by Lee

Rose Rosette

January 21, 2013 in Uncategorizedby Lee

With so many of us utilizing Knockout Roses in our landscape, it is unfortunate to report that a new disease is spreading through the Dallas area. Rose Rosette is a viral disease that distorts the growth tips and turns the leaves and shoots red. Thorn production is greatly exaggerated and they become soft and pliable. The disease moves downward through the Phloem into the root system and then back up through the xylem into new shoots. Eventually, death of the plant occurs.

Vectors of this disease include mites, root grafts, and infected grafting stock. It is also thought that pruning tools can be a source of disease transfer.

At this time, there is no cure for this disease. If you remove a plant infected with the disease, it is not recommended that you replace another rose into the spot as root material left in the hole will harbor new infections.

If you fear your roses may be infected, call your Arborist for a check up.

Tis The Season To Remove Mistletoe

December 20, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Dave Daly

Mistletoe may be a favorite romantic sight during the Christmas season, but it will harm or even kill your tree.  If you’re unfortunate enough to have a misteltoe infestation in your trees, getting rid of this plant parasite can be a real challenge.

Mistletoe is a parasitic, evergreen plant that draws its nutrients from a host tree.  Soft-barked trees, such as Hackberries, Maples and Elms, are favorite hosts.

Mistletoe blooms in the early Spring.  The blooms ripen into sticky berries that appear in late November or early December.  Some species simply let the wind blow the berries to nearby trees.  Others rely on birds to carry the berries to new homes.

Once a berry finds itself on a tree, it sticks there, sending roots through the bark to tap into the tree’s veins.  If allowed to grow, mistletoe can kill branches, stunt a tree’s growth or even kill the tree itself.  The areas where roots bore through the bark are also prone to fungal and insect invasions.

Mistletoe needs to be eradicated from your property as soon as you spot it.  This plant spreads and grows rapidly, often extending its roots deep into the trunks of trees. Once a tree has been invaded it can spread rapidly.

Call Advanced Tree Care today before its too late!

How to Water Trees During Winter in Texas

December 6, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Dave Daly

Above ground, trees look inactive during the winter.  However, below ground, trees are still working hard to gather nutrients and grow roots.  It is important to keep your trees watered during the winter, otherwise they may grow weak from lack of nutrients and make a poor comeback during the spring.

Water trees during warmer temperatures.  Freezing ground temperatures can slow the water circulation of your trees and damage root systems.  Water your trees when temperatures are above 40 degrees.  Water your trees slowly.  Healthy trees have deep root systems that need water 12-18 inches below the surface.  To fully soak the ground to this depth, use a soaker hose.  Water the entire root zone beyond the drip line of the tree.  Saturate the soil to the outer edges of the trees’ canopies to ensure water reaches the entire root systems.  Water twice a month.  Newly planted trees may need even more frequent watering.

Call your ISA Certified Arborist for an evaluation!

 

Is Fall and Winter The Best Time To Prune Trees?

November 8, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Dave Daly

For most trees, the dormant season, late fall or winter, is the best time to prune although dead branches can and should be removed at any time.  Pruning during the dormant period minimizes sap loss and subsequent stress to the tree.  It also minimizes the risk of fungus infection or insect infestation as both fungi and insects are likely to be in dormancy at the same time as the tree.  In the case of deciduous trees, pruning when the leaves are off will give you a better idea of how pruning will affect the shape of the tree.  Some fruiting and flowering trees should be pruned at other times of the year, depending on whether they flower on the previous year’s growth or not.  After pruning, it is always a good idea to give the tree a good fertilizing so that the tree can naturally close the pruning wounds and to reduce the stress placed on the tree.  Advanced Tree & Shrub Care’s TREESENTIALS treatment program is an excellent fertilizer program to boost the overall health of the tree after pruning.

Call to schedule an appointment with one of our ISA Certified Arborists for an estimate.

by Lee

Crape Murder

October 1, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Lee

At this time of year, especially on commercial sites, I start to notice the removal of 50% or more of the Crape Myrtles foliage.  Due to the regenerative abilities of this plant, removal of major portions of the trees foliage and stems has become commonplace.  While the tree is able to regenerate the growth, it is certainly not an acceptable pruning practice.  The aesthetic appeal of the trees structure is completely lost during this practice, leaving only vegetative sprouts to fill the void.  Crape Myrtles can be effectively reduced in other ways, without affecting the structure forever.  A byproduct of severe “topping” of the trees is an overabundance of flowers being produced on weak sprouts, causing the growth to bend down towards the ground.  This results in even more pruning to raise the canopies out of the way.

To learn more about Crape Myrtles or any other trees, contact your ISA Certified Arborist for a visit.

TOPPING YOUR TREES WILL HARM THEM!

August 27, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Dave Daly

Topping (cutting off the top section of the tree) often removes 50 to 100 percent of the leaf-bearing crown of a tree.  Because leaves are the food factories of a tree, removing them can temporarily starve a tree.  The severity of the pruning triggers a sort of survival mechanism.  The tree activates latent buds, forcing the rapid growth of multiple shoots below each cut.  The tree needs to put out a new crop of leaves as soon as possible.  If a tree does not have the stored energy reserves to do so, it will be seriously weakened and may die.

A stressed tree is also more vulnerable to insect and disease infestations.  Large, open pruning wounds expose the sapwood and heartwood to attacks.  The tree may lack sufficient energy to chemically defend the wounds against invasion, and some insects are actually attracted to the chemical signals trees release.

Consult with an ISA Certified Arborist about proper pruning (trimming) of your trees.  Call today for a free estimate!

by Lee

Tree Failure

July 24, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Lee

After severe weather events, many people ask the same question.  Why did my tree fail?  There is very seldom one simple explanation.  Trees are living organisms with strengths and weaknesses. During weather events, weakness is often associated with some type of failure.  Limb breakage, attachment failures, and uprooting are common occurrences.  Some of the more common causes of weakness and subsequent failures are decay, poor attachments, mechanical wounds, improper pruning,  disease, and poor health.  Some trees, such as the Bradford Pear, are much more likely to fail than other trees due to poor structure.  Early detection and structure pruning of young trees can lessen problems in the future.  Correct pruning practices in mature trees will also help to lessen failure rates.  If you have questions about your trees, contact our Certified Arborists for a check up.

by Lee

Aphids, Honeydew, and You

July 16, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Lee

We have seen an explosion of Aphids over the last two weeks.  The sucking pests are found in Crape Myrtle, Live Oak, Cedar Elm, Pecan, Bur Oak, and several other trees and shrubs.  The Aphid ingests plant juices, absorbs only limited quantities of elements within, and secretes honeydew.  Honeydew is the sticky, sugary, shiny substance that gets over everything.

Good news!  Aphids are easy to control.  Call your Certified Arborist for a visit to make sure its Aphids that are the culprit.  Scale insects can make the same mess.  We can then get you on a prescription for plant health.

by Lee

HAIL CANNONS?

July 9, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Lee

I recently traveled to New Mexico where Pecans are farmed in abundance.  It is a sight to see thousands of Pecan trees planted in what amounts to arid desert.  It is Monsoon season there, which is actually a very similar weather pattern to our Spring storms.  Clear and warm in the morning with large thunderstorms occurring in the late afternoon.  One of the biggest threats to the Pecans is hail.  A single hail storm can strip as many as 75% of the Pecans from the trees.  The farmers there use a Hail Cannon to protect the crops.  A Hail Cannon produces a sonic boom from an acetylene explosion.  The sonic boom softens the hail stones into an icy mush that doesn’t affect the trees.

While we don’t have a Hail Cannon to offer our clients, we do have many more mainstream tools at our disposal to help our clients maintain their trees in good health.  If you have questions about Pecans or anything else for that matter, contact our Certified Arborists for an appointment.

by Lee

Storm Damage

June 25, 2012 in Uncategorizedby Lee

While the recent storms have taken a toll on our trees, we are certainly thankful for the moisture.  If your trees have been affected, now is the time to act to repair the damage. Our Certified Arborists can recommend a plan of action to aid the tree in rehabilitation. Trees will begin to compartmentalize their wounds quickly with proper treatment. On another note, if your trees have not been affected by the storms, but you worry that the next storm will not be so kind, let us take a look to make sure your trees are in good shape.  Some trees have problematic unions and attachment problems that can be strengthened through pruning and the addition of cables or bolts.  Call your Arborist today for your piece of mind.