Archive for 'Mulch'

Volunteer work on Maltby Oak

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Danny and Chuck worked alongside Jeb Teuton, owner of A Cut Above Tree Service, to rejuvenate the historical Maltby Oak on the Putnam County courthouse grounds in Palatka on November 17, 2017. The work included dead branch removal, root crown excavation, soil decompaction with an Air Spade (air excavation tool), paclobutrazol growth regulator root enhancer, mulch and reattaching the lightning protection. All work was contributed. The Putnam County Master Gardeners contnributed funds for the paclobutrazol.

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American Society of Consulting Arborists

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Chuck and Danny attended a 3 ½ day arboricultural conference near Portland, Oregon on November 28 through December 2, 2017.  The conference was given by the American Society of Consulting Arborists.

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Root Bound Tree Struggles

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Root Bound Tree Struggles

In October I was asked to visit a property in Jacksonville to determine the cause of the declining live oak that had been planted by a nursery in March, seven months earlier. The tree was experiencing drought stress indicated by a extremely dry rootball and dieback in the crown in spite of a summer of abundant rainfall and regular irrigation.

I performed a root crown excavation with a hand hoe and soon discovered the tree had been planted too deep while ...

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Mulch for palms

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Generally any mulch consisting of organic material is good. Often organic mulch from palm parts is stringy and not as esthetically pleasing as pine straw, pine bark or wood chips. My favorite mulch is that produced by tree service chippers especially that of pine trees and broad leaf trees. It includes twigs, leaves, branches, bark and wood all homogenized in a nice mix. There is another problem with palm mulch — ganoderma zonatum, the dreaded butt rot disease. It is ...

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Excessive mulching causes strangulation by stem girdling roots.

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Excessive mulching causes strangulation by stem girdling roots.

During the first three months of 2013 Danny and I had been asked to excavate a number of young live oaks (Quercus virginiana) with mulch volcanoes and to fix the problems we found. We knew from previous excavation on individual trees that we would likely often find some nursery ropes, straps and wire baskets left behind that are beginning to girdle the growing trunk. We also expected to find an occasional stem girdling root. But we weren’t prepared for the ...

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