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Plant Watering 101

For many back yard gardeners, knowing when and how much to water their plants can be a bit of a guessing game.  Westchester Tree Life knows it can be hard to know tell when plants need water; if you wait until they look droopy, you risk stressing the plants.  If you water too much, you can cause just as much damage.  So how do you keep your plants happy and healthy?

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Do you know how to properly water a plant?

A good rule of thumb is to simply keep an eye on the soil and maintain an even level of moistness to a depth of 6 to 12 inches (less for annuals and vegetables, more for trees, shrubs, and perennials).  If you have sandy, dry soil, this may mean watering more than if you have a heavy clay soil.  In general, vegetables need about an inch of water a week.  A simple rain gauge can help you keep track of rainfall so you only provide as much water as your garden needs.  Still have questions?  Our team of professionals are happy to assist you; call Westchester Tree Life today:  (914) 238-0069.

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This rain gauge helps determine how much water your plants need!

When watering, you want to focus on delivering water to the roots of the plants.  Watering the entire plant is often a waste of water.  Wet leaves can even be more prone to disease, so if using a watering can or hose, direct the water toward the base of the plant.  You can also opt for installing a soaker hose.  The soaker wets the soil with less wasted water.  Simply set a timer to remind you to turn off the soaker hose after enough time has passed for your plants to have sufficient water.

A soaker hose helps prevent water waste.

A soaker hose helps prevent water waste.

Using a layer of mulch around your plants is the ideal way to conserve water.  Mulch helps the soil retain water, giving your plants a more consistent moisture level and conserving water at the same time.  In addition, mulch provides another source of organic matter to the soil.  A mulch depth of 2 to 4 inches can make a big difference in the amount of water you use over a growing season.  Mulch is also a great aesthetic addition to your Westchester county garden!

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Container gardening requires a somewhat different approach when it comes to watering.  Again, your best tool is simple observation.  When the soil in your containers is dry, water the plants with a focus on the root area.  Use pots with drainage holes in the bottom and add a layer of gravel before filling the pot with soil.  Drainage is important to prevent excess water from building up in the pot, while gravel prevents the water from draining too quickly.  If the soil in your container is very dry, you may need to slowly water over a period of time to allow the soil to absorb moisture.

Watering a container garden is easy with the right preparations.

Watering a container garden is easy with the right preparations.

The best time of day to water plants is in the early morning.  This allows them to soak up a good amount of water before the heat of the day.  Mornings tend to be less breezy, meaning less of your water will evaporate before it has a chance to soak well into the soil and be utilized by the roots.

When watering trees and shrubs, keep in mind that the roots which take in water are unlikely to be at the base of the plant.  Rather, these roots will be spread around a larger area away from the trunk so your watering efforts should be directed accordingly.

Keep a tree's root structure in mind when watering.

Keep a tree’s root structure in mind when watering.

If your lawn is in need of a drink, the old stand by of an oscillating lawn sprinkler is still your best bet.  Look for something that is easy to move around so your entire yard gets a good watering.  You’ll need enough hose length to cover your property.  Unlike other plants, grass will bounce back well after a dry period, so if you want to conserve water, the lawn is one place you can cut back without worrying about a die off.

A sprinkler is best for a healthy lawn!

A sprinkler is best for a healthy lawn!

With a little planning and consistency, all of the plants in your yard and garden will thrive!

 

Proper Tree Planting

Spring is one of the best times of the year to plant, but do you know the steps of proper tree planting?  This seemingly easy project is actually a quite complicated procedure!  The improper planting of a tree can lead to an unhealthy and high maintenance tree, which could become a costly venture.

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The Planting Site

Before you shop for your tree, select the planting site for your new tree.  It is vital to keep in mind that your tree will need space to grow.  Consider any power lines which may interfere with your growing tree’s branches; it is ideal to maintain at least a 15-foot distance from a utility line, after allowing for 20 years of growth.

  • Soil Check – Check the soil in the area of the planting site which you have selected.  Most trees thrive in a moderate to well-drained site.
  • Climate Conditions – Selecting a tree which can thrive in your climate conditions will set you up for success!

Selecting the Proper Tree

Once you have identified the planting site, spacial restrictions and soil and climate type of your area, you are ready to begin tree shopping.  We advise that you select a healthy tree from a reputable tree nursery.  The staff will be able to assist you in selecting exactly the type of tree for your area, while also explaining how to best care for your new tree!

Proper Tree Planting

More complicated that simply digging a hole and sticking a tree in it, proper tree planting has specific steps and guidelines which should be followed for success.  Before you begin, remove any dead or broken branches.

  1. Digging the Hole – The width of the hole should be at least twice the width of your tree’s root ball.  The hole should not be deeper than the root ball.  Avoid compacting the soil around your tree’s root ball.
  2. Backfill Soil – Mix one part peat moss or composted organic material with four parts soil for your backfill soil.
  3. Mulching is Key – Apply 3-4 inches of mulch over your tree’s root ball, while staying slightly away from the trunk.  This helps to keep soil moist while reducing weed growth.  Do not apply more than 4 inches of mulch, and keep away from the trunk of the tree.  Only brace your tree if it is absolutely necessary.
  4. Watering Procedure – Water your tree extensively after planting and at least once a week during dry periods.  Avoid wetting the leaves of the tree, when watering.

If you come across any issues while planting your tree, feel free to call a professional arborist at Westchester Tree Life; we are happy to assist and answer any questions you may have.

Maintaining your new tree’s health is just as important as proper tree planting procedure.  A competent and professional arborist (arborists are specifically trained in tree health and the care and maintenance of trees; this is not true of lawn care professionals) can offer diagnosis and preventative maintenance to keep your trees (new and old) in peak condition!

Call Westchester Tree Life today:  (914) 238-0069

(All information cited from the National Arborist Association, now known as the Tree Care Industry Association)

Tree Feature: Captivating Conifers

Conifers are a form of evergreen, meaning they retain their color and leaves all year long!  Which of these captivating conifers are perfect for your design?

Whimsical Beauty

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How amazing is this texture?

The dense, silver-blue nettles of the “Blue Star” Juniper are a great way to introduce color into your landscape’s design.

Introduce Originality

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We love the shape of this conifer!

Are you looking for an eye-catching conifer to add to your backyard oasis?  The Dwarf Japanese Black Pine are always known to have original identifying factors!

 Add Something Romantic

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This Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar is a great way to break up a garden’s monotonous height distribution.  Give your yard a touch of romance!

Feathery Foliage

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Mix up the textures in your garden with the feathery foliage of the Zebrina Himalayan Pine.

Gorgeous Groundcover

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Add a pop of color with gorgeous silvery-blue groundcover!  Blue Chip Juniper is the perfect low-growing, low-spreading, eye-catching groundcover!

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Christmas Tree 2014

Westchester Tree Life recently donated time to help decorate St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Christmas tree for Christmas 2014 in Armonk, New York!

The following article was featured in St. Stephen’s Weekly Touchstone e-mail:

Our Newly Lit Christmas Tree

New York Tree Specialists NYWe have been getting compliments from parishioners and residents on our beautifully lit Christmas tree. We have Westchester Tree Life, LLC of Chappaqua to thank. In the spirit of holiday giving, they donated the men, bucket truck, and considerable time to completely wrap our Blue Spruce tree with new multi-colored, energy-efficient, LED Christmas lights.  Vestry members Laura Desmarais and Trina Fontaine had been exploring different ways to replace the old lights that had either burned-out or were deeply hidden inside the tree’s canopy by years of branch growth, but were finding costs prohibitive.

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Hearing about the church’s need, Remington Arnold, a co-owner of Westchester Tree Life, LLC, volunteered his company’s services as a way to give back to a community that has been so supportive of his business over the years. “Rem” (as everyone calls him), remarked at the completion of the job, “The tree now looks like what a Christmas tree is suppose to look like … something of beauty, something that glows brilliantly in the night, and something that hopefully makes people feel happy when they gaze upon it.”

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We extend our sincere gratitude to Westchester Tree Life, LLC, “Rem”, and the two employees who worked tirelessly at dizzying heights, decorating our church’s iconic tree.  We are especially touched that a local business made time in their busy holiday tree work schedule to accommodate us on such short notice.  We invite one and all to come view our beautiful Christmas tree!

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