How to Tell if the Trees in Your Yard are Going Into Dormancy

The timing of the growth and dormancy cycle of the trees in your yard depends on the types of trees you have and where you live. Dormancy is the process that allows your trees to survive the winter and start growing again in the fall. Cold winter months create adverse growing conditions for many types oftrees. As growing conditions become adverse, the trees respond by shutting down all nonessential functions in order to preserve the few resources that will remain throughout the winter. There are some physical changes that you will notice in the trees to indicate that they are moving into dormancy. Some homeowners question whether trees are dying or simply going dormant when these changes occur. There are some signs you can learn to help you differentiate between dormancy and tree death. Understanding what happens when the trees in your yard are going into dormancy can help you protect them from issues that can lead to irreversible damage.

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Top Shrub and Tree Care Tasks to Add to Your List

Trees and shrubs often seem low maintenance because they do not require the same level of attention as many smaller plants. Their deep root systems allow them to continue thriving even in dry conditions. While trees and shrubs do require less attention, it does not mean you can ignore them completely. Neglecting to provide any type of care to your trees and shrubs can lead to serious problems that will demand your attention and possibly your money. You can avoid most major problems with your trees and shrubs by putting growth management, deep root feedings, and insect and disease control on your list of routine lawn maintenance tasks.

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Tips for Taking Care of the Shrubs in Your Yard

Shrubs are an important aspect of the overall landscape of a yard. Many types of shrubs are evergreen and they are often much larger than the surrounding plants. Shrubs are generally the largest plant in a yard other than the trees. Because of their size and perennial status it is important to take care of the shrubs in your yard. It is more expensive and labor intensive to replace a mature shrub that died of than it is to properly care for that shrub and protect its health. You can take care of the shrubs in your yard by keeping debris cleared away, preventing overgrowth, keeping an eye out for disease/pest activity, and by looking into deep root feedings.

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How Does Overgrowth Threaten the Health of Trees?

The overgrowth of trees may seem like a purely aesthetic problem. The reality is, however, that overgrowth can be a serious threat to the health of the trees on your property. Overgrowth can threaten the health of trees by hiding pest activity, covering up signs of disease, and weighing down the branches. If your trees are beginning to become overgrown now is the time to take action-before serious damage can be done.

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What Types of Pests are the Biggest Threat to My Lawn?

Pests can be a big threat to your yard. They can cause unsightly damage and even kill off large sections of your grass. In order to protect your yard from the threat of pests you need to learn which types pose the biggest threat. When you know the signs of activity from the various types of pests you can take steps to prevent those pests or eradicate them if they are already present. Four pests that pose a threat to your lawn are grubs, moles, chinch bugs, and armyworms.

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