Friday, October 29, 2010
The large oak tree that greets you at St. Martins has been recently structure pruned. The removal of the deadwood which was on the tree improves tree health and member safety. Efforts were also made to remove some of the weight off of many branches. Not a tremendous amount of this work could take place, as the tree is in a state of gradual decline, and branches which have many leaves on them were left to try to encourage as much photosynthesis and plant growth as possible next year. As we move forward in properly caring for this specimen tree it will be deep-root fertilized every two years, and dead wood pruning will take place every four to five years. With proper care, we expect to have many more years to enjoy this tree.