sales, and get garden supplies in the winter, to save in the spring!
DO NOT use weed killer in the winter! Good weed killer should be applied in mild or warm temperatures. Do not use them in cold temps, it will cause more harm than good. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
Use the RIGHT fertilizer. There are different types of fertilizer that can be used in all 4 seasons. Make sure you purchase the correct one during the cold months. Here is a list of different types to use, if you are applying yourself.
DO NOT forget final manicuring. Aeration should be completed well in advance of the winter freeze so you can give your landscaping a chance to recover before the ground freezes over.
DO NOT forget to water your outdoor plants. If there is no snow or no rain, do not forget to water your plants. They still get thirsty in the winter.
Start planning for the spring early. It is never to early to start your ideas for planting. Have a plan and the right tools, so once that deep freeze leaves us, your garden season can last longer.
Why should you hire a professional Michigan Arborist?
There are MANY companies that offer tree services. However, not all of these companies staff professional ISA certified Michigan Arborists.
Professional Arborist is specifically trained in the care and maintenance specific to each tree. Trained professional can easily determine the necessary cuts required for future growth and health of individual trees, both young and old. By hiring a professional Michigan Arborist you are ensuring the proper equipment is used to maintain the integrity of your trees.
When you call the experts at Quality Tree Services, you can be sure that a trained professional will arrive to do the job. We offer a variety of tree services including tree removal, stump removal, stump grinding, tree trimming, hazard evaluations, consultations and much more!
During the long cold winter months, many of our clients forget about their trees. This is a big mistake commonly made by homeowners. The correct timing of pruning can be very important for specific species of trees and for some the correct time is during the dormant season.
Winter dormant pruning is done shortly before spring growth. Doing so leaves fresh wounds exposed for a short period of time before the wound healing process begins.
Advantages of Winter Dormant Pruning
For some species pruning during the dormant season is the best time for the tree.
Thinning the canopy and removing dead wood reduces storm damage potential.
Deciduous plants are leaf free, allowing for more accurate pruning and reduced cleanup times.
Insects and disease spores are inactive during the winter, reducing the chance for infestation.
Rejuvenation and clearance pruning can he performed with minimal risk of promoting sucker growth.
Emergency tree services can also be much needed during the winter. Heavy snow, ice and damaging winds can cause devastating effects on trees. Winter dormant pruning can help reduce these risks. Unsure if your tree’s are at risk this winter??
The Benefits of Evergreen Trees
There are a variety of trees and shrubs that fall into the Evergreen family, which hold their leaves throughout all the seasons. Conifers (Hemlock, Blue Spruce, Red Cedar, and White Pine) and Holly are the most popular types of Evergreen found in Michigan. The winter months here in Michigan, give these beautiful trees the opportunity to take the spotlight in our landscapes.
Because evergreens provide lush green foliage all year round they are very beneficial to use in your landscape. There are a variety of different ways evergreen plants can be used in your landscape.
Backdrop – You can create a beautiful backdrop you can enjoy all year round. By choosing different varieties you can vary the shades of green to create a very pleasing display.
Border – Outline your beds and paths with dwarf versions that will accentuate these key areas of landscape design all year round.
Groundcover – Low lying species of spreading evergreen can create a beautiful carpet of green when needed.
Hide areas of your home – Have some unsightly areas around your home you would rather not see? evergreens are a great way to hide your home foundation, water faucets, water meters and any other area you may not like.
Privacy – The lush season long foliage of evergreens such as arborvitae, juniper and yew make great privacy hedges.
All four seasons of Michigan has potential to bring high winds and harm to your property with fallen trees or harm to your trees themselves. Storms causing high winds and strong rains or snow can cause damage all across Michigan. Storms can cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on homes, cars or other trees leaving homeowners in need of emergency tree services. Dealing with these situations can be dangerous and should be left to trained professionals to remove and prevent further damage to surrounding areas. Our tree experts are ready to assist you in an emergency, we can also help by providing tree hazard evaluations.
Tree Hazard Checklist
Consider the following situations and it will help determine when to call us at Quality Tree Services:
Have any branches fallen from the tree?
Can you see dead branches in your tree?
Are there detached branches hanging from the tree, or wedged between other branches?
Does the tree have any rotten wood or cavities along the trunk or in major branches?
Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches were previously attached?
Has the trunks developed a strong lean?
Have the roots been broken, damaged or injured in any way?
Have any adjacent trees fallen over or died?
Has the area around the tree recently changed in a grade or soils level?
Has the area around the tree been changed by construction?
Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
Have the leaves prematurely developed an unusual size or color?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, than it is highly suggested that your trees be evaluated by a professional. A certified Arborist can provide treatments that can help not only increase the trees safety, but also increase the trees health and possibly its longevity as well. Our Quality Tree Service Team is fully insured and used modern equipment that is well kept to ensure our services are performed with integrity and professionalism. When a Quality Tree team member comes to your home, they will share their knowledge with you in explaining what services are required.
Tree and shrub restoration pruning is the process of improving the structure of a tree or shrub that was previously damaged, topped, vandalized, over pruned or mis pruned. Restoration is not a solution to make a neglected tree perfect, this is an impossible task. Restoration pruning introduces growth of new, healthy shoots to try and renew the plant.
Restoration Pruning Goals
Reduce shade & wind resistance
Maintain and /or improve plant health
Influence fruit and/or flower production
Correct damage and/or defects
Do you currently have a tree or shrub that could benefit from restoration pruning? if so call today (586) 268-7699 and find out what our certified Arborist can do to help you increase the longevity of your plants. Our tree service team is fully insured and uses modern well kept equipment to ensure our services are performed with integrity and professionalism.
With the American National Standard for pruning, ANSI A300, specifications can be written in a virtual infinite number of combinations. The following information is designed to help you understand exactly what will be accomplished in a pruning operation.
A minimum or maximum diameter size of branches to be removed should be specified in a ll pruning operations. This establishes how much pruning is to be done.
Pruning objectives should be established prior to beginning any pruning operation. A300 provides two basic objectives.
Hazard Reduction Pruning
Hazards reduction pruning (HRP) is recommended when the primary objective is to reduce the danger to a specific target caused by visibly defined hazards in a tree. For example, HRP may be the primary objective if a tree had many dead limbs over a park bench.
Hazard reduction pruning and maintenance pruning should consist of one or more of the pruning types noted below.
Crown Cleaning…Crown cleaning shall consist of the selective removal of one or more of the following items: dead, dying, or diseased branches, weak branches and waterspouts.
Crown Thinning…Crown thinning shall consist of the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration, air movement, and reduce weight.
Crown Raising…Crown raising shall consist of the removal of the lower branches of a tree to provide clearance.
Crown Reduction or Crown Shaping... Crown reduction decreases the height and/or spread of the tree. Consideration should be given to the ability of a species to sustain this type of pruning.
Vista Pruning…Vista pruning is selective thinning of framework limbs or specific areas of the crown to allow a view of an object from a predetermined point.
Crown Restoration…Crown Restoration pruning should improve the structure, form and appearance of trees which have been severely headed, vandalized, or storm damaged.