Winter Wonderlands are breathtakingly beautiful. What you may also find breathtaking is that gasp one makes when slipping on a thin sheet of ice outside.
Yes, tis’ the season for icy sidewalks – and icy tree branches. This year, when you find yourself slipping and falling flat on your back, be sure to take that opportunity to look up at the trees.
Have Your Branches Begun to Sag and Dip with the Weight of Ice and Snow?
Take note of the trees that are bearing the most weight. You will want to wait until around March to safely perform a more thorough inspection.
You may be wont to shake the limbs to reduce the amount of weight on them. RESIST THAT URGE. Cold branches are much more brittle and likely to break. Salvageable limbs could be lost on the tr ->READ MORE
Why are the leaves on my dogwood tree turning yellow?
If your dogwood’s leaves are yellowing faster than the trees around it, or during a time of year that they normally wouldn’t, the likely culprit is a condition known as Chlorosis.
What Causes Chlorosis?
Caused by an iron deficiency, chlorosis is the result of your trees inability to absorb enough iron from the soil, making it difficult for it to produce chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the chemical that gives the leaf its green appearance.
There are several reasons chlorosis may occur. If the soil in which your tree is planted in is too alkaline (having a PH above 7.5) then it will be unable to absorb enough iron.
PROBLEM: "I think my neighbor's tree is going to fall on my house, what can I do?"
Generally, we would hope that our neighbors are thoughtful and considerate people. In most cases, the best remedy for this kind of situation is to point out the potential hazard to your neighbor, and ask them to hire a tree removal expert to trim or remove the tree as necessary.
Unfortunately, there are those times when we find that a neighbor ->READ MORE
It’s an odd
thing to observe as a landscaper. Those who appear to love their lawns the most
tend to rob their lawns of one of its greatest benefits: leaves.
your leaves with a mulcher or a lawn mower, if done frequently enough for the
amount of foliage dropping to your lawn, doesn’t have to be an unappealing
site. If you shred the leaves while there are still some spikes of grass
showing through, the resulting mulch should settle down among the grass in such
a way that it will be hardly noticed, and you can keep that great looking lawn.
Even better – af ->READ MORE
Legend has it
that on the blood-soaked grounds of battle in Japan, a strange thing happens to
As they soak in the blood of fallen soldiers they become more than
regular trees. They become JUBOKKO.
Tree looks much like the trees around it. From a distance, there is no way to
know that a tree is a Jubokko… but as one draws closer to the tree, close enough
to see branches that are mangled in a way that t ->READ MORE
Those of us who are from
Warren County, NJ truly understand why New Jersey is known as the "Garden State”.
And for locals, it’s no wonder that 8 of the Champion Trees in the Garden State
call Warren County their home.
What is a Champion Tree?
champion tree is the largest recorded tree of its species. Each state has its
own registry of champion trees. New Jersey has just over 100 Champion trees
currently documented. They are measured using AF Points (American Forest
Points) which take into account the trunk circumference, height, and average
crown spread of the tree.
About the Rowan Tree: The Rowan Tree is a favorite of many for its strength and
beauty. It is incredibly resilient and can survive in craggy riverbeds, inside
other trees, and in other unlikely locations. It is a member of the Rose family
and can grow to be about 50 feet tall. It grows naturally throughoutIt grows well even in depleted soil,
though they are not common in New Jersey. They thrive in hardiness zones 3-5. New
Jersey is made up of 6 in the Northwest and Central South Jersey an ->READ MORE
Most trees have natural bends and leans in them, and often
times they grow that way and have enough counter balance in their roots to
support the tree. However, if you notice that a tree in your yard has only
started to lean… chances are that the root structure has been compromised.
It’s helpful to consult old photographs, if possible, to see
if the tree has recently developed the lean, or if you’re simply noticing an
existing lean. Any recent change is worthy of assessing for hazards.
In order to assess the health of the root system and the
trunk, you will want a certified arborist, or better yet, a certified tree
expert, to assess the root system’s structural integrity, however there are
some signs to look out for ->READ MORE
Quite a few residential and commercial property owners ask
the question – yet it can seem impossible to get a straight-forward answer
regarding the costs of tree services. We hope to put the tree service price
controversy to rest.
If you have ever shopped around from Tree Company to Tree
Company – chances are the price ranges have been as much as 35% apart. So why
does this happen?
The unfortunate reality of the matter is that many tree
service companies are operating without sufficient insurance. While a savvy
consumer generally knows enough ->READ MORE
A single 30-meter-tall mature tree can absorb as much carbon dioxide it’s lifetime as would be produced by an average car
being driven 25,787 miles. The same tree could also
produce 5,998.78 pounds of oxygen in a year, which is
enough to support at least two people.
Proper mulching offers your trees the same benefits that a dense forest floor offers trees in the forest. It is especially important for trees that may be struggling with infestation or disease, or for newly planted trees.
However, when it comes to mulch - more does not equal better. In fact - a large number of "professional" landscapers offer an aesthetically pleasing, yet tree killing method of mulching. We refer to these popular atrocities as "mulch volcanoes"
Root-pruning may at times be necessary, but it is always risky. Roots that
may be interfering with foundations, walkways, or other important features can
sometimes be removed without harming the tree. If a tree is already in good
health, and the root pruning is done cautiously and correctly, the tree may
remain stable enough to survive the pruning.
Tree Topping is a process by which a Tree’s height is reduced either by removing some of the main trunk, or by removing limbs at the top of the tree. Despite its popularity amongst residential homeowners, its application is best utilized by the wood harvesting industry – and rarely suggested for residential trees.
Tree Topping is not a solution for excessive leaf debris. Despite what one may think, after removing a large portion of t ->READ MORE