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Don't Cut That Tree Down Yet!

Salt burn and its devastating effects on trees, shrubs, and lawns.

Notice the brown on your evergreen trees?

What most people do not realize, Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating effect on plants and trees from the south shore all the way to the north side of the island. We are saturated with salt burn.

If you look very closely at an evergreen tree, the south side of the tree is burned and the north side of the tree is virtually untouched and still green. And this spring you will start to see damage to boxwoods, Japanese maples, fruit trees and hemlocks. It will also be a battle maintaining a healthy green lawn this year due to the salt content in the soil this year.

If fertilized properly, over 85 percent of your trees and shrubs will survive. It will be a great opportunity to use organic fertilizers as most conventional fertililizers contain 42 to 57 percent salt. This is where your landscaper needs to know his business. If not give us a call. At this writing there are only two fertilizers you should use this year.

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Tom Mac February 26, 2013 at 01:27 PM
To John Pine:Thanks for the input. FYI The Northwest area in Easthampton Town is the only know area to have NATIVE White Pines On Long Island. They are even on the native species list for revegetation restoration, which I consider a no no because thePine are brought in from other states. All of the species that you mentioned are totally correct but here in the Hamptons hundres of plants and trees that are not native are brought in because they are appealing. Thanks John
Phuk Huo February 28, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Wow thought this was the police blotter
TTTT February 28, 2013 at 02:45 PM
You need to be very careful when cutting down trees. It is absolutely true you may need approval from the town, even when the trees are totally obviously dead. We had several fall on our property in the past, and were questioned by "inspectors" when they walked our property line which borders on a preserve because of stumps that were clearly newly cut. Others in our neighborhood had to replant when they had vegetation or plants removed to have pools put in or changed their landscaping schemes. We even had a tree fall from the edge of the preserve onto our property just missing our deck, and had it cut and had to explain why we had it removed. Dead trees fall all the time, and nor'easters and hurricanes and heavy winds of any kind make the hollowed out oaks tumble and can completely uproot pines. It happens. But we were advised to wait and have certain trees treated when the gypsy moths de-leafed them in the 1990s - and sure enough, after 3 years, many trees recovered - not all, but many. You can see patches of land all over Northwest where they did not come back to life ..... and other plant life takes over. I say, contact Cornell and see what they recommend and find a reputable tree service to help you do it right.
nawthfawk February 28, 2013 at 03:50 PM
In chemistry, calcium sulfate (gypsum) qualifies as a salt. The salt from the seawater that Sandy brought in is Sodium Chloride. Leaching sodium chloride out of the soil profile is helped with gypsum because when the calcium and sulfate dissociate in the soil solution, the Calcium (Ca++) with its +2 valence number is exchanged for the sodium (Na+) that is adhered less strongly to negatively-charged soil particles (organic matter and clay mainly). Sodium sulfate is formed, is soluble, and is then leached from soil profile with clean water (rain or irrigation).
Tom Mac February 28, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Call your town natural resources dept. They dictate what native plants to use. They have plant lists that are approved

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