We hope you enjoy seeing ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos as much as we enjoy sharing them. In 2014 we received a call from a Glen Ellyn resident worried about their majestic 38-inch diameter Maple tree shown in the photo below, and rightfully so.
The tree was thin, off-colored, and had several dead limbs protruding out from the top and sides of the tree. The tree was obviously highly distressed and in the process of dying.
This resident was very astute in noticing the distressed tree early on. All too often homeowners wait until it is too late before questioning whether anything can be done to save their tree.
We recommended our ‘Stress Recovery Soil/Root Drench Treatment Program’. This treatment consists of a combination of products deposited right at the base of the tree in the Spring or Summer followed by our basic Fall Root Fertilization program. The products that we apply consist of a rich suspension of Minerals, Nutrients, Amino Acids and Beneficial Fungi that we have personally formulated over our 47 years in the tree care industry. While this combination of products doesn’t produce results like this every single time on highly stressed trees, 85% of the time it does work miracles as you can see in the comparison ‘after’ photo.
The point is that healthy mature trees add tremendous value to your property so it makes sense to care for them!
Every year we receive several calls from clients asking why their Oak, Hornbeam or Beech trees retain their dried-out leaves over the winter. These dried out leaves are referred to as ‘marcescent’ leaves. There are varying opinions as to why this occurs.
Here is what happens. Early cold Fall weather or frost seems to encourage some trees to hold onto their dried-out Fall leaves. For some trees, especially certain Oaks, clients mention that a particular tree seems to experience this every year.
For most trees, cells release enzymes that unglue the leaf from the tree in the Fall allowing them to fall to the ground. But early cold or frost can interfere with the process on these previously mentioned varieties of trees. Marcescent leaves are more common on smaller trees or on the lower branches of larger trees.
Some believe that this process occurs with trees that are lacking proper nutrients. But we at Tree Green do not believe this to be the case. Why? Because we have clients whose trees we have been feeding every year for 20 to 35 years still experience this situation. We know that there is no possibility that these trees are lacking nutrients when you consider the suspension of rich minerals, nutrients and amino acids that our root fertilization process provides.
When the new tree buds form and begin to swell in the Spring, they will push off last seasons dried leaves as you have experienced in the past. Until that process occurs don’t worry about your tree at all. Just enjoy those rustling brown leaves that seem to be ‘waving’ to us throughout the Winter.
Beginning in August of every year and continuing into the Fall, we’ll get calls from concerned clients that their evergreens trees are yellowing or browning. Many think their trees are dying.
Interior Yellowing of Evergreens or Pines is a common and normal occurrence. This happens to the innermost needles closest to the trunk or base of the limbs. As long as the outer portions of the trees are green, the trees are fine. If entire limbs are dying all the way out and into this year’s growth, then it’s a different story.
For more information on what’s happening, check out our blog post from last fall.