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06 Mar 2017
Plant Health Care

How Soil Nutrition Levels Affect Your Tree and Plant Health Care

Spring is a good time for a soil test, but this vital tree and plant health care step can be done at any time of the year. Improving soil nutrition levels affects growth at all stages of tree and plant life, from new sprouts to old foliage. Consider how the following common soil issues could impact the health of your entire landscape, as well as how soil improvements and treatments can help.

Compaction

This problem occurs in almost any type of soil, but negative effects arise quicker in heavier soils. When soil pores decrease in size or quantity due to external pressure (such as from foot, vehicle or equipment traffic) the flow of water and nutrients also decreases and the overall health of your soil suffers. A soil test should help you gauge the level of compaction you’re dealing with and allow your local tree service company to offer specific treatment.

Over Mulching

Besides the immediate problems with applying too much mulch or applying the wrong type of mulch, over mulching may also alter the nutrient levels in your soil. As certain types of mulch decompose, especially those that may contain fresh grass clippings, soil nutrient levels may quickly change for the worse. This is where a soil test presents the only wise option, allowing you to detect invisible problems that you may end up perpetuating over and over with each mulch application.

Plain Old Time

The inevitable passage of time remains one of the quietest, sneakiest problems with soil nutrient levels and tree and plant health care. As season after season passes, de-icing chemicals, decomposing mulches and plenty of other things seep into the soil and alter the nutrients. Depletion also happens naturally with time, and in many cases only a treatment plan recommended by a tree service professional for your specific issues will turn things around.

In the hands of a skilled arborist or tree service company, each of these common problems can be reversed with the information gathered in a simple soil test. Find out how you can make your trees and plants much healthier by treating the soil nutrient levels specifically.

18 Jan 2017
hazardous tree removal

Is it Safe to Take On Hazardous Tree Removal in Winter?

Winter brings severe conditions across the East Coast, and tackling an outdoor project such as hazardous tree removal can be daunting. But winter creates many of the conditions that demand this particular task, and finding an experienced tree service company to get the job done is the wisest course of action.

What Conditions Create the Need for Hazardous Tree Removal?

Extreme temperatures, cold winds and heavy snow affect more than our comfort and driving conditions — they may also do serious damage to the trees on and around your property. Watch for these signs of potential hazards:

● Heavy snow on branches of any size, especially when those branches overhang power lines or stand near utility poles
● Ice-covered branches of any size
● Weakened or diseased branches exposed to windy areas or other harsh weather conditions (such as ice, hail or heavy snow)
● Brittle or cracked branches that may further weaken or break from extreme cold (which may happen even without the weight of snow or ice)

What Can You Do to Reduce the Risk?

Keep a close watch on your trees during winter storms and throughout periods of extremely cold temperatures. Note any changes to the shape or condition of your trees, and call on the pros at the first sign of a problem.

Your tree service professional may want to inspect the tree before recommending a course of action, but timing is very important no matter what. The sooner you bring in the experts to tackle hazardous tree removal, the sooner your property becomes safe again.

Tree service companies have equipment to handle winter hazardous tree removal, and the training necessary to complete the job safely. Trust their recommendations and expertise if you spot a problem with your trees this winter.