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Tree Feature: Saucer Magnolia

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As the bleak winter fades away and nature begins to show signs of life again, one of the first trees to flower and bloom is the beautiful Saucer Magnolia. This tree is known in some areas as the Tulip Tree, even though it is part of the Magnolia family. Starting in late March or April, the Saucer Magnolias bud and then bloom their beautiful pink or white flowers. These flowers are known for their big petals and fragrant smell.

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Benefits of the Saucer Magnolia:

  • Beautiful Flowers
  • Attract birds and butterflies
  • Hearty enough to withstand long, cold New York winters
  • Provide lots of shade in the summer

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Caring for Your Saucer Magnolia

Saucer Magnolias require minimal maintenance, especially after they’re no longer saplings. Make sure it gets regular water, and prune when needed.

Ecological Benefits of Trees

The ecological benefits of trees are all around us . . .literally! They affect the air we breathe, the soil we stand on and grow our food in, the wood we build our homes with, the water we drink, the sun that shines on us, and even our minds on a psychological level.

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Can you imagine living in a world without any trees? Well luckily you won’t have to, because without them we actually wouldn’t survive. Trees absorb the CO2 that we breathe out, and release the oxygen that we breathe in.

Trees also help the soil too. Trees use soil to grow their roots into, which in turn holds the soil in place. Without roots holding the soil, rain or hills would cause the soil to erode.

Ever sit under a tree for some shade on a hot summer day? Trees are great for providing shade, whether its for one person, or a whole house! Having tall, leafy trees around your house can block out a lot of the sun, and thus keeping your house cool without the use of an expensive air conditioner!

So many of the fruits we eat come from trees. Apples, pears, peaches, lemons, oranges, you name it! And it’s not just food that we humans eat, many animals and birds get their food from trees as well.

Sometimes trees just make us feel good. Whether we realize it or not, our brains just like to see trees. Studies show that trees can make us feel more calm and focused, as well as less violent.

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We at Westchester Tree would love to help you take care of your trees so they can continue to provide you with these benefits, so give us a call at (914)238-0069 or visit our website to learn more.

Dutch Elm Disease

Elm trees are a great, beautiful variety of tree, but they’re vulnerable to something called Dutch Elm Disease which can cause unsightly patches on the tree, or even tree death.

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Dutch Elm Disease is due to a fungus spread by the elm bark beetle, and is not limited to just any one kind of elm tree. Once a tree catches Dutch Elm Disease, the tree tries to block the affected area from spreading the fungus, but this process also cuts off parts of the tree from receiving water and nutrients, which slowly kills the tree. The disease originated in Asia, but has since spread to North America, Europe, as well as New Zealand due to the spread of the beetles that carry it.

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So what are some symptoms of Dutch Elm Disease, and how can you prevent your elms from the disease altogether? The first sign that a tree may have become affected might be a barren branch or a branch with yellowing leaves towards the top of the tree during the summer or other times when leaves would not normally be turning their fall colors. This will spread throughout the rest of the branches and eventually reach the roots, which kills the entire tree.

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If you can get diseased branches pruned from the rest of the tree before the fungus spreads, you may be able to save the rest of the tree. Don’t forget to burn any affected branches after they are removed so they don’t accidentally infect anything else.

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If you think you have an elm tree that is being affected by Dutch Elm Disease and would like help containing the damage or removing the tree if too much damage is already done, contact us at here on our website, or call us at (914)238-0069

Winter Plant Healthcare: Anti-Desiccant

Written by Westchester Tree Life’s  Jeff Gourion, Plant Healthcare Manager

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Prevent “Winter Burn” with an anti-desiccant!

Winter Burn is the damage to our plants that we seem to notice every spring after the long  cold winter starts to lose its grip, and we start paying attention to our trees and shrubs again.  We notice that some of the leaves on our Hollies, Boxwoods and Rhododendrons and various other broad leaf evergreens turn brown or appear spotty and scorched.  This condition closely resembles drought stress; that’s because that is exactly what winter burn  is.

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A closer look at damage due to “Winter Burn”.

What is an anti-desiccant?

An anti-desiccant spray is a bio-degradable acrylic coating.

What does an Anti-Desiccant do?

An anti-dessicant coats the leaf, especially the underside where the stomata are located, and lows the rate of transpiration.  This coating protects the plant from harsh winter conditions.

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Don’t leave your trees unprotected this winter!

Why is an anti-dessicant important?

This method of protection is highly effective in reducing
Winter Burn damage.

Which of my plants will an anti-desiccant protect?

  • All broadleaf evergreen plants
  • New plantlings
  • Plants that are stressed from insect and disease damage
  • Small leaf plants (Arborvitea, Boxwood, Ilex, Holly, Rhododendron, Skip Laurel)

Winter Tree Care Chappaqua New YorkHow does winter harm my plants?

During winter, plants go dormant and shut down the normal growing process, however all plants will still transpire (give off water vapor and exchange gases) through the stomata (small pores on the under side of leaves) if conditions are right; an example of conditions are wind blowing across the surface of leaves; warm sunlight on a warmer than normal winter day is another.  These conditions working together are the worst case scenario. While cold wind alone is hard on plants, wind on a relatively warm day is even worse!  The soil is still frozen and any moisture that the plant would normally try to pull up from the roots is unavailable, making the outcome is almost exactly what happens in summer when you don’t water your plants.

We recommend that you consider calling us for a free evaluation and estimate today!

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Ask for Jeff Gourion. Plant Healthcare Manager

The Benefits of Trees

The benefits of trees are vast, making the addition of a tree or two to your property a valuable investment.  Perhaps your backyard offers little shade; planting a tree would be a great way to add shade and aesthetic.  The benefits of trees range from increase privacy, increased property value, and lowered heating and cooling costs.

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Lower your monthly cooling and heating costs with the addition of one or more trees, when re-vamping your backyard!  The tree’s shade will be a welcome relief when hosting barbeques and outdoor family parties, as well as act as a windbreak, lowering your heating costs during the winter.

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Raise the property value of your home up to 20% just by adding trees to your landscape.  Variables such as size, condition, species, and placement of the tree all play a part in determining the amount your property value will increase.  Westchester Tree Life’s certified staff of arborists are happy to assist you in mapping out which trees would work best for you.  Our team of tree specialists can also assist you in caring for your tree to ensure a long and healthy life expectancy.

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Add privacy to your home without the installment of a fence!  Placing trees strategically around your home or business can assist in creating a visual barrier as well as a sound barrier.  The added privacy will create a more personal environment for you to enjoy.

These are only a few of the benefits of trees.  Your tree will improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff and house a variety of wildlife.  Interested in adding a tree or to to your home’s exterior?  Call Westchester Tree Life today!

 

Planting a Tree

There are a few things to consider before you begin the process of planting a tree.  Trees are aesthetically-pleasing additions to the exterior of your home of business, and can give your property value a little boost.  To properly plant a tree, we recommend you consider the following things:

1)  What are your goals?

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The maple tree is a favorite perch of the goldfinch.

Are you planting your new tree to gain privacy without blocking yourself off from neighbors with a fence?  Are you introducing a new tree onto your property because you are interested in attracting certain birds or looking to create a sound barrier?  Before you begin mapping out all of the fun details of planting a tree, we recommend you consider your goals.  Acknowledging your goals will make choosing a location and a tree-type easier, and ultimately make your project more successful.

2)  Location is key!

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Though location seems like an obvious factor, we urge you to think deeper, more to the root of the problem, if you will.  Tree roots need adequate amounts of space to grow and develop, so try to choose a location with ample room for your tree to flourish.  Avoid planting a tree underneath or around powerlines and telephone lines; placing a tree too close to a building will also cause future issues for both the tree growth and possibly the building and its patrons.

NOTE:  We advise contacting your utility company to mark the location of any underground lines which may come in contact with your newly planted tree.  You may be held accountable for any damage done to such lines.

3)  Follow proper planting procedure.

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We understand, planting a new tree is exciting!  Though the idea of just digging a hole and setting your new tree up for success is enticing, following proper planting procedure for your tree is the best bet.  Take weather conditions into consideration; trees are best planted during times of low wind, cloudy, and slightly cool but not humid.  If you are unsure of the proper temperament by which your tree should be planted, ask an arborist at Westchester Tree Life to assist you!  We would be happy to help you plant your new tree and set it up for success!