This episode is all about trees! Today we learn about why you might call a professional Certified Arborist (master tree caretaker), to your property and what to expect when you do. This not just someone with a chainsaw and a truck; a Certified Arborist can identify disease or tree damage, advise on tree health and care, do expert pruning, and much, much more.
Next we visit the City of Mount Airy municipal mulching facility where leaves are picked up curbside, composted over several seasons, and made available back to the community in the form of beautiful black leaf mulch. Somehow Joe convinces the guys to let him run the big leaf vacuum…
Joe uncovers some of the mysteries behind beautiful fall colors and why some trees drop their leaves, shows us how to protect the tree’s bark with the the 3-step pruning cut, and warns us against the evils of tree topping and the mounded “volcano” mulch method.
And for dessert, Chef Nathan Lyon heads to the kitchen to make up a fantastic Spiced Peach Chutney. This concoction is a flavorful sweet and spicy topping suitable for savory meats like chicken or pork, as well as sweets like vanilla ice cream.
For more information:
- Int’l Society of Arboriculture – Certified Arborists, the Tree Care Professionals
- Shedding Light on Good Trees and Clueless People – Joe’s blog post
- Spiced Peach Chutney from Chef Nathan Lyon
- Fall Leaves are a Gift to Gardeners
- Proactive Care in the Fall for Healthy Plants and Trees
- Using those Fallen, Fall Leaves for Carefree Compost at Home
- Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall
- Why do Leaves Shed in Fall?
- Tree Topping – What You Don’t Know is Killing Your Trees
- Make the Proper Pruning Cut
- Limbing up Trees