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A Day in the Life of a Wauson Arborist

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 08:07 PM  posted by admin

At Wauson Tree Service, our arborists work hard to deliver the tree services that customers expect and depend on. Here’s how we start a typical day.

1. Before our arborists head out, we have pre-job meetings to discuss and anticipate challenges we’ll encounter during the day. Our team reviews roles, possible site hazards, safety, and the equipment needed to get the job done. We’re also aware of our customer’s goals and concerns. Communication is always critical.

2. Being an arborist is far more than getting up in the morning, having a cup of coffee, and looking forward to the next cool tree-climbing adventure. The job can be demanding, so it’s important to stay in shape. Field training, in a sense, is ongoing. There’s always something new to learn or some new challenge that presents itself. Our team has to be mentally and physically ready.

3. Training in the science of aboriculture is indispensable. It allows team members to communicated and understand their job at the deepest levels as new information makes itself available.

Here’s what you should expect from your arborist:
• Liability insurance. This protects you and your property when an arborist is on site performing work.

• Of course, your tree surgeon should have the right education and certifications. They should also be able to produce evidence if requested.

• Several qualifications include chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting capabilities. It would be impossible to complete some jobs without being able to safely handle a chainsaw.

• An arborist should be able to climb trees without a second thought. While they’re airborne, they may also have to perform an aerial rescue for a human or animal.

• Felling both small and large trees is also on the list. In addition to pruning, trees need to be felled or removed and replanted on occasion.

• Arborists have to also be able to work well with ropes and harnesses. Otherwise, tree climbing would be dangerous, and virtually impossible. This also brings to mind aerial rigging skills.

The climber is responsible for doing all the major tree doctoring. On any given day, you can spot an arborist setting the line in a tree with a large slingshot and ascending with the support of a saddle. Some fancy footlocking work and a hitch knot are familiar techniques. The arborist then pulls out his dangling chainsaw and goes to work removing damaged or undesirable limbs.

He or she is safety conscious, and aware of the limbs falling. Hardhats are an essential safety element, along with keeping the rope clear of anything that could cut or snag it. Every arborist knows they will get a few scratches and bruises along the way. They also expect there to be days of sore muscles.

This is the typical day in the life of a Wauson arborist. Customers can also count on our team to offer tree pruning, stump and tree removal, tree cabling and bracing, and fertilization services at prices customers can afford. We’re also family owned and operated. So there are no middlemen that will cause us to raise prices. All of our crew members have the right experience and certifications. We adhere to strict ISA standards too.

We also have a long list of happy clients. We have been in the business for over half a century. Customer service is king. We love what we do, and we love those who we do it for. Just give us a call at 214-450-8720, or email at walt {at} Wausontreeservice {dot} com.

The Amazing Trees of Texas

Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 02:06 PM  posted by admin

Texas, as residents know, has a lot of wide open space. It also has a lot of trees that people never even think about or consider. As professional arborists, we make it our business to know each tree and its characteristics. We have to because we never know what we’ll find when we arrive on a private or commercial property. Here’s a short list of trees. The truth is there are hundreds of tree types in the great state of Texas.

1. Sweet Acacia – This is a common shrub with light green foliage that is shaped like a fountain. In spring, it blooms orange-gold flower clusters. Its bark can be used for dying, tanning, and making ink. Its leaves can feather out between one and four inches long, and foliage is a gray-green color. During the 19th century, its flowers were collected to make perfume.

2. Anacua – This tree grows to about 50 feet in height, with a trunk diameter of about two feet. Its crown is dark green. The tree can be found in abundance in Central Texas. Travel further south to the Golf Coast and the Rio Grande and it can be found there as well. The Anacua grows well in sandy deposits and on the banks of streams. This tree also favors alkaline soils. It’s a popular choice for landscaping in Houston, San Antonio, and southward.

3. Mountain Ash – These trees may grow up to 45 feet tall and two feet in diameter. They can be found from Dallas to Central Texas. They grow abundantly on ridges, bluffs, and hillsides. There are male and female flowers of this tree species. Female flowers appear in loose clusters, while male flowers appear as dark clusters near the twig’s end.

4. Southern Bayberry – This tree grows up to 20 feet tall, and can generally be found near seasonally wet areas like swamps and streambanks. It is also used extensively for residential and commercial landscaping. Male and female flowers can be found on separate trees. Some candles are made from Bayberry wax. The tree’s bark reportedly has medicinal properties as well. Sometimes, the leaves are used as seasoning for sauces, meats, and soups.

5. Blue Beech – This tree may grow to a height of 30 feet, and it has somewhat of a muscular appearance. It can be found along streams where the soil is most fertile. It also prefers to grow in the shade of other trees. Both female and male flowers exist on the same tree.

6. Flowering Dogwood – the Dogwood can grow up to a height of 35 feet, and grows best in soils that are well-drained. It also prefers to grow in the shade of other trees. There is Christian lore that Jesus was crucified on a Dogwood tree, which at the time was straight and stout. As the story is told, God decreed that the Dogwood would never again grow large enough to serve as a cross.

7. Bodark – This tree grows up to 40 feet tall with a dense spreading crown. Male and female flowers originate on different trees. Flowering occurs during late spring. The wood produced is hard, durable, and heavy. When you see fenceposts, this wood should come to mind. This was once a popular wood for making Native American bows and war clubs.

There’s a long list of Texan trees, and we could go on and on listing the types of trees that grace Texan soil. The key thing to remember is that it takes a professional arborist to know how each species should be cared for and pruned. At Wauson Tree Service, we have the experience and trained professionals who know tree care like the back of their hand.

We are family owned, so we can offer our customers the best prices around. We’re also insured and licensed. We remove any worry of our employees getting hurt while working on your property. Our services include tree pruning, cabling, fertilization, stump removal, and more. Call us today for a free estimate. We can be reached at 214.450.8720, or you can email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com.

Tools That Arborists Use to Get the Job Done

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 11:05 AM  posted by admin

Arborists have important jobs. Like every professional, they have specific tools that allow them to get the job done. These professionals train in planting, caring for, and maintaining trees. They know a lot about tree care. Along with their vast array of knowledge, they have some nifty tools to work with. Each arborist has the freedom of their own choice of tools.

1. Rope Wrench. This one tool has completely changed the way arborists climb. They are a lot safer in trees when using the rope wrench. There’s a lot more consistent friction on the hitch. It may be an unknown tool to the layperson, but it makes an arborist’s job a lot easier.

2. Throwball/Storage. This prevents the climber from having to repeatedly advance their climbing line. This saves time, effort, and energy. It also reduces the number of things that can go wrong when climbing. Arborists can work from the ground up without having to first establish their tie point at the top of the tree.

3. Stihl MS200 Chainsaw. The chainsaws used by the arborist may vary, but the MS200 gets the heavy lifting done so to speak. The goal of any arborist is to make sure all their tools are as effective as possible. The MS200 has a power to weight ratio that many believe is unmated in the industry by any other chainsaw.

4. Safety Items. These include helmet, gloves, hearing protection, eye protection, and chainsaw protective covering. You can throw a safety mindset in the mix. Arborists are aware of overhead power and gas lines. They know who to call out for an inspection before they begin work.

5. Work Harness. A comfortable and safe harness can make all the difference in the world. The best ones are light and durable. They also provide solid back support, gear loops, leg loops, and a sturdy rope bridge. A safe and sturdy harness allows climbers to work with speed and confidence.

6. Handsaw & Pruning Shears. An arborist would be remiss to leave a universal handsaw and pruning shears off the list. Universal handsaws can also be used for pruning and removal of smaller trees. They’re also handy and lightweight to carry around.

7. Saws & Pruners. Saws and pruners are among the top choices for overall dependability. The right tools can help you work the way you want. As mentioned, each arborist has unique abilities. It stands to reason their tools will be unique as well.

What arborist do is often beyond the pay grade of most people.
However, there are always those sturdy souls who like to tackle yard care and maintenance on the weekends. So, whether a professional or an amateur, you’ll still the need the right tools to get the job done safely and effectively. If you find yourself in a jam, call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service.

At Wauson Tree Service, we have over 50 years of experience. We’re family-owned and our prices are tough to beat. That’s because we don’t use middle-men/women to subcontract our work. We can pass on savings direct to customers. Here’s what we offer for tree pruning.

  • Competitive pricing
  • We’re licensed and insured
  • Our arborists are certified through ISA, and we adhere strictly to standards for tree pruning
  • Tree pruning, stump removal, cabling, fertilization, and tree bracing

We think it’s great exercise for anyone to get a little tree pruning done over the weekend. We also know that accidents can happen and offset a person’s entire life. Tree care, the right kind, is hard work. Whatever your tree pruning needs, give us a call and we’re always happy to give you a free quote.

We can be reached at 214.450.8720, or you can email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com.

What to Know When Attempting to Prune Trees

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 06:04 PM  posted by admin

Tree trimming is both an art and a profession. Trimming trees is necessary to make sure they remain healthy and free of disease. Trees are trimmed for safety, health, and aesthetic reasons for the most part.

Aesthetics

Effective pruning enables a tree to maintain its appearance and shape. The experts know that it’s unwise to impose an unnatural shape on a tree. Too much pruning can cause permanent damage.

Health

Trees, like people, need attention. Just as people schedule doctor checkups, trees need pruning to ward of infection and disease. The experts know how to thin the crown of a tree to help improve airflow. They can also easily identify and fix branches that rub together. What’s even more important is that experts understand trees species. They know what benefits each type and how each should be cared for.

Safety

Dead or broken branches can be a safety hazard for humans, animals, and properties. Broken and dead limbs can give way at any time. The experts, arborists, can make a determination if tree limbs are too close to power lines. They also have the tools and skills to remove any branches or limbs that obstruct utility lines.

Tips for Trimming and Pruning Trees

People enjoy getting out in their yard and working for exercise. One has to be fit to do a commendable job. One also has to know a thing or two about tree trimming to do an effective job. Sometimes the job is a little beyond the average person’s pay grade.

  • Learn as much about trees as you can. They should only be pruned during their dormant season. Their dormant season is when growth and development are temporarily stopped. However, if there is a tree hazard concern, the tree should be pruned immediately.
  • Branch size matters. Branches or limbs from 5-10 centimeters in width are okay to remove. Any branches greater than 10 centimeters in width should be removed by an expert. Anything less than five centimeters should be left alone.
  • The experts know that only branches with V-shape, weak, narrow angles should be removed. Branches with strong U-shaped angles should not be tampered with. Branches that extend laterally also have rules for removing or retaining.
  • It’s also best to try and prune branches away when they’re young. Youth makes them much easier to manage. Also, you’ll lessen the danger of leaving permanent scars.

Thinning the Crown

There’s a good reason for letting an expert arborist handle tree thinning. They do it for a living and arrive with years of experience. They know to keep lateral branches evenly spaced. They’ll also look for branches that cross other branches. They’re aware that no more than one-fourth of a tree’s crown should ever be removed.

Safe Tree Pruning

Before making any cuts, it’s always best to locate the branch collar and the branch ridge. The experts know to cut outside the branch ridge. They’ll make sure their cut is angled down and away from the stem. The experts also have a technique for cutting stem branches that are too long. The reality is that expert arborists can save you a lot of time and money. They may also be a deterrent from you hurting yourself. It’s easy to fall off a ladder.

What Does an Arborist Do?

Arborists are trained in the art and science of caring for trees. They have a distinct knowledge beyond that of a lay person. They’re trained and well equipped to get the tough jobs done. They’re skilled in removing stumps, replanting, and cabling trees as well. They can also advise on how to approach underground root removal. They’re also skilled at helping clear properties of tree debris after a storm.

At Wauson Tree Service, we hire only the best arborists to service your tree care needs. They have years of experience. We’ll also make sure that we give you the fairest price possible since we don’t outsource our services.

Our Services

You can rest assured that we’re licensed and insured. Our arborists are certified through the International Society of Arboriculture, which means that we stick to ISA standards. We’re experts at pruning, stump removal, cabling, fertilization, and tree bracing.

Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help preserve your trees. Our number is 214.450.8720. Or you can email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com. We’re more than happy to give you a free quote.

Best Tips for Trimming Texas Trees

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 10:03 PM  posted by admin

To keep trees looking their best, they have to be pruned and well maintained during their lifetime. People are usually concerned, even confused, about the right time to prune them.

  • Crape Myrtles usually receive their most effective pruning between January and early March. They’re still dormant during these months. The goal is to get out in front of the season and prune before trees start sprouting new growth. However, pruning is more than just using the right tools. Technique matters big time. The tree’s branch collar should never be cut into.
  • Oak trees are known for developing deadly fungi caused by burrowing beetles. Oak wilt is most prevalent during spring. Prune and inspect trees during colder months to catch and correct damage issues. Wounded trees, depending on the nature of the wound, can be painted with wound dressing or latex paint. The right maintenance and prevention are critical for maintaining the health of trees.


Hire a Professional

Sometimes, keeping trees healthy is a bit beyond the average person’s pay grade. That’s when it’s time to find a professional arborist who knows tree care like the back of their hand. Both health and aesthetic appearance are important for safety as well as keeping property values at their best.
Tree professionals also know that tools have to be kept clean between jobs. It’s too easy to spread disease. The goal of an arborist is to protect trees, not harm them.

What does an arborist do?

  • They prune trees and can be counted on for the best in personal tree maintenance. They can also be counted on to bring the right tools and equipment to the task. Arborists can help determine if a tree is sick or damaged enough to be removed.
  • In some areas of the state weather can wreak havoc. Fallen trees and limbs present a danger to property, human, and animal life. Some trees fall on utility lines and on property structures. It takes a professional with the right equipment to handle these types of jobs.
  • Tree professionals are also experts at planting trees. They know how to plant the right tree in just the right place. The right soil and location can affect a tree’s overall health. Arborists can also lend a hand in planting and moving trees.

Arborists can also provide the following:

  • Expert testimony in cases involving injuries that are tree-related
  • Conduct timely appraisals for insurance claims and to determine property tree values
  • Provide expert information about tree preservation
  • Provide counseling and evaluation for homeowners about tree planting and removal

Additional arborist services include installing root barriers, offering advice on city code compliance, conducting deep root fertilization, storm damage cleanup, and lot clearing.

Root Barriers
The best time to install one is before planting trees. Their purpose is to keep a tree’s roots out of unwanted places. They come in a variety of types including plastic, metal, or nylon fabric.

City Code Compliance
Code compliance involves detection, prevention, and violation enforcement. This all applies to safety, public health concerns, public works, building standards, municipal concerns, and all manner of business activities.

Deep Root Fertilization
Deep fertilization is accomplished by sticking a pipe 12” at the most into the ground. Then, fertilizer is squirted under pressure to reach underground roots. This process is usually done by an arborist with the skills, knowledge, and equipment to get the job done correctly.

Storm Damage Cleanup
Storm damage can end up being devastating. The damage is not something that can be left lying around. If the damage is severe, it takes the expertise of a professional arborist to clean it up.

Lot Cleaning
When litter and obstructing objects create safety hazards, people can still be held accountable for damages caused. High winds, storms, flash floods, and other acts of nature can leave a lot of destruction in its wake. This is the time to call a professional arborist out that can handle the job.

Call Wauson Tree Service today at 214.450.8720. We’re happy to give you a free quote and provide a service that is second to none.

Tips for Tree Cabling and Bracing

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 06:02 PM  posted by admin

February Tips for Tree Cabling and Bracing

It’s important to know when a tree needs cabling and bracing. However, not everyone is qualified to know how to properly spot problems and get the job done. Cabling and bracing both involve installing hardware, and anytime hardware is installed in or on a tree, there’s always a risk the tree can suffer damage and decay. When properly done, bracing or cabling can extend a tree’s life.

Decayed and split tree unions, embed bark in a tree’s crotch, and dominant stems are a short list of things can that can cause tree damage that results in a weak structure. It takes a tree expert to understand all the nuances. Trees that pose a threat to themselves and animal or human life can be made 100% safe when cables and bracing are used. However, before any tree receives cabling or bracing, it should be pruned properly. That may also require the expertise of an expert arborist. Arborists have met the standards and practices set forth by the ANSI A300. These professionals know trees inside and out, and they have the tools to get the job done regardless of how big or small the tree.

Signs Your Tree Is a Hazard

Trees are living entities and they need to be cared for like all other living things. Trees without proper care can be harmful to property, humans, and animals. They can also become susceptible to disease and pathogens. Ailing trees give off warning signs that can include one or more of the following.

  • 1. Ailing tress tend to lean. Not all tress that lean are an indication that something is wrong. Trees that are diseased or stressed, and leaning, do pose a threat. You can always check to make sure the lean is natural by checking soil around the tree for protruding roots. Cabling and bracing can help homeowners avoid potential hazards.
  • 2. Keep a close look out for deadwood. Deadwood will eventually come crashing down to the ground. If you see any, remove it immediately. Be careful when on ladders.
  • 3. Tree cracks of any kind represent some type of structural weakness. There are some cracks that can’t be sealed, and some that are beyond repair. Consult with a tree expert if you’re unsure how to proceed.
  • 4. Fungi that’s found between wood and bark can be a sign of cankers. Cankers have a tendency to cut off nutrient supplies to both bark and wood. Check for sunken areas in the tree’s anatomy. This can be a telltale sign of cankers.
  • 5. It there are trees in your yard with multiple trunks, it’s time for an inspection. Trunks, if multiple, should grow in proportion to each other. Otherwise, the heaviest trunk may break away from the lighter trunk. Remove the trunk that poses the greater hazard.
  • 6. Decay and wood rot aren’t that difficult to spot. You can spot decay in roots, branches, and stems. You can tackle the branches if you choose to, but a decaying trunk may need the attention of experts.

It’s always best to trust the professionals where structural damage is found or of concern. There could be a lot more damage than what appears to the visible eye, and these professionals know what to look for.

Cabling is the process of installing flexible strand cables and braces. They’ll protect against strong winds, the weight and damage of winter ice, and the stress of heavy foliage. When your trees need cabling and bracing attention, call the experts at Wauson Tree Service. We have over 50 years of experience, and we can get the job done at prices that you can afford. Give us a call today at 214.450.8720, or email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com.

Why Hire an Arborist?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 @ 08:01 PM  posted by admin

There are a number of reasons to hire an arborist. These are the folks that specialize in the care of trees. Just think of them as you would your physician. They’re knowledgeable about the care that trees need and they have the equipment to provide that proper care. Like personal health, proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Trees that are well-cared for add beauty and value to any property. On the other hand, poorly maintained trees pose a significant liability to humans, animals, and the property itself. Thus, any tree maintenance should be performed by those with the right knowledge and equipment.

Arborist services include the following:

  • Tree Pruning – Arborists are the experts at determining the type of pruning that can benefit and protect trees. Cutting a tree wrong can allow for disease and irreversible damage.
  • Tree Removal – Arborists tend to look at tree removal as a last resort, but if it’s necessary, they have the knowledge and tools to get the job done effectively and safely. With safety in mind, they check to make sure the area is clear of underground utilities. They can also safely replant trees in a different location.
  • Expert Tree Care – This includes solutions for emergencies where harsh winds or weather have damaged limbs and branches. They also know how to skillfully work with downed trees that are close to utility lines or underground cables. They can handle the lightest or heaviest jobs with relative ease.
  • Expert Tree Planting – Some arborists specialize in planting trees and they can recommend the species best suited for a particular setting or location. Arborists can be found in office settings or tasked with designing the layouts for new planting for both inside and outside environments.

Added Duties

It’s not an uncommon sight to see an arborist hard at work using power tools to prune or strapped into a harness when cutting tree branches. They know what branches to remove and which ones to prune. They can also inspect for insects or tree diseases. They can advise property owners the best times to plant and water. Stump removal and tree bracing are also right down their alley.

Arborist Certification

The certification means that arborists have reached a certain level of knowledge and expertise as defined by a governing body of leading national experts on tree health care. They must pass an examination and keep their education on par with the latest industry developments and knowledge. They must also adhere to an industry code of ethics. The process of becoming an arborist is voluntary of course. Arborists continually build upon their knowledge and expertise. Just keep in mind that certification doesn’t measure the arborist’s ability, but simply attests to their degree of knowledge. As the old saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding.”

The best approach to tree care is to work with those who are qualified to deliver the very best service possible. At Wauson Tree Care, we take our arborist duties quite seriously. For over 50 years we have successfully cared for our neighbors’ trees. We specialize in tree pruning, stump removal, cabling, bracing, and fertilization. And we’re always happy to stop by and give a free estimate. Trees are important. Not only are they essential for an attractive and healthy landscape, but they also benefit the environment by helping to remove harmful carbon dioxide from the air while giving oxygen in return.

Give us a call today at 214.450.8720, or email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com.

A Day in the Life of a Wauson Tree Service Arborist

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 03:12 PM  posted by admin

We understand the value of a surgeon. Just think of an arborist as a surgeon who takes care of trees. Their field is called arboriculture and their job is to maintain a tree’s health. As such, there are a number of different techniques used toward that end. Arborists perform tasks that will ultimately affect the health of trees or shrubs. Such tasks can include pruning, shaping and removing dead or dying limbs and branches. They may also take steps to remove insect infestations or treat disease. Some specialize in treating certain types of trees. Other arborists choose to work with all types of trees in every condition.

At any given moment, an arborist may have his/her chainsaw in hand pruning and cutting limbs to give a tree its best chance at a healthy life—all while making sure property owners are aesthetically pleased. The arborist may decide that older trees need additional support, especially those that have developed multiple leads. Cables may be installed in the hope of holding branches together where there are weak limb joints. Overhanging branches pose a threat to property and life and can be easily removed.

Dense foliage can obstruct views of the property. Deadwood and suckers are removed, and sometimes the work team consists only of one or two crew members. A lot of hauling will be involved—back and forth, back and forth. Large trucks or machinery can impact the soil and are usually avoided. Impacted soil prevents trees from getting needed oxygen. The ancient method of using ropes is the preferred method to climb trees for pruning. Observers will hear the term “heads up” quite often during a pruning job.

December Pruning Tips

We recommend autumn and winter for the best times to plant trees. Of course, that little piece of advice may go against the grain for most people since it’s often more pleasant to plant in the warmer months of spring and summer. Autumn and winter planting gives trees needed time to grow before the onset of summer heat and dry weather.

  • Don’t fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizer during a tree’s first growing season. During the second growing season, it’s recommended to fertilize about four times a year. A slow release fertilizer may work best.
  • Be careful not to plant over hidden underground utilities, or too close to structures.
  • Pruning should be performed, at its earliest, after the first growing season. Of course, broken branches and “faults” should be attended to immediately.
  • Mulching and watering serves to saturate the newly planted tree roots. Continue watering thoroughly for approximately a year and a half with a hose placed in close proximity to newly planted trees.

Taking care of trees is not for everyone. When the going gets tough, you can always count on the professionals at Wauson Tree Service to get the job done. It’s not an easy job, but the one thing you can count on is that our arborists love what they do. They wouldn’t exchange their job for any other in the world. That’s how the arborists at Wauson Tree Service approach the job each day. And they do it with a smile. We’ve been at It for over 50 years and we know trees and shrubs like the back of our hand. We’re insured, family owned and properly licensed. We also make sure that our prices are highly competitive. Since there’s no middleman, we can past savings on to our customers.

Tree pruning, tree and stump removal, bracing and cabling, and fertilization are among our specialties. Call today for a free estimate at 214.450.8720. Email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com.

November – Pack Away the Pruning Shears

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 07:11 PM  posted by admin

So what it is about fall that makes people literally thirst to get out in the yard and prune? It just might be all the mulching and raking that’s driving people batty. Sure, you can count on the fact that fall will expose every tree’s imperfections when leaves tumble to the ground. However, before you start hacking trees and shrubs, consider a few tips from the experts who prune for a living.

    1. Trees and shrubs in the fall are ready to go dormant. Pruning during the fall stimulates growth, and this can severely weaken their growth. Let’s say that you prune during a warm day when normal weather is cold. Sap will rise up in the plant. At night the temperature drops below freezing, and it’s not a pretty sight in the morning.

2. Keep in mind that few plants and shrubs require pruning. Trees should usually be pruned during winter or in early spring.

    3. The experts know when proper pruning should occur. They also know that pruning trees and shrubs near the home helps plants and trees to yield more fruit and flowers. This also helps benefit local wildlife. It also helps trees to fight off pests and diseases.

    4. Never prune while it’s wet. The dampness can actually help spread disease because damp weather encourages fast growth of microbes. Sunlight and warmer weathers tends to kill harmful bacteria and microbes that cause disease.

    5. It’s all about knowing when and where to hack. When it’s the proper time for pruning, dead and dying branches are the first to go. Sickly looking branches are next. If there is a smaller branch rubbing against a larger branch, prune the smaller branch and cut it as close to the tree as possible. Cut branches, properly, that protrude out as they can be an entry point for bacterial and disease. The experts know exactly where to prune branches. There are trees that can be pruned from winter until the sap starts flowing once again in spring. The list includes Beauty Berries, Crabapple, Spruce, and Poplar to name a few.

    6. We know we recommended to pack away the pruning shears until spring, but there are always those who will venture out into the backyard during fall and winter months. Make sure your tools are kept clean. This is especially so if you’re cutting diseased branches. Hot water and soap will kill most germs on tools. Wash and dry them well before using to prune from tree to tree.

We also recommend that you get to know the trees and shrubs in your yard. There are actually apps like Leafsnap and Plantifier that can help you identify plants, or trees, in your yard. Yes, there’s an app for everything. In today’s world, there’s really no reason not to stay informed on anything. There’s an infinite amount of information available.

You can always call an expert arborist out to personally take a look at your property and to advise with respect to pruning trees and shrubs.

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

A fair question indeed. First, an arborist is someone who has achieved a high level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care. They have met the criteria from the nation’s leading experts on tree care. They must also continue to update and upgrade their education to maintain their certification.

At Wauson Tree Service, we have all the bases covered. With over 50 years of exceptional service, and prices that are nearly impossible to beat, we deliver the type of services our customers can depend on. And we do it within their budget. Give us a call today to learn more about our services.

Give us a call today at 214.450.8720. Email at walt@wausontreeservice.com.

Installing Root Barriers the Correct Way – October Tips

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 07:10 PM  posted by admin

Tree root barriers work best when installed in the right place at the right time. One has to keep in mind that improperly installed barriers will prevent trees from developing. A faulty barrier will also provide little resistance against aggressive roots. The soil around the barriers must also be properly planted. Root barriers, essentially, serve to direct healthy root systems in the opposite direction of underground utilities and foundations.

Types of Root Barriers

There are a variety of materials that can be used, along with a number of styles. They include solid, and permeable. Each one has its pros and cons.

Barrier Installations

How root barriers are installed will impact the trees ability to produce healthy roots. Some effective methods install root barriers that are the same length as the tree’s diameter. They usually have a depth of two feet. Creating the barrier when the tree is planted for best results.

Preparing the Soil

Soil around trees should be loosed as to increase the root barrier’s effectiveness. Loose soil also gives trees an opportunity to grow a more robust root system. It also helps to direct the strongest root growth. It’s a good idea to add compost, rich organic matter, that can help stimulate your tree’s growth.

Basic types of root barriers include the following:

  • Screens or Root Traps – These consist of fiber welded sheets and various woven fabrics. Holes allow roots to grow through but will strangle roots if they become too large.
  • Root Deflectors – Metal or solid plastic comprises these types. Thicker barriers are a bit easier to install and can handle tougher impacts as trees grow.
  • Chemical Inhibitors – These are made of textiles with chemical coverings designed to inhibit root growth. The downside is these types will gradually lose their effectiveness over time. This is likely due to soil conditions.

    Additional Installation Considerations

    More than likely your tree’s roots will extend beyond the reach of its branches. A root barrier should also be planted in ways that allow it to rise just about to the surface of the ground. Of course, deepening the root barrier will prevent roots growing underneath.

    If this all seems a bit complicated, you can trust have the professionals at Wauson Tree Service to give you free estimate. We’ve been at this a long time, and we’re family owned as well. This means we don’t have any middle-men. We can pass along savings directly to our customers. We’re also licensed and bonded. Our crews are credentialed arborists who can get the job done efficiently and quickly. We can also advise when not to use a root barrier where the tree may be older than the home. Soil gets accustomed to the tree that draws moisture from it. Root barriers can actually work against a homeowner and cause an area to accumulate moisture and swell. This can damage a home’s foundation.

    As you can see, things often get complicated. This is why it takes a professional team to make the decision of where a root barrier should be placed. Give us a call today at 214.450.8720 to learn more about our services. Email at walt@wausontreeservice.com.