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WEED CONTROL

WEED CONTROL

Pre or Post? Know the Difference for Weeds in Your Yard

Did you know you can prevent weeds from emerging in your lawn and rockscapes? Apply a pre-emergent herbicide. Pre-emergent herbicides work by creating a protective seal around the seeds to prevent germination of weeds and eliminates any chance of growth.

Do you already have unsightly weeds as pictured above? An application of a post-emergent herbicide will do the trick. Post-emergent weed killers travel down the stalk of the plant and into the root system, killing weeds after they’ve already started growth above the ground.

First Choice Tree Service offers a variety of plant health care services, including pre and post-emergent applications to keep your lawn and rockscapes free of unattractive weeds. Call us today to schedule your service.

FRUIT REDUCTION

FRUIT REDUCTION

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to spray a growth regulator or inhibitor on your olive and plum trees to avoid the mess of nuisance fruit. This application does not completely eliminate the production of fruit. However it does significantly reduce the amount of fruit the tree produces if applied at the right time. Also, it’s important the tree is properly pruned, especially olive trees prior to the application in order to ensure proper absorption for optimal effectiveness.

Timing is essential. January through around mid-March is the best time spray your olive trees. The best time to spray your plum trees is once they start to flower until around mid-March. It’s a small window of time so call us today to beat the rush!

STUMP GRIND VS. STUMP REMOVAL

STUMP GRIND VS. STUMP REMOVAL

​Do you know what the difference is between stump grinding and stump removal? You need to know the difference when making a decision to remove a tree stump, especially if you intend to grow another tree in the same space.

Stump Removal – is the removal of the entire stump, including the root ball of the tree. The size of the root ball is several times larger than the tree itself. Removing the root ball can be challenging. This method is more labor intensive and tends to be more costly. However, because removing the root ball leaves such a large hole, it may be your best option for planting a new tree in the same location.

Stump Grinding – is the removal of the stump with a grinding tool. A stump grinder is a high powered tool that grinds the stump into smaller pieces. The stump grinder has the ability to grind the stump to several inches below ground, so the stump is not visible or can be covered. The small pieces can then be used as a ground cover or mulch. In time, the stump will decay along with the roots. This method is a more economical option compared to the cost of a full stump removal.

When deciding which option is best for your needs, consult a professional certified arborist. First Choice Tree Service has 5 certified arborists on staff and can help you with this and any of your tree care needs.

TRANSPLANTING TREES

TRANSPLANTING TREES

Transplanting a tree, or moving a tree from one location to another may seem a risky proposition but sometimes is worth it. Maybe you have a beautiful healthy tree that’s causing damage to nearby structures or hardscape. Or maybe the tree was planted in an area too small for its mature growth. Or maybe you’re attached to a tree and you want it to move with you. There are many motivations for transplanting a tree but there is one serious consideration if you should decide to relocate your tree; make sure to consult an arborist.

An arborist can perform an assessment to determine if the tree is a good candidate for relocation. He/she can also identify if the new location is suitable for transplanting. Survival rates of transplanted trees depends on many factors, including the type of tree, how mature it is, when it was planted, etc. An arborist will not recommend relocation of a tree if the tree is stressed and/or in decline, and would not survive transplantation.

Fertilization, pest control and general post-transplant care will increase the success rate of a newly transplanted tree. Your arborist will recommend an after-transplant care program to ensure your tree embraces its new location and will stay healthy for years to come. Contact us for more information on tree transplantation.