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When To Grow Trees?

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

When thinking about plants to grow, we may forget trees. More often than not, we may think they just came naturally from Mother Nature - or perhaps a higher being. Nevertheless, tree growers are proud of the lovely greens they create. Gardeners interested in the hobby may be wondering when is the best time to grow trees and how to maintain them. 

Ideally, trees are planted during the dormant season – in the fall after leaf drop or in early spring before bud-break. Expert tree growers will agree that August, September and October are good months to begin planting trees. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth.

Tree Care Maintenance

Trees will require attention like other types of plants; and they will need to stay protected from wildlife such as deer and small critters. In the fall to early winter, adding 1-2 inches of mulch will insulate the soil and tree roots dealing with harsh winter temperatures. Watering tree trunks before the ground freezes is a must, too. 

In the fall months, deer will rub their antlers against tree bark to remove dried velvet in preparation for breeding season; and rabbits and other small critters will eat tree bark as their food source throughout the year. To protect trees from wildlife damage, tree growers should consider using tree guards around the base of young trees. As trees mature, deer fencing around tree farms may be required.

Fall Gardening To Do List

Today, September 23, 2019, is the first day of autumn; and it's time to focus on another new strategy to protect lawns and gardens from wildlife damage. This season is all about garden management with an emphasis on trees and vegetable garden care. Here's why.Bucks are looking to shed the dried velvet from their antlers [...]

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Tree Damage Begins in September

Now that the fall season is officially around the corner, it's time to talk about protecting trees from wildlife, especially white-tailed deer. The velvet on buck's antlers becomes increasingly uncomfortable throughout the summer months. It is heavy, distracting and not so attractive. To shed the growth,male deer find trees to rub against. Their mission isn't to [...]

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What Is Velvet On Deer Antlers?

Deer shed their antlers each year; and in order to rapidly grow, they rely on velvet nutrition to help them. This special tissue is a type of skin, loaded with blood vessels and nerves, that regenerates every year. While it helps grow antlers on deer, it causes discomfort in the late summer season as it becomes [...]

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When Is Deer Rut Season?

During the summer months, bucks will develop dried velvet on their antlers that will become quite heavy, unattractive and uncomfortable by the beginning of September. To look desirable by doe, male deer will find trees to rub the velvet off their antlers. This process is known as rutting. The action may make the deer feel better; [...]

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Keep Deer Off Golf Courses

August is a great time of year to be on the golf course with friends and colleagues. After all, this month, being National Golf Month, boasts great deals at driving ranges and sales on golf accessories. But, people are not the only ones visiting golf resorts this month. Deer are continuing to browse landscapes for [...]

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August Is National Peach Month!

Peaches are one of America's favorite fruits to eat in summertime; and they are simple to grow; but how easy are these types of fruit trees easy to protect? Here are easy orchard management strategies to keep away deer and other critters courtesy of DeerbustersCanada:1. Tree GuardsFruit trees, such as peach trees, do not produce fruit [...]

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Protect Arborvitae From Wildlife

The American Arborvitae/Thuja is a hardy Evergreen tree that can be found scattered throughout North America in zones 3-7. Arborvitaes grow throughout the year, maturing into heights between 40-60' tall and 10-15' wide. While direct sunlight is required to grow these trees, it only requires six complete hours to guarantee growth. This type of tree is [...]

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Rabbit Management In Winter

Often, growers think that just because it's wintertime that agricultural damage from deer and small critters won't happen; but we forget that all types of wildlife need to eat, too. For white-tailed deer, they will eat tree bark or fallen leaves and wait for the 'good stuff' in the spring (gardeners' freshly planted vegetables, flowers, [...]

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Forest Management Plan: Use Deer Fencing

As a forestry professional, you care about tree and soil health restoration and management. Not only are wildfires a concern, but pest disease and deer damage. To reduce the risk of deer and rodent damage in forests, Deerbusters suggests using deer fencing and tree guards.Deer have a bad habit of eating tree bark and rubbing [...]

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