Trimming your holly tree helps to maintain its shape and encourages new growth. Limit major trimming to the tree's dormant period. Wear appropriate clothing and eye protection due to the sharp spines on the holly leaves.
Look for wounds on the tree trunk, which are a sign of a disease. While a mild infestation is treatable using an appropriate pesticide, consider removing any tree with a major infestation. Dispose of diseased debris in an appropriate manner to prevent infestation of other trees in the area.
Trim hollies that form a rounded crown and grow to at least 8 feet tall by limbing up, removing lower branches to form the bush into a tree. Trim conical hollies using hacktracking, a method that involves trimming all limbs by two-thirds, to reinforce the shrub's pyramidal shape.
DoItYourself.com recommends removing any branches growing upward or downward when limbing up, leaving those growing horizontally. Trim any damaged limbs and those that appear to be weak. Beginning at eye level, remove branches that cross and thin any dense growth to provide air circulation. Keep the lower branches longer than those above them.
Integrated Pest Management states that browning needles on a blue limber pine tree are a symptom of needle blight. Needle blight is also called red band disease and mainly affects limber pines in the Midwest.Full Answer >
Colorado blue spruce can be fertilized when first planted or in early spring before the growth season, according to Garden Guides. Slow-release fertilizer should be sprinkled around the base of the tree, leaving a margin of 8 inches between the fertilized area and the trunk. Use a rake to work the fertilizer into the soil, and then water the area to ensure that the fertilizer seeps down into the roots.Full Answer >
According to Jeld-Wen, knotty alder is a wood species that has a rustic look, a uniform texture and a pronounced grain. It is an ideal choice of wood for staining.Full Answer >
Palm trees reproduce by flowering. Palm trees are prized more for their leaves and the shapes and textures of their trunks than for their flowers.Full Answer >