July 6, 2022

Maintaining My American Beech Tree Grove

It's so important to keep up with the maintenance and care of the many trees here at my Bedford, New York farm. My grove of American beech trees, Fagus grandifolia, is undergoing a soil treatment program to make sure they continue to thrive.

As many of you know, I tour the grounds every day and keep track of what needs pruning, feeding, and mulching throughout the year. Early last month, I noticed something wasn't quite right with my American beech trees. The trees just didn't look as vibrant or as full. I also knew there was a relatively new beech leaf disease that is spreading rapidly through the Northeast killing both mature American beeches and saplings. I called on True Nature tree and soil expert, Sebastian “Rocky” Camarillo, to take a look right away. Rocky assessed the trees, took many soil samples for testing, and started a thorough feeding plan. Yesterday, Rocky came back to see how they were doing.

Here are some photos, enjoy.