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Tips For Protecting Trees From Mechanical Damage

Posted by on 7-07-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Protecting Trees From Mechanical Damage

Most landscape trees have a relatively protected life, since they are provided with access to plenty of water and fertilizer. One thing they aren’t always protected from, though, is mechanical damage. This damage occurs from things like lawnmowers, string trimmers, and vehicles – anything that bumps and damages the tree. The following tips can help you avoid this type of damage so your trees remain healthy. Tip #1: Install a mulch circle The simplest way to avoid damage from mowers and trimmers is to make it so you never need to cut grass or weeds near the trunk of the tree. Remove the sod from the ground in a circle that is a few feet in diameter around the trunk. Then, lay down landscape fabric over the bare circle. This fabric allows moisture in but prevents weeds from growing through. Finally, cover the fabric with a couple of inches of mulch. You will need to replenish the mulch from time to time because it does break down over time, but this solution works well and it looks nice. Tip #2: Don’t tie things around trees Ropes, chains and cords all rub on trees. This wears through the bark and causes damage. In severe cases, the rope or chain can wear off the bark completely around the trunk, creating a break in the bark so that nutrients can no longer be carried between the roots and canopy. If you must tie something around a tree, use a wide, soft rope or strap. Check it regularly and remove it or loosen it if it begins to constrict a growing trunk. Overall, it is a much better choice to use a fence or a stake to hold whatever item you were planning to tie to the tree. Tip #3: Protect the tree from cars There are two locations where a tree is most at danger from cars. The first are those planted near curbs. Not only could they be hit by the car, but car doors opening and closing into the trunk can cause damage. The second place are trees next to turns, such as tree by your driveway. One way to help protect the tree is to install a reflector upon it so that those turning or opening their door can easily see the tree after dark. You can also put a large decorative bolder between the trunk and the road. This will protect it from cars and also discourage people from opening their doors in front of the tree. Talk to a tree service expert, such as at Tree Pruning for more...

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When Do You Not Need An Arborist Report To Remove A Tree?

Posted by on 2-02-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Do You Not Need An Arborist Report To Remove A Tree?

In an effort to keep cities green and reduce pollution, many Canadian cities require that property owners file an arborist report prior to removing any large trees or constructing a building near them. There are, however, several instances where you do not need to file a report, usually based on the tree’s health or size. Although these exemptions are relatively common throughout Canada, your local ordinances may vary, and each city’s bylaws on the subject are slightly different. Always check with your city’s planning department before you begin cutting down trees to spare yourself an expensive legal headache later on.  When The Tree is Hazardous A dead or dying tree that poses an imminent threat to the people around it can typically be cleared without notice. You may, for example, find a leaning tree on your property after a powerful storm, while a neglected property may contain numerous dead trees that are of no value to anyone and pose a risk of falling unexpectedly. In these cases, the trees should be removed prior to any development to ensure the health and safety of the construction crew.  When an Ash Tree is Infested Emerald ash borers are an invasive species of beetle that journeyed from Asia to North America by 2002. They have killed tens of millions of ash trees so far, and they are still spreading. Because of the seriousness of this infestation, many cities and municipalities now allow infested ash trees to be removed without an arborist report. You may be required to dispose of the tree in a designated, isolated area, so check with your local planning office before you begin clearing the tree.  When the Tree is Small Tree protection and retention laws are meant to preserve old, established trees that are of significant value to the community. Young saplings, on the other hand, are of less concern and can usually be removed without filing paperwork. Vancouver, for instance, only requires an arborist report and application to remove trees that are more than 20 centimeters in diameter at a point that is 1.4 meters from the ground. As an aside, Vancouver also requires an arborist’s certification to clear dead and dying trees, which is why it is so important to check your local bylaws before proceeding with any project.  When the Tree is Damaging Public Infrastructure In some cases, a large and healthy tree may still be removed if it is impacting public services such as power and sewer lines. Your arborist will need to certify that the tree is growing into the utility and cannot reasonably be pruned or relocated to avoid the conflict. The tree protection bylaws in many Canadian municipalities may seem restrictive at first, but by working with your local administrators and a dedicated team of arborists, you should be able to continue with your construction project while still preserving the rich urban ecosystem that trees provide for a...

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Pruning A Mature Oak Tree: Important Dos And Don’ts

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pruning A Mature Oak Tree: Important Dos And Don’ts

Oak trees can be a beautiful part of the landscaping in any neighborhood, but if left to grow out of control, they can not only become an eyesore, but a hazard as well. Overgrown oak trees are more prone to disease and are at a greater risk of having limbs collapse. Fortunately, taking the time to prune a mature oak tree from time to time can keep it healthy and looking its best. Should you conduct your own tree pruning, instead of hiring a company like Arbor Man Tree Care, there are some important tips to keep in mind. DO Make Two Cuts on Large Branches When cutting large branches, it’s best to use a chainsaw. However, you won’t want to cut straight through the branch in one motion. Doing so can cause the bark to tear, which makes the tree more prone to insect infestation and disease. Ensure a clean cut by first cutting about halfway through the branch from the bottom and then finishing off the cut by slicing the rest of the way from the top down. DON’T Leave Any Knobs When you cut a tree branch of any size from your oak tree, be careful not to leave any knobs. Ideally, the branches you cut should end up flush with the side of the tree trunk. This will help to reduce the chances of your tree catching a disease or even becoming infested by insects. This will also help ensure healthy new growth for the tree itself. DO Check With Your Local Nursery Depending on your climate and where you live, oak trees may need to be pruned at certain times of the year. Generally, oak trees should be pruned either during the summer or winter. The best way to find out what time of year the oak species in your area need to be pruned is to consult with a professional at your local plant nursery. DON’T Forget the Sealer To further reduce the risk of infection, disease, and infestation in a tree where you have pruned back branches, you may also want to apply a sealant to the branches and limbs you have pruned back. This will make these susceptible areas less permeable to insects and disease. You can typically use paint to seal up these areas of the trees, but check with your local nursery; there’s a good chance they will sell a sealant product specifically made for use when pruning...

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Three Things Homeowners With Trees Should Be Doing Each Fall

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things Homeowners With Trees Should Be Doing Each Fall

Trees add an element of beauty to a yard, but if you want them to stay looking beautiful, you must care for them properly. Most tree care tasks, including heavy pruning and fertilization, are best done in the spring and summer. However, there are a few things you’ll want to do in the fall to care for your trees. Lightly prune away obviously dead and damaged branches. You want to avoid removing large numbers of tree branches in the fall, since this could inhibit the tree’s ability to thrive through the winter. However, you do want to have a quick pruning session in which you remove any dead and damaged branches. It’s easiest to tell which branches are dead and damaged when there are still a few leaves on the tree – the branches with no leaves, or leaves that are overly spotted and fuzzy – are infected with fungus and should be removed ASAP so they don’t continue to tax the tree’s resources throughout the winter. Make sure you cut away the dead and diseased branches as close to the trunk as possible. Do not prune away any healthy branches or attempt to shape the tree at this point – leave this task until the spring. If you prefer, you can contact a tree service to prune your tree for you. Clean up fallen leaves and dropped fruits. You probably already rake your lawn to keep it looking neat and tidy, but did you know this piece of maintenance is important for your tree’s health? Infectious fungi can breed in fallen leaves over the winter, and then infect your tree come spring. Make sure you’re vigilant about cleaning up all fallen leaves and fruits before the first winter snowfall. Water your trees. If you’re getting plenty of rain, you can skip this step. However, if you’re having a dry fall, it’s good to water your trees a few times. This way, they will have plenty of water stored up when winter hits, and they’ll have an easier time surviving the cold temperatures. Remember that when watering a tree, you don’t want to put the water directly at the trunk’s base. You want to put it a few feet out at the base, so the roots in these areas can absorb it. To water your tree, just put a hose on the ground a few feet from the trunk, and let it run for an hour or so. By cleaning up leaves and fruits, watering your tree, and pruning away only dead branches, you can prepare your tree for the winter ahead and ensure it stays...

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