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Tree care: Winning season after season with the simplest of techniques
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Tree damage from storms and/or neglect
Topping: Common practice, destructive results
Mulching: The easiest way for a homeowner to take care of a tree.

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Tree care: Winning season after season with the simplest of techniques

Summer is drawing to an end and the hot, rain less days of August are upon us. Between the heat and the dryness, the vigor of urban trees here in north central Alabama is being tested.  Just the other day in Arab, Alabama I was called to assess a thirty year old Ginkgo tree.  When I arrived it was glaringly obvious the tree was stressed and possibly in the clutches of a mortality spiral. (A mortality spiral is an industry term that encompasses all of the causes and effects of a tree that has crossed from a healthy and vigorous state to one that is stressed and on the road to death.

Tree damage from storms and/or neglect

Spring is fast approaching, Maple tree buds are starting to swell, and its high time to do a visual inspection of the trees in your yard to make sure they are ready for the extra stress of producing and maintaining foliage.   Here in the South we still have many trees that have damaged and broken limbs in their canopy from storms over recent years.  Also with so many trees per capita (higher than the national average) it is difficult to maintain every tree under our protection and provide yearly or even adequate maintenance.

Topping: Common practice, destructive results

Today we will discuss the practice of topping.  Here in the South topping a tree is a common and accepted practice thought to make the tree safer and less prone to breaking.  In theory this seems to work but upon further examination we begin to see just how destructive and costly it truly is.  Traditionally when a tree has the top removed from it, the branches are cut indiscriminately to form numerous stubs.  The customer sees that the tree has had a drastic amount of height and weight removed and is happy with the immediate result.

Mulching: The easiest way for a homeowner to take care of a tree.

Trees set in an urban environment are essentially out of their element.  The forest is the natural habitat for trees and because of that offer many benefits that an urban setting does not.  One of the primary benefits is the upper soil layer in a forest is composed of 8-12 inches of decaying leaves, twigs, insects and many other important biological elements.  In your yard however these debris are typically removed so the grass can grow green and healthy.  As a tree grows up in this environment, essential nutrients are used up and not replaced by the debris layer found in the forest.

Dormant Time Trimming

Christmas has come and past and winter is in full swing.  During this time your trees are in their dormant period, as are most insects and dangerous pathogens.  With that in mind, now is the best time to get any maintenance done you may need for your tree.  Why you ask?  Well with winter comes several beneficial aspects to trimming.  First, most insects and pathogens are dormant right now and whenever a tree is trimmed open wounds are left.  These wounds are access points and potential tree health problems.  Getting your tree trimmed during dormant time allows the wounds to begin healing without potential problems and also lets it enter the growing season with a head start.  So with tree health care in mind, give us a call for a free assessment. 
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