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The Sunrise Scoop- Seasonal Landscaping News and Tips
Our E-Newsletter goes out in early Spring, Summer, and Fall. The latest news and scheduling Seasonal Tips and Reminders ‘Ask Adam’ Questions and Answers Seasonal Services Offered
2015 E Newsletter Spring The ROI on Landscaping Ask Adam- A big buck scraped his antlers on my tree this winter. Is there anything I can do, and will it survive? Fall Fall Container Extend your Gardening Season Ask Adam - Why am I seeing so many dead trees around this year?


The ROI on Landscaping

How do you justify spending thousands of dollars on landscaping? Will it really increase your “curb appeal” and by how much? Multiple studies across the US have found that the increase in perceived home value from no landscaping to excellent landscaping is 10- 12%. Perceived value may not make much of a difference in an appraisal, but it definitely affects the sale price.   So, those relatively large landscaping expenses do significantly increase your home's perceived  value and will result in a higher selling price. This is especially important in subdivisions where houses are similar in appearance. In a competitive market, curb appeal can make the difference.   In studies, factors that affected perceived value most are design sophistication and plant size. Highest Valued Designs- foundation plantings with adjoining beds, large island plantings, large deciduous and evergreen trees and flowering plants, curved lines, and colored hardscapes.   One multi-state study found that very minimal landscaping (a simple design with small plants) actually detracted from the landscape value!   As a bonus, the value of your landscape (if well maintained) increases over time as plants grow and mature. How many other expensive home improvements can say the same?   The Effect of Landscape Plants on Perceived Home Value  Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Q. A big buck scraped his antlers on my tree this winter. Is

there anything I can do, and will it survive?

A. Once the damage is done, there isn't much you can do to help the tree. It's mostly wait and see at that point. Survival depends on the size of the tree and the extent of damage. If the scrape is just on one side, the tree will probably live but  it will be weaker on that side and will  and probably lose some leaves or branches. Prune any damaged branches and carefully trim away any loose bark. The wound will heal over time but there will be a scare. If the scrape is all the way around, the tree is girdled, and will not make it. If there are deer in the area, there is a chance that a buck will scrape his antlers on trees. They usually target  1-4" diameter trees with smooth bark, or young soft wooded evergreens.  A deer's antlers grow velvet over the summer. In the fall, during the rut, bucks scrape antlers on trees to rub the velvet off, to show dominance and to mark territory. In the late winter, they rub to help shed antlers. Other than erecting an 8-10ft fence around your property, wrapping the trunks of small trees  in fall and winter is the best method of protection. Tree guards can be purchased at garden centers, or you can wrap with chicken wire or hardware mesh. Paper wrap is cheaper but it can be worn through by deer rubbing. Vinyl spiral wraps and corrugated plastic tubes are more effective protection, but heavy rubbing on them can still damage the bark underneath. The more solid wraps also offer protection from sunscald in the winter. You can also try staking 1 or 2 light weight steel posts around the tree trunk to make it more difficult for the deer. Tree Wraps:  Wrap all of the exposed bark on the trunk from the base up to the bottom branches. Be sure to remove the wrap before the tree leafs out in Spring.


Tools & Tips

Fall Containers Extend Your Gardening Season:

As the days get cooler and fall is in the air, start swapping out the summer annuals in your pots with fall colors and frost tolerant plants. Common container plants such as coleus and sweet potato vine will be wilted at the first frost. If you're wondering if a plant will work well in a fall container, check the growing zone. If it's labeled Zone 2-3, it should do well into the fall. Mum's are the go-to plant for fall color, but there are many of other options for plants that will look good into the fall, including     Potted perennials and small evergreens (many of which are on sale this time of year)     Frost tolerant annuals with colorful or interesting foliage     Edible and vegetables - herbs, lettuce, chard, or kale     Gourds or small pumpkins can dress up a pot Just remember, plants won't be growing much with the cool temps, so plant your fall pots full. Keep watering if it doesn't rain, but you won’t need to water as often as you did during the heat of the summer. Think once or twice a week instead of every day or two!

Q. Why am I seeing so many dead trees around this year?

A.  While there are many reasons that trees can decline and die, the dead trees you are seeing around town and along the roads are most likely Ash trees. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has moved into this area the last few years, and now we are really seeing the damage. Ash are native to our woodlands and were a commonly planted landscape and street tree before this exotic pest came along. The Emerald Ash Borer is a wood boring insect that lays its eggs under Ash tree bark. The larvae eat the tissue under the bark and eventually girdle the tree. This pest is native to East Asia, and hitched a ride to this country in shipping materials. As is the case with many exotic invasives, there were no natural predators here to control the spread. The beetles are metallic green in color, and can fly a few miles to find more Ash trees. They also spread by people moving infested wood to other areas. A tree that has EAB usually dies within 2-4 years. First you will notice the tree's crown die back from the top down, as the nutrient and water source is cut off by the tunneling larva. You may see sprouting of branches around the base as the tree tries a last ditch effort to survive. You will also see the bark start to split off and you may even see woodpeckers feeding high in the tree. By this stage the tree is pretty much a goner. There are chemical treatments available to try to save high value trees. They can be expensive, though, and are most successful when used as a preventative for a healthy tree. If you have an Ash tree on your property and it still looks healthy, you have a chance at saving it before the insects find it. At this point it's a matter of when, not if. If you do lose a tree to EAB, be sure to replant with diverse tree species. We get into these problems of massive tree losses because we create monocultures with our overuse of certain tree species, through which insects and diseases can spread rapidly. There are many other insects and diseases that can cause the same symptoms as EAB, so it's best to contact an arborist if you notice your trees are declining. They can accurately diagnose and offer options.
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Our E-Newsletter goes out in early Spring, Summer, and Fall. The latest news and scheduling Seasonal Tips and Reminders ‘Ask Adam’ Questions and Answers Seasonal Services Offered
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