1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 30, 2008

:335 Trim Dead Growth

Filed under: :335 Trim Dead Growth — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:46 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:335 EcoTip: With winter nearly here and the leaves off the trees. This is a good time to trim dead growth and prune back your trees while they are dormant. Winter ice, snow and heavy winds place a lot of stress of tree branches. Pruning at the beginning of winter helps reduce the risk of damage to the tree and your property when outdoor conditions get severe. It is also easier to prune while the leaves are off. 

Another advantage to winter pruning is eliminating diseased sections while they are dormant. This a good organic way to deal with over wintering pest problems and disease. Make sure you don’t leave the waste laying around your trees or it may spread back to the plants when they become active again.

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October 31, 2008

:305 Grounding Trees

Filed under: :305 Grounding Trees — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:22 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challange: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:305 EcoTip: Trees can be grounded with lightning rod systems to protect them against lightning strikes. This is especially important for trees near buildings since the lightning can jump from the tree to the structure.

Large Tree Struck By Lightning Courtesy of Lightning Rod Stuff
Large Tree Struck By Lightning

  Courtesy of Lightning Rod Stuff 

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More information about grounding systems for trees is available from lightning rod stuff.

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June 14, 2008

:166 Xeriscape

Filed under: :166 Xeriscape — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:06 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:166 EcoTip: Xeriscape is a landscaping term for low water use landscaping. By planting native and drought tolerant ground covers, grasses, trees and shrubs you can have an attractive yard that helps support native butterfly populations and birds while reducing the amount of water necessary. During a drought when you need to stop watering, the established plants may not look as attractive, but they are more likely to survive and revive when soil moisture levels return to normal.

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You can find more information regarding xeriscape at:

http://www.eartheasy.com/grow_xeriscape.htm 

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April 5, 2008

:096 Copper Snail Barrier

Filed under: :096 Copper Snail Barrier — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:096 Tip: Copper foil tape can be used to protect potted plants, trees and garden areas from encroaching slugs and snails. As they slime their way onto the copper they get a mild shock that repels them. It is important to use uncoated copper and not art copper which has a coating to protect it from tarnishing. The coating prevents the copper from repelling the snail or slug.

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Additional Information

The University of California Davis has an incredible photo of the copper foil being used on a tree at:

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/H/I-SM-HASP-TR.002.html

They also have additional information on nontoxically protecting your yard and garden from these pests at: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7427.html

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March 18, 2008

:078 Expansive Soil & Trees

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source: Extreme Weather Hits Home

Suggested Review – :075, :076, :077

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:078 Tip: When a large tree is stressed by drought it can remove 100 gallons of water from the soil each day. This can be especially damaging to buildings if the tree roots extend under the building and the soil is expansive clay.

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Trees should not be planted close enough to buildings for the roots to extend under the foundation. This generally means you need to plant the tree as far from the building as its expected mature height. If you have an existing tree that is too close, an experienced arborist can cap offending roots and help save both the building and the tree.

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