Fall and Spring can be stormy times here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These seasonal storms can damage your trees and leave them susceptible to future problems like insect infestation and decay. Following these steps will ensure that your trees recover from damage more quickly and will preserve the structure and health of the tree.
1) Check your trees. After a storm involving high winds or snow (which can be very damaging to evergreen trees) check them to make sure there is no damage to the tree. Broken branches left in the canopy often put additional stress on other branches and can lead to additional damage by breaking or bending lower limbs. It is quite common for significant damage up in the canopy to go unnoticed by the owner.
2) Get an assessment. Have a tree professional provide an assment and quote for repair of the tree. Certified arborists understand the risks of damage, necessary corrections, and how it will affect the growth and shape of your tree. They also can usually provide a quote for making the repairs.
3) Have the work done ASAP. Do the work your self or have a tree professional do it. Work performed by untrained personnel, often leaves untreated scars and branch stubs that can decay and intruduce damaging insects and fungus into the tree. Remember that not taking care of this quickly can cause additional structural damage to the tree and result in unnecessary expense for repair.
DO NOT climb a tree unless you are trained in practices and techniques to safely do so.
4) Get a picture of the future. Trained profeessionals can give you a prognosis - which includes any irreparable damage and how the repairs will affect the future health and structure of the tree. Significant damage may involve multiple "phases" of future work to completely address the needs of the tree. This can often be provided in writing.
From experience we have found that the expense of immediate repair of the tree is very reasonable and saves more in the long run. If you experience tree damage in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, have Heritage Tree Service of Texas provide you a free assessment and quote for repair.
Most folks don't think of applying fertilizer in the Fall but now is one of two times a year when fertilizer will greatly benefit your trees. Fall fertilization involves providing the righ combination of nutrients that will promote root growth over the Winter months. The additional nutrients help insulate the roots from excessive cold and dryness that may occur here in the Winter. In addition, your trees will show an added amouint of new tip growth in April when we enter the Spring growing season.
Don't miss this opportunity, have Heritage Tree Service of Texas apply a Fall dose of nutrients for a stronger start to your tree's growth in the Spring.
I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts here leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of Robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me.
But only God can make a tree.
In the tree business, "supplemental support," refers to
man-made hardware used to provide support in addition the tree's natural strength. Types of issues requiring supplemental support include cracked trunks, narrow forks, internal decay, and hazardous overhangs. These can be the result of natural causes, like weather, or human activity, such as damage from heavy equipment. With supplemental support trees keep their shape years longer than they would without it.
Cabling is when a steel cable is connected to cantilevered trunks to prevent sagging or breakage. It is especially good when trees have multiple leaning trunks that have a high risk of splitting. Heritage Tree Service of Texas uses Extra High Strength (EHS) cable and state-of-the-art hardware to secure trees.
Bracing is essentially bolting the tree together when a crack or a split occurs. In 99 percent of cases where the break is immediately fixed, the tree will be stronger than before the break and will see few long term effects. Heritage Tree Service of Texas uses the highest quality hardware for bracing, which results in zero failures.
If you feel you have a tree that is at risk of breaking or splitting, give us a call to provide a determination of risk and prescribe a solution if necessary.
Today I removed some significant dead wood from a large Mulberry. I remove a lot of dead wood from trees. Usually I remove it a couple years or more too late. That's because dead wood can introduce decay into the tree and that will be problem in the long run.
Dead limbs cause a variety of problems beyond just the aesthetic. Here are just a few issues:
1) Dead limbs will not heal over well. They typically break off outside of the area (branch collar) where the tree will naturally heal the scar. This leaves a jagged stub sticking out that will start to decay. The decay will then travel into the tree's heartwood and down into the trunk and can kill the tree. This is common in Hackberries since the heartwood is soft and decays quickly. It is not unusual to see large Hackberries that are hollow since the decay has worked its way down from a broken limb.
2) Dead limbs allow carpenter ants to infest the tree. I have seen swarms of them come pouring out of dead stubs that I have cut off. Those suckers sting too. One might argue that if they have a good home in the tree they won't get in the house. There are numerous flaws in this reasoning. If the limbs are cut back to green wood and painted, chances of an infestation go way down.
3) Dead limbs fall. If you are taking advantage of what a nice tree offers - shade, you may have personal items (chairs, table, grill, air conditioner compressor, etc.) under the tree. Ever seen a big limb punch through a glass-top patio table. It aint pretty.
There are other issue resulting from dead limbs. Regardless, take the time to have them removed periodically. This may be required each 3-7 years depending on size and speciest of tree.