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How to Identify Tree Illnesses and Infestations

3 Invaluable Tree Removal Tips

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Invaluable Tree Removal Tips

Nobody disputes the value of having trees on a residential property—they offer shade in the summer, firewood in the winter, and can drastically improve the aesthetics of a yard. That said, there are times when you may want to remove an unruly tree whose roots are destroying a garden or whose branches have grown out of control. While tree removal might seem like a daunting task, it’s not terribly difficult if you educate yourself on the process and prepare a bit beforehand. To that end, take a look below at three basic tips to keep in mind. Equipment If you don’t possess the proper equipment, felling a tree can be the cause of a number of serious injuries. To start with, you’ll need a hard hat and steel toed boots as well as durable leg coverings and a chainsaw with a sharp, well-oiled chain. An old chainsaw that hasn’t been properly maintained can easily catch on branches and cause you to lose your balance if you’re standing on a ladder.  Landing Zone If you have a large area of land on which to work, then you probably won’t have to cut the tree down piecemeal. Instead, you’ll work by making various cuts at the base of the tree until it topples over. First though, you’ll want to identify a landing zone where you think the tree will fall. This is usually in the same direction the tree tends to sway in the wind. Regardless, you won’t ultimately know where the tree will land until it begins to fall, so make sure you have a large area around the tree cleared out and free of equipment and people. Base Cuts Once you’ve identified a landing zone, it’s time to start cutting. First, make a horizontal cut at hip level about a quarter of the way into the trunk. Then make a wedge cut starting at 45 degree angle relative to the top of the horizontal cut. Finally, you’ll want to move to the other side of the trunk and start a back cut that is slightly higher than your initial horizontal cut by a couple of inches. Be careful that the chainsaw doesn’t stick in this cut, and that when the tree suddenly does begin to fall, that you exit the area as quickly as possible. Many people have been seriously injured because of inattention during this process. For more information and advice on the best way to have a tree removed, contact a company such as Tree...

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Seven Reasons To Have Your Trees Pruned Regularly

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seven Reasons To Have Your Trees Pruned Regularly

Most owners wait until their trees are suffering from problems before soliciting the help of a skilled arborist. While it may be possible to fix some tree-related problems after they surface, it is always preferable to address such challenges proactively. In fact, regular pruning – once every two to three years – from a tree trimming service can help improve the health of your tree in myriad ways: Pruning helps to prevent future problems, such as broken limbs or split trunks. Properly pruned trees have a balanced canopy and are trimmed to mitigate any structural problems inherent to the tree.   Tree-trimmers are more likely to notice problems with your tree’s health or structure than you are. Arborists are trained to notice the subtle signs of disease or structural problems, which can help you address such problems before they require drastic solutions.     Skilled tree pruners can improve the view outside your home. If you would like to have a better view of the surrounding horizon, a local pond or any other visual attraction, you can have the tree pruned with these goals in mind – a process called vista pruning.   Proper pruning can promote rapid growth. Although not a suitable practice for large trees, small trees can be stimulated to generate a profusion of new growth through specific pruning practices. This is often helpful for trees planted as hedges.   Some large tree species can be pruned to help reduce their size. You should always select a tree that will fit into the area allotted for it, but if it you already have a large species growing in a small location, an arborist may be able to trim its height and spread, without causing health or structural problems for the tree. The earlier you begin having such trees pruned, the more easily the arborist will be able to keep it a manageable size.    Pruning can reduce the chances that a tree will blow over or break in the wind. A skilled arborist can ensure that wind can pass through a tree’s limbs and ensure that the tree is properly balanced.   You can increase fruit production or flowering with regular pruning. By pruning fruit trees in the right locations and at the right time of year, you can increase the number of flowers a tree produces, which will ultimately lead to a larger fruit crop. Conversely, trees can be pruned so that they produce fewer flowers or fruit, if you...

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Why You Shouldn’t Balk At Removing Dead Trees In The Winter

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Balk At Removing Dead Trees In The Winter

Many people don’t cut down trees during the winter season, even though they are likely to get discounts from tree removal companies. Many tree companies offer promotional discounts during this time because business is slow. However, the prospect of low rates isn’t the only advantage of winter tree removal. Here are four more reasons you shouldn’t postpone cutting down trees until the winter is over: Reduced Yard Damage Some yard damage is inevitable when you decide to trim or cut down your trees when the ground is soft. The damage occurs because the equipment and vehicles used by the tree removers compacts the soil.  However, the potential damage decreases when the ground is hard, which is the case with frozen winter grounds. Potential Discounts Some tree removal companies offer winter discounts to their clients. The discounts are possible because tree removal during this season is less involving; the foliage is sparse, there are less obstacles (due to reduced outdoor activities), and the ground is firm (since it’s frozen) thereby improving the ease of equipment operation. Reduced Tree Damage When the tree you need removed is obstructed by other trees, the trees causing the obstructions may have to be trimmed first. Unfortunately, trimming may affect the health of a tree when the cut surface is attacked by diseases. Not only that, but the removed foliage also reduces the amount of food the tree manufactures, and this interferes with its growth. Fortunately, the damage associated with tree trimming reduces if the trimming is done during the winter season. For one, trees are dormant during this season, and there are also fewer diseases when the temperatures are freezing. As a result, trees trimmed or pruned in the winter recover much faster than those pruned or tried during the warmer seasons. Easy Cleanup If you have never seen a large tree removed, then you probably have no idea how big a mess it leaves behind. Fallen twigs and leaves have to be collected and disposed of properly. In fact, some tree removal companies charge extra for the cleanup or include the cost in the cleanup. Fortunately, trees removed during the winter season don’t leave too much debris behind, and this leads to easy cleanup. The one thing you should be worried about is winter DIY tree removal. The ground will be wet and slippery, the trees will splinter easily, and the chainsaw will be dangerous to operate. In short, it will be safer to have the trees removed by a professional tree company like Souliere & Son Tree...

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Two Reasons Why It’s Time To Have The Trees In Your Yard Pruned

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Reasons Why It’s Time To Have The Trees In Your Yard Pruned

Having trees in your yard can be a wonderful thing.  They provide refreshing shade when the sun is beaming down, and the leaves often turn beautiful colors as the seasons change.  However, although you may love the look of the trees and appreciate the ambiance that they add to your lawn, you may not understand the importance of regular pruning.  Much like your grass, your trees need care if they’re going to look good for the long haul.  Use this information to learn more about why now is the time to have your trees pruned by a professional. Pruning Promotes The Health Of The Tree The most important reason why it’s so vital for you to prune your trees is because it helps to promote the health of the tree.  This is important, because there may be parts of the tree that must be removed if it is to continue to thrive. For example, one or more branches on the tree may have become diseased.  If the diseased branches aren’t removed, the disease can spread throughout the entire tree, effectively reaching the roots and killing it. Also there may be an insect infestation that renders the branches virtually useless.  Removing these limbs may be just what it takes to maintain the tree’s health. Also, the area at the top of the tree may have become so thick with branches and leaves that sunlight cannot reach the trunk.  Trees need sunlight to grow, so it’s important for you to take the time to prune away the branches that are keeping the sun from shining through. Have Your Trees Pruned For Safety Another reason why you should have your trees pruned is for safety.  A tree that is allowed to grow wildly may look rustic and natural, but it could pose a risk to the safety of your family or property. There may be a few trees on your property that have weak limbs.  The branches may have grown so far out that there just isn’t enough strength at the base of the branch to support the outgrowth.  At some point, these weak limbs can snap and injure your house, car, or family member. Getting your trees pruned is an excellent way for you to keep them in good shape.  Don’t delay; contact an experienced pruning specialist right away, so they can come out and prune back the trees on your...

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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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