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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Late Winter Prime Time for Tree Pruning

January 12, 2016 12:36 am

(BPT)—Homeowners: don’t hibernate! Tree pruning around your property is crucial in winter months. Why? Pruning trees and shrubs during their dormant cycle reduces the risk of pests or disease, and ensures a full growing season come spring, according to the experts at Husqvarna (www.husqvarna.com).

There are several species that can be pruned during winter months. These include:

Hardwood Trees – Pruning hardwood trees in winter is easy thanks to their lack of foliage. Branches should be cut just above the branch collar, which is the space where the limb and the tree come together. This area of the tree is rich in anti-microbial chemicals to help the tree heal from pruning without suffering decay. Clippers can be used to trim smaller branches, but for larger sections or dying plants, use a chainsaw.

Flowering Trees or Shrubs – Want the best blooms next summer? Prune any tree or shrub that flowers after May 15 late in winter. To handle those projects efficiently, use a hedge trimmer.

Fruit Trees – Winter is also a great time to prune fruit trees. Each species of fruit tree has special considerations you must take into account before pruning, so research your species before doing so. Once you're finished, your efforts will be rewarded in the spring with larger, sweeter fruit.

Bear in mind branches that pose a falling risk should be handled immediately.

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Americans Say Now's a Good Time to Sell

January 12, 2016 12:36 am

Considering selling your home this winter? You’re in good company. According to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index™ (HPSI), the share of homeowners who believe now is a good time to list their homes for sale recently rose 4 percentage points to 8 percent. What’s more, 35 percent believe now is a good time to buy.

“Consumers ended the year on an improved note with regard to their income, job security, and overall economic outlook,” says Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “This more positive consumer sentiment brought the HPSI up a few points, moving the index up for all of 2015.”

According to the Index, 85 percent feel secure in their employment situations, and 15 percent have a significantly higher income than the year prior.

Source: Fannie Mae

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