Monday, November 26, 2007

Drought Kills Trees

Tim's post made me think of a letter I received in the mail yesterday from my arborist. Yes, I am a nerd and have an arborist, but only because I love the tree that blocks the southern exposure to my house (and masks my bedroom from the neighbors) and was seriously concerned that it would fall over.

Past my nerdiness/love of my tree: The arborist's letter reminded me that the drought isn't affecting just people and oysters in Georgia, it's affecting the trees all over the U.S. So, for all of you business (and home) owners, be sure to invest some extra TLC in your trees so that they continue to provide carbon sequestering and natural cooling powers!

Here are some tips:

  • Watering. 1-2 inches per week in the root zone. It's better to water more at one time than for short periods daily.

  • Soil care. Fertilizer is our friend. My husband found a fun organic fertilizer made of worm poo at Target.

  • Integrated Pest Management. Using horticultural oils to suffiate pests is much more environmentally friendly than crop dusting (or letting your trees die).

  • Pruning. If you haven't already done so, pruning will help reduce the impacts of snow, ice, and wind damage during the winter months.

Happy tree caring!

1 comment:

Millennial 4 Earth said...

Oh - in case you are wondering - I used Care of Trees (http://www.thecareoftrees.com/) - they gave a very interesting presentation at my office on corporate applications for arborists/urban forestry, and then I learned that several of my neighbors had used them for residential applications.

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