Posts By Judith Castillo

Dealing With A Poisoned Tree

There are several factors that could impact tree health in a negative way: tree diseases, pest infestation, storm damage, forest fire, untreated tree wounds, improper tree pruning, and so forth.

When tree damage that stemmed from any of these factors occur, it’s mostly understandable and during most times, avoidable. Unless of course, it was a force of nature that has caused the damage such as forest fires and storms.

However, when a tree you have taken care of for many years – a tree you always keep your eye on – suddenly had a decline in health and showed signs of weakening out of nowhere, it can be hard to determine what has caused the problem and could be difficult to prevent this problem from happening again in the future. Sometime the best idea is to look for a quality arborist to come and have a look.

If you are sure that your tree isn’t being destroyed by a serious tree disease or being damaged by annoying pests, it is possible that your tree has been poisoned.

Tree poisoning is when an extremely toxic chemical, such as herbicide, is injected from put inside a healthy tree – leading to the tree’s sudden deterioration that could quickly lead to its death.

Whether the tree poisoning was done deliberately or accidentally, finding out that your tree has been poisoned is never a good news to anybody who takes great care of their plants.

If detected early, some trees may still be saved and treated from tree poisoning; but if the poison has spread to all the parts of the tree, unfortunately, there’s a great chance that the tree will die. To make matters worse, sometimes, when a tree gets poisoned, other plants or trees around it could be poisoned, too. If the tree cannot be saved, sadly, it needs to be removed to save other trees.

Early detection and acting fast is the key to saving your tree from poison. Here are the signs of tree poisoning to watch out for:

  1. Unexpected and major leaf drop
  2. Leaves suddenly wilting or turning yellow or black
  3. Dark injuries or wounds inflicted on the tree trunk or branches

If you suspect that your tree has been poisoned, call an arborist right away for possible treatment.  

How to Find the Perfect Arborist for Your Trees

Whenever you encounter a problem with the trees in your property, such as tree fungus, tree pests, or various tree diseases, the best person to call is an arborist.

An arborist is a licensed tree specialist who has completed training and certification regarding tree handling and other tree-related matters. Sometimes referred to as tree surgeons, arborists have extensive knowledge about trees and would be able to provide the most ideal solution for any problems with trees. The reasons why you want to hire a tree professional when dealing with trees are endless as there are many problems that can arise.

Arborists also conduct other services related to tree maintenance like tree removal, trimming, pruning, and so on. Tree maintenance steps that involve cutting its branches require the aid of professionals because once a tree was cut improperly, it can suffer diseases and eventually die. An arborist will know how to deal with tree maintenance way better than regular gardeners or homeowners.

It is imperative that you find a licensed arborist to deal with the issues with your trees because otherwise, you are putting the life of your tree at risk and even risking wasting money hiring an unqualified person.

To be able to find the perfect arborist, you should:

1. Interview at least three potential arborists and listen to their plan of action for your tree problem. Doing this will give you an insight as to how knowledgeable are they. Tree removal should be the last option and should only be done if the tree in question becomes dangerous to you or other trees in your lawn.

2. Look for proof of credentials such as licenses. In addition, you should also request for proof of insurance to be fully confident that the professional you will hire is insured, and that if any accident or property damage should occur while they are working in your property, their insurance company will take care of it.

3. Compare the credentials and rates of all the prospective arborists you have to be able to make an educated decision.

Watering Trees During Winter Months

One of the most common question among homeowners with trees in their property is: should I water my trees during winter? If yes, how often do I need to water them?

Most trees go dormant during winter months, meaning they temporarily go into some kind of hibernation. However, while you might not be able to see some obvious changes in your tree during the winter season, your tree still continues to grow, although more slowly.

Also, just because your trees are currently in dormancy doesn’t mean they stop needing nutrients to live.

So, all things considered, yes, in most cases, you do need to water your trees during winter depending on, of course, where you live.

Tip for watering trees during winter:

  • During winter, it might be harder for you to water your trees, especially if it’s unbearably cold outside. The trick to keeping your trees well- taken care of during this time of year is proper preparation. You have to make sure that you water your tree regularly through fall until the time that the ground becomes frozen because of winter. This way, you can be confident that your tree will have enough hydration.
  • Even though you need to water your trees in winter, you don’t have to water them as often as you normally do. For grown trees, the recommended frequency of watering during other seasons is once a week. For newer trees, however, it should be twice a week. During winter months, though, your older trees need to be watered just once or twice a month, and newer trees every other week.  

Luckily here in South Surrey, BC we get much more rain than once a week during the winter months so this is not something we need to worry about. Only if we ever experienced a drought of any kind, would this be an issue? For more tips on pruning, tree cutting, and everything related to trees and landscaping, stay tuned for future blogs.

What Is Tree Pruning and Why Is it Important?

Back in our childhood, we all might have learned that trees need soil, water, and sunlight to survive. And that remains true, up to now.

However, aside from these basic needs of trees and plants alike, there are some other things trees need to grow healthier and have a longer life.

Tree pruning is one of the most common maintenance procedure done by expert arborists or tree surgeons to take care of trees and ensure that a tree is in a good condition.

Aside from being an effective means of preserving trees, tree pruning is also originally being practiced to make sure that a tree would not be a hazard to anyone during a storm.

In tree pruning, branches and other parts of the tree are trimmed or cut down strategically to prevent any loose or dead branches from suddenly falling off and damaging properties or hurting people because of strong winds.

Tree pruning is also done to facilitate the flow of air and sunlight through the tree itself, preventing the possibility of the tree suffering from diseases.

The process of pruning a tree may sound simple enough, but in reality, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Proper pruning requires the skill and expertise of experienced tree arborists because you can’t just go on a branch-trimming spree while pruning.

When you prune a tree, not all branches need to be cut off, the branches that would be trimmed are carefully selected. If not, the tree could have stunted growth or could even die prematurely. Also, if the trees are not treated well after the actual cutting off its branches, the tree could catch damaging tree diseases.

So, instead of guessing which branches to cut off, it would be a lot safer if you just hire professionals to do the job. This way, you can have full confidence that your tree will be saved and will live for longer.