When planting a tree don’t put soil above the crown, pack well to element air pockets and score the roots to stimulate growth.

Jim, arborist and owner of Hentges Tree service, was the guest speaker for Lake Bloomers FGCM members at their March meeting.

Spring in the open window for trimming trees, while there is active growth coming on. He gave the club tips on keeping trees healthy and in good shape. 

Cutting branches 2” diameter and smaller, maintains limbs while avoiding wilt and diseases entering the cut. Other points of interest were on purchasing trees in containers, burlap plugs or bare root. Container grown was the favorable choice sense the root system is most natural. When planting a tree don’t put soil above the crown, pack well to element air pockets and score the roots to stimulate growth.

By not mounding soil or mulch up the trunk of the tree we can help minimize insects and disease. 

Hentges also recommends waiting until after tax day to trim on the oaks.

With this awareness on tree maintenance we as homers and gardeners make better caretakers of our environment. We are also carrying on the objectives of the Federated Garden Club of Missouri.

The clubs next meeting will be April 10th For more info contact Marinea Mehrhoff 374 3127 or Mary Bullock 374 1151.