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By brockstree6211894, Jul 15 2016 07:34PM

The damaging effects of storms are generally caused by falling tree limbs and/or branches. Even though there is no guarantee it will prevent destruction, it’s a good idea to keep the trees in your yard trimmed and in good health. When the ground is soppy and the wind is at high levels, roots are more likely to fail and tree limbs to break. Winter storms can be some of the most destructive forces of nature on trees, with heavy ice causing limbs and entire trees to split and collapse. For home owners, this can be a huge inconvenience, and that’s why preparation for inclement weather is recommended. There is no way to completely prevent property damage from storms, but with a trained professional’s input, things can be done to assure the least amount of damage possible. There are problems that can be invisible to the untrained eye, and dangerous to repair by an armature, but with some help from experts in the tree business, appropriate treatments are available to help trees and bushes endure rough weather, so that you can feel safe and ready to face the storms ahead.

By brockstree6211894, Mar 19 2016 11:25PM

What’s the Point in Stump Grinding?

Any time you have a professional remove a tree, the option of grinding the stump comes into consideration. I’ve always questioned whether there is a good reason, other than appearance, to grind a stump. After looking into it, I found there are quite a few reasons one might be interested in getting rid of a stump, other than it being an eye sore. Obviously anyone who cares about the landscape of their yard would choose to remove a stump because the nicer view would be worth it to them, but even if you aren’t too concerned with the way it looks, here are a few things to consider before leaving that unappealing stump in your yard.

Is it Really Worth the Money You’ll Save?

Stumps can be dangerous, especially if you have children. Children don’t always pay attention to their surroundings and if their friends, or a neighbor, happen to trip and hurt themselves on your stump it’s a liability on your part. Stumps also create the perfect condition for new tree sprouts which can shoot up into small trees all around the stump area. Along with looking terrible and stealing nutrients from the rest of your yard, the new shoots can be difficult to get rid of because they tend to return like weeds, unless chemicals are used to choke them out for good. When you’re mowing and weed eating your yard, you will always have the inconvenience of maneuvering around the stump and the headache that goes along with it. Most people are aware that trees attract insects, but did you know that stumps do too? A stump that is left in a yard begins to rot away very slowly and while it’s in this long term process it’s attracting all sorts of bugs like ants, beetles, termites and so on. If the stump is close to your home this could pose a real problem. The space that a stump requires is also something to consider, especially if your yard is already small.

Even though it will most likely cost a fee to have a professional to grind the stump out, in the end it usually always pays off to have it removed.

By brockstree6211894, Mar 2 2016 09:54PM

A lot of homeowners do their own yard work, but when it comes to trees, they seek professional help. Anytime a cut is not reachable, is near power lines, or when the work is storm related and possibly dangerous, the job should be completed by qualified personnel. There is often a specific intent for trees and shrubs in the landscape, appearance being one, but caring for them properly ensures their overall health, which is of greater concern. Pruning can help maintain this purpose and keep things lively and looking fresh. The size and form of trees and shrubs are reliant on pruning; requiring routine maintenance when they are used as a border. Along with enhanced safety, tree vitality is dependent on the removal of diseased, dead, or dying branches. Special attention should be given to tree limbs that overhang buildings, homes, walkways, and parking spaces, being that these extremities could pose a threat and cause the most harm. If trees are pruned when they’re young, structural deficiencies can be almost completely avoidable later in life. It’s important to keep in mind the overall health of the tree while pruning. As a rule of thumb, no more than 25 % of the tree should be crowned; meaning that no more than 25 % of the top of the tree should be removed at any one time. Older trees should not be pruned as aggressively as younger ones, so even less should be removed from them.

What’s the Best Season to Prune?

It’s common to prune trees in the winter so that when springtime comes they’ll be ready for fresh growth and full blossom. Tree growth tends to surge even more in the spring, when pruned in this timing, because trees do not create sugar in the winter, so there is no disturbance in the developmental cycle of the tree, and the wounds inflicted during the pruning process are not exposed for long before the spring expansion begins. Pruning in the winter also decreases the spread of some diseases, depending on what area you live in. Insects are known to spread diseases and there are generally no insects in the winter. Understanding the specific diseases of the trees in your location, along with their related insects, is important to keep in mind when considering the best time to prune.

Timing Does Matter

When looking to improve the health of your trees, it’s important to know “why” certain cuts should be made so that it’s clear as to “what” needs to be cut. In the winter trees are bare so it’s the perfect time to analyze the situation and determine the necessary action to take in order to correct any potential problems. That makes this the ideal time for a basic estimate.

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