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Storm-damaged tree replacement

Storm-damaged tree removal leaves space for beautiful new trees!

The October snowstorm has devastated our beautiful gardens and landscapes with crushed and broken trees. Once the trees, or what's left of them, have been removed, we can choose to see it as a new beginning. Think about that pretty pink flowering crabapple tree you've always admired; now you have a spot to plant it!

Some trees took the worst hit, such as Bradford Pears, which are weak-wooded, or Magnolias with their large leaves, which were weighed down with the heavy wet snow.  Very few trees can withstand such an early snowstorm; fortunately we do not get them often.

It is not too late in the season to plant new deciduous trees.  Trees that drop their leaves in the fall can be planted as long as the ground is not too frozen to dig.  These trees go dormant for the winter, but their roots are still actively growing.  The additional moisture in the soil over winter helps them to establish good roots without the worry of watering.  It's actually the best time to plant them!  For evergreens, it's better to wait until spring.  They are more susceptible to winter burn if their roots are not established by the time the cold drying winter winds set in.

Whether you want to plant now or wait till spring, your landscape designer can help you choose the best trees for your property’s conditions that will bring you cool summer shade, lovely blooms and beautiful fall color for years to come!

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Martatown November 04, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I'm done with trees!! Cut em all down!! They're over rated!!
Linda Holmes November 04, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Without trees we can't breath!
Alan Boyd November 04, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Susan, you're so right about Bradford pears. We lost all 6 of ours in the October '08 snowstorm. I went out a couple of times in this storm to knock snow off our arborvitae and Japanese maples. We had some minor damage to magnolias.
Alyce Batta November 05, 2011 at 12:47 AM
That's a beautiful light at the end of this tunnel of broken trees. Its good to know there is a good chance for replacement. Thanks Susan.
Alyce Batta November 05, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Oh that's so sad. So sorry you feel like that.
Julie Koza November 05, 2011 at 02:38 PM
I hope you didn't loose too many trees in your beautiful Sterling Horticultural gardens. Love to stroll the grounds and get great ideas and inspiration!
Peggy November 05, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Susan, are there any particularly hardy trees that you'd recommend?
Martatown November 05, 2011 at 10:26 PM
I was only joking tree-huggers. ,)
Alyce Batta November 06, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Hey, that's great, glad to hear it!

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