I find your news group to be very informative, however, some lucid
instruction on three major tree problems could be addressed. Improper
planting, improper mulching and improper pruning. These basic problems are
repeated regularly by people who claim to be professionals. A tree should
be planted correctly if you are a professional. A well prepared planting
site, not a hole in the ground (anybody can dig a hole) and the tree planted
at the depth the woody roots are coming off the trunk would be nice. Once
in a while. Staking is fine as long as you use broad, belt-like material
that will allow the tree to sway. Mulching is pretty simple. Keep mulch at
least 6" away from the trunk flare, no more than 3"-4" thick and flat.
Volcano mulching is a sign that someone does not understand trees. As far
as pruning goes' wouldn't it be nice if people who prune trees would be
required to have dissected trees first to understand targets? We address
these topics in our Techno Tree Biology Dictionary at
www.treedictionary.com. All of this talk about organic tree care. If we
could just get these three subjects addressed. Anyone interested in
learning about proper tree care and being called a professional should be
aware of the stuff here - www.shigoandtrees.com . Just a suggestion.
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Consulting Tree Biologist
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
Some people will buy products they do not understand and not buy books that
will give them understanding.