Utah Tree Disease Control Strategies

Tree Disease Control StrategiesIn Utah, tree disease is one of the most common reasons for die-off in our forests. Your home’s landscape is equally vulnerable to the challenges that affect our state’s most common species. Once disease sets in, you have no choice but to treat the problem or remove the tree. But with just a little planning and effort on your part, you can help discourage tree diseases and pests. Utah arborists recommend that homeowners use a strategy that integrates proactive care, pruning, sanitation, watering and fertilization. Choose Tree Species for Your Location One of the best ways to avoid tree disease is to select varietals that are well-suited to your location. You can accomplish this by choosing species that are well-adapted to your property’s hardiness zone. If you sele

Our Arborists’ Top 3 Tips for Planting Trees in Utah

Planting TreesIf you’ll be planting trees this fall, it’s time to start planning. Yes, we’ve barely gotten into the swing of summer, but autumn will be here before you know it — and that’s one of our tree-planting seasons here in northern Utah. Whether you’ll be planting fruit trees, shade trees or an ornamental species, choosing the right location and growing conditions is critical. To give your trees the best chance of success, our Utah arborists have assembled some tips to help you. No. 1: Choosing the Ideal Location for Planting Trees One of the biggest problems we arborists in northern Utah deal with is poorly located trees. It’s difficult to look at a diminutive sapling and think 20 or 30 years into the future, but that’s what you have to do before you settle on a plant

The 4 Rules of Utah Tree and Shrub Fertilization

tree and shrub fertilizationCorrect tree and shrub fertilization is necessary to ensure the health of your landscape and maximize the life of your plants. You’ve invested significantly in your landscape, and giving plants proper care and nutrients helps to protect that investment. This is also the best way to keep your plants looking great throughout the growing season. In northern Utah, effective fertilization depends on selecting the correct nutrients and application method, and adhering to a regular schedule. Follow these simple rules, and your trees and shrubs will look great and effectively resist diseases and pests. No. 1: Choose the Appropriate Nutrients for Fertilization Our native Utah soils are generally poor and provide few of the nutrients that trees and shrubs need to thrive and grow. Ch

The Argument for Planting Native Utah Trees

native utah treesIn northern Utah, trees are an essential component of our lives. They provide shade for our homes and parks, and a habitat for wildlife. They feed us with their bounty of fruits and nuts, and they filter pollution and turn carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen. They cool our concrete jungle in the summer and shelter us from winter’s harshest winds. Many species of trees are native to our growing zone, yet we regularly choose to introduce non-native varieties into our landscapes. Many Utah arborists, environmentalists and forestry experts believe this is unwise, and that we should limit — or eliminate — non-native varieties. Why Do We Plant Non-Native Trees? For most of us, the reason has mostly to do with aesthetics. We like the way a particular type of tree flowers, or

What Is the Life Span of a Utah Fruit Tree?

utah fruit treeA client called recently, concerned about her Utah fruit trees — one peach tree, in particular. This tree was near and dear to her heart, as her father had planted it before his passing, years earlier. She noticed one day that more than half the tree appeared to be dying. She was certain the problem was pests or a disease if some kind. When we went to take a look, however, it became obvious that the tree had simply reached the end of its natural life span. So what is the life span of a fruit tree in Utah? And can you do anything to make your fruit trees live longer? How Long Do Fruit Trees Live in Utah? The answer to this question depends on the variety of tree. It’s also important to remember that they will not produce fruit for their entire lives. Specific cultivars from