One of the most important things you can do to maximize the growth potential of your Chestnut Hill Outdoors products, particularly in the early stages of growth, is to reduce competition. Grass and weeds are the biggest competitors of young trees, stealing water and soil nutrients away from your new plantings.
That’s why you should establish and maintain a 2 – 3 foot circle clear of weeds around the base of each tree. You can begin by physically removing grass and weeds down to the bare soil then adding mulch or mats within the weedless circle. Mulch (such as pine bark, decomposed leaves, old hay, etc.) provides many benefits. It works like a weed mat and can add beneficial organic matter to the soil over time as it decays. It also preserves moisture in the soil underneath, much like a natural forest.
A less labor intensive method to remove and control weeds is to apply a herbicide (for mature trees only). Roundup and other glyphosate based products are broad-spectrum systemic herbicides, developed specifically to kill annual broadleaf weeds and grasses. They are absorbed through the foliage and transported to growing points where they inhibit plant enzymes involved in growth. However, be cautious with this method around young trees as the bark can an absorb the herbicide just like the leaves, and kill the trees altogether
If you choose this option for your mature trees, the folks at Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers the following recommendations:
- Use Grow Tubes. They allow you to spray close to the tree without fear of damaging it by hitting the stem where herbicides could be absorbed through the bark. They also improve the mirco-environment and protect bark from insect and rodent pests.
- Apply only when there is no wind to prevent over-spray, or herbicides dispersing into unintended areas.
- Mix herbicide with a colored dye so you can clearly see where the herbicide is being applied and avoid accidental overspray.
- Use a shield or hood on the fertilizer wand. This allows greater control over where herbicide is applied.
Also bear in mind that because it is a growth inhibitor, Round-Up should be applied during the growing season, not as a pre-emergent. Your spraying will be more effective if you can mow the area first, then wait a week to 10 days until vigorous weed growth begins before spraying.
Chestnut Hill Outdoors is more than just a nursery. In order to ensure you get the maximum benefit from their products, they also provide sound advice and instruction on proper planting and care. For more on Chestnut Hill Outdoors products and how to care for them, visit ChestnutHillOutdoors.com, or call (855) 386-7826
Chestnut Hill is the best place for you to purchase your food plot and deer attractant plants because they offer a large selection, their plants are specifically bred to attract deer, and they offer customers different sized plants at different levels of growth.
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