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Understanding the True Value of Your Trees

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 04:12 PM  posted by admin

Harsh weather condition can take a toll on trees. For many people, each year ushers in the challenges and benefits of a four-season cycle. During spring and summer, trees will naturally have access to more water. During autumn and winter, property owners have a tendency to assume that trees and shrubbery advance into a dormancy stage; requiring less water to survive.

Very people will argue the fact that trees and other living plants have meaning and value. Because of their presence, the air is cleansed, energy is saved through the cooling shade in summer, and the potential damages of winter’s seasonal winds can be greatly reduced.

The Dollar Value of Trees

Plants and trees actually have a dollar value of their own that can be measured in appraisal terms. Tree professionals, such as those at Wauson Tree Service can be of service in helping you develop guidelines for the valuation of the trees on your property. They can help you plan, develop and install trees on your property that will be worth more to you in the long run. These guidelines can be recognized by insurance companies, the court system, and in some cases by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when property damages occur.

Top 8 Reasons Trees Are Valued

1.Trees help keep the soil clean.  Trees can actually store some harmful pollutants or change the chemical makeup of others. They also benefit property owners by minimizing the effects of animal waste.

2. Trees help to control noise pollution. Noise pollution can be an irritant, and actually harmful to residents.  Well placed foliage and trees can help reduce unwanted and harmful noise pollution.

3.  Trees help to slow water runoff.  Either planted with purpose or growing wild, some trees have the capability of intercepting upwards of 1000 gallons of runoff water annually in places where flash flooding occurs.

4. Trees trap carbon elements. Carbon build up in the atmosphere is a global warming suspect. Trees are able to store carbon in their roots, leaves and wood. This locking process helps to store carbon in the form of wood, and not as a “greenhouse” gas.

5. Trees provide shade and cool. The shade and cool trees provide during warm summer months is a benefit that helps reduce energy bills. Highly shaded areas in cities can literally be 12 degrees cooler in areas that are less populated with shady trees.

6. Trees make great windbreakers. It’s usually during the wet and cold seasons that high winds present a problem for home and property owners. Some people realize heating bill savings of 30 percent or more. Trees serving as windbreakers can also have a significant effect on snow drift reduction.

7. Trees help fight soil erosion. Trees help fight erosion through their roots, which cling to the soil. Rainwater is also conserved in this same manner.

8. Trees help to increase the value of property real estate. When trees are properly cared for and manicured, a property’s value can increase by 15 percent or more in some cases.

Interested in learning more about your property and its tree care needs? Contact us for a free estimate today at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com. Or call me at 214-450-8720.


3 Good Reasons to Hire a Professional Arborist

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 05:12 PM  posted by admin

What’s an arborist?  An arborist is a professional who is well trained in the art and science of caring for, planting and maintaining trees. And it makes perfect sense to hire someone who understands the true value of your trees, because healthy trees can add to the value of your property while unhealthy trees cannot.

For property owners, it’s important to know when to call on the services of a professional arborist. While there are numerous reasons to seek the professional tree care services, the following are three good reasons to hire a professional arborist to protect the trees on your property.

The Need for Pruning

It takes the knowledge of an arborist to know the best times of year, and the best methods of pruning for each type of tree on your property. Going it alone can quite often prove to be dangerous, time consuming and expensive. A professional arborist also knows how to safely use the pruning tools and equipment of the trade.

The Need for Tree or Stump Removal

Removing a tree should be a last resort, but if necessary, a professional arborist has the skills and equipment to grind stumps or completely remove trees. He or she can also recommend when and where replacement trees, if any, need to be planted.

Tree Care During Emergencies

Major damage to trees is often the result of storms. Not only limbs, but entire trees are damaged by heavy rains and high winds. The damage on your property can also spread to other properties if not addressed in a timely manner. Clearing a property of deadwood is dangerous and hard work. An arborist can get the job done safely and in a timely manner.

Tree Planting

It’s hard to know when to plant a tree, and even harder to know where to plant it. Finding the right location to plant a tree is good for the tree’s long-term health. Will the tree have access to proper sunlight? Is the desired location free of utility lines or underground cables? Will the tree be far enough away from the house to ensure there is no root damage to your property years later when it reaches its maturity in growth?

Uncertain about your property’s tree care needs? Contact me today for a free estimate of your property’s tree service needs. Call me at Call me at 214-450-8720, or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


Facts About Winter Tree Pruning

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 03:12 PM  posted by admin

Winter tree pruning is relatively the same as pruning at any other time of the year. The importance of pruning in the winter, when trees are the most exposed, cannot be stressed enough. The tools used, such as shears, saws and clippers are used to remove dead, diseased branches or wayward branches to enhance a tree or shrubs health and to give it a better overall appearance.

Crown thinning is a pruning method that can serve to develop your trees structure or form by removing unwanted branches. It’s a method that helps to improve airflow and allows for greater sunlight penetration––two things necessary for a tree’s health.

Crown raising is a pruning method used to remove unwanted branches from the bottom of a tree. This is used as a safety measure to protect pedestrians or passing vehicles from harm.

Crown reduction is used where trees are in danger of exceeding their growth limits. It helps a tree to regain a natural appearance and lengthens the time between pruning cycles. It also helps to minimize any stress placed on trees. Crown pruning, however, should never be the first line of defense. It should only be a method of last resort. Crown reduction may lead to pruning wounds to tree stems. Perhaps a better solution to crown reduction is the replacement of those trees exceeding their allotted space.

Advantages of Winter Pruning

Pruning in late winter, when the trees are most dormant, allows you to easily see and prune for a tree’s natural shape. It’s easier to determine which branches need removing, trimming, or shortening. Dead or dying branches are easy to spot along with those that might be infested. Winter is also the perfect time to address pruning needs before its limbs become mature. Bigger tree cuts tend to heal at a slower rate.

Benefits of Winter Pruning

Winter pruning is beneficial for trees and shrubs because it helps to stimulate growth for the remaining branches. Trees are able to develop a much stronger structure while their appearance can be greatly improved. Fruit bearing trees will produce a greater yield during spring and summer, and the blossoms of flowering trees will greatly increase.

Contact Wauson Tree Service today for a free estimate for all your property’s tree service needs.  Call me at 214-450-8720, or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


Tree Pruning and Care Tips for the Winter Season

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 @ 03:12 PM  posted by admin

Winter can present some tough conditions that can put a great deal of stress on trees, shrubs and lawns. Even though it’s winter, shrubs and trees still need water. Most people assume that foggy mornings and heavy frost provides adequate moisture that finds its way to the soil.
The truth is dry air winter conditions and low precipitation lead to dry soil conditions.

Watering your plants and trees during the fall and winter is crucial if they are to remain healthy in the spring and summer. Winter, trees and shrubbery can’t tell us if anything is wrong if they haven’t been properly cared for. We only have an indication damage occurred during
the spring if they fail to bloom or thrive. And if there is actual tree or root damage, it may take several years for the injury to make itself known. Shrubs and trees have the ability to leaf out and flower by drawing from stored energy even if they’ve been neglected the previous season.

The following are several tips that can keep your trees and shrubs healthy throughout the entire year.

Tip #1: Prune Your Trees in Winter

Winter pruning can be the best time to prune trees, because without leaves it’s easier to work with a tree’s structure. Deadwood can easily be removed and improvements can be made to save living branches.

Tip#2: Water Your Trees in Winter

To remain healthy, trees need water the entire year. Dew and frost cannot provide enough moisture for harsh winter soil conditions. Winter watering is a life saver for trees. However, it’s not advised to water if the ground is frozen.

The ravages of winter can take its toll on your property’s trees and shrubs, and it’s difficult for most people to imagine the extent of the damage that can occur. That’s why it makes all the sense in the world to call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service who can suggest needed services and give you a free estimate. The trees and shrubs on your property will determine its beauty and value for years to come.

Contact Wauson Tree Service today and get a free estimate of your property’s tree service needs.

Call me at 214-450-8720, or email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.