Conservation Connection: Urban Forestry

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(KPLR) - Summer is rapidly approaching and Missouri Conservation Department Urban Forester Mark Grueber talked with John Fuller about taking care of your trees.  

Here are some of the tips Mark Grueber gave on taking care of trees:

Right Tree, Right Place

Know your site (moisture, sunlight, proximity to structures, etc.)

Research the tree you want to plant to make sure it will be a good fit

What’s the main thing a tree needs to get a good start?
Water
Water often and thoroughly
Don’t stop after the first year, continue the first 2-3 years

Q. Why is mulching around a tree a good idea?
Helps retain water around the tree
Keeps away competitive plants like grass and weeds
Protects from lawn mower and weed eater damage
Make mulch ring large

Q.  What about established trees?
Again, watering is most important, especially as summer approaches and rain decreases

Best to have at least one good, slow soaking per month

One method is using a soaker hose spiraled out from the base of the trunk

Extend to under the ends of the branches
Soak down 6-12 inches

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