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Winter Pruning Advice from Wauson Tree Service

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 04:11 PM  posted by admin

Well, it’s that time of the year again when the leaves have dropped from the trees and the winter storms are gearing up to move in. And winter is a great time to prune trees and clear the deadwood from the property to insure its safety. The winds of winter and snow can rest heavy on a tree’s limbs and cause a branch to snap when least expected. And this can spell danger for your property or its inhabitants.

Pruning is something anyone can accomplish. Good pruning takes experience and knowledge. It takes knowing whether the tree needs to be merely pruned or removed because of damage to the unseen eye. If there are damaged trees close to electrical lines, there may be a need to communicate directly with your local utility company. A professional service can work with the necessary people, and have your services restored the same day if utility services have been interrupted due to tree obstruction.

About the Trees on Your Property

You may have one or several type of trees on your property including conifers, maples, oaks, birches or hickories. Each species has its own way of dealing with winter temperatures. Conifers are graced with the ability to ignore snow, icy conditions and harsh freezing weather. On the other hands, maples, oaks, hickories, and such, have broader leaves that can be severely damaged by the ravishes of repeated freezing and thawing.

Roses, trees, shrubs along with other plants are all candidates for pruning the year round. While winter is a perfect time for pruning in the garden or yard, there should always be a good reason to prune. Plants such as roses, raspberries, clematis, lilacs, and others all have pruning needs along with the best way of pruning them.

When in need of pruning services, it’s always best to pass the torch to the professionals who know trees. Wauson Tree Service has been in business for over fifty years. We’re I.S.A. certified and can offer services at prices you can afford.  We’d be happy to come out, access your needs and give you a free estimate.

Contact Wauson Tree service for a free estimate for your property’s tree service needs. Make sure to ask about pricing on our seasoned firewood too. Call me at 214-450-8720, or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


Store Your Winter Firewood in Dallas like the Pros

Saturday, November 20, 2010 @ 12:11 PM  posted by admin

Depending on where you live, burning firewood is an excellent alternative to the high costs of autumn and winter heating. However, to store firewood properly, you’ll need the appropriate equipment and storage space.

The first order of business is to think in terms of circulation. An open wood shed is the perfect solution. It’s affordable and you can stack the wood from the ground up. Make sure the location you choose is fairly close to where you’ll actually be staying. If the wood is stored close by, you won’t have to walk too far.

If using an outside rack to store firewood, make sure the bottom of the rack clears the ground so the wood can remain dry and relatively free from crawling insects.

If storing wood inside the home, check to make sure the wood is free of insect infestation. If using the basement for storage, just realize that pests, especially flying insects, can easily migrate through air connections to other parts of the home.

Logs piled on the ground on earth or cement are especially prone to insect attacks. However, if it’s the only place you can store wood, make sure the logs are stacked perfectly so they won’t fall when removing logs from the top of the pile. Try and store the wood at least 35 feet from your home.

Don’t forget to cover your outside logs with a simple nylon tarp to keep the wood dry. Tie downs will keep the tarp from flying away in high winds. There are still sunny days in the autumn and winter, so take advantage when one happens your way. On sunny winter days, be sure and remove the tarp so the wood can dry any moisture that has seeped in.

If your wood is seasoned and dry, it will burn well. On the other hand, wet wood smokes. Where you buy your wood this autumn and winter is as important as the care you take in storing it.

Wauson Tree Service is now selling seasoned firewood. Why not buy your firewood this year from the people who know trees?

Contact Wauson Tree Service today for a free estimate for your property’s tree service needs, and don’t forget to ask about prices for our seasoned firewood. You can call me at 214-450-8720, or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


Fall and Winter Pruning for Trees and Shrubs

Saturday, November 13, 2010 @ 02:11 PM  posted by admin

While the end of summer signals the end of gardening for most, smart folks realize that fall and winter can be a good time to correct shrub and tree problems. Late fall and winter are great times to prune trees, because the leaves have fallen leaving the true structure of the trees exposed. It makes it easy for a professional arborist to determine where and how much corrective pruning is needed.

During the fall and winter season, insects and diseases are less likely to infect pruning wounds. The word “wound” shouldn’t bring anything negative to mind. Pruning will naturally leave areas of your trees exposed while the healing process takes place. The truth is fall and winter pruning can benefit most every type of tree, but elms and oaks are both species that should be pruned in late fall or winter to protect the integrity of the trees.

Corrective Pruning

Nature has its own way of shaping trees and shrubbery, and for many people, it’s not always the shape or form we think it should be. Corrective pruning allows you to remove the sections of a plant or tree that aren’t growing in the shape we’d like. Examples where corrective pruning are needed include branches rubbing against each other or overhanging limbs and tree branches that obstruct visibility or create unsafe property conditions.

Shrubs that are growing wild or just overgrown are also good candidates for fall and winter pruning. For shrubs, thinning rather than shearing at the top is recommended. Thinning helps to reduce the plants overall size while helping it keeps its overall shape. Thinning will also be important for shrubs in the flowering stage. You just have to make sure that you don’t remove too many stalks or branches. Shrubs that produce flowers, along with flowering trees have already formed their flowers during the fall and winter for the following spring. Make sure your shearing efforts reduce without destroying your trees or shrubs.

Not sure where to begin in having your trees pruned this fall or winter for healthy spring growth? Contact the professionals at Wauson Tree Service for a free estimate, or, give me a call at 214-450-8720. You can also email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


Thoughts for Autumn Tree and Shrubbery Pruning

Saturday, November 6, 2010 @ 02:11 AM  posted by admin

A drop in temperature and shorter days in Dallas typifies autumn.  In this environment, some plants and trees tend to enjoy a brief resurgence of growth after the blistering heat of summer. This is actually a perfect time to take advantage of autumn pruning services to encourage compact growth in landscape bushes and trees.  New growth can be encouraged before lowering autumn temperatures and the cold of winter curtail future growth until the coming spring.

Trees and plants in autumn are pruned to:

• Remove dead or dying branches
• Encourage flower and fruit development
• Maintain a desired tree or garden form
• Promote overall tree and plant health
• Control the size of plants or trees
• Remove deadwood and unwanted branches
• Maintain visibility to insure property safety

Of course it’s a challenge for the average individual to know when, where and how much pruning trees and shrubbery will need. Wauson Tree Service has been in the tree service business for over 50 years and can give you a free estimate of what it will take to prepare your property for spring.

We’ll let you know if you need autumn tree pruning, tree removal, stump removal, root barrier services, lot clearing and more. You can depend on the advice of our professional arborists who are friendly and knowledgeable. It’s knowing the little things about trees that can make all the difference in the world, like knowing the growth cycles of evergreen or deciduous trees and the amount of watering it takes for them to gracefully enter the winter season.

Why Wauson Tree Service?

Family owned for over fifty years, Wauson Tree Services sticks to ISA standards for tree pruning, tree cabling, tree bracing and fertilization. We use top-of-the-line equipment that can get the job done with results that trump the competition. Our employees are the best at what they do. They’ll give you the level of service you expect from industry professionals.

Give me a call or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com and I’ll give you a fast free estimate that you’ll be pleased with. Or call me at 214-450-8720,