Do you know how to tell a healthy tree from a dying one? Unless you are an arborist by trade, it might not be easy to give the trees in your yard the tender loving care that they require. Here are two signs those trees need to be trimmed, and why proper pruning is crucial to your landscaping success:
1: Some of the Branches Look Dead
Before a tree dies altogether, it might lose a few sections to disease or insect infestations.
If you notice "big mushrooms" growing out of your tree, you should take notice. Known as brackets, these fungal growths are a sign that your tree has a serious fungal infection in its interior. By the time the brackets appear, the tree is usually too far gone to save, and you really only have two options when it comes to dealing with the disease.
Option 1: Have the brackets trimmed away to prevent spread of the fungal disease.
If you have oak trees on your property, then it's important that you are familiar with the fungal disease known as oak wilt. There is no known cure for the disease, so there is nothing you can do to save your tree if it does become infected. However, it is essential to deal with infected trees properly so that the disease does not spread to other oaks in the area. Here's a look at how to diagnose and manage oak wilt.
With this summer gearing up to becoming one of the hottest and longest on record in many parts of the country, the thoughts of many homeowners are turning to fire safety. Many people are installing fire-resistant roofing, creating defensible space around their homes by replacing wooden decking with concrete, brick, or slate, and limiting foundation plantings. Even if you don't live in an area where wildfire danger is high, you can also protect your home from fire by limiting or eliminating certain types of trees in your yard.
The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1st and lasts until November 30th of each year. As the season approaches, it is important that your family takes action to protect your home from the high winds and rain associated with hurricanes. Here are some steps you can take in the weeks before the season starts to get ready.
Trim the Trees
High winds can be damaging to trees, especially those that are already weakened.