The Importance of Taking Care of Your Trees

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Trees

The Top Three Reasons You Should Prune Your Trees

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If you have a yard full of trees and bushes, you should prune them on a regular basis. Here are three reasons why you need to prune your trees and shrubs or why you should hire someone to prune them for you. #1 Health The number one reason why it is important to prune your trees and shrubs is that pruning can help the overall health of your plants. Pruning is a great way to remove branches that are either already dead or are damaged. Branches can become damaged by diseases, insects, storms or even animals; this is a good way to take care of branches that are holding your trees back from their full potential. When branches start to rub together, they have to compete with one another for resources. Pruning allows you to trim back branches that are rubbing together and crowding one another out. This type of pruning will help the remaining branches get the resources that they need to thrive. #2 Appearance Another reason why you should prune your trees is to improve their appearance in your yard. Pruning can help you control the natural shape of your trees. Pruning can allow you to control the size and shape of the trees in your yard, so that they don’t become too large for the area where you have them planted. When you prune evergreens, it helps keep their grown proportional and it helps the branches grow in and form a denser cover. Pruning can also improve appearances by removing branches that stick out from the primary structure of the tree and take away from the overall aesthetic of the tree. #3 Protection Finally, pruning is a great way to protect your family and your home. Any branches that are dead should be removed so that they don’t fall out of your tree unexpectedly and injure someone or something. You also don’t want tree branches hanging down over your home, garage, or shed. If the limbs ever fall off, they could damage the roof on any of these structures. Pruning is a great way to protect your home from falling limbs. If you have trees growing near your driveway or the roadway, proper trimming can also increase visibility, such as when a tree is near an intersection. Proper pruning can improve the health of your trees, it can improve their appearance, and it can help keep you and your property safe. Contact a company like Yarnell Tree Co Inc to learn more about your...

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Need To Remove Multiple Stumps After A Heavy Storm? What Are Your Best Options?

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If you live on a heavily wooded lot, you may be dismayed to survey your property after a storm and see multiple trees that have been uprooted — or worse, snapped off at the base. Hiring a professional to remove these trees can be expensive, and if other parts of your town were hit hard, it may take some time to even have your home put on a contractor’s schedule for stump removal. What are your best DIY removal options, and when should you leave it in the hands of a professional? Read on to learn more about this process. How can you remove a stump yourself? There are several relatively inexpensive ways to remove a stump, none of which should be too labor-intensive. The first is to rent a stump grinder and use this to shave off the stump flush with the ground, ensuring that those who walk by it don’t stumble over it. This is generally the best option if you have multiple stumps of different sizes and shapes to remove (or one extra-large stump); removing only a single small stump may not justify the cost of a rental stump grinder unless you have some more household projects for which it could come in handy.  If you do want to remove only a single stump, one option may be to treat it and the surrounding ground with potassium nitrate tablets or powder. This powder soaks into the soil and eventually kills off the stump by rotting it from within. Once the stump has been sufficiently softened, you’ll either be able to pull it up or allow it to naturally dissolve and turn into soil. While potassium nitrate can turn tough tree stumps into mush, it shouldn’t harm your grass or any surrounding flowers.  When does it make more sense to hire a professional to remove the remaining stumps?  Although renting and operating a stump grinder or applying potassium nitrate to your stumps can be a relatively easy and physically stress-free process, there are a few situations in which a call to a tree removal company may be in order. One example is if your trees are located on a steep hillside. Using a stump grinder at an extreme angle (especially while trying to balance and hold it steady) can be a spectacularly bad DIY idea, so it’s usually best to call a professional if the stumps you need to remove are on a hillside or facing other physical impediments to quick removal. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Nelson Tree...

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Want the Most Perfectly Shaped Natural Christmas Tree Right in Your Yard? How Tree-Trimming Services Can Help

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People often plant evergreen trees (pines, cedars, and so forth) with the intent of decorating these trees at Christmastime. They like dressing up the natural trees with lights and baubles without having to cut a tree down or harm a live tree to do so. However, not every evergreen planted manages to grow into that perfect and ideal conical shape. This takes grooming provided by a tree-trimming service. Here is how such a service can help you achieve the perfect Christmas tree–shape on the evergreen trees in your yard. Trimming Back Branches That Are Too Long The lower to the ground and the base of the tree the branches are, the longer you can expect them to be. However, you may get a wayward branch that juts all the way out to one side and makes your tree look very lopsided. Because this is a green and growing part of the tree, you want to be very careful with how it is pruned. A tree-trimming expert can determine how safe it is to trim this branch and how far back to trim it before doing so might hurt the tree. After the trimming, the nub on the end of the branch is wrapped with landscaper’s tape, a healing patch that allows the tree to naturally heal and seal itself off so that the branch does not extend outward again. Training Other Branches to Grow a Certain Way Evergreens, like most other trees, will alternate their branches and their limbs, as well as their needle growth. Sometimes branches and needles grow at very odd angles, but a tree-trimming expert can get them to grow differently. One such technique is to bend a limb or branch a certain way, brace it in that position, and then use landscaper’s tape to hold it that way until the tree naturally begins to grow in the altered state. This usually takes a couple of weeks to a few months, depending on the size of the tree, its growth levels, and so forth. Trimming Dead Branches or Attempting to Revitalize Them When some of the limbs or branches on your evergreens begin to brown, they are dying. Browning is somewhat unusual for these trees, and evergreen trees with brown branches may have a disease or pest creating a problem. Your tree-trimming expert may choose to cut away what is dead and dying unless the dying portion of the tree is more than the tree can spare. Then he or she may assess the tree to find out if it is sick or is plagued by a pest (such as termites). The expert may try to revitalize and save the tree and cut back on only what is absolutely dead. This helps avoid deforming the tree, which would definitely make it less than a perfect Christmas...

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3 Reasons Why Tree Topping Is A Bad Idea

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Tree topping is the all too common practice of severely lopping off a tree’s main branches. Unfortunately, in almost every case, this practice ends up doing more harm than good. If you would like to get your facts straight about tree topping, read on. This article will outline three potent reasons why you should never have a tree topped. Tree topping tends to cost more money in the long run. A common misconception about tree topping–and one of the principal reasons people opt for this destructive practice–is that it’s the least expensive method of maintaining a tree. This, however, is only true where the very immediate future is concerned. For instance, your pruning costs will be next to nothing for the following few years. Yet further down the line a topped tree is almost certain to cost you more. That’s because the irregular growth that ensues from a topped tree often requires an excessive amount of corrective pruning. Worse still, the tree’s chances of dying go way up. That means you may be saddled with the additional expense of hiring an arborist to cut the entire thing down. Topping kills trees by exposing them to massive levels of stress. As you probably already know, leaves are a tree’s way of generating the energy needed to continue living. Topping a tree involves cutting off a large proportion of leaf-bearing branches. This renders the tree incapable of feeding itself, thus kicking its survival instincts into a desperately high gear. To try and generate the necessary foliage to feed itself, a topped tree will begin to produce new shoots as rapidly as it possibly can. This strategy only works if the tree has stored up a sufficient amount of energy to carry it through. If not, the tree will likely die from the stress of topping. Even if the tree manages to survive, it will stand a much greater chance of succumbing to decay and disease. Topping increases a tree’s vulnerability to damage. Assuming that you are one of the lucky few whose tree escapes death after being topped, you can still expect to have a lot of potential problems on your hands. That’s because the new branches that grow out around the stubs will be much weaker than the old branches. This has to do with the way that the root of the branch develops. A normal branch is rooted in the socket created between overlapping layers of the trees wood. This greatly increases the stability of the full-grown branch, by anchoring it firmly in place. Post-topping branches, however, emerge from portions of wood located much closer to the bark of the tree. This puts them at an increased risk of cracking, breaking, or becoming otherwise damaged in the future. Contact a tree crane service if you need help with your trees....

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Have A Tree Pushing Potential Renters Away? Get It Removed

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Trying to rent out a single-family home is far different than renting an apartment or condo, as it is usually the tenant that is partially or completely responsible for maintaining the landscape. This means that what the landscape contains can have a huge impact on how many people become interested in the property. So, it is better to remove a problem tree to rent your home faster rather than make do with what you have. High Maintenance Is Not Good for a Rental If you have a black walnut tree in your backyard, you may think that it is great for the shade, but you cannot forget about the toxic substance that it releases in the surrounding area. With a range of 50 to 80 feet, you may have problems keeping other plants alive that are grown within the affected area. This puts a lot of responsibility on the tenants to maintain the property and keep the plants alive. In half of all states, the emerald ash borer wreaks havoc on ash trees. If you have one on your property, you may not know about a pest-related issue until it is too late. It is tough to keep an eye on your tree when you are not there on a daily basis, but you do not want to put it on your tenants to keep constant guard. With this tree, you are better off removing it before it becomes an issue when the unit is occupied. Some Trees Are Detrimental If they visit your rental only to find one or more sweetgum trees in the backyard, they may not want to put in an application. Sweetgum trees leave tons of dangerous fruit on the ground that are a hassle to clean. In a single-family home with two, three, or four bedrooms, you can expect tenants to have kids. Most parents do not want their children roaming around a yard with thorny fruit on the ground. If they do not notice the problem right away, they may be more inclined to move as soon as their lease is finished. Removing a sweetgum tree will keep you from having to worry about these possibilities. Replant a Better Fitting Tree When you have problematic trees, you can always find better ones to plant in your hardiness zone. The sugar maple tree requires low maintenance and is quite hardy against disease, while the fig tree provides fruit to your tenants a couple of times throughout the year. Although you may be reluctant to remove a tree, you should not underestimate the impact that getting rid of a difficult tree can have on increasing your rental’s appeal, especially when you add a new tree. For more information, contact Robert Jefferies Logging & Tree Service or a similar...

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Three Reasons To Have Tree Stumps Removed By Professionals

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Most people don’t realize that tree removal is actually a two-step process; obviously the tree must be cut down, but many people fail to realize that this process leaves a large, unsightly (and potentially hazardous) stump in the middle of their yard. Most reputable tree service companies will offer to remove the stump for an additional fee, or refer their client to a stump removal service with whom the tree service has a relationship. But unfortunately, too many homeowners mistakenly believe that stump removal is an easy process. In truth, tree stump removal is usually outside the skill set of the average person, and wise homeowners leave the job to the professionals. There are a variety of reasons that stump removal is a complex process, but three primary reasons that it should be left to the pros include the following: Without Access to the Proper Tools, Stump Removal is a Laborious and Time-Consuming Process Most people in the business of removing tree stumps use high-powered grinding tools that essentially disassemble the stump, turning it into wood chips and dust. While it is possible to rent consumer-level stump-grinding tools from home improvement stores, few homeowners feel comfortable using these potentially dangerous tools. Accordingly, the only option is to remove the stump manually with hand tools (trying to hoist a tree stump from the ground with a vehicle or tractor is exceedingly dangerous, and should never be attempted), such as shovels, spades, axes and chainsaws. Stump removal usually takes weeks’ worth of effort – it makes better economic sense to pay for an hour of labor than to invest dozens of hours of your own labor. Some Tree Stump Removal Processes Represent a Fire Risk A commonly suggested method for removing stumps involves saturating the stump with an oxidizing agent, and then lighting the stump on fire. Tree stumps take a very long time to burn, and they do so incredibly slowly. Throughout this extended process, burning stumps occasionally produce hot embers, which can cause the fire to grow out of control. Professionals Often Obtain Better Results Than Amateurs Do Stump grinding specialists and tree service professionals remove tree stumps all the time and become quite skilled at the task. By contrast, many amateurs struggle to dig, cut, grind or burn a tree stump completely, and portions of the stump often persist longer than the homeowner’s motivation does. These types of partially removed stumps are just as unattractive as they were at the outset, and just as hazardous too.  For more information, contact a company like Brown’s Tree...

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3 Cosmetic Tree Diseases That Strike The Paperbark Maple

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The paperbark maple tree is a stunning ornamental tree well suited to even smaller yards. The modest sized tree has cinnamon colored peeling bark and rich green leaves that turn vibrant orange in fall. Other than the tree’s beauty, a major selling point of the paperbark is its relative resilience against tree diseases. Resilience, however, doesn’t mean immunity. There are still diseases you need to watch for in your paperbark maple and many ways that a landscaping service can help you contain the symptoms or disease itself. Here are a few of the common tree diseases that can strike a paperbark maple. Verticillium Wilt The fungus-borne verticillium wilt disease causes the paperbark maple’s leaves to prematurely wither, brown, and fall from the tree. In other trees, the wilt can continue to kill off leaves until there is no way to save the tree. But paperbark maple’s usually aren’t severely affected and the wilt mostly presents as a cosmetic issue. If your leaves begin to die and you suspect wilt, call in a tree trimming and services company, such as Greatland Tree Service, as soon as possible. The tree service can trim away the already affected leaves, sanitize the soil surrounding the tree for any remaining fungus, and, with regular appointments, keep an eye out for signs that the wilt is returning.  Crown Gall Crown galls are scabby, sore-like markings on the bark that appear due to a bacterial infection. The galls will only form near areas of damage and can be harder to notice initially on a paperbark maple due to its naturally shedding outermost bark. But that shedding bark also means that the galls are often fairly easy to remove on this type of tree. Your tree service can either remove the bark with the galls, if they are on the outer layers, or treat the deep galls with a chemical solution that prevents the problem from worsening. Surrounding soil can be treated with heat, sanitization, and increased fertilization. Anthracnose Does your paperbark maple show signs of dieback that don’t match either wilt or gall? Your tree might have anthracnose, which is a blanket term for several types of fungal infections that cause general symptoms of dieback. The symptoms can cross over the symptoms of gall and wilt but tend to be more varied in nature. Your tree service can determine if the problem is really anthracnose. Pruning off dead leaves and twigs, cleaning up shed material from the ground, and frequent tree health care such as watering and fertilization are simple ways that a tree service can help eradicate symptoms of anthracnose faster and prevent them from coming...

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Tree Diseases And Insects Of The Basswood – And How A Tree Service Can Help

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Basswood trees are large, shade-giving trees with dark gray, furrowed branches and distinctive heart-shaped leaves that hang in clusters and turn from bright green to a vivid yellow in the fall. The basswood, which is also called the American linden, also has fragrant yellow flowers that make the tree a beautiful and aromatic addition to a larger yard. If you are considering planting a basswood tree, discuss with a nursery whether the tree is a good fit for your soil type and planting location. Once the decision is made, you need to learn about some of the common tree diseases and insects that can strike basswood trees and how calling in a tree care service early can often spare the tree from further damage. Anthracnose Leaf Blight Anthracnose leaf blight is a leaf-destroying disease that comes from a fungal infection. Early warning signs are leaves that grow with black or brown spots during the spring growing cycle. The affected leaves can continue to grow and pink pustules can form on the surfaces. Affected leaves won’t reach full size and will likely fall from the tree prematurely. Call in a tree care service as soon as you suspect anthracnose for prompt treatment. Pruning off affected leaves and clearing away the ones that have already fallen to the ground can help stop the disease’s spread while also improving the appearance of the tree. Once all the leaves have shed in the fall, the tree care service can dig up the soil around the tree and apply new fertilizer that can detract the leaf blight from returning for the next growing season. Verticillium Wilt Verticillium wilt is a fungal tree disease that targets and weakens the basswood tree’s root system. The wilt then travels through the tree’s vascular system causing damage and potentially blocking the path for important nutrients. Early symptoms are found on the leaves, which will grow overly small, brown around the edges, and then prematurely drop off the tree. Wilt can cause the death of young trees or older trees that are in poor health and there’s not a lot that a tree service can do to stop that process. Once the tree is dead, ask the tree service to completely remove the tree and fertilize the soil so that the disease doesn’t try to spread to any other trees. If your tree is older and in good health, or particularly resilient, the tree can fight off wilt on its own. A tree service can still remove the affected and dropping leaves for cosmetic help and an off-season application of fertilizer to the soil can lessen the chances of wilt returning. Linden Borer Adult linden borer insects are dark green beetles with black spots, but it is the larvae that you need to watch as they cause the damage to your basswood tree. The small, white larvae bore or tunnel through the bark to eat the tissues inside. The damage can range from minor to severe enough that the branches will fall off, though the latter usually only happens in severe infestations where no action was taken. Your tree care service can apply insecticide and prune away any infected branches to help prevent the borers from thriving. The actions might not fully remove the existing borers but can dwindle...

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Tree Diseases And Insects That Strike Black Locust Trees – And How A Tree Service Can Help

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Black locusts are a mid-size tree with a distinctive rough, ash-gray bark and clusters of small oval leaves arranged in an alternating pattern on the supporting twig. The trees have brown seedpods that appear in the fall and fall off in the winter. Black locust trees can provide an added touch of visual interest to your yard without taking all the attention. If you’re considering planting a black locust, you need to understand the potential threats ahead of time. Monitoring your tree for disease and insect damage and calling in a tree services company for help can help keep your tree healthy and your yard beautiful. Heart Rot Heart rot is a bark withering disease caused by fungi that enter the tree via existing damage to the bark. Knot or mushroom-shaped bulges will grow in the areas of the damage, which is the clearest sign your tree has a case of heart rot. If the knots are only on a few branches, call in a tree trimming service like Northwest Residential Arborist And Excavating to prune off those branches and any remaining branches that might have suffered previous damage – regardless of whether knots have already formed. Removing all existing damage robs the disease of a chance to spread further in the tree. Pruning should be sufficient for treating the disease. Have the knots become prominent around damaged parts of the trunk? The trunk might have already become too weak to safely support the rest of your tree. Call in a tree removal service to see if removal is the wisest and safest course of action. Witches’ Broom Witches’ broom, which is most often caused by fungi, gets the name from the spindly collections of twigs that form on the end of the branches. The twig bunches resemble the end of a broom. The disease isn’t attractive, but the damage is also mostly cosmetic. Calling in a tree pruning company to remove the brooms is often enough to prevent recurrence of the disease in the future. Locust Borer The locust borer is a long, narrow insect with yellow rings and red legs. The borer only infests black locust trees. During the larvae stage, the borers dig into the bark of the tree, which weakens the branches and creates knots similar to those caused by heart rot. The bark’s exterior will turn from dark and white to ashy and then yellow as the infestation worsens. Older trees with thicker bark are less susceptible to borer damage. Light to moderate infestations can be treated with a combination of insecticide and pruning away affected branches. Severe cases may involve so much dead bark that a tree removal service will need to completely remove the tree – especially if you have another black locust tree that hasn’t yet become...

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Tips For Maintaining Your Plum Tree

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When it comes to fruit trees, plum trees are a great choice for most any yard. Unfortunately, they can also quickly overtake the yard if not pruned appropriately. In fact, plum trees will gain both height and width if they aren’t managed, and that wild growth can actually cause fruit production and quality to suffer. By trimming your plum trees each year, you’ll encourage new growth and fresh buds, which will help preserve the quality of the fruit. Here are a few tips to help you with proper trimming practices for your plum trees. Safety Suggestions Before you trim your plum tree, you need to ensure your safety. Don’t ever rely on an extension ladder or folding step stool to safely support you while you’re trimming the tree. They aren’t stable enough on uneven ground. Instead, you’ll want a tripod ladder, sometimes called an orchard ladder. The tripod-style creates three anchor points to help keep you stable while you’re trimming the tree. Trimming Tips Start With Clean Shears – Keeping your pruning shears clean protects against the spread of diseases from one tree to another. Deal With Dead and Broken Limbs – Cut any dead branches away so that they don’t damage the overall health of the tree. Make the cuts so that they are flush with the trunk of the tree. Don’t leave any branch stubs behind, because they’ll take a long time to heal over if the branch is dying. The longer it takes to heal, the more vulnerable the tree is to infection. Get Rid of Water Sprouts – Water sprouts are the branches that grow vertically from the trunk of the tree or from a primary branch. Cut them flush with the trunk or branch to eliminate them. Don’t Seal the Cuts – Avoid painting over the cuts when you trim the branches. You might think that sealing them will protect the tree from infection, but leaving the cuts exposed to air will encourage them to heal more naturally. Focus On the Core Branches – Evaluate the overall condition of the tree to identify the strongest branches. You’ll want to preserve those three or four of the strongest branches as the ones for the new season’s growth. Cut away all of the other branches so that the tree can focus its growth efforts on those core branches. If you’re not confident in your pruning skills, you may want to talk with a tree trimming specialist about doing the job for you. He or she can ensure that the cuts are made correctly and your tree is...

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