Eric’s Tree Service is a proud sponsor of this year’s Hebron Maple Festival on March 16-17, 2019. In the spirit of the festival, we’ve assembled a brief Q & A with owner Eric Person, Jr. on caring for your maple trees. Pick up a program at the festival to see it in print!
When is the best time to plant maple trees?
Early spring (March, April) or early fall (late August-October) are the best times to plant maple trees. Avoid planting maple trees during Connecticut’s hot summer months for best results. Maple trees thrive in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Consult a licensed arborist to determine the best location and care for your new maple tree based on your current landscape.
What are some common health problems seen with maple trees?
Many homeowners contact us when their trees aren’t growing as they expected or they notice a lack of foliage on their newly planted trees. While it’s logical to want to look at the top of the tree where the lack of foliage is visible, the root of the problem is most often in the roots themselves!
Girdling roots occur when roots of the tree grow around the main stem, suffocating the tree from receiving the water and nutrients it needs to grow. Girdling roots can occur when mulch is piled too high around the base of the tree or when the tree is planted too deeply. Instances of girdling root are common among nursery-bought plants where hasty transplanting practices can encourage abnormal root growth.
In addition to girdling root, maple trees can also be susceptible to a number of fungal infections that can cause leaf discoloration and leaf fall. When in doubt, contact a licensed arborist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment of your maple tree’s health condition. The right treatment can prolong the life of your tree and protect your investment.
What species of maple tree thrive best in Connecticut?
At Eric’s Tree Service, we always advise customers to plant species native to our environment. Native species thrive best in our seasonal climate and do not pose a threat to the health of Connecticut’s forests. When it comes to maple trees, this means planting Red Maples and Sugar Maples, and avoiding the invasive Norway Maple.
The Red Maple is the most common tree species in Connecticut, occupying over 27% of Connecticut’s forests, according to the Connecticut Tree Protective Association. The Sugar Maple, while less common in Connecticut than the Red Maple, is also native to the forests of the eastern United States. Conversely, the Norway Maple, native to Europe, is an invasive species and threatens the livelihood of Connecticut’s existing Red Maples and Sugar Maples. Many Connecticut nurseries have banned the sale of this tree to protect our existing species.
The Hebron Maple Festival is an annual festival in the town of Hebron dating back almost thirty years. The festival first started when the four maple sugar houses of Hebron joined together to bring maple-related food and activities to the townspeople on the weekend of March 16-17, 1991. The festival gave members of the community a reason to venture out in winter by touring the sugar houses. The festival was met with such success that it has become an annual event in the Town of Hebron. The event is now run with help from the Windham Chamber of Commerce and Windham Arts organizations, as well as numerous volunteers who ensure the event’s success,