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Ames Place Trees
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Tree Care and Maintenance
Newly Planted Trees
Saplings planted in the tree lawns are an investment in the future. As with any investment they need attention. We plant them in an un-natural, man-made environment. They are bounded on two sides by concrete or asphalt, thus minimizing available water and nutrients. Your help is greatly needed in the first two-three years of a sapling's life if the tree is to thrive and grow into a stately asset.

A newly planted sapling needs a good soaking at least once every week during the growing season if a drenching rain has not fallen. Each newly planted tree is mulched at the time of planting. Mulch should be mounded in a ring around the trunk, with the trunk kept clear by 6" (the "donut-hole"). Place a hose at a slow trickle for an hour or so in the "donut hole" in the middle of the ring of mulch. Turn the water off when the water begins to overflow onto the sidewalk or street. If you wish, you may use a soaker hose specifically designed for watering trees.

Resource:
Tree Help

Mature Trees
Minimal additional maintenance is required for the Ames Place-owned trees. In severe droughts, most trees will welcome additional watering. Otherwise, pruning will be scheduled and overseen by the Agents.

We ask that vines, such as euonymous (wintercreeper) or ivy, not be encouraged to climb the neighborhood trees. Dense vines encourage disease, fungus, and pests. Once in a tree's canopy, such vines can be very difficult to control.

Mulch
Mulch is very important to trees. Not only does it give a neat, landscaped appearance, it protects trunks from mowers and string-cutters. String cutters are particularly damaging to young trunks, opening up wounds that can be infected with fungus and kill a sapling within a season.

Mulch should be distributed evenly around the trunk (1-2 bags worth) in a donut shape. 6" (or up to 12" for mature trees) around the trunk should be kept clear of mulch (the "donut hole") and the mulch then mounded in a ring. If the mulch is up against the trunk, the high moisture content promotes fungal growth that invades the bark and can easily kill or injure a young tree. In addition, mulching encourages root growth. Mulch piled high up against a trunk (pyramid fashion) can result in roots that grow into the mulch pile and over time create a root mass higher than the sidewalk, causing major sidewalk repair.

Resources:
Trees For You
Missouri Botanical Gardens

Pruning
We ask that you please notify the Agents if you notice any pruning issues on the Ames Place-owned trees. Certain trees should not be pruned during the growing season. For example, oaks are susceptible to oak wilt -- a disease that, like Dutch elm, decimates populations. Once a tree is infected, it can die a sudden death. For further information, the Missouri Department of Conservation recommends the following website:

The best time to prune oaks in a way that won't spread the pathogen is Fall/Winter when the trees begin to go dormant. Thus, pruning of the canopy and deadwood of the oaks are scheduled for October/November.