The Importance of Taking Care of Your Trees

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Trees

Tips For Pruning Your Backyard’s Mature Cherry Tree

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If your backyard has an old cherry tree that has been neglected over the years, then it is important that you make some time and properly prune it. Pruning your cherry tree will improve its health, shape, and longevity. As an added bonus for your family, a well cared for cherry tree will produce a large crop of tasty cherries for your family. Tip: Use Sanitized Tools When You do Your Pruning Before you start pruning your cherry tree, first you need to sanitize your cutting tools. Use a solution of bleach and water to wipe down the blades. Once they have been wiped down, then dry them well. Sanitizing your pruning tools helps to prevent the spread of tree diseases between trees.  Tip: Always Prune Just Above an Outward Bud on Each Branch When you start to prune the mature cherry tree, do not cut branches all the way down at the trunk or adjoining branch. Instead, you should always prune each branch just above where you see an outward-facing leaf bud. When you cut, always use a slanted cut rather than one that is straight across the branch. Cutting at a slant and near an outward facing bud will help prevent splitting of branches and promotes outward growth of future branches.  Tip: Avoid V-Shaped Branch Crotches Due to Splitting Dangers Since your cherry tree’s branches will be very heavy when they are loaded with fruit, you should always avoid trimming the tree in such a way that will allow v-shaped crotches to form in the tree. When you stand back and look at your cherry tree from a distance, it should have a single main trunk and should not split into two. If your tree has any v-shaped crotches, then they will cause branches to split off of the tree when they are heavy with cherries in the summer. Tip: Consider Having Your Cherry Tree Professionally Pruned and Shaped Finally, if you have never trimmed fruit trees in the past, then you should consider having a professional tree trimming company come out to your house and prune back the tree for the first year or two until the tree gets into better shape. The arborists who work on your tree will give you advice and pointers about exactly how and where you specific cherry tree should be cut in the future. This will allow you to do the future yearly pruning yourself if you choose to do so.  For more information, contact companies like ISA Texas...

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Four Tips For Planting Fruit Trees On Your Property

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Planting fruit trees gives your property the beauty of vibrant greenery along with the benefits of access to fresh fruit. If you’ve never planted fruit trees before, there are a few things you’ll need to know before embarking on this project. Here are a few helpful tips to get started with your new fruit trees. Select The Right Trees For Your Climate Not every type of fruit tree will flourish in the climate you live in, so you’ll want to do a little bit of research before selecting the right trees to grow on your property. For example, the Midwest is best suited for hearty trees, such as apple trees, while the Southern states can provide the right environment for peaches. Cherries are a good choice no matter which part of the United States you live in. Your tree service provider can also help you to select which trees are right for your climate, soil, and available space. Once you select the right type of tree, you can purchase bare-root trees from your local nursery. These trees come in small containers and are ready to plant in the ground. Choose Your Planting Location The location you select to plant each tree is important. You’ll want to make sure each tree gets plenty of sunlight during the day, and you’ll want to allow enough space for the roots of the trees to spread out and grow over time. The trees should be planted in a location where there is ample drainage. This allows the trees to extract nutrients from the soil without being flooded during heavy rains. You can hire a tree service to help you select the right location and plant each of your fruit trees to give them a good start in life. Plan For Tree Health Services Your trees will need extra attention in their early years to ensure they can grow and thrive. Your tree service can offer a health care program for your trees to ensure their successful growth. This might include regular inspections of the trunks, roots, and soil, and it can also include fertilizing the soil and enriching the soil with nutrients to encourage growth. You can also have your tree service prune the trees and prep them for winter so they remain healthy even during harsh weather conditions. With extra care and attention, you can have beautiful fruit-bearing trees that give you access to delicious fresh fruit while adding beauty to your property. Consult with a local tree service to get started on your fruit tree...

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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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