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Mauget Micro-Injection tree capsules and Arborjet Systems Wedgel products are used to inject fungicides, fertilizers and insecticides directly into a tree’s sap stream and provide immediate help for nutritionally starved trees and trees with insect and disease problems.
No other treatment is as effective as Mauget Micro-Injections. Never has so little done so much! One injection can provide season-long control. New science in partnership with nature.
Injection is the only method by which nutrients and pesticides are introduced into the tree directly. It takes just minutes and causes no harm to children or wildlife.
Do you have a tree with an unusual problem? Our arborist can diagnose it and put his finger on just the right injection for it. Call him today!
Mulch Mountains harm trees
Every spring, like the return of the robin, mulch mountains begin to appear in the landscape. If a little mulch is beneficial for tree health, then a mountain (carefully sculpted against the trunk ) must be very beneficial. right? Wrong.
"A 2 to 4 inch mulch layer over the tree's root system has many benefits," explains Robert Rouse, staff amorist with the National Arborist Association. "Never pile mulch more than 4 inches high. Homeowners should avoid over-mulching because excessive mulch can smother the tree's root system and do not allow mulch to touch tree trunks, where it can serve as a conduit for harmful insects and disease." Rouse suggests keeping mulch back about 6 to 12 inches.
When applied properly, mulch protects the base of the tree from mower damage and reduces competition with turf or weeds. Lawn grass, especially when well maintained, robs trees of valuable nutrients and moisture. Mulch tends to stabilize soil temperatures and increase the soils water-holding capacity, which translates into less watering. Finally. mulch can increase soil microbial activity and loosen the soil, which can reduce the need for aeration and flertilization. In short, mulch emulates the tree's natural habitat.
Homeowners and professional arborists depend on mulches in landscapes for several reasons. Functionally, mulches discourage weeds from growing, conserve moisture during drought periods, and allow better use of water by controlling runoff and increasing water-holding capacity of light, sandy soils.
Many organic materials can be used as mulch. Bark mulches and wood chips are the two most commonly used mulches in most of the country. In the South, pine needles are included in that list.
Mulch can be applied just about any time of the year when trees and shrubs are being planted. The best time to apply mulch in established bed areas, however. would be in mid-spring. When soil temperature has warmed up enough for sufficient root growth. If applied earlier, the mulch could lower soil temperature and delay root growth.
Most arborists consider organic mulches as the most compatible with trees. There are, however, several inorganic materials used as mulches, including weed barriers. Black plastic is sometimes used to discourage weeds, Though it interferes with the normal oxygen and water supply to the tree's roots. Plastic barriers can contribute to the creation of a very shallow root system, which, during drought periods, make plants less capable of obtaining water or withstanding heat stress. Therefore. it is not recommended to use black plastic around trees There are, however, several landscape fabric mulch products available that will function in the same way as plastic but allow more normal water and oxygen exchange. These materials are placed on bare soil around trees and shrubs with the mulches used on top. There are many brands and types of materials from which to choose that have proven to be beneficial in discouraging weeds and holding soil moisture.
Homeowners who are looking for someone to assess their landscape should contact a professional arborist who will be able to improve tree and shrub health.