Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What your winter tree care should consist of

Although it is winter and you may think that there's nothing to do for your trees, there's actually quite a few steps you can and should be taking to ensure your trees are kept in tip top shape for the upcoming spring. 
One of our most majestic trees is the maple.  It would be a shame if winter's toll did any damage to the maples in your yard. Maple trees are beautiful and are usually green, yellow, orange or red. However to keep them looking beautiful you will need to prune them! 
Believe it or not, February is a great time for pruning your maple trees to keep them healthy, reduce the chance of disease and bug infestation. Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. to assess and trim your trees!
Just for fun, here's some trivia about maples that will make you want to keep them as healthy as possible!
1. There are at least 100 species of maple trees in the world.
2. 14 of those species are indigenous to the United States.
3. Maple trees produce enough oxygen to keep 80 people breathing each year.
4. The first Japanese maple to arrive in the U.S. went to Long Island, New York in 1862.
5. It takes 50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
6. Maple syrup is composed of balanced sugars, minerals, vitamins and amino acids which makes it unique from other sweeteners.
-Vitamins: PP (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B2 (Riboflavin), Folic Acid, B6 (Pyridoxine),Biotin, and Vitamin A.
-MINERALS: potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and iron
7. Red maples are fast-growing and can reach 40 feet to 90 feet tall and can reach 150 years of age.
8. The helicopters seeds that fall out of the tree are actually the fruit of the maple tree.
9. The sugar maple tree has hard, beautiful wood and often has patterns like birds eye. This wood is often used for fine furniture.
10. Because of weather, the best maple syrup will come from Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Maine.
Hope you enjoyed this read.

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