Tree Selection and Care. Agenda. Selection Planting Staking Watering Fertilizing Pruning Diseases Insects. Lacebark Elm. Selection Proper hardiness (Zone 6) Soil type – depth, pH, structure most roots are within top 26”-32” roots grow out 1-2X tree height
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- use caution with grass clipping (high N)
or leaves (pack tightly or blow away)
Removing branches with minimum damage to cambium or growing tissue so that the wound will heal properly in the shortest possible time
How to prune?
- Do not leave stubs, they heal slowly, or result in abundant sprouting
- Flush cuts make overly large wounds, and expose the trunk to decay.
Cuts should be back to a vigorous side shoot
Whenever tips are removed, lower buds are stimulated to grow
- remove a few of the lowest branches
- select most upright, vigorous branch for leader
- lowest branches should be 7’ off ground
- Next branches about 12” apart
- select branches with wide angles
- select branches no more than half trunk diameter
Never allow topping, stubbing or heading back
Junipers or arborvitae: