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Diagnose Your Trees for Insect and Stress Damage

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 03:01 PM  posted by admin

Insects and disease can easily harm healthy trees. As a property owner, you should always be on the lookout for any abnormalities in the appearance of your trees. If you’re not able to identify any specific symptoms or their causes, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service.

The Diagnosis

1.  Try to identify the plant or tree that appears to be under stress. Both insects and diseases are plant-specific. This may allow you to limit the number of suspected diseases or disorders.

2.  Is there a pattern of abnormality? Comparing a plant that you suspect might be affected with other plants of the same species can give you a much clearer idea.

3.  Examine the color of the roots if possible. Brown or black roots may indicate a problem. If brown, your tree/s may be suffering from toxic soil conditions. If black, root-rotting organisms may be the
cause.

4.  Are there wounds on the trunk? Wounds are caused by a number of things, including lawn mowers, weather, insect infestation or disease.

5.  Can you spot dead leaves in the midst of healthy ones? Dead leaves near the top of a tree can be an indication of environmental or root stress. These conditions can make your tree/s a potential hazard.

Plant diseases fall into two general categories: diseases caused by living agents (infectious), and those cause by non-living agents. Examples of infectious agents include fungi, viruses and bacteria. Non-living agents are categorized by temperature extremes, pollutants, vandalism, or moisture fluctuations. In extreme cases of the two example, trees can often be damaged beyond repair; requiring removal from a private or commercial property.

Insect Damage to trees can be the result of chewing, sucking, or boring. And it can be difficult to determine the insect group to which the culprit belongs. If there is any doubt, a tree expert should be notified immediately.

Treatment

Treatment for an insect or disease problem depends on the insect’s species, how advanced the problem is, and other factors that might be specific to local regulations. Contact the tree service professionals at Wauson Tree Service today for a free estimate. We can be reached at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com, or by telephone at 214-450-8720.

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When Trees and Utility Lines Come in Conflict

Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 06:01 PM  posted by admin

Determining when and where to plant trees is a serious undertaking—one that can never be taken too lightly.The truth is planting trees has numerous benefits, and two of the most important factors that can affect a trees growth are overhead and underground utility lines.

Utility services are something people quite often take for granted because utility lines have always been there for most of us. The utility services we enjoy are part of a distribution system that brings power into our home through overhead and underground utility lines. Overhead utility lines include telephone, electric or cable television. Underground utility lines include water, sewer and natural gas.

The location of these lines will have a direct impact on where trees or shrubs should be planted on your property. The ultimate height of a tree should be taken into consideration so that it will grow within the available overhead space. And the soil surrounding a tree must be able to support its roots. Properly choosing trees and the areas where they will grow can result in years of trouble-free beauty and appreciation of the aesthetic and commercial value they bestow.

Overhead Utility Line Challenges

Overhead utility lines are easy to spot, but are quite often taken for granted in that they never seem to pose any kind of threat. While they may look harmless because their presence in our life is second nature, they can present extreme danger if challenged by a tree’s growth.

Tall growing trees planted directly under utility lines will have to be pruned at a future date. And pruning may leave these trees with an unnatural appearance. Pruning in this scenario may also place trees under stress, leaving them more susceptible to the possible ravishes of disease and insects.

Trees that grow tall near overhead lines also present a problem for children or adults who may be brave enough to climb them. Coming in contact with electrical wires can result in injury or death. Proper placement of trees so as to avoid these overhead lines can eliminate the obvious safety hazards, and reduce utility expenses and the rates people must pay while helping to improve the overall appearance of the landscape.

Potential Damage to Underground Lines

Most people don’t consider the fact that trees are much more than what can be seen physically. Often out of site, the root of a tree may be larger than the branch spread above the ground. Tree roots, near underground lines, often coexist without any problems. However, it can become costly and often dangerous for home or property owners when roots damage or obstruct underground utility lines.

As you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider when making the decision to plant trees or shrubs. We recommend calling the experts at Wauson Tree Service who can assess your property’s needs and give you a free estimate of what it will cost to maintain its beauty and value for years to come.

You can reach us at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com, or by telephone at 214-450-8720.

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The Hidden Benefits of Trees

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 @ 03:01 PM  posted by admin

Most people don’t think about it, but trees have hidden benefits that can make life a lot more pleasurable in numerous ways. In the presence of trees, we often feel a sense of peace and serenity.  Even hospital patients are known to recover more quickly when their hospital rooms have a view of trees on or near the property. And the strong ties between people and trees is evidenced by the efforts of community residents who labor for the preservation of trees. These are just a few of the social benefits that trees give us.

Communal Benefits of Trees

There are a number of communal benefits as well. Their sheer size makes them an integral part of communities and neighborhoods. And with scheduled maintenance and care, trees can enhance a property while posing no threat on the rights of persons. Providing privacy, trees also complement many engineering and architectural functions of city, county and state municipalities.

Environmental Benefits of Trees

The environmental benefits that trees provide is enormous. Trees help to moderate climate by helping to control the effects of wind, snow and rain.  In the summer, trees provide shade from the radiance of the sun. During winter, we’re naturally inclined to enjoy the warmth of the sun’s energy when trees are bare of leaves.

The quality of our air is vastly improved when trees, shrubbery and grass are healthy. Trees absorb the carbons, ozone and sulfur dioxides, and give back to the world life-sustaining oxygen. Trees are also helpful in absorbing runoff and reduce the effects of flooding in many cases. Planting trees and shrubbery gives a property a more natural look, attracting wildlife, which restores a natural harmony to both urban and suburban environments.
Economic Benefits of Trees

Few will argue that trees have economic benefits, though these benefits might be hard to pin down. There are a number of direct benefits associated with trees, which include the reduction of heating bills in the winter and air conditioning bills in the winter. Trees can also be beneficial in increasing the value of a home or commercial property. If you’d like to know more about the benefits and value that the trees and shrubs on your property offer, why not contact the professionals at Wauson Tree Service today for a free estimate. We can be reached at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com, or by telephone at 214-450-8720.

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