The Beauty, Value, and Allure of Trees

Three Benefits Of Trimming Your Trees

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Benefits Of Trimming Your Trees

Tree care is a task that every homeowner will need to do. One of the more common tasks that will need to be done to the tree will be to have it trimmed. However, it can be easy to neglect this task if you are not aware of the benefits that it can provide. Safety One of the most important ways that trimming the trees on your property can benefit you is through eliminating potential safety hazards. If the branches of the tree become infected or otherwise damaged, they can be at a high risk of falling to the ground. This can lead to substantial damages occurring to the property as these branches can be extremely heavy and may crush whatever they hit. In addition to being unfortunate events, these accidents may also place you at risk of being liable for any injuries or damages that were suffered. Health Of The Tree Trees are extremely durable plants, and while they can have extremely long lifespans, they are prone to developing certain diseases. These problems can quickly spread throughout the tree, which could cause it to die. Often, diseases will start in the branches of the tree, and they will spread towards the trunk. Once the problem reaches the trunk, it can rapidly spread throughout the rest of the tree. As a result, you will want to trim any branches that are showing signs of disease as soon as possible. Aesthetics It may seem as though trimming a tree will ruin its appearance. However, this can actually have profound benefits for the appearance of the tree. When a tree is trimmed, it can be common for its foliage to be thicker when it grows back. This is due to the fact that trimming the tree release hormones that will cause rapid growth. While your tree may temporarily appear smaller after the trimming, this will soon correct itself. For the best results, you should trim your trees during the winter months so that the plant’s ability to store nutrients for the fall and winter months will not be hindered. Trimming the trees on your property can be an integral aspect of caring for your landscaping. Yet a lack of appreciation for tree trimming can cause homeowners to avoid the benefits that come with this routine work. Knowing the ways that trimming your trees can improve the safety of your property while also minimizing the spread of disease in the tree and improving its aesthetics can help you better understand the need for this...

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4 Reasons You Need To Trim Your Trees

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons You Need To Trim Your Trees

All trees on your property should be trimmed regularly. Many homeowners skip out on this service for fear of cost or because of the belief that trimming doesn’t matter. However, this is not the case and tree trimming costs less than you think and can save you on future tree service needs. Here are four major reasons you need to trim your trees regularly: Up Appearances: Nicely trimmed trees provide an increased appeal because it allows the tree to better show off its beautiful natural growth. If the tree is not trimmed regularly, all of the dead branches and overgrowth are going to hide the true beauty and potential that a tree should normally have. Regularly trimmed trees are also going to help you sell your home if you even chose to in the future because it shows potential home buyers that they probably don’t have to worry about tree removal any time in the near future, which is important because tree removal is extremely expensive.  Increased Safety: Dead branches on a tree are extremely dangerous. If they snap due to high winds or just because they are ready to fall off, they can land on someone, causing severe injury or even resulting in a fatal accident. If this happens to someone who does not live at your home, it can also lead to you being sued and having to pay for their medical costs.  Prevent Pests: Pests love to take shelter in overgrown trees because it gives them plenty of places to hide. Eventually, they can make their way onto the roof of your home if the tree reaches your roof, which will then lead to them potentially infesting your home. This can be a huge pain to deal with and even lead to health issues with your family since pests typically carry harmful diseases.  Maintain Tree Health: The health of your tree is extremely important to ensure that the tree will not fall and collapse on your home. This is also going to ensure that you can avoid having to remove the tree from your property, which is quite expensive. If the tree becomes diseased because the overgrowth is causing problems, then you will need to remove it to prevent the disease from spreading to other plants and to prevent the collapse that will eventually come.  When you know these four reasons to trim your trees, you can see why it’s worth it, in the end, to pay for regular tree trimming services.  For more information or to schedule tree trimming, contact a local service, such as Rivas Tree...

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Ensuring Your New, Young Tree Grows Well

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ensuring Your New, Young Tree Grows Well

To beautify your front lawn or backyard, you might have purchased a young tree for your property. You may only plan to plant it and watch it grow, but you’ve also got to maintain your new tree so it grows in a healthy way and stands in place for many years. The following pointers are sure to help the young tree grow. Anchor It With Wood Stakes After planting your new young tree, it’s important to give its thin trunk some help. Young trees are more likely than older ones to sway in the breeze; if you live in a location that sees strong winds, keep in mind that the trunk of your tree could start to bend in one direction over time instead of growing vertically if you don’t take action. To help the trunk remain straight, anchor the young tree by placing two wooden stakes on either side and tying rope or wire around the tree so that it is held in place by the stakes. Delay Additives And Nutrients It’s not unusual to think that loading the soil around the young tree with store-bought nutrients and additives is a good idea. However, what can sometimes happen is that the young tree’s roots grow only within the additive-rich soil; they don’t expand to the natural soil surrounding the tree. As the nutrients are used up, the tree starts to suffer. To give your tree a chance, wait and allow the roots to naturally grow in the soil on your property. You can add nutrients later if you see that the tree needs some help. Cover The Trunk And Roots To Prepare For Winter The winter can be a tricky time for a young tree; should the roots freeze in the soil, growth could become a problem. As a plant, your tree will need to be protected against early frosts. To give your tree the help it needs to continue growing well, you’ll have to do a few things to keep it warm. For example, it’s smart to arrange mulch around the base of the tree to prevent the soil from frosting over. You can also wrap the tree trunk with burlap to prevent frost. Depending on how cold your area will get, you may also want to think about building a small greenhouse around the tree and keeping the area warm with an electric heater. With the information here, your new tree will be healthier and grow in a better way. Work with a local company which provides tree care services, such as NORCAL Tree Care; they can assist you with tree maintenance and show you how to best care for your particular...

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Ways To Repurpose A Dead Tree

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ways To Repurpose A Dead Tree

It’s good practice to have dead trees removed promptly. They can harbor pests, become a refuge for unwanted fungal spores, or fall down and cause damage or injury. Yet, at the same time the wood from the tree can still hold some value for the homeowner. Before having the tree removal service haul it away, consider some of the following uses for the tree. Mulch The most common use for a dead tree is as mulch. Most tree removal companies offer a mulching service. They will bring a mulcher right to your property and mulch the tree and the branches on site. This can provide you with enough mulch to cover all of your garden beds, and to perhaps share some with a neighbor. The only tree you shouldn’t consider turning into mulch is black walnut. This tree produces a chemical that discourages plant growth. The chemical can leach from the wood chips when it’s used as mulch, resulting in dead garden plants. Firewood Whether you heat with wood, have a fireplace for ambiance, or need fuel for a firepit, your dead tree can provide you with plenty of wood for next year. Request that the tree removal company cuts the trunk into manageable lengths, usually of less than two feet, so that you can easily split the wood for later use. Some companies may even offer to cut the wood into quarter rounds for you, especially if they have a mechanical splitter. Remember that the wood isn’t suitable to burn right away. You will need to let it season and dry out for next year. Decorative uses Wood from the tree can also be saved for a variety of decorative uses. How you choose to use it depends on the equipment that you have access to as well as your needs. One popular option is to use thick trunk sections as natural paving stones. The trunk is cut into 2-inch thick slabs, which are then sealed against the weather and laid to create pathways. You can also use the slabs to create tabletops for side tables. If you have access to a mill, you can request that the trunk is brought down in large sections. You can then mill the trunk into lumber of usable lengths for both decorative and utilitarian projects. The key is to be upfront with your tree removal crew. This way they will work with you to bring down the tree in the form that will be most usable for...

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Landscape With Trees And Save Money On Energy

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Landscape With Trees And Save Money On Energy

Not only can landscaping with trees increase your property value by up to 20 percent, but they’re sure to help increase your household’s overall energy efficiency throughout the year and help save you some money on your power bills every month. Here are a few tips you can use to make sure that your tree planting endeavor provides successful results: What Kind of Trees Should Be Planted? The truth is that any kinds of trees you plant are sure to help protect your home from the elements and improve energy efficiency throughout the year. However, deciduous trees are an excellent option because they are full of large lush leaves during the summer months which shades your home from the sun’s rays. In the winter months, these same trees tend to lose all their leaves which allow the sun to heat things up inside without wearing your HVAC system out. Some beautiful options to consider include: Cornus October Glory Magnolia Japanese Maple You can also plant fruit trees in the yard to enjoy free food throughout the year. Consider incorporating cherry, orange, and avocado trees into your landscape. Where Should the Trees be Planted? Large trees should be planted a few feet in front of windows that get direct sunlight during the day to help block ultraviolet rays from entering your home and damaging your flooring, walls, and furniture. You can plant shrubs against the house where windows aren’t present to help deter high winds and rain throughout the year. Planting a couple of trees near your exterior HVAC unit will help keep it cool during the summer, so it doesn’t have to work so hard. The truth is as long as the trees you plant are located close enough to your home to provide shade during the summer, you’ll increase energy efficiency and save money on your power bills. How Can Health and Convenience Be Ensured? It’s important to think about how you’ll keep your trees healthy and make maintenance convenience throughout the years to ensure adequate weather protection and optimized energy efficiency. An excellent way to take care of this consideration is to hire an arborist to inspect and trim trees as well as identify those that are sick and need special attention. A yearly visit from your arborist can save you lots of time and money when it comes to caring for your trees. Your arborist will make sure that every tree you plant stays healthy throughout the years and is easy to care for between professional maintenance visits. These tips and tricks will ensure that your tree landscaping project provides you...

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Doing Your Own Tree Cutting? Improve The Efficacy Of Your Chainsaw With These Tasks

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Doing Your Own Tree Cutting? Improve The Efficacy Of Your Chainsaw With These Tasks

Hiring a tree service to trim the trees around your property or even cut some down is a good idea if you’re not comfortable with doing the job yourself. However, if you own a chainsaw and know how to use it safely, you can enjoy the satisfaction of tackling a cutting project on your own. If it’s been a while since you used the chainsaw, there are a handful of simple tasks that you can perform to make it run more smoothly, make the job easier and give you a better finished product. Here are the things that you can do. Tighten The Chain Over time, the cutting chain on a chainsaw can get loose, making it dangle a little bit from the bar. If the chain gets too loose, the concern is that it could slip off when you’re cutting, which could pose a serious risk to your safety or the safety of someone who is helping you. Tightening the chain is as simple as using a special wrench that is likely in the chainsaw’s case; if not, you can buy one wherever chainsaws are sold. Check the location of the tightening nut by reading the chainsaw’s manual, and then tighten the nut with the wrench until the chain is snug on the bar. Lubricate The Chain A chainsaw chain needs to be properly lubricated to run correctly. If it’s not, it can seize in the middle of you cutting through a tree branch, which will often result in the chainsaw getting stuck in the wood and disrupting your progress. The process of lubricating the chain is simple. Although the process can slightly differ from model to model, you typically press the nozzle of a grease gun onto the sprocket at the tip of the bar, add a little grease, and then move the chain manually and add a little more. Once you’ve moved the chain one full revolution, the job is done. Sharpen The Chain A dull chainsaw chain will dramatically increase the effort you’ll need to expend to trim your trees. If it’s been a while since the chain has been sharpened, buy a sharpening kit at your local retailer and follow the instructions. Typically, you mount a bracket to the bar of the saw and use a specialized sharpening tool to rub on each of the links in the chain until it’s sharp. Doing this will greatly improve your ability to cut with...

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Three Signs Your Tree Is Dying

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Signs Your Tree Is Dying

The beautiful, mature trees in your backyard can become diseased or even die, but with prompt attention, you may be able to save the tree or those around it. Here are three signs that your tree is dying. Its leaves are falling out It’s normal for your deciduous trees to shed their leaves during the fall, but if your trees lose some or all of that their leaves in the height of summer, your trees may be in trouble. Prematurely shedding leaves can be a sign of a variety of fungal or bacterial infections. Dutch Elm disease is one fatal tree disease which causes trees to shed their leaves prematurely. This disease can take several years to kill your trees, but most affected trees will die eventually. Bacterial blights, a bacterial disease, can also kill trees in some cases. Fortunately, there are other tree diseases that can lead to prematurely shedding leaves without killing your tree, like leaf spot or leaf blister. Before you panic about losing your beautiful backyard trees, have a tree service come out and diagnose the problem. Its bark is falling off Some types of trees, like silver maples or birch trees, naturally shed large pieces of bark in the winter, but for other types of trees, like oak or elm trees, it can be a sign of a major problem. Tree bark can be damaged by frost or by the sun, and if this damaged bark sheds from the tree, the wood underneath will be exposed. If a lot of wood is exposed, the tree may die. Peeling bark can also be a sign of Hypoxylon canker, a serious fungal disease. This disease can’t be treated, so if it’s the cause of your tree’s peeling bark, your tree will need to be cut down and burned to protect other trees in the area. It has cankers Cankers are open wounds on a tree’s bark, and they are a bad sign. These wounds can be a sign of Cytospora canker, a type of fungal disease. These cankers blend into the healthy bark, but patches of white resin on top of the cankers can make them easier to spot. The only way to deal with Cytospora canker is to prune the infected areas before the fungus can spread to other parts of the tree. If the cankers are able to grow around the diameter of the tree’s trunk, your tree will be girdled and it will die. Prompt treatment is important to keep your tree from suffering this fate. If any of the trees on your property are prematurely shedding their leaves, losing their bark, or developing cankers, they may be dying and should be evaluated by a tree service right away. Call a company like Souliere & Son Tree SpeclSts for more...

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When (And How) Can You Force Your Neighbor To Remove A Dead Tree?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When (And How) Can You Force Your Neighbor To Remove A Dead Tree?

If you cringe each time the wind blows, for fear an errant branch may crash through your roof or window, it may be time to investigate tree removal services. However, if the tree at issue isn’t located on your property, but on a neighbor’s, this problem can become more complex. Is there any way you can require your neighbor to pay to remove a problem tree, or must you simply live with it until this tree causes damage to your property? Read on to learn more about how this situation is governed under state law.  When can you require the removal of trees not on your property? Most state laws grant you control of anything hanging over your property line. This means that not only are you allowed to trim back branches of a neighbor’s tree that encroach onto your property, you’re also allowed to collect and keep (or sell) any fruit or nuts that drop from the tree onto your property, even if the branches don’t necessarily hang over your property line. However, your control over the tree itself is much more limited. If you believe a tree poses a falling risk to your house, or you’ve already sustained damage to a fence, shed, or other outdoor structure, you may want to sue your neighbor in small claims court to force the removal of the tree. You’ll need to demonstrate that the tree poses a clear danger to your property and that the only responsible thing for your neighbor to do is to take care of the problem. If a tree isn’t at risk of hitting your home or causing other damage, it’s unlikely a judge will force its removal. Is there anything you can do to encourage your neighbor to remove a problem tree?  Taking your neighbor to court can be a scorched-earth remedy and neighborhood tensions may run high for years after the event. If you’d like a tree gone but don’t want to go the legal route, you may be able to enlist your city’s code enforcement agency or your utility company. It’s likely that if a tree is dead and dangerous enough to pose a threat to your property, it’s also encroaching on utility lines or creating an eyesore — both of which may require its removal. Quietly informing one of these agencies about your problem could help solve it while keeping you above the fray. For more information on tree removal, contact a professional like Pete & Ron’s Tree...

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Reasons You Might Need To Call A Tree Service

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons You Might Need To Call A Tree Service

Even if you have trees on your property, you might have never thought of hiring a professional tree service. After all, what hazard do trees pose? However, it is critical to keep your trees well-maintained for several reasons: Aesthetics This is probably the reason that you are most likely to consult a tree service. If you have a particularly large tree that is obstructing your view or preventing sunlight from reaching your garden, then you might want to trim the tree a bit, or maybe even remove it entirely. Similarly, if your tree is obstructing the view of your neighbors, then you might want to cut the tree in order to appease them. Safety Hazard Keeping your trees nice and tidy can also serve another important benefit: the preservation of your safety. If a tree is large and unkempt, then there is a chance that dangerous branches could fall and hurt someone. Even worse, especially large trees can drop branches onto the property of your neighbors, which can actually be the basis for a lawsuit! If you have small children, then keeping your trees well-maintained is even more important. While a falling branch might only be mildly inconvenient for an adult, the same branch might seriously injure a child. The process of trimming a tree itself is also a fairly dangerous task. If the tree is large, then you will need to climb a ladder while simultaneously using a sharp cutting device. There are quite a few ways that this situation can prove hazardous, so it might be a better idea to let the professionals handle it. Health Hazard One possibility that you might not consider is the health risk that your tree poses through possible pests and fungi. If your tree is dead or dying, then there is a decent chance that there are hazards dwelling within it, such as termites. A tree service will be able to check your trees for these parasites and remove them if necessary. If you don’t find these risks in time, then there is a chance that termites could spread to your house or that you could get sick from the fungi. In either case, you will end up suffering and paying a lot more than you would have if you had just hired a tree service to check your tree out. Again, trying to find hazards in your tree is probably best left to professionals. Depending on the problem, you might not know exactly what precautions to take, which could end up hurting you in the long...

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Top Three Reasons To Remove A Tree Stump

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top Three Reasons To Remove A Tree Stump

The tree is down and all that remains is the stump. It can be tempting to just leave it where it is. You can just pretend that it’s an all natural lawn ornament, or maybe set a flower pot on top to make it look a little bit more appealing. Unfortunately, an old stump can cause all sorts of trouble in your lawn. Not convinced? Then read on to find out why you should get rid of that stump. Reason #1: Stumps Pose a Traffic Hazard While large stumps are hard to miss, smaller stumps or those cut off near ground level can pose a major hazard. Not only can people trip over them when playing or running in the yard, you can cause major damage to your lawnmower if you accidentally hit a stump. Reason #2: The Attack of the “Tree Weeds” Just because the tree is cut down doesn’t mean it is dead. Tree roots often survive. This means that the tree will constantly try to regrow. You may end up with new, scraggly growth erupting from the stump itself. Sometimes, new tree saplings will show up in the lawn surrounding the stump. These trees are growing up from the roots spreading out from the stump. You will be cutting down and fighting these weedy trees for a long time if you let the stump stay. Reason #3: Pest and Problem Magnets You may think that killing the stump, usually with a chemical stump killer, will solve the weedy growth problem. Although it will, you will now have a new problem – pests. Many of the insects that will begin feasting on the dead wood are harmless, but there are quite a few that can cause major problems later. The most obvious one is the termite. Once they finish feasting on the stump, your home may be the next closest meal. What Should You Do? Now that you’re convinced that the stump must go, what’s the best way to tackle the problem? Stump removal is usually a process. First, you begin by chemically killing the roots. Most stump killers require that you drill deep holes into the stump, and then poor in the stump killer. After a set amount of time, the stump is dead. Next, you either grind it out or chop it out. If you used chemical stump killer, the stump often turns spongy and you can easily break it up with an ax and then lift the chunks out of the ground. The other option is grinding the stump down so that it’s 4 inches below the soil surface, using a stump grinder. Both are acceptable removal methods. To learn more, contact a tree stump removal company like Buskirk Tree...

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