Get to Know Shermik Tree Farms
Shermik has over 75 years and 3 generations of growing experience with trees and shrubs. Today we have grown to be one of the larger tree transplanters and one of the few companies that grow our own trees in the state of Minnesota. We have a full time office and sales staff who can offer the most effective and experienced service in selecting, moving and caring for the trees of your choice as well as referrals for landscape design.
Late Autumn Tree Care
Once the deciduous trees have lost their leaves in late autumn, it is time to start watering again. Evergreen trees will definitely need to be watered before winter - since they never lose their foliage and go into full dormancy, they will constantly be losing water throughout the winter.
By late autumn, the tops of the trees have gone dormant, so they will not produce new growth. The tree is busy moving nutrients around in preparation for dormancy. Water deeply (at least 1-2 feet deep at a time) until the ground is frozen. Deep watering encourages proper root growth so that the trees will be able to access water farther down in the soil. Young trees, especially, need lots of water to establish roots in preparation for winter. Newly planted trees should be watered at the base, while more mature trees should be watered at the dripline. You can keep watering trees in late autumn as long as there is no snow cover and the air temperature is above 45 degrees.
Winter Preparation Checklist
Put composted organic mulch under your tree in the fall or early winter to help retain water and reduce temperature extremes. A thin layer of mulch will act like a blanket and give the tree's roots a little extra winter protection.
Give your trees a drink. Winter droughts require watering as much as summer droughts. If temperatures permit, an occasional watering during the late fall on young and old trees can be a life saver.
Prune your trees. Fall is actually good timing to prune because it is easier to see the structure of trees and they are dormant. But limit pruning to deadwood and poorly placed branches in order to save as many living branches as possible.
Prevent mechanical injuries. Branch breakage or splitting can be caused by ice and snow accumulation, or chewing and rubbing by animals. Prevent problems from occurring on young trees by wrapping the base of trees in a hard, plastic guard or something similar. Wrapping trees with burlap or plastic cloth also can prevent temperature damage. Just remember to remove the wraps and guards in the spring to prevent damage when the tree begins to grow.
Tree Care in the Heat
As you know doubt have noticed, it's hot. It's been hot and it can have some consequences on your trees. Most of the trees will be fine with the heat, but they will be subject to injury if the roots get too dry. Please be sure that your favorite trees get some water occasionally when the weather gets hot. Trees under drought stress will be magnets to other problems like borers and fungi.
A nice way to help the tree out is to mulch under the tree's dripline. This will replicate forest root conditions. Trees' roots in a lawn or along your driveway may be getting too hot and dry for their long-term health. A good way to water trees is to get an inexpensive hose-end sprinkler or hand water the tree canopy. The tree will get hot just like anything on a hot day, this will help cool it down and the tree will absorb the water through the canopy misting.
Emerald Ash Borer Guide
With no natural enemies in our environment, EAB has been found to be extraordinarily effective in spreading rapidly and in wiping out entire streets of ash trees at a time. If you have an ash tree in your yard, the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association recommends that you consult with an exerienced tree care professional. Call Shermik Tree Farms today.
Download the PDF, "Emerald Ash Borer: Homeowner Guide to Insecticide Selection, Use, and Environmental Protection" for good information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota Extension, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Choosing a tree should be a well thought-out decision.
Tree planting can be a significant investment in money and time. Proper selection can provide you with years of enjoyment as well as significantly increase the value of your property. An inappropriate tree for your property can be a constant maintenance problem. Shermik Tree Farm staff can assist you in selecting the right tree for your project. You should take into consideration what purpose will this tree serve? Trees can serve numerous landscape functions including beautification, screening of sights and sounds, shade and energy conservation, and wildlife habitat. — Bart Perkins, Owner