Advice from Anita Schill, registered consulting arborist, includes:
- Use mulch or leaf litter around the base of your trees. Both are great sources of mycorrhizal fungi that allow trees to draw more nutrients and water from the soil, making the root system stronger, healthier and more tolerant to adverse weather conditions.
- Know when to prune your particular tree species. Pruning at the wrong time can lead to fungi spores and damage your tree’s health. If you are unsure, consult a local arborist.
- Give your trees a deep watering in the fall to ensure they do not dry out. Doing so will also prevent root injury and disease, and will protect the tree from dehydration during chinooks.
Watch the first two videos in this series:
Video series helps homeowners recognize tree health risks
Video series continues: Helping homeowners preserve and protect their trees
Submitted by Kaila Cooper, Community Services and Protective Services