We received a call today from someone trying to install pavers under a silver maple tree. If you own a silver maple, you know these trees produce some mean surface roots! He asked if chopping up these roots to make room for the pavers would harm the tree. We're so glad he asked! The short answer is "YES!" Here's why:
Roots serve two purposes:
Are pavers a good solution to my problem?
What's the best alternative to pavers or river rock?
Interestingly, severe symptoms of BOB have been observed only on Quercus macrocarpa var. oliviformis, a variety of bur oak that produces smaller acorns. BOB occurs primarily on naturally established trees, and especially on mature trees on upland sites that appear to be remnants of savannah forests.
What are the symptoms?
If you suspect BOB has paid you a visit, it's time to call an arborist. We will come assess the damage and check for any secondary infections, then prescribe a fungicidal treatment plan (leaf sprays and/or trunk injection) to treat the infection. These treatments will need to be administered in the spring (May or June) to reduce the effects of BOB in the later summer.
It's National Safety Month! We and the Tree Care Industry Association encourage you to leave tree work to the professionals! Even if the work may seem straightforward or easy, the risk is often not worth the money saved.
Click here for three reasons homeowners should leave tree work to the professionals!
How NOT to Prune Live Branches
Below are examples of flush cuts, torn bark, and nicked adjacent branches, all of which challenge the tree's "sealing" mechanisms and cause additional stress. Remember - trees don't heal - they seal!
How to Properly Prune Live Branches
Cut in Three Steps
Check your Work
The quality of pruning cuts can be evaluated by examining pruning wounds after one growing season. A concentric ring of woundwood will form from proper pruning cuts (Fig. 6B).
Flush cuts made inside the branch bark ridge or branch collar, result in pronounced development of woundwood on the sides of the pruning wounds with very little woundwood forming on the top or bottom (Fig. 7D). As described above, stub cuts result in the death of the remaining branch and woundwood forms around the base from stem tissues (Fig. 7E).
Cuts that HARM
Happy St. Patrick's day from Arbor Aesthetics! We'd like to take this opportunity to encourage you, amongst discussion of lucky charms, pots of gold and the "luck of the Irish," to hire a Certified Arborist to take care of your tree care needs. Your trees are an investment - protect them, take care of them, and enjoy them for years to come.
Why hire a Certified Arborist?
"Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees."
Learn more about why you should hire a Certified Arborist from the International Society of Aboriculture.
1. Water works!
Trees are good to us. They provide shade and shelter from the sun, filter the air we breathe, add beauty and value to our homes, provide habitat, and much more. But come on, what have you done for your tree lately? Here are 5 ways to return the love:
Trees use water year-round, so they need water year-round. The amount of water a tree utilizes changes throughout its annual growth cycle, but to make it simple - they always need water - particularly trees that are younger than two years. Here is a short article on tree watering basics. Also check out our blog post about winter watering! Yes - you can (and should) water in the winter during dry spells.
4. Mind the roots.
5. Find yourself a tree guy.
Find a trusted expert to help you maintain the trees on your property. Trees are an important asset and deserve professional attention and care. Don't leave your tree care to chance. Finding a certified arborist, like Arbor Aesthetics, is the first step in ensuring that you'll be able to love your trees for many years to come!
What is tree topping?
Why are trees topped?
Why is tree topping harmful?
What's the alternative?
If a tree service recommends topping, it's time to keep shopping!
When do my trees & shrubs need water?
A good rule of thumb is to water every 20-30 days in the fall and winter when the temperature is above 40 degrees, and there has not been a recent rain or snowfall.
Before watering, check the moisture level of your soil using this simple test. Grab a screwdriver and insert it about two inches into the soil. The soil that you dig up should be damp or moist. If it's soggy, you'll want to let the soil dry out before watering. If it's dry, someone is thirsty! Proceed...
How should I provide water?
Winter is the IDEAL time to prune And Remove trees
Shorter days and colder temperatures means dormancy for your trees. Did you know that dormancy is the IDEAL time to prune your trees? You might think an arborist will have trouble determining which branches need to be removed when stripped of their leaves, but that isn't the case. A trained arborist can identify a live branch versus a dead branch in the winter based on which branches have buds. Buds form at the end of the summer and serve as an indicator for which branches are alive in the winter.
The Benefits of Winter Tree Work:
Call Arbor Aesthetics today and ask about our lower winter pricing: 402-408-5600
Amy Grewe, Certified Arborist & Co-Owner