First Choice Tree Service staff made a stop by CAMCO, a local community association management company in honor of their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Show your support by wearing pink, or donating and/or volunteering to many of the organizations that provide information on breast health, early detection and diagnosis, and services to those whose lives are affected by breast cancer.
When you walk or drive around your community, do you ever notice tree stakes still attached to trees, year after year? These stakes are called “transfer stakes” and support the tree trunk for transport from the nurseries. They are not meant to stay with the tree when planted. Improper staking or prolonged staking of trees is a major cause of “girdling,” also called “ring-barking”. Girdling is the complete removal of a strip of bark from around the entire circumference of either a branch or trunk of a woody plant. A girdled trunk restricts the movement of water and nutrients to the upper canopy, as wells as the transfer of sugars from the leaves to other parts of the tree. Girdling can also occur from string trimmers or mowers accidently striking the trunk. Girdling can result in the death of the area above the girdle and/or even death of the tree over time.
The tree transfer stakes should be removed and replaced with properly installed wooden lodge poles or steel stakes, 12 or more inches from the trunk to help support your newly planted tree. They should support the tree no longer than 6 to 12 months or until the tree is stable and has established its root system, then removed to prevent trunk or branch girdling. Care should also be taken when using lawn equipment around tree trunks. If you’re concerned your tree may be afflicted with girdling, consult one of our professional arborists.
An urban forest is a forest or a collection of trees that grow within a city, town or a suburb. There are over 130 million acres of America’s forests located in our cities and towns. In the greater Las Vegas area, there are well over 100,000 trees of over 250 different species that grace our streets, boulevards, parks and metro areas.
Close to 81% of the U.S population lives in urban areas, and while the aesthetic values of urban forests might be eye-catching and attractive, urban forests provide numerous essential services to the people who live in those areas. The benefits of urban forests include the filtering of air, water and sunlight, provide recreational areas, reduced energy use, and increase human health and well-being.
The care and management of an urban forest has its challenges. However, First Choice Tree Service takes pride in partnering with local municipalities to work together to maintain the health and beauty of the trees that enhance our community. Another reason why First Choice Tree Service is always your best choice!
Sources: Las Vegas Review Journal, U. S. Department of Forestry
Although it’s only September, we are full swing into our holiday lighting season. In fact, we just wrapped up our first installation of the season at the Springs Preserve. Tony Valenti has a passion for making the holiday season merrier and brighter. He first started with spectacular light displays at his own home, then started to receive requests from commercial properties and community HOA’s to deck their halls with beautiful holiday décor, and the rest is history. Some of our holiday lighting customers include the Wynn, Providence Master HOA and McCarran Marketplace. Our lighting will be on full display at the Springs Preserve until the first week of January, 2020.
Go check them out while enjoying many of the upcoming events scheduled at the Springs Preserve, like their 10th Annual Grapes & Hops Festival and their Haunted Harvest: https://www.springspreserve.org/
Cooler weather will soon be upon us. That said, there’s nothing like a roaring fire to ward off winter’s chill. With cooler temperatures fast approaching, the demands for firewood will soon be greater. The warmth of a fire can be an inexpensive heating source for your home, create ambiance for any occasion and enhance your next outdoor event. Certain types of firewood can even flavor your food!
First Choice Tree Service takes wood from our completed jobs and is brought back to our yard. The wood is separated, split, stacked and is ready to purchase. Split wood and whole rounds are available in mixed woods, pine and mesquite varieties. Our firewood prices are less than retail and are sold in quantities as small as a trunkful to a full cord. Firewood are brisk during the fall and winter months, so it’s never too early to start stocking up. Call us today!