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20 Dec 2016
Storm Damage

How to Help Your Trees Survive Storm Damage

Storm damage takes a serious toll on various aspects of your property, but broken tree limbs and beaten down shrubs do not mean that all is lost. Homeowners can do several things to bring beauty back to their property after a major storm, both on their own and with the help of professionals. Find out how to help your trees survive storm damage with a few easy steps.  Learn more about our storm damage cleanup services.

Inspect and Assess Damage

The first stage involves a thorough inspection of the property. Jot down notes as you walk around and take pictures to record the damage and have a point of reference for recovery. Pay attention to how different parts of the storm affected your landscape features and trees — wind, rain, hail and snow do damage in particular ways.

Use this assessment to make a list of priorities. Consider safety and plan to tackle the projects that present the greatest danger first.

Prune Immediately

If possible, plan to prune branches within easy reach right away. This might not be safe when dealing with the aftereffects of winter storms. In that case your tree care professional may suggest waiting until the spring thaw to prune away broken, damaged branches and tree limbs.

Cutting in the proper location and manner makes all the difference to overall tree recovery. Loose bark, gaps and cracks from breakage all present an ideal haven for unwanted disease and pests long after the storm. Be sure to cut or prune branches close to the trunk, yet beyond the collar of the branch. When in doubt, call a tree care professional or an arborist to make the cuts for you. It’s worth the investment to be sure your tree will survive and flourish. Remember that larger branches require a saw for pruning, and that the improper use of chainsaws can do serious damage to tree bark.

Have a Closer Look at the Bark

Broken branches are obvious effects of a storm, but did you know that the torn or loose bark that results from heavy winds and breakage may do more damage to your trees? Insects and disease thrive in these areas, and uneven or torn bark captures debris and water which could damage the tree over time. Remove torn bark carefully using clean tools such as a pruning knife or chisel, always cutting or trimming at right angles to the tree’s surface. Avoid cutting firm bark, but anything loosened by bent or broken limbs can be carefully trimmed away after the storm.

Have a look around your property after a storm to assess storm damage. Prune away branches that can be safely accessed and plan to get tree bark back into shape in order to keep your trees and shrubs healthy post-storm. Your local tree care professional has the knowledge and tools to help you restore your beautiful property and protect the landscape for the next storm.

20 Dec 2016
Plant Health Care

Three Keys to Optimal Plant Health Care

Whatever the size of your garden or landscape, its beauty relies on good plant health care to ensure lush turf, thriving trees and shrubs and healthy plants of every size, shape and color. Your local tree service experts, arborist and landscape professionals understand that optimal plant health care hinges on three key areas, including soil quality, pest control and disease control. How does each key play a role in the overall health of your landscape?

Soil Nutrition and Maintenance

The quality of your soil greatly influences the health of any plant – from trees to shrubs, grass, perennials and vegetable plantings. Trees and shrubs show the effects of poor soil quality less obviously than smaller plants, but maintaining good soil remains vital for tree health. Environmental stress (such as construction, flooding or any other event that affects the surrounding environment) changes soil nutrient levels, but even the most peaceful soil loses nutrients over time and from season to season. Your tree service expert offers soil testing to understand the specific additives and processes your soil requires.

Insect Control

Various insects can trigger a rapid decline in the health of your trees, shrubs and plants. Whether you’re dealing with caterpillars, carpenter ants, scale insects or common pests like ticks and mosquitos, insect control protects your plants and the people who enjoy them. Understand the thresholds for each insect and monitor your trees and shrubs regularly to ensure optimum health care in the face of harmful invaders.

Plant Disease Management

Disease takes a heavy toll on plants, especially when that disease is left untended. Rely on the knowledge of trained landscape professionals and tree service companies to detect signs of plant disease, design a safe, effective treatment system and keep watch on the progress of your plants. Each step takes careful attention and a systematic approach, as well as up-to-date knowledge on the best practices and products on the market.

Overall plant health care relies on these three keys. Your local tree services or landscape contractor understands the value of premium soil quality, insect control planning and plant disease management. Give each key the attention it deserves and your plants will thank you.