Saturday, March 21, 2020

Don’t Let The Changing Season Spring Your Riparian Buffer Out Of The Ground; Growing Great Buffers Video Series

By Jennifer R. Fetter, Water Resources Educator

As spring starts to warm the air, it also warms the water and soil. It’s time for trees to start another season of growth. That includes young trees and shrubs planted in riparian buffers
These increasingly popular streamside plantings need a little maintenance attention this time of year. 
In order to fulfill their role protecting and improving our local water quality, these young plants need to survive and become a mature, healthy forest. They face a lot of stress from their surrounding environment; competitive weeds, hungry predators, and simply being knocked over by weather and trampling.
In late winter and early spring, these young riparian buffer trees are particularly vulnerable to being uprooted and unprotected by the cycle of freezing and thawing soil. This is an ideal time of year to do a little buffer maintenance.
Take a walk through your young buffer and look for evidence of trees that have been pushed up out of the ground. If you use tree tubes or shelters, the tubes and their stakes may be loose or leaning (or even completely fallen). 
Once spring is in full gear, weeds will start to grow quickly, and it will make your walk and your view of the trees that much harder.
As you walk, replant any young trees that now have exposed roots. Hammer loose stakes back into the ground and tighten their fasteners. Right any fallen or leaning tubes, as they are pulling your trees down too. Give the tubes a little twist into the soil to make a tight seal and keep hungry rodents out.
Growing Great Buffers Video Series
 Need a little more help with tree tube maintenance? 
The new Growing Great Buffers video series from Penn State Extension offers a convenient 2 minute video on maintaining tree tubes and shelters in your riparian buffer.
There are seven videos in the Growing Great Buffers series--
-- Integrated Pest Prevention In Buffers
-- Replanting Dead Trees In Your Buffer
-- Invasive Species Management In Buffers
-- Maintaining Tree Tubes And Shelters In Buffers
-- Tree Tube Pest Management In Buffers
-- Mulching For Weed Control In Buffers
-- Understanding When To Remove Tree Tubes In Your Buffer
For more information, visit the Growing Great Buffers Video Series webpage.

(Reprinted from the latest Penn State Extension Watershed Winds newsletterClick Here to sign up for Extension newsletters.

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