The Dangers of Improper Tree Pruning

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Trees offer homeowners so much, while requiring little in return. They provide shade and add beauty to any landscape. But did you know your mature trees can become a safety hazard if they aren’t pruned correctly? When trees become diseased or die, we offer Concord tree removal, but hopefully your trees just need a regular pruning schedule to keep them healthy. Read on to learn more about the dangers that can result from improper tree care.

A Botched Job

The most obvious downside of improper pruning, from an aesthetic standpoint, is that it’s the equivalent of a bad haircut. There’s really nothing you can do but let it grow out. In the meantime, your trees will look a bit awkward.

Weakening Trees

Poor technique can also weaken trees, making them more vulnerable to a number of things, like storms. It’s possible for the inner wood to become less dense, even though the tree looks healthy from the outside. When this happens, it increases the likelihood of broken branches.

The Risk of Injury

Inexperienced pruners run the risk of accidental injury to themselves, as well as property. Trees are heavy. Even branches often weigh a considerable amount, so they can cause significant damage when falling from what may seem like even a minor height.

Cutting through wood requires sharp, heavy-duty equipment. And a novice won’t have the experience needed to properly secure branches, or know where it’s best to cut. These kinds of mistakes can be fatal.

Branch Decay

Trees are alive, which means that while necessary for the structural integrity of the tree, pruning creates wounds that take time to heal. Improper pruning can compromise the health of a tree, creating needless cuts. Over time, this can lead to decaying branches.

Concord Tree Removal

We hope you now have a better understanding of the importance of proper tree pruning. If you’d like to schedule an appointment or speak with us about our Concord tree removal service, please call our office at 925-233-6877 or email us at alex@sexytrees.com with any questions! We offer free estimates.

The Most Popular Indoor Trees

We offer our Berkeley tree service to residents with backyards, but this week we want to talk about how special indoor trees are too. They can add a living structural element to your home, and even boost your mood. Plus, they help improve air quality. Here are a few of the most popular homebound trees.

Parlor Palm

Parlor palms can help brighten up rooms that don’t receive a lot of natural light. They’re independent and don’t need much love, light, or water to thrive. So if you tend to forget about your leafy friends, or have north-facing windows, the forgiving parlor palm might be right for your home.

Malabar Chestnut

But the giant chestnut craves a bright, indirect light source, and extra water because it comes from swampy wetlands. Make sure your tree is in a pot with good drainage, though. The giant chestnut has a braided trunk and is sometimes called a “money tree.”

Fiddle Leaf Fig

The flowering fiddle leaf fig would be happy in a bright bathroom, where it’s shielded from drafts, but gets some extra humidity. After all, it originated from a lowland tropical jungle in Africa.

Jade Tree

Jade trees are for beginners or people with a black thumb. They have succulent leaves and don’t mind sporadic watering. They just need a sunny window, making them one of the easiest trees to care for.

Norfolk Island Pine

The Norfolk Island pine is an adorable, long-lived variety of tree that you could eventually transfer to your yard. They’re those little holiday trees you see in December, but they can grow quite large, so keep that in mind. If you live in an apartment, this pine will eventually outgrow your space.

Citrus

Citrus trees are a sweet-smelling option, and although they might be a little fussier than some of the other indoor trees, they’re worth it. They have dazzling blooms, plus, just think of the fresh lemonade and citrus pound cake recipes.

Berkeley Tree Service

At Sexy Trees, our team is passionate about the work we do. We believe beautiful trees make the world a better place, and we offer free estimates on our Berkeley tree services. If you have any questions about your indoor or outdoor trees, please call us at 925-233-6877 or email me at alex@sexytrees.com.

Your Tree Watering Guide

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Extended periods of dry weather leave backyard trees dependent on homeowners for survival. Surprisingly, lack of rainfall kills millions of trees across the country. In fact, according to KPCC’s environment and science coverage, 27 million trees died just in California during the 2017 drought. In an average year, the Golden State loses roughly a million trees. But excessive watering can make a tree overly reliant on irrigation, so we’ve put together this handy tree water guide to clear up any confusion.

How Much Water Do Trees Need?

The goal is to supplement enough water to support the growth and health of your trees. But you still want them to be resilient. It’s important not to water so much that it encourages more canopy growth than would occur (on a good year) with natural rainfall.

For mature trees, aim to moisten the soil up to 10” or more. A weekly deep soaking is better than a frequent shallow watering guide. Even if your lawn receives direct irrigation, it’s probably not sufficient for your trees. Shallow waterings cause tree roots to stay near the upper layers of soil. They’re more likely to dry out on the surface, and also more vulnerable to drought.

Watering Guide to New Trees

When you plant a new tree, most of its roots will remain within a root ball for a few months. You can help the tree anchor itself by keeping the surrounding soil moist. This encourages healthy roots to grow. After several months, extend the watering zone to include the area under the tree’s canopy. If nature doesn’t provide soaking rains, water your new tree as many as three times per week, or the root ball can dry out. It takes a couple growing seasons for your new tree to establish itself.

Should I Mulch Under My Trees?

Mulch prevents weeds and grass from taking over and bullying your tree for water. A layer of organic mulch also conserves moisture. Use two to three inches of shredded bark or pine straw, but avoid piling it against the trunk because it could cause rot.

The amount of water a tree needs is decided by multiple factors, such as its species and age, as well as the soil quality and local climate. For a more personalized tree watering guide, please contact our team of trained arborists at (925) 233-6877.

Do All Trees Need Fertilizer?

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If you haven’t fed your trees lately, they might be hungry. Fertilizing your trees is important to replace lost minerals and nutrients. Unfortunately, our soils don’t always provide everything trees require. Even if a tree is getting enough nutrients from the soil, it still might benefit from occasional fertilizing to help it look and grow its best. After all, healthy trees are less likely to succumb to pests or illness. Yes, even trees can become sick from bacteria or viruses. Read on to learn more about when trees need fertilizer.

Why Should We Fertilize Domestic Trees?

Trees are resilient, but they still need care, or they can be more susceptible to stressors. Biodiversity is more prolific in nature. Think of the rich soil in a redwood forest. Logs rot, animals come to the end of their lives and break down, becoming a part of the nutrient cycle. But in our own yards, we rake up leaves. Our lawns are tame and manicured. And while this looks beautiful, it means the soil has less nutrient density. To compensate, our domestic trees need fertilizer to mimic a wilder world.

When to Fertilize Trees

October is a good month to fertilize trees, as well as April, once the frost leaves the ground. As a general rule, remember drought-stressed trees shouldn’t be fertilized. Trees slow their growth when there’s a lack of water, and the salts in many commercial fertilizers may harm stressed roots.

How to Tell When Trees Need Fertilizer

There are some signs that your trees need fertilizer. For example, if its leaves are discolored or fall off out of season. Or, if the tree grows very little, even with plenty of watering or rainfall. Another concerning indicator would be dead and brittle branches.

Our Services

If your trees are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or you’re just not sure, give us a call at Sexy Trees. Our skilled team of arborists can inspect your trees and the quality of your soil. Contact our office at (925) 233-6877.

Nontoxic Mistletoe Removal

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Staying on top of mistletoe removal is especially important in Northern California where it’s a common annoyance for homeowners. Wild mistletoe can be found in many parts of North America, but it won’t grow on all tree species. It’s a parasitic evergreen shrub that draws water and mineral nutrients from a host tree, despite the fact that it does create some of its own energy through converting sunlight. Here’s a more in-depth look at this festive weed.

It’s For the Birds

Healthy bird populations mean more mistletoe plants. This is because birds spread mistletoe seeds when they ingest its white berries, which ripen in the winter. While poisonous to humans, mistletoe berries are an important food source for wildlife during the lean months when calories are scarce.

Seeds pass through the bird’s digestive system and stick to a tree branch. Additionally, some bird species even prefer to nest in mistletoe.

How Does Mistletoe Work?

Mistletoe can only survive on living trees. If the host tree dies, it won’t be able to feed any longer. Mistletoe doesn’t root in the earth. Rather, it has root-like structures that thread into tree branches, stealing resources. These organs are called haustoria.

Is Mistletoe Harmful to Trees?

Mistletoe grows slowly, so it’s not an immediate threat to the health of a tree. The greatest risk to a host tree is the water loss that incurs, especially while the weed is flowering or producing berries. Trees that are heavily infested with mistletoe can be killed if there are additional stressors, such as root damage, drought, or insects.

Do You Need Mistletoe Removal Services?

It’s easiest to spot mistletoe in the wintertime. It looks like a tangled green mass, usually connected to a bare tree branch.

Mistletoe Decorations

If you decide to use mistletoe in holiday decorations, be aware that its white berries are toxic and should be kept out of reach of curious children and pets.

Nontoxic Mistletoe Removal

While it’s easy to prune back mistletoe leaves and twigs, this won’t kill the entire plant because it’s also necessary to kill the roots. If the host tree is strong enough, one option is to simply remove infested branches. However, this can be harmful to trees so it’s best to consult with a certified arborist.

We hope you found this article helpful. To schedule a consultation, please contact our office at (925) 233-6877.

What You Should Know About Tree Removal

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Did you know that the trees in Los Angeles alone neutralize around 2,000 tons of pollution every year? Planting more trees and keeping them in good health is paramount to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and improving the air we breathe. However, in some unfortunate cases, a tree can become diseased, making it necessary to remove it from your yard. But this isn’t as simple as it sounds. Keep reading to learn more about tree removal.

Is the Tree Dead or Alive?

As mentioned earlier, trees can become seriously diseased and infected with all sorts of pests. In the worst instances, the tree might simply die. The wood of a dead tree is different when compared to the wood of a living tree, so it’s necessary to be cautious because it might fall on an unintended path and cause injuries or property damage.

Consider the Size of the Tree

As a rule of thumb, the larger the tree, the harder it is to remove. That’s because the sheer size and weight of the tree can cause destruction to the surrounding area. If you decide to take advantage of tree removal services, the professionals might begin by cutting the tree branches first.

This makes the whole job less complicated, and the tree trunk becomes easier to manage. If you have a smaller tree, its potential for damage is reduced, but it’s still a good idea to let tree removal experts handle the job for you.

Consider the Surrounding Power Lines

This is one of the reasons removing a tree can be dangerous. A tree that falls on nearby power lines is a real risk. Not only that the power to your house might be cut, but your neighbors might lose electricity, too. Fixing this problem can be very expensive, but it’s an issue you can prevent.

Is There Easy Access to Your Yard?

Removing a tree involves having the right equipment for the job. It also means you need easy access to the place where the tree is located. Are there a lot of plants, shrubs, or other trees around it? Do you need to remove a dog house or chicken coop to create easy access to the tree? Is your house located in a remote location?

Are You Aware of the Regulations Regarding Tree Removal?

Although the tree is located on your property, there might be certain laws you need to follow when removing it. These rules can differ from state to state. In some cases, the tree might even be protected. Remember that following these ordinances is mandatory when removing a tree, so you should familiarize yourself with them.

Now You Know More About What Tree Removal Involves!

As you can see, removing a tree is not that easy, so it’s best to take advantage of a tree removal service. The experts in tree removal are aware of the latest rules and regulations, plus they can do the job faster and more safely.

If you have a tree problem, please contact us today! We have years of experience when it comes to tree removal services, and we can work with any type of tree.

What’s the Best Tree to Build a Treehouse?

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Building a treehouse is a fun and challenging project for the whole family, but it also requires some careful planning. Otherwise, you can run into safety risks, as well as damage the health of your tree. If you’re ready to build a treehouse, this article will help you make the most important decision— selecting the best tree.

Species of Tree

When considering your options to build a treehouse, remember you need a tree with deep roots and dense wood to hold your structure in place and withstand strong winds. Some species are simply more prone to having weak forks and brittle branches. In general, look to deciduous trees like apple, oak, or maple. It’s easy to recognize deciduous trees because, unlike evergreens, they shed their leaves in the colder months.

Ready to Build a Treehouse? Safety Comes First

While it depends on the design and its location in the tree, a trunk diameter of 12 inches or greater is the suggested starting point. Of course, another possibility when building a treehouse is to support the load between two (or even three) trees, instead of one. This would allow for smaller minimum diameters, especially if you select a tough species.

To determine diameter use a pliable fabric measuring tape, or even a piece of string. First, measure the circumference where you intend to build supports, then divide this figure by pi (3.14) to find the diameter. Remember, the size of the tree will ultimately limit the size of your treehouse.

If I Build a Treehouse, Won’t it Damage the Tree?

Eventually, a tree will compensate for the extra weight on its frame, but in the first few years, it’s most vulnerable during windy storms. Make sure you choose sturdy but lightweight materials that will hold up against the elements. Nails and screws just aren’t strong enough to be used for major supports and can cause health problems for the tree. Additionally, cables and ropes slice through bark. The trouble with these exposed punctures is that they provide an entry point for infections. For fixing supports it’s best to use a single large bolt that’s fitted properly into a drilled hole, but this isn’t a guide on the actual practice of building a treehouse, so it’s important for you to do your own research.

Getting a Professional Inspection

One common mistake homeowners make when building a treehouse is they forget the tree is alive and needs room to grow. To ensure you don’t overlook anything, and your treehouse lasts for years to come, it’s best to have the tree inspected by an arborist before you begin to build. Our trained professionals can help you assess your trees for any hidden signs of weakness that might put your treehouse at risk. We love a good DIY project. Please contact us at (925) 233-6877.

Tree Trimming: How to Determine When Your Tree Needs It

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If you’re a homeowner, you know how satisfying it can be to renovate and maintain your own property. Most homeowners have yards where they can sit and relax, let children and dogs run around, or plant a garden. Trees are an essential part of any landscape design. They provide beautiful homes for wildlife, give us oxygen and shade, and allow for places to hang hammocks or swings. But keeping your trees healthy is essential. Here, we’re going to talk about how to identify when it’s time to call in a tree trimming service to help your yard flourish.

Tree Trimming vs. Pruning: What’s the Difference?

While tree trimming and pruning are similar services, there’s a distinction. Understanding the difference will help you determine if you need one or both of these services performed.
Tree trimming is done to make sure that a tree, shrub, or hedge grows in the shape you want it to. It’s primarily meant to ensure that the tree looks good and doesn’t become an overgrown eyesore.
Pruning, on the other hand, is done for the overall health of the tree. When pruning, a professional will remove dead or infected branches to ensure that it continues to thrive.

When Are Tree Trimming Services Necessary?

There are a few signs that tree trimming and pruning services are necessary. However, in general, aim for at least twice a year. If six months have passed, it’s a surefire sign that it’s time to call someone in. Even if you don’t think there are any issues with your trees, an expert may be able to identify some that you wouldn’t notice. This is also a preventative measure. You don’t want branches getting infected because too much time lapsed without pruning.

It’s also a good idea to hire a tree trimming service to keep foliage from spilling over a fence into a neighbor’s property. There are actually some legal issues you can become entangled in if you allow this to happen, so it’s best to take precautions and avoid any disputes from arising. Additionally, if you happen to notice branches drying on any of your trees, pruning services are a must. If you don’t cut off these branches, they could infect the rest of the tree and cause a lot of problems.

Bring In the Pros!

Deciding when to get tree maintenance can be a challenge, but there are a few signs that it’s time to get the job done. Now that you understand the difference between tree trimming and pruning, you’ll know when it’s time to call in the pros. We’re a 2018 Yelp award winner, and since our services have only improved in quality since then, you know you’re hiring the best. Keep your trees sexy!

Signs You Have Sick Trees

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Trees are living things, and like us, they can become diseased and die. This is why it’s important to examine your trees on a regular basis. Fortunately, it’s actually pretty easy to determine if you have sick trees by performing a simple visual test. Knowing what to watch out for will help you avoid damage to your home and property.

Here are some telltale signs you have sick trees:

Poor Structure

Leaning limbs or branches that cause abnormal growth patterns are worrisome. Healthy trees have strong trunks that hold up the weight of branches, so be on the lookout for weak branch unions.

Peeling Bark

Depending on the species, peeling bark is one possible sign you have sick trees. Bark protects a tree from water loss, disease, and extreme temperature fluctuations, among other things. If it’s shedding bark, the tree may not be able to preserve enough essential nutrients.

Dead Branches

Naked branches can indicate a sick tree during seasons when they should be covered with foliage. If you look closely, you may discover insect damage, or tree rot.

Abnormally Colored Leaves

Leaf problems? Trees that aren’t thriving probably won’t have leaves that appear healthy, either. Look out for deformed leaves, spots, or unusual coloration.

Noticeable Pest Movement

Pest infestations can do a lot of damage to your trees. Have you noticed small holes bored into the wood? This is a clear indication of insects. Bark beetles and moths are common offenders. At least this is one sign of a sick tree that’s easier to spot.

Abnormal Fungi and Mushroom Growth

Examining a tree from the ground up can reveal a lot about its health. Search the base of your trees for signs of decay, fungi and mushrooms, or severed roots. Not all mushrooms are harmful to trees, but unfortunately, they can indicate a sick tree may be infected with a rot-inducing pathogen.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call in an expert. Sick trees should be treated quickly, or they can infect other trees, and even die. But sometimes it’s tricky to identify just what the problem is. Our experienced professionals are ready to help with any further questions. Please contact our office today.

Apple Tree Care

Tree Care Concord

An apple a day keeps the doctor away but how long does it take to grow an apple? Turns out, longer than you think.

In this article we will tell you how to take care of an apple tree, the additional apple tree care required for these plants, and provide you insight into apple tree maintenance for the life of the tree.

Keep reading to learn everything you want to know about apple tree care!

Apple Tree Care Requires Time and Diligence to Bear Fruit

Fruit tree care, especially apple tree care, is different from the care needed for other trees. It’s an investment in time and nurturing that not everyone is willing to make.

An apple tree, from seedling, will take between six and ten years to produce fruit. In addition to the long maturation time, these trees can grow to 40 feet tall with roots spreading outward about that high.

You’ll have to carefully consider placement to make sure the tree stays happy and healthy so you’ll eventually be able to pluck the fruits of your labor.

The best time to plant an apple tree is in the late fall or the early spring. Make sure to pick a spot protected from major wind gusts and where the tree will have plenty of room to stretch and grow. Windy spots tend to make the fruit fall before they’ve reached their maturity.

Protecting the Tree From Pests

Apple trees are particularly susceptible to insect and disease problems. This is common with any fruit-bearing tree as they are more attractive to a variety of different types of animals, or microscopic bacteria looking for food.

When it’s warm, in the early spring or summer, get on a good routine of antifungal treatments to keep the tree in good shape. The tree will benefit from regular pruning making sure you remove any dead leaves or branches and any signs of decay.

Common Apple Tree Ailments:

  • Diseases:
    • Apple scab
    • Leaf spot
    • Rust
    • Powdery mildew
    • Fire blight
  • Creepy Crawlers:
    • Scales
    • Mites
    • Aphids
    • Apple maggot

Some common symptoms to look out for that point to an infestation or disease are:

  • Spots and/or holes on leaves or fruit
  • Stunted growth
  • White coating on leaves
  • Branch dieback
  • Yellowing or browning of foliage

It’s best to act right away if you notice any of these signs and symptoms because they can quickly spread and lead to the death of the tree.

Too Much Effort? Let Us Take Care of Your Apple Tree Care For You!

The last thing you want to do in the midst of your already busy life is fret over the apple tree in your backyard. That’s why the professionals here at Sexytrees.com want to get you on a maintenance plan today.

Let us handle the pre-treatments and when they happen. Let us make sure your apple tree has everything it needs to give you bountiful crops every single year.

Contact us today to book an appointment!