Fruit Tree Care For a Snohomish Summer

fruit tree careHave a fruit tree on your property? The summer is the season to give it extra care to keep disease, pests, and extreme heat at bay. Fruit tree care in the summer is not difficult. It just requires some adjustment on the homeowner’s part. All too often, our tree removal service hauls away decayed fruit trees due to inadequate summer maintenance.

Water Your Tree

Water your fruit trees deeply and infrequently. This approach is more effective than watering frequently but shallowly. If the tree rests on a sandy soil, then water once every one to two weeks. Provide enough water for the H2O to sink at least 2-feet into the soil. Water every two to three weeks if the tree is planted on clay soil. Continue Reading →

Shield Your Tree from Sunscald

Tree SunscaldTrees can acquire sunburn much the same way people can. This is known as tree sunscald, and this can be quite harmful. Our tree service recommends protecting your tree from sunscald especially now that summer is right around the corner.

What Is Sunscald?

Sunlight is vital for tree growth. Too much sun, though, is counterproductive. Also, excessive heat can cause premature damage. Our tree removal service has actually removed dead and dying trees that decayed due to too much sun exposure. Vegetable crops, such as tomato and pepper plants, are also vulnerable to sunscald.

Why Sunscald is Detrimental

Sunscald can damage the bark and cause aesthetic defects. Even worse, it can erode the bark to the point where the tree’s outermost tissue is exposed. This outermost tissue is known as the cambium layer and is responsible for bark production. The cambium layer may not be able to grow bark if it becomes damaged from exposure, thus affecting its ability to heal. Continue Reading →

Beware of Honey Fungus Mushrooms on Your Tree

honey fungus mushroomShould you be alarmed when mushrooms grow on the base of your tree? Well, it depends on the type. Most mushrooms are harmless and are not a cause for alarm. However, we wanted to discuss one species of mushrooms called the honey fungus. This variety is bad news, and you must take remediation steps if you spot them on your tree.

The Honey Fungus

The honey fungus is known for attacking tree roots and eating away at the wood and bark. This drastically weakens the tree’s base so it might give way and topple over. When our emergency tree service team removes decaying and dead trees, they often spot remnants of honey mushroom growth.

The fungus often grows on oak and birch trees, both of which are common here in the Lake Stevens area. They also grow around fruit trees and hedge plants. Continue Reading →

3 Tree Pruning Mistakes That Cause More Harm Than Good

tree pruning mistakesYou may be tempted to trim the tree in your yard. This seems like a fairly straightforward DIY task. It doesn’t seem too hard as long as you have a sturdy saw and decent upper body strength. However, tree trimming isn’t as simple as you may think. If you trim your own tree, you may be committing these three tree pruning mistakes without even realizing it.

1. Wrong Timing

You should not prune most tree species in the fall, since this is when decay fungi spread their spores. Improper pruning can leave “wounds” that create an opening for fungus to enter and cause decay.

Of course, there are a number of other factors that dictate the timing, such as tree species and reason for pruning. If you want the tree to grow new branches for spring, for example, then it wouldn’t make sense to prune in the summer or right in the middle of spring. Continue Reading →

Is Tree Mulching On Your Schedule?

Tree MulchingHomeowners often take great care of their garden beds and small plants. However, they neglect their trees for some reason. There seems to be this idea that because a tree is so imposing in size that it’s perfectly capable of self-care. While there is some truth to this, a tree can be so much healthier when you take an active role. Tree mulching is a good place to begin.

Why Mulch Your Tree?

Mulching is an integral part of tree maintenance. It greatly improves tree health by:

  • Preventing soil compaction
  • Keeping out weeds, which in turn prevents root competition
  • Keeping the root moist by retaining water
  • Insulating the soil to provide a buffer from extreme temperatures, a definite plus since winter is here

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Winter Tree Dormancy Explained

Fun fact: trees hibernate

Tree dormancyTrees enter hibernation much the same way bears do. This is known as tree dormancy. With winter in full swing, the tree in your yard has probably already entered a state of dormancy. We’ll explain this natural process and some tree maintenance you can do to care for it while it’s “asleep.”

Tree Dormancy: How It Works

Some animals survive in the winter by moving more often and consuming more food. Others, such as bears, bats, skunks, and snakes, enter hibernation to conserve energy by slowing their metabolism. Trees hibernate for the same reason and in a similar way. This explains why some trees (mostly the deciduous variety) lose all their leaves—leaves require energy to maintain. Continue Reading →

How to Care for Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree CareAs a tree removal company, it goes without saying that we know a thing or two about Christmas tree care. Since December is upon us, we thought we might share with you some tips on how to keep the tree healthy. This will ensure a strong tree that retains its vibrancy all December long.

Christmas Tree Care Tips from the Pros

Fir Trees Need a LOT of Water

The basin of the tree stand should be filled with fresh water that is replaced every 24 hours. The basin should contain one quart of water for every inch of tree diameter. You can also improve the tree’s water intake by drilling several half-inch holes on the side of the trunk below the water level.

Some tree maintenance services advocate placing some sugar in the water. This will act as a form of artificial sap for the tree to feed on. From our experience, adding sugar does not really make a difference, though it doesn’t seem to cause harm either. Feel free to give it a try, though plain water will suffice nicely. Continue Reading →

Why Do Trees Have Leaves?

why trees have leavesHave you ever wondered why trees have leaves at all? Leaves don’t just grow on a tree the way hair grows on people. Leaves are a tree’s very lifeblood; without it, trees would starve to death.

Trees Have Leaves in Order to Stay Alive

The leaves’ serve a life-sustaining function. It all comes down to that one term you learned about in your 5th grade science class: photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis is the process of leaves absorbing sunlight and coverting that energy to produce sugar and sap from which it feeds. Leaves contain tiny organelles in some of their cells called chloroplasts. These plastids handle the energy conversion process. Chloroplasts contain a pigment molecule that you have also likely heard of: Chlorophyll. This molecule is responsible for the leaves’ green color.

Unbeknownst to most people, trees also sweat much the same way people do. This process is called transpiration, and it takes place through the leaves. Water evaporates from the leaves, allowing the tree to cool down. Continue Reading →