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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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Unwanted Houseguests: Watch Your Trees For Signs Of Rats

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unwanted Houseguests: Watch Your Trees For Signs Of Rats

If you are a new homeowner and have palm trees or other tall trees near your house, watch out — they could become pathways to your home for roof rats. These pests love to live in trees for protection and will often make the jump to your home when looking for extra places to nest, especially as weather gets colder. In addition to calling a pest control company, you might want to look at removing some of your trees, especially if they seem to attract rat families over and over again. Problem Trees Part of the solution to getting rid of roof rats is to make your yard and home look undesirable to them. That includes getting rid of hiding places. Roof rats seem to really like palms — the tall trees keep the rats well out of harm’s way, and layers of dead fronds make for good climbing and nesting. Removing a tree, especially a tall palm, is rather drastic, so your first steps should be to just make the trees uninhabitable. Get pest control techs to get rid of the existing rats, and then have a tree service trim the fronds. They need to remove any hanging dead fronds and cut back live fronds that are hanging over your roof or other structures. Any frond or leaf debris at the base of the tree needs to be cleared away immediately. Move woodpiles away from the tree as well. Last Resort If you keep getting rats over and over again, you may want to remove the trees. For this you’ll need a tree removal service that has experience with palms. Taller palms often have to be cut down in sections, and the service should include removal. There are companies that will actually buy the palms if they can remove the whole tree safely from your yard, but don’t count on arranging something like this unless the tree is truly in an open area with wide-open access from the road. Another thing to take a look at is what’s happening in your neighbors’ yards. If the rats keep coming in from one particular yard, then you need to get those people to make their yard rat-unfriendly. Depending on the people you have to deal with, that could be easier than removing the whole tree. No matter what you do, though, you have to get rid of the rats. If they make the jump from the tree to your roof, they can infest crawlspaces and attics and chew through walls and wiring. They do carry some nasty diseases, too. Sacrificing a tree or two to prevent rat infestations in your house is really not a bad trade-off. If you think you may have to remove trees to stop repeated pest invasions, contact a tree removal company to see how they would go about removing them. Ask about stump removal and hole filling as well. Contact a service like Coryell Tree Service for more...

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Easy Ideas For Transforming Chopped Down Trees Into Masterpieces

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Easy Ideas For Transforming Chopped Down Trees Into Masterpieces

Are you planning to cut down one or more trees? If so, you may not have immediate plans for the wood that comes from your tree removal project. Perhaps you are thinking of disposing of the wood, saving it for firewood, or finding a place to donate it to. Before you make a firm decision, take a moment to review these easy ways you could use the wood to make your own unique wooden masterpieces.  Playtime Ideas The trunk of a tree is an important part of constructing a safe and sturdy treehouse, but all tree houses do not have to be in a tall tree. You can use the trunk of a large chopped down tree as the base of a treehouse. You can choose to build your own treehouse, or you can choose one that is manufactured and sized to fit he trunk. Since the treehouse will be lower to the ground, it will be ideal for children of all ages. You can also use flattened portions of a chopped down tree to make board games. Examples of games that are easy to make are tic tac toe and checkerboards. Apply varnish and paint to protect the wood. You can also use the wood to make your unique game pieces. Indoor Masterpieces The branches from a chopped down tree can be transformed into beautiful curtain rods. Simply choose a branch that is long enough to fit over the designated window. Cut or trim the branch as needed. You can leave the wood in a natural state for a more rustic appearance. You might also choose to sand it down and apply paint or a stain finish.  Small and medium-sized pieces of wood can be sawed into half-inch or one inch flat, sliced pieces. You can apply a finish or you can paint unique art on the pieces. These salvaged portions of the tree can serve as coasters for glasses. Outdoor Ideas Consider making your own wooden walkway with varied sizes of sliced wood. You could also choose to only use large portions to create a wooden pavers effect. This type of walkway is versatile, but it will likely create the most dramatic effect leading to patios, garden or nature areas.  Use medium-sized branches as separators in your garden area. You can also use them to mark the edges of a walkway.  A tree removal company, such as Kansas City Tree Care, LLC, is a good resource to use if you would like to reuse your wood for projects. These professionals will be able to tell you whether or not it is a wise idea to use the salvaged wood or not. For example, they may not recommend using trees with significant signs of decay or insect activity present, and they might also be able to treat salvaged wood to ensure that it can be safely used for your...

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3 Ways To Slow Or Prevent Moss Growth On Your Trees

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Slow Or Prevent Moss Growth On Your Trees

Moss growth on a tree trunk can put a strain on the tree if your tree is old or weakened. Not to mention, moss on trees can be unattractive. Moss thrives in moist, shaded environments, so if your tree trunks are growing moss and you want to get rid of it for good, the key to slowing the moss growth is exposing them to more sunlight and airflow. Often, this is easier said than done. Trees have their own built-in shade source – branches – and if you live in an area that gets plenty of rain, keeping the trunk dry can be tough. However, there are three things you can do to reduce moisture and shade, thus preventing or slowing moss growth on your trees. 1. Pruning the Tree Consider having your tree pruned by a tree care professional. A person with training knows which branches can be removed without harming the tree, and thus they are able to safely remove a greater portion of the tree’s branches. Thinning out the tree’s branches will allow more air and sunlight to reach the trunk. Depending on the type of tree you have, removing the lower branches may also be a good idea since doing so exposes the trunk directly to more air and sunlight. This works particularly well with pines that are getting mossy. 2. Thinning Your Tree Grove If you have a grove of trees, you’ll often notice that the ones closest to the center develop the most moss because their trunks are the most shaded. Removing some of the smaller trees from the outer portions of the grove may expose these trees to more light and air. Felling trees in a thick grove is a tough task, as you need to be able to do so without causing damage to other nearby trees or suffering an injury yourself. Thus, it is usually best to hire an expert to thin a grove. 3. Removing Fences Often, trees planted along fences will get quite mossy, since the fence blocks the air and sunlight. Removing the fence is a good way to remedy the situation. Of course, if the fence denotes a property line or serves some other purpose, removing it entirely may not be an option. Consider replacing the part of the fence against which the tree is planted with a type of fencing that’s “less solid,” such as chain-link or post-and-rail fence. You can remove moss from tree trunks over and over again, but unless you do something to increase airflow and sunlight to the tree, it will keep coming back. Consider whether it’s possible for you to employ one of the tactics above – if you’re able to do so, your tree trunks should become much less mossy. Contact a tree service like Yarnell Tree Co Inc for more...

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How To Remove A Tree Growing Close To Your House

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove A Tree Growing Close To Your House

Removing a tree that’s in close proximity to a home involves much more care than removing a tree from an open area, and there are many more factors to consider before you start and after the tree is felled. The primary reason for this extra care is avoiding potential damage to the house, but the damage can be caused by more than just a tree falling the wrong way. Establish the Tree’s Root Structure Perhaps more important than the top of the tree are the roots, which can grow underneath your foundation and start to cause damage by cracking concrete or breaking utility pipes and cables. If there is no damage yet, you need to find out two things: Where the tree’s roots are growing, and if they need to be removed. If there is no damage, you may be able to get away with simply killing the roots and preventing them from growing any further. If they are presenting a threat, however, you’ll need to prepare to remove at least the bulk of the roots from around and underneath your foundation. Prepare to Kill the Stump If the roots may potentially turn into a problem if they keep growing, you’ll want to kill the stump as soon as you can. To do this you’ll need a herbicide ready to apply to the freshly cut stump – most herbicides need to be applied quickly, while the cut is still fresh, in order to be effective. Before you cut the tree, have your herbicide ready. To make it more effective, you can also drill a number of holes a few inches deep into the stump and pour the herbicide inside. Either way, however, this is best done before the stump can start to heal over. Direct the Fall Taking down the actual tree is one of the toughest parts because you need a way to direct a large amount of weight. Cutting a notch into the side of the tree of the direction you want it to fall is a good start. For improved control, attach one end of a rope or cable around the tree trunk and the other end to a truck. As you very slowly cut the tree at its base, you can slowly drive the vehicle forward to start its fall in the right direction. Because of the damage this could do to your vehicle if the tree falls on it, use the vehicle primarily for security and direction, not to pull the tree over. When the tree starts to lean in the right direction, move the vehicle to safety and continue the cut. Remove the Roots If the roots have started to grow underneath your foundation, you should try to remove as much of them as you can. This process isn’t difficult, but it can be tedious. You will need to dig a few feet down, then a few feet underneath your foundation to reach most of the roots. Before you start digging or cutting, make sure you know where all of your utility lines and pipes are so you don’t strike anything important. Either consult the blueprints for your house or call your utility companies for advice. The roots can be removed by digging out the dirt around and under them and using a...

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