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2 Steps That Will Help You Attract More Hummingbirds In Your Yard

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Steps That Will Help You Attract More Hummingbirds In Your Yard

Birds are a wonderful and beautiful part of nature, and there are many types that live in all areas of the world, including hummingbirds. If you love hummingbirds and enjoy watching them in your yard, you may be interested in finding ways to encourage more to stop by in your yard. Luckily, there are ways to do this, and here are the two best ways to encourage hummingbirds to come to your yard more frequently. Offer Them The Right Food Hummingbirds tend to love nectar. This is their first choice of any of the foods they eat, and you can attract more hummingbirds by offering them nectar. To do this, you should purchase one or more hummingbird feeders. These feeders are designed strictly for hummingbirds and come in many sizes, types, and colors. After purchasing a feeder, you can make your own nectar by mixing one cup cane sugar with four cups water. When hummingbirds find out there is nectar available on your property, they will come there to drink it. Hummingbirds do not only consume nectar though; they also eat bugs and tree sap, and these are natural items they may also find while visiting your yard. Plant The Right Shrubs, Flowers, And Trees The second thing you can do to attract hummingbirds is plant the right shrubs, flowers, and trees. Here are three different types of plants that hummingbirds tend to be drawn to: Azaleas – Azaleas are beautiful flowers that come in many different colors. Some are great for shady areas, while others are designed to grow best in full sun, and you can choose accordingly for your needs. Butterfly bushes – A second option you have is planting butterfly bushes. These shrubs are gorgeous and can grow as tall as 10-feet. These plants are fragrant and hardy, and they come in many different colors. Honeysuckle vines – Honeysuckle vines are ideal for gardens or other areas where you would like to add vines around your yard. Hummingbirds love honeysuckle, because these plants contain a good supply of natural nectar. These plants are very easy to maintain, and they tend to grow very quickly. There are hundreds of plants, flowers, and shrubs to choose from, and there are dozens more that will attract hummingbirds. If you need help choosing the right plants or assistance with planting them, you can call an arborist in your area. Arborists are experts with trees, and they can help you select the right ones, determine where to put them, and handle the planting for you. Contact an arborist, such as 770 Tree Guy, today for more...

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Have Pets That Spend Time In Your Backyard? Get Tree Stump Removal To Avoid A High Mushroom Risk During Rainy Season

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Pets That Spend Time In Your Backyard? Get Tree Stump Removal To Avoid A High Mushroom Risk During Rainy Season

If you have a tree stump in your backyard, you should not consider the job finished. Whether the tree fell down on its own or you had professionals cut it down because it was becoming a hazard, leaving the stump can have a number of issues, especially if your pets frequently spend time in the backyard. When exposed to little or no sun and wet conditions, the rate of mushroom growth increases drastically. This means during rainy season you may find mushrooms constantly showing up in the tree stump. It is best to remove the tree stump, especially before it starts raining on a consistent basis. Remove All of the Mushrooms The first thing you will want to do is keep your pets inside, or constantly remove the mushrooms. It is ideal to do a check every morning and get rid of them by getting a pair of gloves on and pulling the stalk with force. Do not leave any remaining stalk, and if you want to go the extra mile until you are able to get the stump removed, you can also apply fungicide that will minimize or prevent the growth of new mushrooms. Get Rid of the Source The next step is to get rid of the stump that is harboring these fungi, the sooner the better. You just want to make sure that your pets are not in danger as mushrooms can be deadly to both cats and dogs. The majority are not harmful, but you do not want to take such a risk when it is easily preventable. In the end, you may end up paying anywhere from $144 to $416 to remove the tree stump. The main factor that will determine how much money you have to spend is the size of the stump that you want removed. Make Plans for New Growth Once you get rid of a tree stump, you may be in the mood to plant something right away. However, doing this will likely lead to growth issues as the old roots will remain intact for up to several years. It is best to either wait it out or pick a location about five feet away from the old stump and start growing there. Whether you have cats, dogs, or both that hang out in your backyard, you will find it in your best interest to look through lists of plants that are safe for them before you pick what trees you want to plant. Removing a tree stump before mushrooms start growing on a frequent basis is the best way to protect your pets while they spend time...

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How To Know If Your Trees Need Trimming

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Know If Your Trees Need Trimming

Proper training, trimming, and heavy pruning are a necessity if you want the trees on your property to look their best and remain healthy. The problem can come with knowing whether you should prune or leave the tree alone. The following can help you decide. Was the tree planted in the last three or four years? Pruning is most important for the first few years after planting, because this is when the branch framework is formed that will dictate the general shape and health of the tree for the rest of its life. In general, this training method of pruning removes all upright branches except for the main trunk. Next, excess lateral branches are removed so that the basic framework isn’t crowded and the tree is well balanced. This is done annually for a few years, or until the tree matures to the point that it no longer is trying to grow excessive laterals. Is there visible damage? Broken branches, dead wood, and obvious signs of disease or pests are all indicators that it is time to prune. Dead and damaged wood can be cut back to the nearest healthy junction with a branch or the trunk. Pest- or disease-damaged wood should be removed completely so the problem doesn’t spread to the rest of the tree. When cutting out damaged sections, disinfect the pruning tools with a diluted bleach solution afterward and destroy the branches. Are branches rubbing together? Don’t overlook an overly dense interior. Branches that rub together become injured, which makes them more prone to breakage or pest and disease problems. Cut out the weaker of the two branches that are rubbing, removing it back to the nearest healthy junction. Also, take this opportunity to trim out any water spouts on the remaining healthy branches – these are small branches that try to grow perfectly vertical from a lateral branch. Removing rubbing branches and waterspouts also opens the interior of the tree for better air circulation. Has the tree lost its shape? Most trees can tolerate basic shaping. This is achieved by trimming back the tips of the branches by no more than a quarter or a third of their length. There is no hard and fast rule, you simply want to leave the majority of the branches unpruned so the tree can recover quickly. Make the cuts carefully so the canopy of the tree looks balanced when you are done. This type of pruning is not meant to control size. The only reliable way to control the size of a tree is to only plant varieties with a mature size no larger than what you desire. If you don’t feel up to the task on your own, contact Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. or other tree experts in your area to help maintain healthy trees on your...

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3 Factors To Consider When Faced With A Storm-Damaged Tree

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Factors To Consider When Faced With A Storm-Damaged Tree

Dead trees pose a significant threat to the safety of your home. Yet many people have a difficult time determining when a storm-damaged tree should be removed–and when it should be left alone to heal. If one of the trees in your yard has recently suffered damage, read on. This article will present three important factors in determining whether you should have it removed by a professional arborist. The Species of the Tree Not all trees are created equal in terms of their ability to weather–and survive–storm damage. Species whose wood is weaker will display a greater chance of losing limbs, even after the storm has passed. Likewise, species with shallow roots pose a much greater chance of collapse. Be especially wary if your yard contains any of the following species: eucalyptus Bradford pear silver maple black locust catalpa Siberian elm The Extent of the Damage Broken branches are the most common form of storm damage. Yet not all broken branches will require the tree to be removed by tree trimming professionals. When the lost limbs are small enough, the damage can often be treated simply by pruning them back and allowing the tree to heal. The loss of larger limbs, however, poses a much more serious threat, and should be evaluated by a professional. If the storm has caused the loss of multiple major limbs, in most cases it will need to be removed. Likewise, when assessing the damage, pay attention to the overall number of broken or damaged branches. If this number is greater than fifty percent, the tree’s chances of survival aren’t great. This is also true if the damage is concentrated on one particular side of the tree. That’s because the tree will be off-balance, thus posing a significantly higher risk of collapse.  The Location of the Tree The placement of a storm-damaged tree is just as important a factor as the severity of the damage. For instance, trees that are located near bodies of water tend to have shallower root systems. As a result, such trees aren’t as stable or as hardy, meaning they will have a more difficult time bouncing back from damage. They’ll also be at a greater risk of collapse. It’s also good to take into account any recent construction in the vicinity. Heavy machinery can compact the soil and cause changes in gradation that can affect nearby trees. Similarly, take into consideration whether any neighboring trees have been recently removed. This may mean that the damaged tree is already under a greater amount of stress due to the increase in...

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Prepping Your Trees For El Niño Following The Drought

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Prepping Your Trees For El Niño Following The Drought

Much of the western United States has been plagued by years of drought now, with California being the hardest hit. Weather forecasters are predicting a major El Niño will be hitting this year and providing some relief to reservoirs and improving water storage levels, but heavy rain can cause even more problems after a drought. If you have trees in your yard, prepping them before the rain comes can help you to prevent severe damage to your trees as well as your home.  The Drought Effect Danger Heavy rains may sound like the best way to rescue trees that have been suffering through the drought, but it can actually cause a great deal of damage to them. When trees go through prolonged periods of drought, their roots wither, becoming weaker and smaller, while the branches of the tree remain the same length they’ve always been. Unfortunately, this causes a lot of problems for the tree once the rain hits. First of all, as the ground becomes saturated, the tree isn’t able to absorb as much moisture because its roots are smaller. As the ground around the roots becomes wetter, it also gets looser, and the top-heaviness of the tree may send the tree toppling. But wait a moment before you go out and start trimming the tree. Pruning the branches back can put the tree at a higher risk of becoming infested with insect life, which can kill it outright during a drought. Instead, contact an expert.  Tree Removal Evaluation The sad fact is, if a tree hasn’t received much care during the dry years, it may need to be removed from the property. Your tree’s roots may already be dying, or it could be infested by the aforementioned insects. Contact a tree removal company to evaluate the trees on your property. If any are dead or dying, they’ll remove them and thereby protect any healthy trees from getting knocked down by dead ones during a storm. Removing sick or dead trees will also help to prevent one from crashing into your roof during a storm. Rehydrating Your Trees’ Roots For any trees on your property that are still in good enough condition that they don’t need to be removed, follow these steps to get them ready for the downpours. Your tree’s roots have probably shrunken, so water slowly, and not too deeply. Going beyond the healthy roots will just loosen the soil and risk damage to the tree. One good way to gauge how much water your tree is receiving is to place a metal can near your tree while the sprinklers or hose is turned on. Once the can fills with a few inches of water, turn the water off, and repeat the process again the next day so the roots have ample time to absorb the liquid. If the tree is young, wait a couple days instead, as smaller trees have smaller roots and generally need less water than large, older trees. Repeat this process until the storms come, and your trees should be able to handle a moderate-to-heavy downpour. Unfortunately, not every tree can survive the drought, even if you take good care of them. While it’s sad to have some of your trees removed, it’s better than risking the safety of your home and...

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A Basic Overview Of The Tree Transplantation Process

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Basic Overview Of The Tree Transplantation Process

If you are moving to a new home, and want to take your favorite trees with you, you need to hire a tree removal service company. A tree removal service company not only specializes in cutting down rotting and infected trees, they also specialize in removing and transplanting fully grown trees as well. So if you have a tree that you just can’t part with, and really want to move with you to your new house, a tree removal service can help you with this. Here is a basic overview of how the tree transplantation process works. Preparing The Soil The first thing that the tree removal service company will do is prepare the soil before they start to dig out the tree. They may even ask for your assistance with this step, as it can take a few days. Generally, to prepare the soil, they will soak the soil in at least three feet from the trunk of your tree in all directions. They will apply a liberal amount of water to this area for at least three days. Depending on the size of the tree that you want to transplant, this area may even be larger than three feet. This soil soaking technique is used to make the root ball of your tree damp. This will make it easier for the tree removal service company to pull out all the roots that your tree needs to survive. Removing The Tree One the soil is wet and saturated; the tree service company you hire will start the tree removal process. They will dig around the wet soil in an attempt to loosen all the vital roots that are supporting your tree. If they damage too many of the vital roots on your tree, your tree will not survive the transplant. They may have to use digging equipment in order to dig deep enough to removal all the essential roots along with the tree. As they dig around the tree, they will also work to keep the tree stable. The last thing you want is for the tree to come crashing down and for the branches to break. They will have at least one person digging around the tree and at least to two individuals who are stabilizing the tree. Once the tree has been dug out, they will wrap the roots up in burlap. This will protect the roots and keep them healthy for the transplant. Transplanting The Tree Once the tree’s roots are wrapped in burlap, they will put the tree in the back of a truck or large flatbed, depending on the size of the tree. Then they will transplant your tree to your new home. Once they get the tree there, they will need to dig a hole at least as large as the one that they did at your previous property. In order to ensure that the tree thrives, they will mix in a planting soil with the soil at your new home. They will also cover your tree’s roots in mulch after they have planted the tree in order to protect the roots and provide them with the most ideal conditions for surviving the transplantation process. Transplanting a fully-grown tree from one property to another can take a lot of work and effort....

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How To Plan A Work Day In Preparation For Land Clearing For A New Church

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Plan A Work Day In Preparation For Land Clearing For A New Church

If your congregation is getting ready to start building a new church in which to hold services, you might be trying to save some money by clearing the land yourselves. If you have been asked to be in charge of that task, here are some ideas that might make the job easier. Get Help – Clearing the land yourselves is a huge process, so you’ve obviously realized that getting help is at the top of your list. It might be very helpful for you to form your own committee. You’ll need somebody to be in charge of coordinating the effort by making phone calls, sending texts, or emailing the exact time and date that you will be clearing land. Another committee member might be in charge of getting somebody to provide water bottles, snacks and even meals. It would be very helpful to have somebody in charge of setting up child care so that parents can both help on the project. You’ll need somebody in charge of renting equipment, too. While some members of your congregation probably own things like wheelbarrows, hoes, rakes and other tools, you will probably need to rent a tractor. If you are removing trees or tree stumps, you may even need a 4-wheel drive truck. Work Day – Count yourselves lucky or blessed if you’re doing the clearing in the fall when the weather is cooler. Starting early in the day is a great idea, especially if you have individuals who need to leave to go to their regular work place. A good way to start is to form a very long human chain that will start at one end of the property and move slowly to the other end, making sure that rocks, tin cans and other small debris is removed. This job is perfect for kids. Stronger individuals can follow with shovels and other hand tools to remove small plants and larger rocks. Have large boxes and garbage bins available for trash. Probably the last thing you will do is to remove trees and tree stumps that are right where your building is supposed to be situated. Tree stump removal is hard and dangerous work, so it’s important to have only those involved in the work present. The workers will use a shovel or mattock to clear rocks from around the tree or tree stump, and then the tree will be cut down, if needed. When using a grinder, be sure to leave enough of the stump for leverage. Finally, you might need a heavy truck and a chain to completely lift the stump and the roots from the ground....

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3 Reasons To Plant Crab Apple Trees In Your Yard

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Plant Crab Apple Trees In Your Yard

If you would like to add beauty to your yard, you could plant a couple crab apple trees. These trees are not only easy to grow and maintain, but they are also one of the most beautiful trees you can have. If you are looking for decorative and useful trees for your yard, you may want to choose crab apple trees for these three reasons. They Are Easy To Grow Crab apple trees will grow in almost any type of soil and can grow in full sunlight or shade. They do not need a lot of water or maintenance, and they grow to around 20 feet tall. They are perfect for almost any area in a yard, and you can plant them at any time of the year. To care for your crab apple trees, you really need to do only two things. The first is adding organic mulch around the tree each spring. This will help the tree grow and bloom heartily in the springtime. The second thing to do is prune the tree in the late winter, and this involves cutting off any dying branches. They Are Beautiful All Year A second reason to consider planting crab apple trees is because of their beauty. Unlike other types of flowering trees, crab apple trees offer a variety of beauty all year round. In the spring is when they begin to bud and bloom, and you may see deep magenta colored flowers, or they might be white or pink. After this occurs, the flowers may begin to change colors and will begin to fall, but the tree will remain a bright green color. At this time, crab apples will also begin to form. They will grow all summer long and will be ready to be picked in the fall. During the fall, the leaves on your crab apple trees may begin turning orange, brown, and red. You Can Eat The Fruit While crab apples are not the same as regular apples, you can still eat them. Crab apples tend to be smaller than regular apples and are typically extremely tart, but there are a couple good ways to use these apples. One option is to make crab apple butter or jelly, which are both great toppings to eat on biscuits, bread, and rolls. You can also pickle them, use them to make wine, or make applesauce from them. Adding a couple crab apple trees to your yard could make your yard look much nicer, and these trees would not add more work to your normal weekly yard tasks. If you would like to learn more about crab apple trees and other flowering trees, talk to a landscaping contractor like Greatland Tree Service...

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2 Large Tree Branch Trimming Tips

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Large Tree Branch Trimming Tips

If you have a tree on your property that has been damaged by weather or excessive weight, then you may want to try to prune the tree before you invest in a tree removal. This means that you need to remove tree branches properly so you do not further damage the tree. If most of the branches are large, then continue reading to learn about some tips to cut them.  Leave Some of the Branch Behind If you are going to trim away a tree branch that is several inches in diameter, then it is wise to cut the branch just outside the collar or about one-quarter or one-half inch away from it. The branch collar is the large or swollen area of the branch where it comes into contact with the trunk or the parent branch. In the case of a large branch, this is where it will meet the trunk, and cutting a small distance from the collar will help to keep the cut from becoming an open wound. Trunks can naturally grow tissues around a cut to close it off from the environment. This helps to keep decay, insect exposure, or a disease from infecting the area of the tree. This can only happen though if the collar is kept intact. Identify this collar before you cut and make sure not to damage it. Remember that the collar will be become wider as the tree branch grows larger. Use a Sharp Blade It is in your best interest to use a sharp saw blade when you decide to cut a large tree branch. This type of blade will help you to make a clean cut without splintering the wood or allowing the branch to crack as you trim it away. This means sharpening blades before you cut branches. If you intend to use a steel handsaw, then use a triangular file between the teeth to sharpen it. If the saw is a carbide tipped variety, then a professional may need to complete the sharpening for you. Grinders fitted with diamond tipped wheels are needed to do the sharpening. If you have a chainsaw that you want to use to trim large branches, then you can use both round and flat files to do so. However, you will need to use special chainsaw sharpening files for this purpose that have guides attached to them. Otherwise, you may file the wrong areas of the blade. If you do not want to invest in the files, then ask a tree specialist or professional for...

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3 Health Reasons To Get Rid Of Tree Stumps

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Health Reasons To Get Rid Of Tree Stumps

While you might think the tree stump in your yard is a mere eyesore, that old stump could actually pose a serious risk to your family’s health. Getting rid of tree stumps as quickly as possible is the only way to ensure that your family will be protected from the health hazards associated with stumps. Here are three health reasons to get rid of any stumps that are present in your yard. 1. Tree stumps could be infected with a fungus. If a diseased tree dies off and leaves a stump in your yard, the same disease that killed the tree could affect your family’s health. Fungus can be found growing on the surface of trees, and it can negatively affect a tree’s health. If your family members come into contact with the stump of a tree that has died because of a fungal infection, they may experience negative side effects from the fungus transferring to the surface of their skin. Be sure to remove diseased tree stumps to prevent health problems caused by fungus. 2. Tree stumps could lead to complications from broken bones. If tripping over a stump results in a broken bone for a member of your family, the individual could be susceptible to some serious complications. Broken bones can sometimes damage the arteries and nerves surrounding the break site, resulting in neurovascular problems. If the bone fracture extends into a nearby ankle or knee joint, your family member could be plagued by post-traumatic arthritis in the future. Removing tree stumps that are difficult to see will help your family avoid the potential risk of complications from a broken bone.  3. Tree stumps attract bugs. Dead and decaying tree stumps serve as a rich feeding ground for a variety of bugs. While you might not be too concerned about bugs being in your yard, these bugs could eventually find their way into your home. Health problems like arboviruses, American Trypanosomiasis, and enteric diseases can all be traced back to bugs. If you don’t want bugs transmitting potentially harmful diseases to your family, get rid of the tree stumps that can attract them to your yard. Tree stumps contribute to fungal diseases, broken bones, and illnesses transmitted by insects. Getting rid of an old tree stump will not only improve the appearance of your yard, it will help protect your family from some serious health risks as well. Contact a company like Buskirk Tree Service for more...

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