Last Minute Ways To Prepare Your Yard For Winter

Last Minute Ways To Prepare Your Yard For Winter

Even if you aren’t ready for it, wintertime is here and for many of us, it is here with a wrath. With everyone from the Farmer’s Almanac to the regional weathermen declaring that this winter will be a rough one for our part of Pennsylvania, you might be thinking about what you can do to bolster your gardens and trees, helping them to make it through the wintry weather. If you recently planted a young tree, have fruit trees, or just adore your yard, it is most definitely something that you want to think about in the coming weeks before it gets too unpleasant and you can’t stand being outside. Even though much of what you can do to really help your landscaping is routine upkeep and attention through the rest of the year, there are a number of last-minute matters you can do to really help your tree with the cold season. 4. Secure Potted Plants & Hedges Secure the entire plant so it doesn’t tip in storms Consider the pot itself as a base. Look into moving plants inside if you can. If you have some potted plants or shrubs that you like to store on your porch or even all over your backyard, you may want to think about what to do with them. For some plants, it is good enough to move them beneath shelter so that they don’t get nailed directly with ice. Others can be blanketed with specialized bags and covers. That being said, some plants will not survive so you want to take them inside your house so that they can stay...
State College, PA Winter Preparedness Checklist

State College, PA Winter Preparedness Checklist

Although it seemed like it was never going to truly get chilly, all of a sudden the temperatures have fallen, and we are in a situation wherein the cold seems colder than it ever has in the past. Winds, rainfall, sleet, and yes, snow, are all on their way, so you have to make certain that you are prepared for their madness. Have you accomplished all that you are required to do well before the season begins to get as vicious as it can? If you haven’t started getting ready until now, now is the most recommended time to begin. Take some time to work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey and sides and go out into your grounds to truly see what could quite possibly come about if you don’t think toward the long term. Not very sure where to start? Here are four ways to prepare for the season: 4. Make Sure Your Equipment is All Set Try to keep everything near your home Always have a well-made shovel Have excess salt at the ready One of the primary mistakes people make when they are attempting to get prepared for the cold months season is that they get every detail all ready and then they don’t have it near when the snow actually hits. Will you need to get a shovel at some point? Undoubtedly. But how will you get it if we receive 24″ of snow and the shovel is in your storage shed? Be sure that tools are ready and near your home at all times. Try placing it in your garage or on your...
Help! Tree Roots Are Taking Over My Lawn

Help! Tree Roots Are Taking Over My Lawn

If you look out into your lawn, do you see beautiful fields of green – or do you see tree roots interruption every so often? It is a battle that many homeowners have fought over the years, and sadly, very few people have emerged the winner. Sometimes, they will eliminate the roots but the tree later dies, or sometimes they don’t get to eliminate the roots at all and they just live with a yard that doesn’t meet their needs. The reality is that sometimes there isn’t a compromise, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to look for one. You can prevent, in some ways, tree roots from completely taking over your yard. Here are a few tips to consider before (and during) root removal: 4. Your Tree Must Always Stay Healthy Older trees are at the most risk for death after root removal Younger trees are going to need stability, but can grow back Make sure to add support to trees of any age that start to lean after root removal The Georgia Forestry Commission has some harsh words abou removing tree roots or trying to hide them: “Understory planting of ground covers or foundation plants is not a solution. Covering the roots with a foot of soil is also not a solution.” Many people think that throwing soil over the tree is good enough. However, that can severely harm your trees. Whatever you do, it has to be the best option for your trees. If you want to hide the roots, you might have to find a better way to do it than just soil and grass seed....
4 Tips for How to Clean Your Yard of Trees & Debris After a Storm

4 Tips for How to Clean Your Yard of Trees & Debris After a Storm

Storms, regardless if they are rain, snow, or a combination of the two, can really take a number out of your yard. Rain and wind storms, especially like some of those that we had this year, can really harm our yard and trees. Wind can bring down weak branches, cause lawn furniture to hit the trunk of the trees, and snow can weigh down trees until they break. From all of that, debris spreads out all over your yard, powerlines can come down, and you put many different people in danger. After the storm, the cleanup process starts, and that can take a long time. Storm cleanup is backbreaking work that requires the right tools and the time necessary to do a good job. Trees are cumbersome and can be dangerous, but debris is just as dangerous as it adds up. After a storm in Pennsylvania, no matter what kind of storm you have, you have to be careful about cleaning up trees and debris. Here are a few tips: 4. Check Entire Yard First Make sure to watch where you step Take pictures of everything that looks wrong Walk in complete daylight in protective clothing The first thing you really need to do when the storm has passed is just surveying the damage done to your yard. After a severe storm, there is a chance that danger lurks in your yard in places where you might not see it. Downed branches can hide powerlines that won’t impact your power, animals get a little overwhelmed and start coming out, and structural damage abounds. Make note of everything you see,...
4 Ways to Identify Tree Fungi in Pennsylvania

4 Ways to Identify Tree Fungi in Pennsylvania

If you have even a single tree or plant in your backyard, there is a good chance that you have some kind of fungi in there as well. This is just par for the course when it comes to owning trees and plants. It is not something to get too worked up over, but it is something to keep in mind when you are doing an annual inspection of your trees. Note that it can be extremely difficult to differentiate between different types of fungi, but that isn’t always something you’ll need to do anyway. In most cases, you will want to just identify that you have a problem and then contact someone to help you. Even though trees are well designed and they are able to take care of themselves, it is true that we sometimes need to be their protector and really take care of them. Few trees actually die because of fungi problems. Instead, they die because the fungi took over and allowed something worse to kill the tree. The best thing you can do as a tree owner is to understand the signs and symptoms of a fungal problem. Then, you can contact help. Here are a few of the most common signs of tree fungi in Pennsylvania: 4. Soft or Squishy Spots on Tree Do Not Push Too Hard Or You’ll Damage the Tree Check for Spots That Feel Wet or Moist Purchase Moisture Monitors to Help Track Moisture is a huge problem in Pennsylvania, for both inside and outside of your home. If you are in an area where moisture is plentiful, your trees...
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