With ice forecasted in the Omaha area, it's likely your main concern is how your commute might be impacted. Trees generally aren't at the forefronts of our minds until something bad happens - a broken branch, a split trunk, or in extreme cases, a tree lying on a roof.
While you're out salting your sidewalk and notice your tree's branches are coated in ice, there are more "DO'S" than "DON'TS" involved in keeping your tree healthy. (Hint: Prevention is key!) Let's get the short list out of the way first:
DON'T SHAKE ICY TREE BRANCHES!
!Simple. Trees coated in ice can be brittle and you'll do more harm than good. You can even damage a tree's circulatory system. While you might think the ice is weighing the tree down and should be removed, the branches are flexible and bent slowly to accommodate the extra weight. They should sustain this pressure without issue. Younger generally trees fare better in ice storms than older trees.
Now let's talk about what you can DO to increase your tree's resilience in an ice storm. Prevention is everything!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Omaha for voting us Best of Omaha for 2020! We love making customers happy and their trees beautiful. In voting for us, you're helping your neighbors and fellow Omahans find quality and professional tree trimming and removal services. We are so proud to have earned this award and are humbled by the support of our loyal customers.
Yes, they might be called "evergreens," but not even conifers keep their needles forever. Why are they called evergreens? Because the tree holds onto its needles for longer than a year before letting them go. With new needles coming in, the tree appears to always be keeping its needles. It's not unlike your hair. Your hair is constantly falling out, but new hairs are also constantly growing in (thank goodness!) Needle drop sometimes happens without us even noticing, since it's the inner needles that fall. Needle drop in Eastern White Pines, like the one pictured above, tends to be more obvious than other species.
Here is a handy chart from the University of Nebraska's Backyard Farmer of how long common pine trees grown in Nebraska hold onto their needles:
When do I need to worry about needle drop?
If a tree is stressed from things like drought, root damage, insects or diseases, needle drop will be exacerbated and you'll want to work to reduce those stressors. That's what we're here for! A Certified Arborist can diagnose the issue or simply give you the reassurance you're looking for that your tree is healthy and happy just doin' it's thang.
If your tree is starting to look like the photos below, you'll definitely need to investigate further. The trees below are suffering from Diplodia tip blight and Dothistroma needle blight - both of which can be remedied with a series of fungicide sprays in the spring. If you aren't sure, it never hurts to set up a free consultation to put your mind at ease when you're trying to protect your trees.
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Is iron deficiency fatal?
Yes - iron deficiency kills trees. Trees need iron to manufacture chlorophyll. When a tree lacks chlorophyll, it can't produce adequate energy via photosynthesis and the tree will begin to decline. Worse, a tree in decline is also more susceptible to other diseases and damage from insects.
We can help!
Arbor Aesthetics uses a macro injection system to flush iron (and/or manganese, depending on the species) directly through your tree's vascular system via injection sites at the root flare. These treatments are performed in the fall and can provide up to three years of green, happy leaves for your tree!
We're honored to again be featured in the 2019 edition of Faces of Omaha. This publication, by Omaha Magazine, introduces the "faces" of local industry leaders and experts who stand ready to serve the Omaha community.
In 2005, Jeff Grewe faced a crucial decision: either finish college or devote his energy to the tree service business he had just started. He chose the tree service and never looked back. Jeff had an aptitude for climbing trees and found joy in the mastery of making trees beautiful. With a handsaw and a ladder, Arbor Aesthetics was born. Jeff’s operation remained small for many years while he gained experience and sought formal training in arboriculture.
Three years ago, he met and married Amy. “It was like rocket fuel when she came aboard,” Jeff says. Amy’s graphic design skills and office management experience have helped the company triple in size.
Together, Amy and Jeff have created a company where employees are valued, with an emphasis on professionalism and a culture of safety, respect, and camaraderie.
“Our biggest passion in owning our business is helping our employees live better lives,” Jeff says. “We take care of our employees so they can take care of our customers.” The Grewes offer full benefits and have cultivated a “coaching over criticism” work environment, helping their employees reach their full potential.
Arbor Aesthetics Tree Service
6724 Irvington Road
Omaha, NE 68122
Another year, Another gift
The huge, dead tree was always a concern, especially on windy days and during the colder months when the dry air made the limbs even more brittle. Because of the cost of tree removal and other urgent circumstances, we had to put that project on hold and hope for the best.
Our attention was focused on our first grandson who was born at only 28 weeks gestation, making daily trips to the hospital and hoping each day would be better than the day before. Going to work was a welcomed distraction sometimes, but I also juggle homeschooling my two children who have autism. The holiday season was far from jolly and bright. It was stressful, and uncertain, and exhausting.
But we have a dear neighbor who is so thoughtful and nominated us to receive the tree service, then we met the wonderful folks at Arbor Aesthetics, and we felt so blessed! Such a professional group of people, yet genuinely kind hearted as well.
Our story has a happy ending: after nearly 3 months in the hospital, our grandson finally got to go home to his mom and dad, and soon after they moved into their own home to continue their adventures.
We are again grateful for the opportunity every year to give back to our community that has supported our small business for over a decade. Every single one of our customers helps make this possible! When you hire Arbor Aesthetics Tree Service, you, too, are giving back to our community and providing tree services to those in need! Thank you Omaha!
~ Amy, Jeff & the Crew
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Amy Grewe, Certified Arborist & Co-Owner