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2 Great Ways To Get Rid Of Stumps On Your Lawn

Posted by on 8-08-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Great Ways To Get Rid Of Stumps On Your Lawn

When it comes to making your lawn the best that it possibly can, perhaps the best thing you can possibly do for it is to ensure that you don’t have any tree stumps protruding out of nowhere. Not only is it a great aesthetic decision to get rid of tree stumps, but it can also serve to make your lawn significantly safer. No longer will people have to worry about tripping and falling because of a stump on your lawn. Read on and find out about just a few of the easiest ways to get rid of stumps. Chemical Removal Before using this method, make sure that you have purchased a commercial-grade chemical stump remover. Using a large diameter drill bit, drill a set of equally spaced holes in the top of your stump. Then, simply pour in an ample amount of the chemical stump remover. This powdery substance, which contains a large amount of chemical nitrate, will work towards rotting the stump from the inside out. Over the course of a week or two, the stump should rot away and soften. At this point, you can easily chop up the stump and bury it, giving your lawn a nice amount of fertilizer and one less ugly stump. Dig Out The Stump This is perhaps the most traditional way to get rid of a tree stump that had made its presence on your property. Using a shovel, dig a perimeter around the circumference of the stump. This should expose the roots of the stump. Using a root saw, cut up the roots into as many pieces as you can and then get rid of them. It is important to note that using a hatchet to accomplish this goal can be quite difficult – and dangerous. Roots are incredibly resilient and can wind up deflecting a hatchet’s blade. After you have removed the roots, you can now dig up the stump. Make sure that you fill up the remaining hole with sawdust, as it will stay as it is for quite some time, and you do not want visitors to trip in this hole. If you do not feel particularly comfortable removing a tree stump yourself, it is recommended that you call on the help of a commercial tree removal service. For a fee, they can make your lawn look significantly better than it did in the past by quickly removing any jarring...

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Three Things You Need To Know About Elm Leaf Beetles

Posted by on 7-07-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things You Need To Know About Elm Leaf Beetles

Elm leaf beetles are an invasive pest that can destroy your backyard elm trees. Here are three things you need to know about elm leaf beetles. What do elm leaf beetles look like? Elm leaf beetles are large—about 13 millimeters long—and have yellow or olive bodies with dark bands, so they’ll stand out against the bark of your elm trees. The larvae are also quite distinctive; they have yellow bodies and a black stripe. How do elm leaf beetles affect trees? Female elm leaf beetles lay their eggs on the leaves of your prized elm trees. A single female beetle can lay 800 eggs in her lifetime, so it doesn’t take many female beetles to infest your trees. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the elm leaves, as do the adults. When elm leaf beetles feed on your trees, you’ll notice that the leaves are turning brown and that the leaves are dropping earlier in the season than they should. This doesn’t just make your trees look unattractive; it also puts them at risk of problems like limb dieback. After two or three years of severe defoliation, affected elm trees can even die and need to be removed by a tree removal company. How can you get rid of elm leaf beetles? To get rid of elm leaf beetles, you’ll need to break their life cycle. This can be done by treating the affected trees with insecticides. Elm leaf beetles are susceptible to a variety of insecticide products, including insecticidal soap and permethrin, that are available at garden centers. To time the application properly, start monitoring your trees in May for the appearance of adult beetles. Wait for the beetles to lay their eggs, and as soon as they hatch, spray the trees. Use a hand-pump garden sprayer to apply the insecticide, and try to coat both the trunk and the foliage. If your tree is large, or if you’re not comfortable working with insecticides, hire an arborist to help you. Insecticides can kill good types of bugs, like bees, so you may want to try to control the elm leaf beetles with bands. Bands are sticky traps that extend around the diameter of the trees’ trunks and capture any crawling insects that try to climb the trunk. For best results, bands should remain in place until mid- to late-May. The bands need to stay sticky to be effective, so you’ll need to reapply the sticky substance as needed. If you need help saving your elm trees from elm leaf beetles, hire a tree service like Coryell Tree...

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3 Common Tree Diseases – And How To Trim Or Remove The Tree

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Tree Diseases – And How To Trim Or Remove The Tree

Trees offer a beautiful and shade-providing accent to your yard and tend to be lower-maintenance than a flower garden. But low-maintenance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make periodic checks on the health of your tree. There are a number of tree diseases that can cause substantial damage or death to your tree if left untreated. Here are a few of the most common tree diseases, how the problems can be fixed, and how a trim trimming or tree removal service can prove valuable help. Canker Tree Disease There are a few different subtypes of canker disease on trees but all present with the appearance of blistered bark. You will see a hole in the bark that looks different than the rest of the tree – kind of how an infected wound looks on human skin. This type of disease occurs on pines, willows, and spruces, which are some of the most common yard trees around. The bacteria that causes canker is most active when the tree is beginning to bloom in the early spring and starting to lose its leaves in the fall. Keep a close eye on the tree during those times and quickly prune away any affected branches before the disease has time to spread. Make sure you use a trimmer cleaner after each branch cut or you risk spreading the disease through more of the tree the next time you trim. Heart Rot Tree Disease The bacteria that cause heart rot tree disease tends to attack birches, maples, and cedars. Heart rot will cause a mushroom-shaped growth on the bark near the area of damage. If your tree is mostly healthy, a tree trimming company can likely cut out the heart rot section. But if the tree isn’t healthy, such a trim risks spreading the rot throughout the tree. Call a tree company for a consultation before any trimming starts to see whether the tree can still be saved or if it’s time for tree removal services. Root and Butt Tree Disease Several bacteria can cause root and butt tree disease, which is so named for the parts of the tree that are first affected. The bacteria exist in the soil and take hold in the roots and butt, or lowermost part of the tree trunk above ground. Root and butt disease can cause mushroom-like growths on the surface of the tree. Root and butt only flourishes in trees that are already in fairly bad shape. Once this disease takes hold, the only real option is tree removal as there is no after-treatment for root and butt. Call a landscaper or arborist if you have currently healthy hardwood trees. Proper care and maintenance should keep root and butt disease from forming in the first place. If you have any dead tree stumps near healthy trees, call in a tree stump removal company such as Buskirk Tree Service to prevent infection from taking hold and spreading to neighboring...

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Tree Removal Tips: How To Use A Stump Grinder

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tree Removal Tips: How To Use A Stump Grinder

A stump grinder is a type of tool that has a rotating disc with serrated edges. This is a great tool for grinding down tree stumps after you have removed a tree from your yard. Here are some tips for using a stump grinder safely and effectively. Trim the Stump as Much as Possible If you have recently cut down the tree, the stump might be too large to use a stump grinder. You want to trim it down as close to the ground’s surface as possible. Try using an ax to chop down the stump to ground-level. While it doesn’t always have to be flush with the ground’s surface, this reduces the amount of work the stump grinder needs to do. Once you have cut it down, clear the area near the tree stump. Remove any pieces of tree that were left behind, along with branches, leaves, and other debris. Wear Protective Gear Before you start using your stump grinder, ensure you are protected as much as possible. This can be a dangerous piece of equipment if you aren’t careful, especially when it is your first time using it. Protect yourself by wearing gloves, sturdy shoes, and goggles. You might also want to protect your mouth and nose from wood particles with a respirator mask. It is also a good idea to make sure all pets and children are indoors when you are operating the stump grinder. Grind the Stump At this point, you are ready to turn on the machine and start to grind your stump into wood chips. The grinder wheel should be raised a few inches above the level of the stump, which is done by using the hydraulic lever on the stump grinder. When the grinder raised, start moving the machine forward so the wheel is right at the front edge of the stump. Turn on the grinder so that the wheel starts to spin. Lower the wheel slowly so that it goes a few inches into the top edge of the stump. You should also be swinging the wheel back and forth to clear the wood out from the stump by using the hydraulic lever. When you get into the stump a few inches, pull out the grinding wheel, move it forward a few inches, and repeat the same grinding process. Continue in this manner until you are left with wood chips from the stump. If you aren’t confident about using a stump grinder, it is a good idea to call a professional service like Tree Landers for help. They will take care of the stump quickly, thoroughly, and...

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3 Reasons You May Want to Remove Trees from Your Business Location

Posted by on 7-07-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons You May Want to Remove Trees from Your Business Location

A lovely tree is a gorgeous addition to a residential property, but there are times when it may actually be a hindrance to a commercial property and the businesses located on it. If you have a large tree growing on your business property, you may want to get it removed before it costs more than it is worth. 1. It Could Lead to Liability Issues Trees come with some inherent liability risks. They can fall on property, either damaging your own property or your neighboring lots. They can even drop branches on people or their cars, causing significant medical costs or property damage. If you have ever been notified that your tree may be dead, damaged or otherwise dangerous, it’s very possible that you could be found liable for these issues. Moreover, if your tree damages your own property, and it was not properly maintained, your insurance company may opt not to pay for the claim. Even healthy trees can become damaged during times of severe weather, such as storms and tornadoes. Though they may be beautiful, a tree can become dangerous at any time.  2. It May Discourage Parking Many people don’t want to park beneath trees — they are too concerned that their car will be dirty. On the other hand, people do want to park in the shade, especially during the summer months. An excellent compromise is to replace a tree with decently covered parking. A rudimentary parking covering is usually fairly inexpensive and can make a commercial location more attractive to many individuals.  3. It Can Obscure Your Storefront Maybe the most compelling reason to remove a tree is that, though it is beautiful, it can be obscuring your storefront. You may not think that it does because it doesn’t block off your signage or displays from the front, but try to drive around your neighborhood and determine whether your sign is visible to vehicles and pedestrians approaching. Often, people may notice a store or other commercial location while they are traveling and may come back later — or they may even make a last minute, impulse decision to stop. Not being able to see your storefront can disrupt this type of planning. Most buildings should invest in a professional tree removal service. In commercial areas, bringing down a tree without professional help like Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. can be quite dangerous; trees can often fall in ways that an amateur may not anticipate. Though trees may be attractive, there is always some inherent...

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Four Types Of Trees That Will Grow In Dry Soils

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Types Of Trees That Will Grow In Dry Soils

If your yard is dry, you might assume that growing trees is out of the question. While most trees do need relatively moist soil to thrive, there are a few trees that will tolerate chronically dry conditions. Focus on planting one or more of these tree varieties, and you can look forward to a beautiful, shaded yard in spite of your lack of water. Tatarian Maple If you like the classic look of maple trees, choose this drought-tolerant variety. It is smaller than most maples, reaching only about 20 feet in height, but its wide canopy allows it to offer plenty of shade. It can thrive in partial shade to full sun. In the spring, it becomes covered in bright yellow blooms, which will attract bees and birds to your property. Its leaves turn a mixture of red and yellow-brown in the fall. Common Hackberry This tree has long, slender, pale green leaves with serrated edges. It develops an ovular shape, making it a good choice for compact areas. Dark purple fruits appear on the tree in late summer to early fall; these attract many birds, squirrels and deer, making the tree a favorite among wildlife enthusiasts. Common hackberry trees are drought tolerant, but they may drop some leaves when water is in short supply. This is normal and should not concern the grower. The trees thrive in windy, sunny areas. American Yellowwood If your soil is overly alkaline as well as dry, plant an American yellowwood. They are tolerant of a wide range of soil pH values. Their leaves are ovular with smooth edges, and they turn bright yellow in the fall. Their pink and white flowers, which appear in the spring, are known to be stunning. American yellowwoods grow best in full sunlight, but they will tolerate some shade. They’re very hardy against pests and diseases. Green Ash Green ash trees have slender, dark green leaves and develop yellow-green flowers that appear in bunches. They can tolerate both flooding and drought, but they absolutely need full sunlight to thrive. Ash trees are great for creating wind breaks, thanks to their dense foliage, but they can also be used as single ornamental trees. Their roots are shallow, so you’ll need to be careful around them when mowing grass. Visit a tree service company like B. Haney & Sons to see which of these trees is best suited to your area. Plant a few saplings today, and in a few years, your dry land could be home to numerous mature...

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How To Remove A Tree Stump Without Manual Labor

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove A Tree Stump Without Manual Labor

After cutting down an old or dead tree, you will be left with an ugly stump in the ground. These stumps can take up yard space, and they can also become a hazard if they are not taken care of and removed. You can try to use a shovel, a pick and an axe to pull out the stump yourself, but this can be backbreaking labor that can take a long time to get done, depending on the size of the stump and the roots underneath. What are some other options to get rid of a stump besides using back breaking labor? There must be an easier way. In fact, there are multiple easier ways to get a stump out of the ground. Removing a Stump Easily 1. Chemical Stump Remover. One of the easiest ways to get rid of a stump without a lot of manual labor is to use a chemical stump remover. This is a very simple process but can also take a few weeks to complete. Several holes can be drilled into the stump. Once the holes are drilled, the chemical stump remover is then poured into the holes along with some water. After time, the stump will become soft and spongy and can be easily removed. 2. Stump Grinder. Probably the quickest way to get rid of a stump is to use a stump grinder. This machine is great because once you have positioned it correctly, you can grind the stump with the push of a button and do not have to use a lot of manual labor. The stump grinder is used to grind the stump to a point where it is below the level of the rest of the yard. Grass, dirt or something else can then be laced over it to make it appear as though it never existed. A stump grinder can be rented at an affordable price so that you can get the job done yourself. There are other methods that can be used as well, such as burning the stump. All of these methods are a lot easier than trying to get the stump out of the ground with manual labor. Of course, most of these will leave the roots and part of the stump in the ground still. If you need to completely remove the roots along with the stump, this can become a lot harder to accomplish, and you may want to call a professional like those at Brown’s Tree...

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Tips for Pruning Trees That Are 3–4 Years Old

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Pruning Trees That Are 3–4 Years Old

As the sapling you planted in your front yard a few years ago grows into a real tree, the tree pruning techniques that you use need to change. Here is what you should focus on when pruning trees that are between three and four years old. Establish One Dominate Branch As your sapling grows into a tree, one branch should become the dominant top branch. If you have multiple branches still competing to be the top branch, now is the time to pick which one is going to be the dominant branch. Try to choose the branch that is the longest and thickest, and cut off the other top branches as close to the base of the tree as possible. Cut Off the Low Branches as Well If any branches have sprouted out recently near the bottom of the tree, trim these branches. New branches that are too low to the ground will not get the sunlight they need to grow properly and will drain resources that your tree needs to continue to thrive. Once again, try to cut the branches as close to the trunk of the tree as possible. That will help the cuts heal quickly and will help prevent your tree from developing an infection. Thin Out the Branches You want your tree to grow up with lots of thick branches and leaves. However, in order to get to that point, you need to occasionally thin out the branches. When your tree is younger, an over abundance of branches can lead to too much competition for the water and light your tree needs to survive. When thinning out the branches, start by cutting any branches that are growing in strange directions. Next, trim any branches that seem to be getting in the way and running into stronger branches. Finally, trim away a few branches in areas that look a little too crowded. By doing some selective trimming, you will help the branches that you leave in place get all the sunlight and water they need in order to produce the nutrients needed to thrive. Make sure you don’t overdo it – you only want to slightly thin out the branches a little bit. If you cut away too many branches, your tree will also not be able to get the nutrients it needs. If you feel like you need more guidance about how to properly prune your young trees, put in a call to a local tree service provider like Tri-Point Tree & Landscaping. They can come out and help you prune your trees and answer any additional questions you may...

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3 People To Call When Getting Rid Of Wood From An Old Tree

Posted by on 6-06-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 People To Call When Getting Rid Of Wood From An Old Tree

Sometimes the hardest part about having a tree cut down isn’t the sawing or pruning, but actually getting the wood out of your yard. However, there are a number of industries and hobbies that make great use out of logs like these, and some people are masterful enough to make them into something beautiful. Here are three types of hobbyists that would love to get their hands on your former backyard tree.  Wood Turners Wood turning is the art of carving wood on a lathe to make objects that are typically cylindrical like baseball bats or pens. Wood turners can use a huge variety of materials including woods from ash or oak trees or even acrylics and metals, in some cases. Offering a few logs in exchange for a pen or two to a wood turner nearby is mutually beneficial, since you get the lumber out of your yard, a couple free pens or some other homemade craft, and the wood craftsman can sell or use his work if he so desires.  Floral Designers Many flower shops don’t just deal with living flowers, as branches and twigs can often make their way into an arrangement in subtle ways. The great part about this application is that florists can use both green and dry sticks, meaning that even if you cut down your tree hours or weeks ago, it is likely a florist will take some of the wood. If you really want to kill a few birds with the same stone, see if your wood turner friend is talented enough to make a vase from a thin log, which would then be useful to you or your local florist.  Gardeners Compost isn’t the only use for a fresh set of logs and twigs, nor are wood chips for mulch. Smaller branches can easily be made into rustic plant markers that make it look less like you’re labeling a science project than typical markers. Stools and benches can be fashioned from logs as well and will find a ready home in any garden.  Lugging your old tree off to a dump can be a huge hassle and needlessly so. You would be surprised to see how many people in your town would love to take home some scraps from your old tree, and the most satisfying part is seeing what an old tree can become in the hands of a skilled hobbyist. If you need a tree trimmed or taken down and can’t do it on your own, get in touch with a business like MML Tree...

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Tips For Helping To Keep Your Trees Healthy

Posted by on 5-05-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Helping To Keep Your Trees Healthy

Keeping the trees around your home healthy is not only important for the aesthetics of your yard because it is also a major safety concern. If your trees suffer injury or illness, they may become unstable, which can result in them damaging your property or injuring those walking under them. Fortunately, there are a couple of tips that you can follow to help keep your trees as healthy as possible. Request Contractors To Avoid Using Spikes To Climb The Tree You will occasionally need to have your trees serviced by contractors for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to have the tree treated for disease or to have it pruned away from power lines, some people underestimate the damage that can be done to the tree from the spikes of the contractor when climbing it. These spikes will create punctures in the bark that can allow infection and insects to damage the tree’s interior.  To minimize this risk, you should always request the contractor to avoid the use of spikes. There are a variety of other climbing systems that can be used that are less damaging. Ideally, a pulley system should be used because these simply drape over a branch without any need to puncture the tree’s exterior.  Prune Your Trees During The Late Winter Months Pruning is often a necessary task for removing diseased parts of the tree and to make sure that it does not grow too close to your home or nearby utility lines. However, many homeowners are unaware of the fact that the time of year that you prune the tree can have a profound impact on it. For example, if you prune the tree during the summer months, there are more insects active, and these may attack the cut portion of the tree.  Ideally, you want to prune the tree during the late winter months just before the change to spring. During this time of year, the tree will be less likely to be damaged by insects, and by doing this just before spring, you can ensure that the pruned branches will heal rapidly at the start of the growing season. Tree care can be a surprisingly complex part of maintaining your home and yard, but it is essential for the appearance and safety of your yard. Luckily, you do not need an advanced degree in tree care to manage this task. By following these two tips, you can help ensure that you avoid some common problems that can follow certain forms of maintenance your tree may...

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