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Archive for February, 2011

Maintain Your Property’s Trees and Shrubs Like the Pros

Friday, February 18, 2011 @ 11:02 PM  posted by admin

Landscaping is a tough job, even for the professionals who do it for a living.  The reason being, there are so many things to consider, such as the landscape design area, if plants and flowers will complement each other, and if there are any nearby trees that need trimming or removal.

If your goal is to maintain an appealing home, tree trimming and stump removal may be a part of the equation at some point in time. However, if you’re short of time and energy, it may be time to hire the professionals at Wauson Tree Service who can provide a free estimate and get needed tree services completed to your satisfaction.

It’s a common mistake to assume that trees can maintain a healthy and beautiful look. Trees in a forest can maintain their health because nature will naturally balance out the available landscape for growth with respect to sunlight, air and water.  The growth areas for trees and shrubs on home and commercial properties must be strategically planned if a beautiful and manicured look is the desired result.

For over fifty years, Wauson Tree Service has helped the residents of Dallas and surrounding areas make timely decisions on how best to beautify and maintain the trees and shrubs surrounding their property.

Services offered include:

  • Tree pruning
  • Tree removal
  • Stump removal
  • Root barrier removal
  • City code compliance
  • Deep root fertilization
  • Lot clearing
  • Storm damage cleanup
  • And more

We can respect anyone who attempts to take on the tough job of tree pruning. The truth is trees are living and breathing things and will respond to the attention given them—sometimes favorably and sometimes negatively.

Give us a call today at 214-580-8720 and ask for a free quote. You can also email me at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


Practical Winter Pruning Tips in Dallas

Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 08:02 PM  posted by admin

For some, winter consists of days and nights filled with ice and snow. For others who live in a milder climate, winter days and nights are cold and wet. No matter where you live, pruning trees and shrubs during the winter of year can be one of the most feared acts in gardening.

Perhaps using sharp meal objects to cut away life goes against our inner code of ethics.  However, nature is a great pruner. When trees and shrubs grow too close together, branches of one tree may die in the fierce competition for sunlight and airflow.

Pruning is a vital component in the gardening process. Consider the following practical winter pruning tips for trees and shrubs.

• Thinning – Thinning cuts away diseased and injured parts of a tree or shrub. The process allows more air and light to find its way to healthier parts.  Thinning enhances a tree or shrub’s health.

• Reduction – Nature, for the most part, allows trees to grow in an environment where there is ample sunlight and water for each tree. The task of the weekend gardener is to prevent trees and shrubs from growing too close together in a yard.  Reduction can eliminate the stress of overgrowth and allow for maximum flowering and bountiful fruit yields.

• Amputation – Amputation is a harsh sounding word no matter what it’s used to describe.  Often, plants or shrubs may need severe pruning to restore them back to health.  The good thing is that plants can be amazingly forgiving with the pruning experiments conducted by amateur gardeners.

Pruning can be a chore anytime of the year, and especially during winter months. The good thing is you don’t have to go it alone.  The professional  Arborists at Wauson Tree Service have served the residents of Dallas and surrounding areas for over fifty years.  Give us a call!  We’ll give you a free estimate of your property’s tree service needs along with several practical winter pruning tips.

We can be reached at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com, or by telephone at 214-450-8720.


The Competition Between Trees and Turf

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @ 03:02 PM  posted by admin

Trees and turf, when used in the same area, will compete for many of the same soil ingredients. So, a concentrated effort should be made to make sure that trees and lawns are compatible. Grass is, for the most part, a sun-loving species, and will not grow well in areas where there is less than 50 percent open sunlight. However, new species of grass with a greater tolerance for reduced sunlight are being introduced. Consult a professional arborist for more information about the competition experienced between trees and turf.

A Lawn as the Primary Design Feature

In areas where a lawn is the primary design feature, you should select woody plants or trees that do not root near the soil’s surface. Keep in mind that tree roots grow larger as trees get older. Shrubs, trees and lawn grasses all require and compete for sunlight, space for rooting and sunlight. Some plants even exude chemicals that are
designed to restrict the growth of competing plants.  For plants and trees to get the nourishment they need, no matter what their species, they must have adequate space to grow.

Planting New Trees or Shrubs

New trees and shrubs being planted should be given should be given special attention to receive adequate water, nutrients and sunlight. Refrain from tilling the soil around trees and remove competing sod from around transplanted trees and shrubs.

Benefits of Mulching

Mulching is another method used to eliminate competition between trees and turf. A 2-4 inch layer of wood chips, or bark over the soil and under its drip line is recommended. Mulching helps in retaining soil moisture, reducing weeds growth, increasing soil fertility and improving the overall appearance of a lawn.

Tree and Turn Maintenance Practices

Maintenance practices for trees and turf are of course different.  The fact that tree and grass roots quite often exist together in the upper 6 to 8 inches of topsoil means that treatment of one may actually cause damage to the other. As a result, other plants can absorb fertilizers applied for one plant. In most cases this is a good thing, but excessive fertilization of either trees or turf can result in over-growth of one species over the other.

Herbicides and weed killers used in turn can severely damage trees if misapplied. Be on the lookout for applying herbicides on windy or hot days (when vaporization can occur). While most herbicides are not known to kill tree roots, there are some on the market that will. Make sure you read the product’s label before applying.

Watering Trees and Shrubs

Watering is essential to all of life. On average, trees and shrubs depending on the species need roughly the equivalent of one inch of rain every seven to tend days. Trees and shrubs in tropical environments may require more. Frequent watering, if shallow, may not meet trees and shrubbery watering needs. For most people, knowing what to plant, when to plant, where to plant, and when and how much to fertilize is beyond them. That’s why it makes perfect sense to get the opinion of a professional arborist who can best estimate your property’s needs.

Call Wauson Tree Service for a free estimate today. We can be reached at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com, or by telephone at 214-450-8720.