How to Protect Yourself When Hiring a Tree Care Company

Hiring a company that says it does tree work has never been a problem for homeowners. Simply do a quick online search, make a few calls, and you have a company who says they can do the job at a low price. Beware! Not all tree care companies are the same. Always ask for proof of insurance …

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Trees suffering from drought stress

As this summer progresses, I am seeing more and more trees suffering from drought stress.  This is largely due to our irrigating less to save water, comply with governmental regulations and to save money.  While these are very important reasons to water less, I am finding that many people do not realize that in the …

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Broadleaf Mistletoe in Landscape Trees

Broadleaf mistletoe (Phoradendron flavescens var. macrophyllum) is an evergreen parasitic plant that grows on a number of landscape tree species in California. Hosts of the parasite include ash, alder, birch, box elder, cottonwood, locust, silver maple, walnut, and zelkova. Other species of broadleaf mistletoe in California include Phoradendron villosum, which infests only oaks, and Viscum …

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Broadleaf mistletoe infestation problems and information

Broadleaf mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant that grows on a number of landscape tree species in California. Some of the species include ash, alder, birch, box elder, cottonwood, locust, silver maple, walnut and zelkova. Broadleaf mistletoe is a flowering plant that produces small, sticky whitish berries attractive to birds.  The birds feed on and …

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What is an arborist?

In general, an arborist is a person who specializes in the care of individual trees.  Most often the term arborist is used to refer specifically to ISA Certified Arborists who have demonstrated a certain level of experience and knowledge in tree care by passing a comprehensive examination developed by the International Society of Arboriculture. To …

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