• How to Deal with a Large Broken Branch

    A large, broken branch on a tree can be concerning, especially if it's a scaffolding branch that supports the balance of the canopy. How you address the branch depends on its size, location, and the damage. The following can help guide your tree care decisions. 1. Tip Breakage When only part of the branch breaks but the main part of the branch is still firmly attached to the trunk and alive, then a pruning repair is necessary. [Read More]

  • 3 Major Reasons to Hire a Professional for Tree Trimming

    Is there a tree on your property that's simply getting too large? Would it be perfect if it were trimmed or pruned in some way? When you look at pictures of trees in books, you might notice that all trees of a particular species and/or type are drawn in a nearly identical manner. Even photographs tend to only show ideal specimens. Perhaps unfortunately, trees don't always grow into their ideal shape. [Read More]

  • Tree Trimming: What You Need To Know About Branch Position

    Healthy trees require a healthy canopy. Poor branch position can affect the health of the tree and increase the chances of damage, disease, and pest infestation. The following are some branch issues to watch for.  Crotch Angle The crotch refers to the angle formed between the trunk and the upper part of the branch. Healthy branches have an acute angle -- less than 90 degrees but generally more than 45 degrees. [Read More]

  • Understanding Tree Galls

    You may have noticed an odd growth on a twig or leaf surface. It may have been smooth or fuzzy, lumpy or rounded. These growths are typically caused by galls, which are the result of an insect injecting a chemical compound into the tree to cause the fleshy growth. Why? Usually, it's a place to lay eggs. The gall will protect and the extra tissue will feed the young. The following guide can help you know when to ignore a gall and when to act. [Read More]

  • Common Tree Pruning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Most people are aware that healthy landscape trees require periodic pruning, but they may not be fully aware of the major pruning mistakes that can damage or even kill a tree. Know what these mistakes are so you can ensure they don't happen to your tree. Know Why You Are Pruning Don't simple start cutting out branches because a tree needs to be pruned. Determine your end goal for the tree. [Read More]

  • Crown Dieback—What It Is and What You Need to Know About It

    If you're lucky enough to have old, established trees in your yard, you undoubtedly enjoy the shade on a hot summer afternoon, the protection from the wind, and the aesthetic appeal. However, it's important to keep in mind that when you have large, mature trees in your yard, it can be difficult to notice one of the first signs that the tree is in decline: crown dieback. What Is Crown Dieback? [Read More]

  • Signs Of Insect Damage On Landscape Trees

    Every tree has a few insect pest on it, but most aren't able to do enough damage to harm the tree. The problem is when the damage becomes so extensive that the tree is in danger of dying or it begins to pose a risk because it is so severely weakened. The following can help you know when to bring in a tree service for additional care or to weigh your removal options. [Read More]