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October 27, 2018
We planted a new rather large tree this spring. We were advised to water copiously
all season. How much water and how often should we water this fall and winter? I
am still watering religiously every week that we don’t have rainfall and am prepared
to do so all winter if necessary.
Once the weather becomes cooler the amount of water your tree needs will slow down,
both due to less evaporation and slower growth. We typically get ample rainfall in
the fall and early winter, and this year we seem to be in a monsoon season. Last
year we were bone dry all fall and early winter, so watering was needed. Normally
I would advise watering once every three to four weeks in the winter if natural rainfall
January 21, 2017
I am looking for some special types of trees and want to know where I can find them
in Arkansas since I would rather buy locally. If I do find them, when is the best
time to plant a tree?
We have some excellent nurseries in Arkansas and they all carry some different things.
I would check with your local nurseries. Even if they don't have the variety you are
looking for, I bet they could get one ordered for you. I always encourage gardeners
to develop a relationship with their local nursery. These folks want to carry products
that their customers want to buy. I think the best time of year to plant a tree is
late October through November, but these trees are still dormant through early March,
which can make planting your job easier. The dormant season is November through February,
but in reality container grown trees can be planted any time of the year as long as
you are willing to water. For many plants, late winter/early spring is when the best
selection is available at local nurseries.
We planted a weeping willow tree this spring and it has been doing quite well. That
is, until my husband completely girdled it with his weed eater. The bark has been
broken all around the tree. Do you think it will survive, or should we just dig it
up and plant another in the fall?
Lawnmower and weed eater disease get a lot of landscape plants! Let me first forewarn
you that weeping willows aren't particularly long-lived trees in Arkansas even without
the help of the weed eater. They do need a water source, so if you have a pond or
stream on property they will do better than in a standard landscape. If the tree has
been girdled to the layer beneath the bark called the cambium layer, chances are good
that the tree will die from that point up. That is the area where food and water move
up and down the tree and once it is damaged, nothing makes it to the upper portions.
You should see wilting and decline fairly soon, especially since it is summer. See
what happens. You don't want to replant a tree in the summer anyway. Wait until November.
Then, if need be, replant, but consider some other tree species as well.
If things go as planned we will be moving into a new home in a couple of months. We
want a couple of trees in front of the house. Would maple or dogwood be ok and if
so is there a particular kind ? We will have close to 100 ft. across the lot. It is
in the Hot Springs area.
Dogwoods would be a good choice only as an understory plant. They need a bit of protection
from the hottest afternoon sun. You may want to get some shade trees established.
Red maples are great trees, but do be aware that they can have surface roots. To be
guaranteed the red fall color, look for a named cultivar such as 'October Glory' or
'Red Sunset'. Some other good shade trees that are tough and durable are Little Leaf
Linden--Tilia cordata, Lacebark Elm--Ulmus parvifolia and blackgum- Nyssa sylvatica.
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