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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.

On the importance of a tree survey...


Recently our company was approached by a local municipality about conducting a tree survey.  This particular city has no tree care plan or even idea of the health and well being of the trees in their care.  As I explained the process of developing an inventory and management plan, the importance of a complete tree inventory was once again impressed upon me.  Not only does a tree survey help a municipality with the many, many trees they are responsible for, but it also can help home owners.

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.
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