Why Speedy Dead Tree Removal Is Important

dead tree removalDo you know if your tree is dead or dying? If you confirmed the tree drew its last breath, then you need to begin the dead tree removal process pronto. We’ll explain why a speedy removal is necessary and why a deceased tree is a safety liability.

Why Cut Down a Dead Tree?

An average mature oak tree weighs about 4,400 pounds. If it were to topple over, it could do serious damage to property and even cause death. Most homeowner’s insurance, by the way, doesn’t cover damage from dead falling trees. Such damage is classified as negligence on the homeowner’s part for not removing it.

Dead trees are far more prone to toppling over. This is because the roots no longer send nutrients to the wood, drastically weakening the trunk. Dead trees may fall over during a storm or even from its own weight. Continue Reading →

Why Leaving Leaves Alone Is Good

Leaving leavesAutumn is here. Many deciduous trees native to the Pacific Northwest shed their leaves during this time of year. Traditionally, homeowners want to rake up the leaves. However, this fall we suggest leaving leaves alone. This is a strategic form of tree care that requires zero work on your part.

What Happens When You Leave Leaves Alone?

Nobody rakes up the leaves in a forest. The leaves remain on the forest floor until they naturally degrade. This is beneficial for the tree and the environment in multiple ways. How is leaving leaves beneficial?

Leaves contain carbon. When the leaves sit on the soil and degrade, the soil absorbs the carbon, which helps balance the soil’s nitrogen concentration. Leaves also contain humic acid, which helps moisturize the soil and prevents compaction.

Leaves are also a natural form of mulch that insulates the soil. This is very important now that winter is right around the corner.

In addition, raking and removing leaves leads to environmental waste. Think about the plastic from trash bags and the required transportation when disposing leaves. Continue Reading →

Improve Tree Health with a Nutrient Bed

nutrient bedsNutrient beds are a rather new concept that is gaining a lot of popularity in the landscaping community. They are a terrific and organic way of substantially improving tree health. We like to think of nutrient beds as mulching 2.0. We think you’ll agree with us after reading this post.

What’s a Nutrient Bed?

Nutrient beds are an organic form of tree care. The beds are comprised of mulching that closely mimics the material found in a natural forest floor. This helps trees thrive by retaining vital nutrients and promoting moisture retention.

Almost every time we remove a tree, we find the tree to be in poor health. This is partly due to malnourishment stemming from inadequate mulching. Continue Reading →

Should You Be Worried About Tree Moss Dangers?

Tree moss dangersMany homeowners like the look of moss. They believe it adds a natural and “outdoorsy” look to the lawn. Moss also grows on trees. Is this harmless or a health hazard for the tree? We’ll give our professional opinion about tree moss dangers and outline what homeowners should do.

Moss Affects Tree Growth

The Pacific Northwest is quite humid, providing the perfect environment for moss growth. Moss in itself is rather harmless. When it grows on a tree, however, it places undue stress on the branches. Moss also absorbs water, thus adding additional weight.

With the added stress, branches are more likely to snap during storms or heavy gusts. When our emergency tree service tends to broken branches, we often find moss covering the bark. Continue Reading →

How to Prevent Bleeding Cankers on a Tree

Bleeding CankersTrees can become ill just like people and animals. Bleeding cankers is one common in trees in the pacific northwest. Every now and then, our tree removal service spots bleeding cankers on a dead or decaying tree. In the following paragrpahs we’ll inform you about the disease and how you can prevent it.

What Is Bleeding Cankers?

Bleeding cankers is a type of tree disease that manifests as lesions which oose fluid through the bark. The disease can be caused by a number of factors, such as bacteria and fungus growth, or tree wounds from insects or improper pruning. Chestnut trees are especially prone to bleeding cankers, with the lesion typically appearing near the base of the trunk. Willow, beech, maple, and oak trees are also susceptible to bleeding cankers. Continue Reading →

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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