As we enter into the driest, hottest part of the year in this region, we get lots of questions about drought. We’ve had a number of drier years, so folks want to know how to give their trees the best chance.
The city of Bozeman has detailed policy on the selection, planting, maintenance, removal and replacement of trees on public property – mostly meaning curbside or “boulevard” trees. In fact, our city has both a Bozeman Tree Advisory Board, and a City Forestry Department. Together they’ve created a booklet covering what you need to know about acceptable species for specific areas (including placement under power lines), explains why that list was recently whittled down a bit, and even a Cost Share Program on how you may be able to get vouchers toward the cost of new trees.
There’s something about the instant gratification and impact of moving a large established tree that makes the idea very appealing. It’s understandable that after a long winter, local residents want to get going and get growing at the first sign of spring! We get many calls about moving trees early in the season every year.
Here are our must-do strategies for Fall: Stop, then resume watering. To prepare trees for winter, you should stop watering in early fall. Once all the leaves are down, you can resume watering weekly to ensure good soil moisture. Keep it up until the ground freezes…
Some wild weather in the valley lately! Truth is, it can get pretty western around here any time of year, whether it’s high winds and thunderstorms that swoop down literally in a flash, heavy snows or damaging hail. Often trees take quite a beating.