Signs You Have Sick Trees

Alamo Tree Pruning

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!

How to Handle Overhanging Branches

Berkeley Tree Care

A tree belongs to the individual who owns the land on which it grows. However, if you own a property on which the branches of trees overhang, you are usually permitted to chop back the branches to the borderline. You don’t need to get the owner’s permission before removing overhanging branches, but it’s a good idea to inform them before doing so – they are less likely to complain about it.

If you do plan to get rid of overhanging branches, there are certain matters you should bear in mind:

 

Dangerous Tree

If you think that a tree of your neighbors could be dangerous to your property and house – you should discuss it with your neighbor. If they are not willing to do anything about it or not allowing you to act, contact your local authorities.

 

Possibility of Damaging Property or Hurting Someone

If you damaged the property or injured someone while removing overhanging branches, the owner of property or the injured person may claim damage coverage from you. This is a good reason to employ a professional arborist to perform the job for you. You should also check that they are insured against property damages and injuries, before employing them.

 

Possibility of Damaging the Tree

If you damaged the tree while removing the overhanging branches, the tree’s owner could bring a claim against you for trespass or damages. If you aim to get rid of a substantial part of trees, hire a professional arborist.

 

Possibility of Trespassing

If you remove the trees branches beyond the boundary line without the permission of your neighbor, you will commit a trespass. Obtain legal advice if you are in doubt to figure out the boundary line.

 

Possibility that the Tree May be the Matter of Tree Preservation Order

If the tree in question is the subject of a tree preservation order, you may need to get permission from your local planning authority before doing any work on it.

 

Ownership of the Overhanging Branches After the Removal

The owner of the tree remains the owner of any branches, even after the branches have been removed. Therefore after removing the branches, you should return them, together with any fruit that is growing on them. If you fail to do, your act will amount to stealing.

Before removing the overhanging branches ask the owner what they would like to with the branches and any fruit growing on them, rather than throwing them back into their backyard. If you are unable to speak to the owner of the tree, write to them clearing up that you aim to dispose of the overhanging branches, for example, seven days of their removal.

 

If you’re seeking professional help or have questions, please feel free to contact us at Sexy Trees.

Tips for Caring for Mature Trees

Danville Tree Care

Here’s a riddle for you: What do you have in common with that beautiful, old oak tree in your front yard?

The answer: More than you might think!

When you’re in your 20s, your body probably required different maintenance than it does in your 50s. And that oak tree is no different. How you care for mature trees makes a big difference in how long they live and how healthy they look.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at caring for mature trees. We’ll give you some tips to help keep your beautiful old trees alive and well for years to come.

Spread the Love By Spreading Mulch

One of the most effective things you can do to help your mature trees is to spread mulch around their base. Use mulch made from shredded or chipped wood. Spread it out an even layer about 3-4 inches thick all the way around the base of the tree.

The wider the mulch circle, the better. But we suggest spreading mulch at least three feet out in all directions. Mulch offers several key benefits and it looks really good.

Mulch keeps other plants from growing right next to the tree and competing with the tree for resources. As the mulch breaks down, it improves the quality of the soil directly around the tree. It also keeps people from traipsing all over the ground next to the tree which can compact the roots and cause damage.

Looking Dry? Water, Water, Water!

We don’t often think about watering older trees, but it’s incredibly important if you want to keep them alive and well. If you’ve gone a few weeks without rain, it’s time to get the hose out to the trees.

Don’t flood them with water. Put the hose on a slow trickle and allow it to thoroughly soak the area under the tree. Move the hose around to get all of the root area.

How often you water depends on the type of tree and the climate you’re living in. But it’s best to give a tree a good, thorough soaking at least every three to four weeks during dry spells.

Prune It or Lose It

Pruning has a variety of pluses to help mature trees thrive. Removing dead branches helps take weight off the limbs and keep diseased material away from healthy material on the tree.

You can try to prune trees yourself, but it’s better to have a professional do it for you. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can do serious damage to the structure of the tree. You can also create openings in the bark that allow diseases to creep in.

Plus, pruning a larger tree can be dangerous for a novice. It requires special tools and taller ladders. Get a tree specialist to take on the task for you.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Just like you receive an annual wellness checkup for your body, your trees need the same care. Pay attention to changes in the tree. This can include changes in the color and texture of the bark, changes in the shape of the branches, and changes in the leaves.

If you see anything concerning, call your tree specialist to inspect the tree further. In some cases, disease or decay might mean the tree needs to come down. If that’s the case, it’s better to do it earlier rather than later to limit safety hazards around a dying tree.

Love Your Yard by Caring for Mature Trees

We often spend time caring for our lawn, flower beds, and newly-planted trees. But caring for mature trees is also super important for the health and beauty of your yard.

If you’re concerned about the health of the mature trees in your yard, contact Sexy Trees today. We have years of experience caring for trees!

Christmas Tree Disposal After the Holidays

Concord Tree Care

As enjoyable as it is to pick out the Christmas tree, it’s a lot less thrilling trying to dispose of it once the holidays are over. Between all the cleaning and exertion to get the tree out of your house, it can be a real hassle to finally be done with it. Fortunately, there are a few ways your Christmas tree can be disposed of properly and put to good use after the all presents beneath it have been opened. Read on to learn about proper Christmas tree disposal after the holidays.

 

When to Throw Away Your Christmas Tree

Before you decide on the best Christmas tree disposal method for you, you must know when it’s time to say goodbye to this holiday staple. A general rule of thumb is to get rid of your tree as soon as it shows signs of drying out, because that’s when they become a fire hazard. This time is usually after the holidays in early January, although others like to keep their tree longer if they’ve kept it well watered or put it up in their house later than most. Check your tree for signs of dryness. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they can be extremely dangerous when they do occur.

 

Remove All Decorations and Accessories

You must remove all decorations and accessories on your tree before disposal. This includes any ornaments, lights, ribbon, tinsel, tree toppers, and ornament hooks. Once your tree is back to its organic state, consider covering it with a tree disposal bag keep the pine needles contained in the bag and not all over your floor and house when you are ready to dispose of it.

 

Check Local Yard Waste Management Departments

Some communities offer specific yard waste pickup services along with regular garbage pickup services. If you live in a community that offers this yard waste service, call or check online to find out the information about their Christmas tree pickup service. You may be able to just leave your tree by the dumpster in your housing complex.

Here’s a note from our local Waste Management:

HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING
Waste Management and the City of San Ramon offer you three convenient Christmas tree recycling options.  Note: Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel, decorations and stands to be recycled.*  Postcards with dates and details for each of the services below will be mailed in early December.

    1. Boy Scouts of America, San Ramon Annual Fundraiser – Tree Pickup Day is Saturday, January 6, 2018.
      For a $10 donation, local Boy Scouts will pick up your tree. Visit www.sanramonscouts.org, e-mail Trees@sanramonscouts.org.

    2. Waste Management Yard Trimmings/Green Waste CartCut tree into lengths that will easily fit into cart and allow lid to completely close. Place tree pieces into cart any time after holidays.

    3. Special One – Time Tree Pickup – Week of January 8, 2018
      Set out tree at curb for pickup by a special truck. Cut larger trees into lengths of 6 feet or less. Clean trees only.

*Important: Only clean trees are acceptable for all tree recycling options (No flocking, tinsel or tree stands) Trees with flocking, tinsel or tree stands. Call (925) 837-3356 to arrange for collection at an additional charge.

 

Check Local Recycling Centers

Most recycling centers provides Christmas tree drop off services, where you can bring your tree to be recycled. This is similar to the services your local waste management unit may offer, but not all communities have that waste management pickup choice. To see services provided by local recycling center, simply call or look for online for further information.

 

Considering Re-planting Your Tree in Your Yard

Some people have had success re-planting their Christmas tree, for it to grow roots and take a permanent home in your yard. Consider this eco-friendly alternative as an option this holiday season.

 

Looking for more information about Christmas tree disposal? The team at SexyTrees.com is happy to answer any questions you may have. Happy holidays everyone!

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Walnut Creek Tree Care

If you’re decorating a tree this holiday season, there are many ways to make it come to life that reflect your personal style and preference. We’ve compiled a list of some Christmas tree decorating ideas for you to choose from! Whether you like the classic green tree with ornaments and lights, burlap garland and muted ornament colors, or a dazzling white tree with brightly colored decorations, there’s a decorating style to suit everyone’s taste.

You don’t need to go overboard to amaze your guests this year. Many of the gorgeous Christmas tree decorating ideas we’re presenting here are easy to pull off and even simple enough for kids to help out with. Here’s a few ideas for decorating your tree this year:

 

Classic Red, Green, and Gold Decorations

Who doesn’t love a classic Christmas tree look? Red and gold ornaments really pop on a contrasting green Christmas tree. You can start with white or rainbow colored string lights, add some textured red or gold garland, and complete with a variety of your favorite ornaments. Don’t forget to personalize your tree with any special or homemade ornaments and decorations from past holiday seasons, and top with a nice tree topper!

 

White and Bright Icy Elegance

Less can be more when it comes to holiday decor with a white tree and some thoughtfully placed bright ornaments. Start with some white string lights to keep the effect, and cover the tree in brightly colored ornaments and decorations. A bright blue/teal, purple/magenta, and yellow/gold color combination is a modern and trendy style when paired with white Christmas trees.

 

Fab Farmhouse

Looking for a rustic farmhouse look for your tree this year? Go with a green tree, contrasted with some white lights and ornaments of varying sizes. Complete this look with some wide burlap ribbon and add pine cones all over the tree! Use the burlap ribbon to make a big bow for the top of the tree.

 

Rainbow Ombré

This style can be easily achieved with your existing holiday ornaments or with new ones. Simply organize your decorations by color and layer them on the tree starting with red at the top, working your way down in a rainbow order, until you have purple ornaments on the bottom. The overall effect should be a bright rainbow of colors from top to bottom. Don’t forget a tree topper!

 

Edible Decorations

Decorate your tree in a fun way with old school popcorn string garland and candy canes hung on the branches.

 

We hope you find some inspiration from these Christmas tree decorating ideas. Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at Sexy Trees!

Tree Removal: What Happens to a Tree After You Remove It?

Lafayette Tree Pruning

Cutting down a loved tree is a hard decision, but sometimes an essential one. When a tree becomes a trouble or a safety hazard, whether due to its falling fruit, fragile wood, or disease, the best choice may be to cut it down. After a tree removal job, you may be speculating what happens to the tree’s roots after the tree is cut down. What about the stump?

Always consult a proficiently trained arborist to inspect your trees for damage and to help you decide the best solution for your landscape.

 

What happens to a tree’s roots after it’s cut down?

Once a tree is cut down, the trunk is broken off into mulch and hauled away or cut into smaller logs or blocks for extra purposes, but the roots stay in the ground. Without leaves, the cut tree cannot make food for the growth of its roots. However, the roots might have sufficient nutrients left to allow the development of sprouts from the roots or the leftover stump. If a sprout grows enough leaves, it can eventually grow back into a tree. If a tree doesn’t create root sprouts, then it’s doubtful it’ll re-grow. Instead, the roots will ultimately decompose.

Once your tree is cut down, you are left with the tree base. Now you have to make one more important decision—let it settle or get it removed.

 

Does a tree stump and its roots need to be removed?

It’s up to you whether to remove a tree stump from your yard or not. There are many reasons why it could benefit your landscape and property.  Here are three things to think about when you make this decision:

 

1. Tree stumps can be hazardous

Stumps sticking out of the ground can spree children running around in your backyard, causing injury. Furthermore, yard work becomes harder, as you have to maintain the area around the stump, and avoid tree stumps and root areas while mowing your grass. If you don’t, you run the danger of ruining your lawnmower by running them over.

 

2. Tree stumps can ruin your aesthetic

Tree stumps scattered around a well-manicured lawn stand out like sore thumbs, ruining the aesthetic of your scenery. The aesthetic of your land, in turn, has a result on its real-estate value. A large number of tree stumps could force your property value down. Besides that, tree stumps take up a lot of valuable space in your yard. This space could be re-purposed into an outdoor porch or a space to entertain guests and hold family picnics.

 

3. Tree stumps can give access to pests and insects

Tree stumps are breathing systems that can be host to several pests and insects. During the long decomposition procedure stumps go through, they encourage insects like ants, termites, and beetles. These pests can increase to other plants in your lawn, or even your house, if not restricted properly.

 

If you have questions about tree removal in your yard, contact Sexy Trees, certified arborist.

Why Hire a Professional Tree Service?

Lafayette Tree Service

When is it time to hire a professional tree service? For most of us, trees are a necessary part of our landscapes, and it’s essential for your property that you take care of them and keep them well. Tree removal is a proactive way to protect your house when storms come through and keep the wreckage a little more controlled. And when you need storm clean up, you should call in the pros to ensure that the work is done with complete awareness to detail.

 

Full-Service

What precisely does a tree service company do? Beyond just trees, they offer stump removal or grinding, tree trimming, firewood services, limb trimming, pruning and maintenance of trees and bushes. They can also recommend you on how to keep pests and diseases away from valuable landscaping. Some companies will also offer fertilization, soil ventilation, tree planting, removal of dust, tree cabling and bracing, and evaluations.

 

Tree Trimming Adds Beauty and Value to Your Landscape

Tree care is a brilliant way to tighten and improve the look of your landscape. An arborist service adds pleasant aesthetics, as well as improves your curb appeal. If you’re trying to sell your house, you’ll discover that your property makes an impression within the first few seconds, and you want that to be a positive one. If you plan on living in your house somewhat permanently, then guests and neighbors will love the gorgeous look of your trees, and you’ll appreciate being in your outside space even more. The professionals will also offer roof cleaning services to improve the look so that you don’t have to worry about leaves and branches cluttering your space when the work is done.

 

Time Saving

When you hire experts to do the job, you are hiring people who know what they are doing. They make a complex task look easy and do the work within half the time of what you might perform. This will save you a lot of time, and money, as they may complete the whole project in one day. Tree services take time and effort, and unless you have the gear, time, and means to get it done professionally, it is not worth the effort to do it yourself. Leave this to the experts.

 

It’s More Affordable than You Realize

When you understand it’s time to trim a tree, many people end up spending a considerable amount of money getting new equipment. However, when you bring in the pros, you’ll discover that it’s more reasonable than you realize and the best companies will work within your budget. Further than trimming trees, you’ll have access to base grinding services. A full-service company will offer everything from stump elimination to cleaning your roof to planned trimming techniques. Once you hire a professional tree service, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin sooner!

 

Sexy Trees offers a wide range of services, including tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, tree removal, and much more. To learn more, please contact us at (925) 233-6877.

Planting Trees in the Fall

Tree Service Danville

Fall is a great time to plant trees. You can take benefits of sales at your local nursery and add a few dimensions to your yard’s landscape. You can even offer your new plants a jump start for next spring with suitable preparation.

 

A lot of experts claim that planting trees in fall is better. In fall, the tree can build new roots without having to nourish the leaves. Water necessities are much lower without the leaves on the tree. To us, it feels cool in autumn, but that is the finest temperature for root growth. Roots grow up best in cool soil.

 

There is probably less range in fall, but good quality nurseries do have many plants available because fall planting is becoming trendier. The other possible benefit is that there are good sales in the fall. A lower price may or may not be a good thing. If the plant is in fine condition, it is a good time to purchase. However, in fall you also discover trees that have been sitting in the garden center all summer and suffering due to the hot climate. These badly treated trees are not as good a deal. Make sure you check the plant’s leaves and soil before purchasing.

 

Right Plant, Right Place

 

Planting trees in fall season varies a little from spring procedures. The most important thing is to pick the right plant for the right location. This will involve research before heading to the nursery to pick out the plant. Consider the height and shape of the plant that is desirable in the landscape. Always plan for the grown-up size of the plant, not what you spot in a nursery pot. This stops plants from overtaking the selected space and decreases maintenance such as pruning.

 

Water to Keep the Roots Moist

 

Once the tree or shrub is planted, keep it properly watered. During winter, the soil does not dry up as rapidly as summer so there’s no need to water as often as the summer months. Test the moisture level and water as required throughout the entire winter. When watering, soak the soil and let it dry completely before the next watering.

 

Why it’s better to plant trees in the fall season

 

  1. Transpiration is low

Transpiration is the progression of water movement through a plant. Low transpiration in the cooler months of fall allows plants to conserve more water than in warmer months.

 

  1. Root generation is high

There is a high potential for roots growing in fall so plants can anchor into the ground and soak up water from the soil easier.

 

  1. More time to establish roots

Planting in the fall provides plants three seasons to develop their roots before the hot summer comes along. A fall planting allows the tree to develop and strengthen roots in fall and again in early spring before leaves develop. This gives the tree a superior chance to lay down a good set of roots before they need to gather water and nutrients for the leaves.

 

If you have questions about how to plant trees, contact Sexy Trees, certified arborist.

Autumn Tree Care

Tree Service Concord

Autumn is not only a beautiful season but also a brilliant time to plant many trees, along with preparing your trees for the winter season. Extensive periods of intense heat can weaken trees, making them more vulnerable to infestations. Helping your trees start to recover from the hot circumstances as they head into winter is significant to care for their long-term health, which also makes them less at risk to storms. Autumn tree care is a must for your trees.

 

Here are special instructions for outside tree care as the season changes:

 

Watering

At the start of autumn, make sure your trees are getting enough water while the weather changes from hot to cold. Water your trees until the soil freezes. Avoid watering after this point so as not to over-water the ground.  This will assure your trees have enough water to live during the winter.

 

Fertilization

As the leaves begin to change color and fall, look for signs that might point out your trees have a nutrient problem and may require fertilization. Keep in mind, fertilization can encourage rapid new growth, which could be injured in the winter, therefore, fertilize in the spring instead if possible. To conclude if your trees need fertilization, some of the things you can look for:

  • Leaves varying colors and falling earlier than usual.
  • Reduced development in branches and leaves.

 

Pruning

Make certain to remove any dead, unhealthy or spoiled branches. They all serve as points where illness or pests could enter that can cause further damage. And also, removing the dead, diseased and spoiled branches will make your trees look better. You can also trim branches that aren’t growing the way you would like.

 

Planting

Numerous trees can be planted during the autumn. Check with your local nursery to see which ones are good for autumn planting. Trees have a better chance to get their roots established because of the cold temperatures. Another benefit to planting trees during the autumn season is that many nurseries discount their plant supply.

 

Prevent  injuries

Branch breakage can be caused by frost and snow gathering or chewing and rubbing by animals. You may stop problems with young trees by covering their base in a hard or plastic guard. Wrapping trees with burlap or plastic cloth also can avoid temperature harm. However, it is essential to remember to remove the wraps and guards in the spring to avoid damage when the tree begins to grow. Damage to branches and trunks from plow blades or a sharp shovel can be harmful to trees.

 

Care for Young Trees

Since the autumn season is a perfect time to plant new trees, it is essential to consider that young trees are typically not developed enough to survive the constant freezing and thawing that might occur and young trees are especially susceptible to extreme temperature changes that come with winter, especially in colder areas. One thing you can do as a preventive measure is to place a wide layer of mulch around the base of the tree.

If you have questions about managing autumn tree care, contact Sexy Trees today!