tree health

Greater Tree Health

Hello to all our previous customers out there!

We would like to stay in touch with you on a periodic basis even if it is just to spread some insight into greater tree health.

Although many criticize us when taking a tree down that we are harming the environment, the opposite is actually true. When certain conditions exist in a tree, such as irreparable fungus or insect infestation, the tree left standing becomes a threat to all the other trees around it.

Fungus spreads rapidly through the wind. It is not unusual to find the same fungus in many trees co-existing in the same area because one tree was not properly treated to begin with. Whether the owner was just unaware or didn’t want to spend a few bucks, the end result can be catastrophic for other trees also. In the worst case scenario, all the trees need to be removed costing the owner far more then he originally was hesitant to spend on treatment of the fungus or infestation.

To be more aware of these problems, you should occasionally check the base of the tree and lower branches for tiny insect holes, wood powder, or other obvious signs of insects.

In the case of fungus, you should look for light green or white growth on the bark surface. Although sometimes this is just a lichen, which is harmless, many other times it is wilt fungus or a combination of other fungi, which will deteriorate the bark and destroy the tree if unchecked.

Fungus can usually grow on a tree for a year or so before harming the tree’s health. Into the second year, you are approaching the danger zone and need some of the major leading branches taken out, which will radically alter the tree’s appearance. Into the third year, you are looking at a dead tree with no hope.

If you suspect any of these conditions by some of the warning signals previously mentioned, but are not sure you should call a professional and get a free estimate, just remember, as with any type of maintenance, prevention is always the least expensive.

When it comes to pruning, unfortunately, many people wait until the tree is a major hazard before getting anything done. This often results in extreme measures which spell certain death for the tree.

The best policy is to have your trees trimmed about every three to five years depending on the variety. If your trees are so thick that sun and wind can barely get through, you have probably reached the seven to ten year point. These are the conditions where insects and fungus thrive best in the intense moisture and darkness.

In a sense, trees are like any other living organism, even humans. They need proper amounts of light and ventilation (breathing room) to thrive. When the tree is thriving in a healthy manner it is much less likely to pick up fungi or insect infestations.

A healthy tree has a stronger immunity to diseases and outside agents in the same way a healthy human being does. So the best way to prevent unwanted removal of trees is to have them trimmed every 3 to 5 years and have them treated for fungus and insects whenever these foreign agents become recognized.

When would the removal or maintenance of a tree be a threat to the environment? When people remove trees for reasons like unwanted leaf raking or fear of the tree falling on the property even though the tree is perfectly healthy, removing the tree under those circumstances can actually be a detriment to the environment. These reasons, along with other personal peculiar interests of individuals should make anyone in the tree care industry hesitate before cutting and at least try to talk to the owner about alternative solutions.

Personal notes: We are expanding to commercial as well as residential work in the community and have increased our equipment to meet all your tree needs in the last several years.  As a certified arborist and owner of this company, if there is any way we can be of service, please let us know.

See you soon!