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STRUCTURAL PRUNING

STRUCTURAL PRUNING

Structural pruning is a must for landscape trees, particularly trees growing near buildings, parking areas, streets and walkways. The conditions in which a landscape tree grows is innately different from those in forests. Trees growing in forests develop a strong central stem with more proportionate branches. Outside of its natural environment, the crown of a landscape tree can flourish with lower, larger branches and many more limbs than their forest counterparts because they receive an abundance of sunlight, leaving landscape trees more prone to develop structural defects.

This can ultimately lead to breakage of branches and limbs, and even overall tree failure.  It’s especially important to give special attention to trees that expose a safety hazard to people or property. Larger trees with weak structures are most vulnerable and are the first to fall in even mild weather events.

Weak tree structure can be prevented. It starts by making proper cuts to younger trees to help guide your tree to grow stronger and increase the tree’s prospects for a long and healthy life. More established trees also benefit from proper pruning. Proper structural pruning is an easy way to avoid future, larger issues with your landscape trees. For more information, call us to schedule an appointment with one of our certified arborists.

DORMANT OIL

DORMANT OIL

Breeding season for certain tree and shrub damaging insects is in the fall, particularly mites and borers. An application of dormant oil helps manage pest population by coating the insect’s spiracle, effectively smothering and preventing insect larvae from hatching in the spring to infest your trees and shrubs. Dormant oil is a cost effective option for pest management.

The optimal time for dormant oil applications is in the cooler months when trees are dormant before new growth occurs. Application timing is very important. For best results, we recommend treatments from winter to early spring, or December to February. It can be applied to trees, shrubs and other plant material. Dormant oil can also be used to treat for shot hole disease and mildew. Call us today for more information.

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

Recently I was doing research on the importance of trees in our lives. While most focus on how trees are financially beneficial, like adding to our property values, or how they save us on energy costs; or on the health benefits by reducing stress, my focus on trees is much more personal.

When asked what I’m thankful for, among my many blessings I’m grateful for trees. Looking back, trees have always held a special place in my heart. As a child, I remember the excitement of climbing a tree. I enjoyed the freedom I felt looking down at the world below me. I also love nature’s music from the sound of the leaves rustling in a gentle breeze. Or the tranquil feeling that overcomes me when I marvel in the beautiful colors of fall or the majesty of a redwood tree. Trees fill me with joy and a feeling of peace. They truly move me.

As we approach the season of giving thanks, take time to appreciate the beauty of the trees that grace our landscapes that are reliably there to enrich our everyday lives.

Veronica Leary
First Choice Tree Service, Inc.

WHAT IS AERATION AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOUR LAWN

WHAT IS AERATION AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOUR LAWN

Aeration is the process of alleviating soil compaction and reducing thatch in turf grass. Compacted soils prevents proper distribution of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Aeration is one of the best things you can do for you lawn. It creates openings in your turf to ensure water and nutrients will reach the soil beneath the grass, promoting a healthier, more beautiful lawn. The turf pellets created from aeration acts as a natural mulch that also benefits your lawn.  

The best time to aerate you lawn depends on the type of grass you have. Kentucky bluegrass is a cool season grass and is the most common type of grass used in Nevada. It tends to endure cooler weather better than other types of grasses. Fall and spring is the optimal time to aerate this type of turf to obtain the best results. Also, you should schedule your lawn fertilization for around two weeks after you aerate.

First Choice Tree Service offers aeration, fertilization and other lawn care services to keep your lawn looking great. Our plant health care specialists can answer any lawn care questions you may have. Call us today.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER TREE CARE

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER TREE CARE

Proper tree care is so important to the life of trees. Without regular maintenance, such as pruning, fertilization and adequate watering, the lifespan of a tree can be cut significantly. Improperly cared for or neglected trees are susceptible to disease and insect infestation, which can cause a decline in the health of a tree. Trees with heavy canopies due to lack of pruning or weakened by neglect are at a greater risk of broken branches or falling in severe weather events, creating safety hazards.

Improper care or neglect of trees can ultimately result in the removal of the trees. Case in point; the trees pictured had not been maintained over the years. Note the dramatic difference in the health of the trees pictured in 2009, and same trees 10 years later in 2019. The cost of removing these trees is well into the thousands, not including the loss in property values.

Many homeowners think they are saving money by not properly maintaining their trees. However, the beauty, health and safety of your trees rely on regular tree care. Beautiful, well cared for trees are healthier, live longer, are more attractive and add value to your home for many years to come.