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Proper Planting Prevents Problems

As a tree ages and develops problems, arborists and property owners must often take action to keep the tree healthy and safe. Sometimes, simple steps, such as supplemental fertilization or minor corrective pruning, may be enough to solve the...

Five Conifers and Palms for Windy Locations

A few days ago, we discussed the importance of selecting wind-tolerant tree species for those living in windswept areas (San Francisco and the Bay Area are particularly good examples, and not just because these areas are plagued by the aptly...

Wound Paint: Falling Out of Favor

Not so long ago, arborists and other tree professionals would coat fresh pruning cuts with a latex- or petroleum-based paint. The goal was to prevent the advancement of decay, which could ultimately kill the recently pruned tree. However, one...

Protecting Trees from Construction Chaos

Urban trees must cope with a constant parade of assaults. They live amid polluted air, grow in confined areas and suffer scars from delinquents and ne’er-do-wells. However, these damaging deeds pale in comparison to the primary threat facing...

Tree Bark: That Beneficial Barrier

Tree bark is roughly akin to the skin of animals; it helps to define the boundary between the internal and external world, and it provides protection against a variety of threats. While bark fails to attract the same level of attention that...

Accidental Assault: Girdled Trees

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Today, we wanted to talk about an avoidable, but all too common, threat to your trees: girdling. Girdling occurs when something wraps around a tree branch or trunk, and causes damage to the tree’s vascular tissue. Severe girdling damage...

Tree Shapes: Pyramids, Lollipops and Vases

Different tree species have different characteristic features. The leaves of a maple tree ( Acer spp.), for example, differ from those of a sycamores ( Platanus spp.); just as the bark of pine trees ( Pinus spp.) differs from that of...

Five Hardwood Trees for Windy Locations

Strong winds represent a serious threat for trees. Even relatively modest storms can leave areas with a post-apocalyptic aesthetic. Who hasn’t been dumbfounded at the sight of a mighty oak or redwood lying helplessly on its side with its...

Seven Fast-Growing Trees for Cooling the Climate

Trees help to reduce the local temperatures in a variety of ways. 

Among the most important ways that they do so include the process of transpiration, in which trees draw water from the ground and pump it into the air and through the...

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