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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January 2019: Dangers of Topping Your Trees: Part 1 – Starving Your Tree

Probably the worst thing you can do is to top a tree. Tree topping is the practice of removing the top, or whole top of a tree. This includes the big branches or trunks from the top of the tree leaving the stubs or lateral branches that are too small to take on the role of a terminal leader. Your Trees Will Starve There are a number of conditions that will result in the topping of a tree. The...
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