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    Sick Tree or Dead Tree? When to Call an Arborist

    That tree in your yard has been looking a little sluggish and unsightly lately, raising a few questions. Is my tree sick or is the tree dead? How do I tell the difference? Should I call an Arborist? Unfortunately, these are questions many homeowners ask themselves at one point or another. So today, we are going to go over a few of the tell-tale signs that will help you to quickly identify whether your tree is sick or dead.

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    Revitalize & Save Your Sick Tree

    Having a routine tree care maintenance plan, helps to prevent the development of sick trees throughout your entire landscape. However, not all residential and commercial properties have a tree care plan in place. Trees that are not maintained quarterly to ensure proper fertilization, structural growth, and aeration of the soil are more susceptible to tree diseases and insect pest infestations.

    Trees serve as an integral part of our landscapes and ecosystem. Here at Tree Medics we understand the value of trees and focus our efforts on saving and reviving sick trees. Unfortunately, not every tree can be saved, some ailments and forms of damage are beyond revitalization. However, if given the choice to save a sick tree or have it cut down…why not save it? All tree diseases and insect pest infestations are preventable, and many of them are easily treatable, at a fraction of the cost of tree removal.

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    Proper pruning for tree heath care

    The benefits of trees in landscaping go beyond air purification and oxygen production; trees can lower bills, increase property value, and even reduce the crime rate. Trees reduce heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars and well cared for trees increase property value by up to 20%. Pruning is the most common maintenance for tree care to remove dead branches, improve structure, and reduce the risks to the tree’s health. Tree growth is maximized when pruning is done annually before the spring growth starts.

  • Photo of trees whitewashed to prevent sunscald, in a park.

    How to protect your trees from the sun

    You might not believe this, but it is true: sunlight can damage trees. Just like how people get sunburns, trees get sunscald. However, sunscald is not temporary like sunburns. Sunscald can cause premature decline or permanent damage to trees. You should know that once damage has occurred in a tree, there is no way to repair it.

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    How to tell if winter trees are dead or dormant

    Trees in your landscape can provide year-round interest and a welcome habitat for birds and wildlife, as well as flowers in the spring time and fruit in the summer. However, many species of deciduous trees can appear to be dead during the winter months, leading to accidental removal of an actually healthy tree.

  • Mistletoe on Your Tree May be a Kiss… of Death!

     

    Mistletoe branch close upFor many people, the idea or the thought of the term mistletoe prompts ideas of holiday celebrations where you can steal a kiss or two. However, when it’s not being used as a decoration, mistletoe is a parasitic plant that poses a threat to healthy trees. The plant attaches itself to a branch and draws water and nutrients from the tree.

  • Why Should I Use a Certified Arborist for Tree Care?

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    Do you know how to care for a sick tree or how to maintain healthy trees on your property? Tree health is something that’s typically taken for granted by many, while tree maintenance is simply thought of as one of the many chores of a property owner. The truth is, the key to having healthy and thriving trees is by turning to a certified arborist for help. Their expertise will ensure your trees maintain their health for many years to come.

  • Tree Root Collar Excavation & Why Your Trees Need It

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    A tree’s root collar, also known as a root crown or neck, is simply the top of a root system, where the trunk meets the roots. For most species of tree, the root collar is supposed to be partially exposed, sitting just at ground level. The tissues of trees’ roots and trunks have vastly different methods for transporting water and nutrients, so their meeting point at the root crown is critically important to facilitating this exchange.

  • Why caring for your trees benefits you

    Picture of trees lining a neighborhood street in fall. A man and boy are walking along the sidewalk.

    Often, little regard is given to trees in the technological, fast-paced world in which we live. Long term gain has been replaced with instant gratification, with next to no thought about the effect that this will have. Understanding the benefits of proper tree care will make it clear why you should invest time in your trees and will help you make smart decisions to get good care for them, too.