We were delighted to have been on the front page of the Chicago Tribune in their story covering the effects of the 2012 drought on our trees and shrubs. Tree Green’s 40 year Certified Arborist and President, Craig Casino, was quoted along with experts from the Morton Arboretum as well as the Illinois Cooperative Forestry Extension Service.
This article was well written and worth reading. The only thing the article did not cover was an explanation as to what homeowners should do now to protect trees that have been damaged over the past 4 years.
When one considers that 2009, 2010 and 2011 were excessively wet, followed by the drought of 2012, it is important to note that both situations are highly damaging to root systems. As State of Illinois forestry expert Jay Hayek states at the end of the story, “trees will be struggling to recover for the next 5-7 years and may die during that time frame if their root systems cannot recover in time”.
So how can you help your trees to recover?
Keep your trees watered going into the winter and during summer dry spells, and make sure they have the proper nutrients. This is especially true for any individual trees that are of particular importance on your property.
Tree Green performs pressurized root fertilization. Fall is actually the best time of year to feed your trees!