My fellow Horticulture Agents will agree; sometimes it is hard to drive around town and see the landscape “sins” that are going on. One of our Tri River Area Master Gardeners recently wrote an article on trees. It pained her to see them improperly planted, pruned or ignored. Please do your homework. Plant the right tree in the right place. www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/632.html
Plant using the latest updated planting techniques. www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/636.html
Do your homework before you prune. www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/613.html
If the tree is in the right place, you should have minimal pruning to do. Always remove dead, dying and disease wood as soon as you see it. And please never, never top a tree. Some people will say they are pollarding. Pollarding is started on saplings and was used in Europe to produce a quick large amount of wood that was then used for firewood. “Pollarding”, aka topping, should never be done on large trees. When topping is done, it is committing the tree to a short life. Talk to your local Masters Gardeners about trees. They will be happy to fill you in so you can grow trees that live longer than we do. Leave a Legacy.
|Right plant, right place|