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Pruning Equipment

Pruning Equipment To know and practice the rules of pruning is most important, but of equal importance is using the correct tools. Equipment can be limited to a few items if the proper ones are selected. Select tools that will do the job, keep a sharp edge, and are relatively easy to sharpen and handle. Some of the most commonly used pruning tools are shown above. Good equipment properly cared for does a better job and lasts longer. Store equipment in a dry room; keep it sharp and in good operating condition. When pruning diseased plants, disinfect all shears and [...]

Why Get an Arborist Report?

Why Get an Arborist Report? Arborist reports are required by most cities for street tree pruning, most removals and to obtain approval for construction projects that will have an impact to the surrounding trees. Additionally, arborist reports are useful when tree owners seek an assessment of the health and condition of a tree as well as the potential for hazard in order to make an informed decision regarding care and maintenance for the tree.  Tree Preservation Plans: Tree preservation plans give you guidelines which minimize the potential damaging impacts that construction could have on your trees and landscape. Green Options [...]

Proper Mulching Techniques

Proper Mulching Techniques Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a homeowner can do for the health of a tree. Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance. Mulch must be applied properly; if it is too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm to trees and other landscape plants. Trees growing in a natural forest environment have their roots [...]

Plant Health Care

Plant Health Care The most common reason a tree owner calls an arborist is concern that something is wrong with a tree. It may be that some of the leaves are discolored, a branch has died, or perhaps the entire tree has been dropping leaves. Sometimes the cause of concern is a minor problem that is easily explained and corrected. Other times the problem is more complex with several underlying causes and a remedy that requires treatments extending over several years. Unfortunately, there are instances in which the problem has gone undetected for so long that the tree cannot be [...]

Insects and Diseases

Insects and Diseases Insects and diseases can threaten tree health. As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree’s appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding their causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and select an appropriate treatment. Diseases  Three things are required for a disease to develop: the presence of a pathogen (the disease-causing agent) plant susceptibility to that particular pathogen an environment suitable for disease development Plants vary in susceptibility to pathogens. Many disease-prevention programs focus on the use of pathogen-resistant plant [...]