January 2019 Spring Checklist: Part 2 – Pruning

We have some hot, dry weather here in the Tri-Cities. When it comes to dry weather, before deciding whether to prune your drought-stressed tree, first remove excess leaves. If moisture is present, growth will remain and buds will emerge. Also evaluate the tree’s surroundings, such as sidewalks, buildings and other obstructions, and the value of the limbs in question. There are three levels...
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January 2019: Spring Checklist Part 1 – Inspection

Step One: Inspection Look for critical risk trees. Do you have trees on your property that look like they’re about to fall over? Do you have trees on you property that have wind damage problems? The wind in the Tri-Cities can wreak havoc on our trees. As Spring time gets near, the wind will blow a little harder. Step Two: Identify Specific Issues Inclement weather isn’t the only thing...
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January 2019: Spring Checklist: Part 3 Watering and Mulch

Watering Your Trees New trees need to be watered at the time of planting. In addition, during their first season, they should be watered a minimum of one week in the absence of rain and often during the height of the summer. However, care should be taken not to overwater as this may result in oxygen deprivation. If you are uncertain as to whether a tree needs watering, dig down 6-8 inches at the...
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January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 3 – Disease and Insects

If you top your tree, it will be susceptible to insects and disease. Your tree will have multiple exposures that are large and small. If your tree has been topped, you will want to be on guard for a wide range of bugs and disease. Commercial Treatments There is a whole wide list of chemical treatments to keep insects away from your trees. You may have fruit or citrus trees. You may have trees and...
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January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 2 – Shocking Your Tree

Continuing with the write up regarding topping your trees. the second condition you could expect to see is shock. By removing and exposing the tops of your trees, your tree will encounter shock. This is due to the infiltration of sunlight to parts of the tree that have not seen direct light in any previous seasons. This exposure of direct sunlight will end up scalding parts of the tree including...
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