Winter Rabbit & Rodent Damage


Rabbits & rodents during the winter months get hungry. One thing they will eat is unprotected bark on trees & shrubs in your landscape. Most susceptible trees are fruit trees & flowering crab trees. I have also seen damage to smaller Birch trees.
The tree in the photo is a Corral Burst Crabtree with extensive rabbit damage. The tree may bud out this spring, but will eventually die. The outer bark that was eaten is where nutrients & moisture travel up & down the tree.
The best thing to do to prevent this damage is use a white sleeve or fine metal screen. Put it on in the early fall & take off once spring arrives & the rabbits have other sources of food available.
Also important in areas where deer are present, protect the bark up to where shade tree branches out. Most any type of shade tree can be damaged by a male deer rubbing its antlers on the bark of the tree.
Another culprit to tree trunk damage is weed wips & lawn mowers. A good way to prevent this damage is to always keep a ring of mulch around the base of trees. This provides a safety zone for the tree trunk from mechanical damage. Mulch also helps retain moisture around the surrounding soil, has a insulating effect to help stabilize stabilize soil temperature and as the mulch decomposes give off nutrients beneficial to the tree.
Jerry Knutson, owner of Arbor Hill Tree Farm in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

Turning Over A New Leaf

Varigated Norway Maple

Arbor Hill Tree Farm is preparing for a new year. New this year is an updated website with a new format. The new format is called responsive. Basically meaning the website knows what type of device you are accessing it with and adjusts to fit that device.

The site you see on a smart phone is smaller & narrower than if you are accessing on a tablet, laptop or desktop. We have chosen this format to make the site easier to view on a smart phone because the numbers show more & more customers view our site using a smart phone. For a view of the full site with much more photos, access the site with a device with a broader screen.

We look forward to a great 2017.

Jerry Knutson, owner.

Winter Beauty

Winter Beauty in your landscape can be improved by adding evergreen trees. This photo was sent to Arbor Hill Tree Farm by a customer. They selected the tree from thousands of trees growing in our fields in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Once selected we used our turf friendly Terex skidsteer to plant at their site.The December snowfall on top of white Christmas lights made for a great photo opportunity.

This photo is of a Black Hills Spruce. Black Hills Spruce are very hearty and native to Minnesota. Many other evergreen trees are also great selections for your landscape in Minnesota. Colorado Spruce, Balsam Fir, Eastern White Pine are all great additions to a landscape.

Fall Tree Planting

12 ft Balsam
Balsam Fir is just one of many evergreens Arbor Hill Tree Farm grows, sells & plants for our customers. This tree is tolerant of partial shade & wetter soil conditions than other evergreens.
Fall is a great time to plant trees. Evergreen trees are starting to go dormant & cooler temperatures make for perfect tree transplanting weather. Other evergreen available in many sizes include Black Hill Spruce, Colorado Spruce, White Pine, Canadian Hemlock, Black Spruce, Austrian Pine, Fat Albert Spruce and others.
Check out our “Tree Specials Page” for $70.00 savings on Spruce.

Mn Arbor Day

Happy Arbor Day Minnesota.

The last Friday in April is typically Arbor Day in Minnesota. The spring has been a mixed bag of  warm & cool weather. Sales for trees have been very busy. WE appreciate all the customers that have placed orders. We will work hard to get your trees planted as soon as possible. HAPPY ARBOR DAY!

Early Spring

Spring has sprung incredibly early this year. On March 10th the snow melted & frost is out. This is a record at Arbor Hill Tree Farm for earliest digging. Coupled with a record late date for  planting ( December 21st, 2015), this has been a short winter.

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Arbor Hill Tree Farm has a great selection of evergreens as well as shade trees to add to your landscape. Check out our TREE SPECIALS PAGE on our website for some spring tree savings. We are open by appointment till early May, so please call ahead for an appointment. Jerry at 651-245-7978 or jerry@arborhilltreefarm.com

 

 

 

Trees for Bird & Wildlife Habitat.

Fruit Trees Provide food in the Cold winter.
gross beak2Birds & Wildlife benefit from fruit trees in your landscape every winter. Birds need food to survive the winter. Many types of Flowering Crab Trees produce small fruit that is not messy in your landscape & provides food for birds in the winter.

Evergreen trees such as Spruce, Pine & Fir provide nesting sites for songbirds in the summer & provide cover from the extreme cold & wind in the winter months.

Evergreens for screening

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One of the most common uses of evergreen trees in a landscape or property is screening. Many times individuals are looking to establish some privacy in their landscape. Others may have views to neighboring properties that are undesirable.   Planting evergreens is a great way to establish these goals.

The photo above shows a site Arbor Hill Tree Farm planted Balsam Fir Trees along the driveway, helping define the lot line from another property.

Arbor Hill Tree Farm has years of experience assisting homeowners with tree species selection, placement recommendations as well as full planting and installations and over 37 acres of trees in production.

December Tree Planting

Its hard to believe but 2015 is just hours from being over. The snow & cold was slow to arrive, keeping the frost from making the ground hard. We had a late order & we were able to dig & plant 4 beautiful 12 foot White Pine in Bayport, Mn on December 21st, 2015. Definitely a record for the latest tree planting of the season at Arbor Hill Tree Farm. 2015 was a record sales year. Thanks to all our customers for making it all possible. We look forward to another successful year in 2016.

 

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Early Spring Pruning

Winter finally came to a close as far as the calendar is concerned. We are still in March and had some more snow after experiencing some great warm, above average temperatures for about 2 weeks. People are anxious to get to there Spring projects, even though it is quite early to start digging in the ground. It is a great time to do some tree pruning. A good rule to follow for the safest time to prune trees is as long as the month has an “R” in it, then it is safe. Pruning shade tree this time of year also allows you to see the true branching of the tree. I recommend pruning lower limbs up to about eye level. This will allow walking below trees easy.

Evergreen trees are pruned to maintain 1 dominant leader & prune off anything irregular. The photo above is a Balsam Fir planting we completed last year. These trees were placed so that they will eventually provide some privacy from a neighboring property.

Arbor Hill Tree Farm is completing our pruning for the year and will soon be out in our fields burlapping trees. If you have a project in mind for the Spring & are in need of some trees, we are currently taking orders. Customers can contact us to come out & walk our fields to select trees if they wish, or we can select trees for them. As soon as weather permits, we start planting trees at customers sites. Typically end of April. For much more information on our products, pricing & services Arbor Hill Tree Farm offers, please review our website or contact Jerry at 651-245-7978 or email us at jerry@arborhilltreefarm.com.