Fall Tree Care

Yet one more item to add to your handyguy list… tree care!

Fall TreeDo you give your trees any attention in the fall?  The Handyguys discuss how the fall is an important time for both lawn care and tree care.  But before they discuss this topic, they respond to some listener questions and suggestions.

Closet SystemIn response to our closet organization show, Tom suggests that we check out the closet system from www.johnlouishome.com.  You can purchase this system from Rockler.  This closet system combines the ease of a wire shelf system with the sophisticated look of a finished wood product.  You can order in several different wood varieties and pricing is much closer to the wire shelving then to wood cabinets.  Listen to the podcast for the Handyguys comments.

After listening to our Lawnmower show, Bonnie asks “How do you know what size of spark plug, and are there specific ones for lawnmowers?”.  Good question.  Brian addresses this in the podcast, his response to Bonnie is below.

Thanks for contacting The Handyguys Podcast. There are many possibilities for spark plugs. What plug you will need will depend on the manufacturer of the engine on the mower. Usually what I will do is take the old one off and bring it with me to the store to ensure I get an exact replacement. Most stores will have a chart that cross references the plug model numbers from different manufacturers. You can also look in the owners manual for what plug you need. What if you do not have the owners manual and you do not have an old plug to reference? Then you can do some Internet sleuthing.

First determine who makes the engine and what model it is. Two common engine manufacturers for push mowers are Briggs & Stratton and Tecumseh. Go to the manufacturer website and look-up the info. Here are the links for Briggs and Tecumseh.

Briggs & Stratton Spark Plug Information

Thanks again for contacting The Handyguys Podcast. We will let you know if we use your question on the air.

Handyguy Brian

Pruned TreeAnd now for tree care.  Trees are often neglected because the Handyguys are too worried about creating a green lawn. But the fall is a great time to care for you trees and the handyguy or handygal can tackle this job!  It is your last chance to give your trees the care they need before the harsh winter months.

Check out these tips courtesy Home Improvement News and Information Center:

  1. Put composted organic mulch under your tree in the fall or early winter to help retain water and reduce temperature extremes. A thin layer of mulch will act like a blanket and give the tree’s roots a little extra winter protection.
  2. Give your trees a drink. Winter droughts require watering as much as summer droughts. If temperatures permit, an occasional watering during the winter on young trees can be a life saver. But be sure to water only when soil and trees are cool but not frozen.
  3. Prune your trees. Winter is actually one of the best times to prune because it is easier to see the structure of trees without their leaves. But limit pruning to deadwood and poorly placed branches in order to save as many living branches as possible.
  4. Prevent mechanical injuries. Branch breakage or splitting can be caused by ice and snow accumulation, or chewing and rubbing by animals. Prevent problems from occurring on young trees by wrapping the base of trees in a hard, plastic guard or a metal hardware cloth. Wrapping trees with burlap or plastic cloth also can prevent temperature damage. Just remember to remove the wraps and guards in the spring to prevent damage when the tree begins to grow.

For more information:

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care research around the world. Headquartered in Champaign, Ill., ISA is dedicated to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees. For more information, contact a local ISA Certified Arborist or visit www.isa-arbor.com.

Courtesy: Home Improvement News and Information Center

Brian wraps up the show by mentioning that you can get free trees when joining the Arbor Day Foundation or maybe even from your town. Also check if your township has a free mulch program as part of its recycling program.

Finally, The Handyguys will be speaking at this years PodCamp, Saturday September 13th. If you will be attending or in the area, stop by and meet us.

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