The mild winter seems to have preserved many of the flower buds on our trees and shrubs. Never have I seen so many blossoms on the apples, cherries and plums as I have this spring. It could make for a messy summer once the fruit from all those flowers becomes ripe. But that’s months away. In the meantime, this is a good time to prune your apples and other fruit trees, if you want to maximize your flowering for next spring. Most fruit trees only bloom on mature stems, so new growth from the late summer won’t produce flowers. Something to consider this month, if you have a tree that you value it’s spring flowers.
After pruning over 2000 trees for the City of Regina this winter, we are now fired up to do some private work this spring. In the past week we have already completed a few tree removals, storm damage repairs, and pruning. Even did some stump grinding; which is rarely done this early in the year. The elm pruning ban is now in effect until the end of August, but everything else is fair game. So if you have a tree project big or small this might be good time to get the work done. With it completed, you can enjoy your yard all summer long with your tree issues solved.
Nice to finally have an April with no snow, as we had a lot of work to get through from this past fall. After pruning almost 2000 trees for the City of Regina through January and March, our guys have knocked off any rust they may have had over their short winter’s break. These days at Northern Tree Co. we are doing a lot of pruning, and now adding some removals to help with people’s summer landscape projects.
With the summer storms and elm pruning season upon us, we are fairly booked for the fall. If you are interested in having tree work done over the winter or in the early spring let us know. We are always interested in spring work, especially since our falls have been so busy the past couple years. It’s a great time to get a jump on the new seasons ahead.
Topping of trees is a service for which many new customers request. However, we do not offer this service; as it is not a proper or ethical pruning practice. Topping a tree seems like a practical way to reduce the height and wind sway of a large tree, or to keep fruit in reach for harvesting. The result of topping doesn’t produce those results, and can even lead to the failure of the plant. If the tree does survive, it will regrow rapidly; with many more branches than the original plant. This new growth is attached to the sapwood of the tree (not throughout the limb as a healthy branch grows from), and therefore has little support. The topping cut also decays, making it even more unstable from which the new growth is sprouting from. This can make some trees extremely hazardous, especially larger species of trees. Further, the tree almost always loses it’s natural shape.
Once a tree has been topped the damage is permanent. Depending on the species and condition, in a few cases we can try to restore a crown to it’s natural shape(after several prunings). However, in most cases a topped tree is now a hazardous tree. Once it’s deemed as a hazardous tree, we will only offer our services to remove the tree.
Some trees simply out grow their space. Careful planning before planting can save the tree from frequent prunings or eventual removal. A suitable species for a given location is always the best option.
If an existing mature tree has issues in it’s space, there are other pruning methods that could keep it maintained and healthy. However, keeping a tree smaller than it’s natural state is costly and sometimes best to remove.
It’s mid-October and we start shifting gears to our Government and Municipal work. As we phase into the Dutch Elm Disease removals for the province, and pruning for The City of Regina; we become largely unavailable for private work. Fall is short, and we have so much work that needs to be completed by the end of November. Please contact us in April for your tree care needs, and have a good winter.
As of September 1st it will be legal to prune elms until March 31st. We have been booking elm pruning steadily throughout the summer. If you have an elm that needs pruned, this is a good time to contact us.