Arborist

Time for a Checkup: The ins and outs of Tree Inspection

When your tree reaches middle age, it may be time to consider an inspection, usually at least every three years, or more often if recommended by an arborist. Just like you go to the doctor every year to make sure everything is still alright, a visit from the tree doctor can make sure yours is …

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Storms Approaching… Will Your Landscape Survive?

Winter is the season in California for some of nature’s most severe weather. Storms in all shapes and forms create havoc and one of the greatest dangers posed by storms are presented by falling trees. Unsafe trees are a threat to lives and property. “Many shade and ornamental trees are damaged throughout the year by …

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Tree Planting Tips – Please Don’t Bury Me

Planting a tree?  A hole dug too deep is a sure way to kill a tree Winter and Spring seasons are prime planting season in most areas of the country. Too often, however, consumers waste hundreds of dollars on trees that will die because they were planted too deep. “Proper planting is absolutely essential in …

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Dormant Spraying of Fruit Trees in the Garden

The authors are John E. Dibble, Entomologist Emeritus, U.C. Kearny Agricultural Center, and Richard L Coviello, Farm Advisor, Fresno County Dormant sprays allow: a wide period of time for application; a broad range of useable materials; maximum unobstructed spray coverage; multiple pest targets; and because of minimum risk of phytotoxicity and beneficial organism disruption, they …

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How to Keep Your Landscape Deer Free

Deer damage to ornamental plants and trees is progressively a suburban area problem. Deer populations in suburban neighborhoods have grown significantly due to uninhibited farms, tighter hunting restrictions and urban sprawl. Deer are very selective feeders that eat leaves and flowers from shrubs and ornamental trees. Damage to larger trees can be found up to 7 …

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Winter Stresses on Trees & Shrubs

Winter’s heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in suburban landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance. What can happen in winter, and how …

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Bleeding from Branches of Pruned Trees

Exudation of liquid (“bleeding”) from injured trees is caused by pressures within trees that may be localized in different organs depending on species. Most bleeding is caused by root pressure (as in birch and grape), but some is caused by pressure localized in stems (as in maples and palms). Root Pressure Root pressure develops commonly …

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