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5 Reasons You Should Remove a Dead Tree

Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 08:12 PM  posted by admin

The trees on your property can increase its value or take away from its value. Trees provide shelter for animals, protect against the wind, provide shade, keep the soil intact, provide building material, and most importantly they provide life-sustaining oxygen.

If you have a dead or dying tree in your yard, or several, there are good reasons to have the trees removed. You should call an arborist who lives and breathes the tree.

    1. Dead or dying trees attract pests. Wildlife or pesky insects aren’t concerned if your trees are dead or dying. They’ll still build nests. A lovely family of blue birds may move in along with other tenants like termites and rats. Keep in mind that it’s only a short distance for them to migrate to your home for their nest in your trees.

    2. Dead trees are unattractive and can lower your property value. If you spend money on other things, like lawn maintenance, ugly trees will counteract those upgrades. They’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

    3. Disease from dead trees can easily spread to other healthy trees on your property. It’s very common for a powdery mildew to spread and develop on the branches and trunks of healthy trees. Leaves can easily lose their attractive and healthy green color and turn lime green or yellow.

    4. Dead or dying branches can easily fall and injure animals or humans. Falling branches can also damage property. When that happens, it’s time to call an arborist who’s skilled at removing dead trees and debris from properties. In high winds, dead trees are most likely to topple over. Keep in mind that if a pedestrian is injured, you could be held liable.

    A professional tree trimming company has the equipment and knowledge to safely remove the tree, and can safely grind tree stumps as well. We admire those weekend warriors who want to get out into the yard for a little exercise. However, fallen trees may be lodged against property or leaning on electrical wires. And dead trees in the ground may have roots that have grown around underground utility lines. It takes a pro to do the job properly or to call the right utility department for assistance.

    You can also rely on a professional tree trimming company to hire qualified and experienced arborists who know trees like the back of their hand. A professional company will also have the licenses and insurances that can help you rest easy. If a company technician is injured while on your property, the company’s insurances will handle it.

    At Wauson, we believe in customer service and transparency. We’ll give you a free estimate in writing. This way, you know there will be no surprises. And when we arrive, we work quickly and effectively. We get the job done. Don’t sweat going it alone and trying to do the job yourself. Call today for a free estimate today at 214-450-8720. We’re all about customer service and how we can give your property the beauty it deserves.

Caring for Your Deciduous Plants and Trees During Winter

Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 01:12 AM  posted by admin

In case you were wondering, deciduous plants have foliage that sheds annually at the end of each growing season. Winter can be an excellent time of year to prune deciduous plants and trees. It’s so much easier to see tree and plant structure without all the leaves attached. Winter pruning is healthier for plants too. During winter, your plants and trees are in a dormant state. Pruning during spring, when there’s a flush of newly forming leaves, can stunt tree and plant growth.

The Health of Your Trees and Plants

Trees and plants can be weak, sick or elderly. In one of more of these states, deciduous plants and trees may not be able to rebound and heal from deep pruning cuts. So be careful where you cut. If you notice a hazardous limb, remove it.  Otherwise, you can forgo pruning and treat your deciduous friends with a nice layer of compost. They’ll reward you with lush growth in the spring. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Schedule a cleanup for dead, diseased and cluttered branches. It’s easy to spot cluttered branches. They’ll grow at odd angles, grow inward toward the tree’s center, or brush too closely against other branches.
  • Never cut a branch flush to its trunk. Prune above the branch bark ridge and branch collar. Cutting a tree limb flush to the trunk compromises the tree’s ability to heal and fight off disease.
  • Use the right pruning tools for the job. Use a hand pruner for branches under 1/2″.  Use loppers to cut branches up to 1”.  A pruning hand saw be used for branches over 1/2”. But never use a carpenter’s saw.

There are a few additional rules that you might want to consider. First, remove diseased and dead branches.  This might sound like an obvious thing to do, but many people get hyped and will start pruning and cutting like there’s no tomorrow. Take a little time to prep. This makes it easier to prune with care.

Knowing how, when and where to prune your deciduous plants and trees can be a challenging task.  If you’re stumped (no pun intended) about how to tackle your winter pruning, don’t hesitate to call out the experts at Wauson Tree Service. We employ professional arborists who know your trees and plants like the back of their hand. They’ll offer suggestions that will help your plants and trees remain healthy and vibrant for years to come. And we’ll even give you a free quote.

At Wauson Tree Service, we’re confident in what we do because we’ve offered quality tree pruning services to residents in our community for over 50 years. For a free quote, call us today at 214-450- 8720. Or, email Walt {a} wausontreeservice {dot} com.


What Is Oak Wilt and How Can it Be Managed?

Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 02:09 PM  posted by admin

Oak wilt is a fungal disease that can quickly damage or kill an oak tree. Caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, various tree species are at risk. A major sign is leaf discoloration, wilting, defoliation or death. Diseased trees are quite often the source and facilitate transfer of the disease through insect vectors or connections between tree roots.

Trees with wounds or diseased limbs are primary candidates for spreading oak wilt. Without a working professional knowledge of the disease, it’s impossible for the average property owner to know when the trees on their lot are under siege. Fungus mats may form beneath the bark of diseased oaks late in the fall and during early spring. Insects, which aid in the spread of oak wilt, are attracted by the odor of the fungus.

Fungus mats will commonly form on standing trees, but can just as easily develop on logs, stumps and firewood that’s been cut from diseased oak trees. It’s highly possible that sap-feeding beetles (nitidulid) are the culprits that emerge from a diseased tree and infect the wounds on a relatively healthy tree.

Oak Wilt Can Ravish Tree Roots

Oaks tend to grow in large groups with a series of interconnecting roots. It’s a proven fact that fungus is able to spread between the root connections and may be more easily spread in live oaks than in red oaks. Infection can spread an average rate of 75 feet per year, and up to 150 feet in any given direction.

Managing Oak Wilt Disease

There are generally three approaches to managing oak wilt disease, which include eliminating diseased oaks, properly handling firewood and treating or painting the wounds of healthy oak trees. A second approach could entail disrupting root connections between the trees. The third approach could be injecting a fungicide to help reduce fungus from spreading, which acts to preserve tree crown integrity. These measures may not cure oak wilt, cut can certainly help to reduce a significant number of tree losses.

It’s a challenge for the average person to identify the signs of tree damage or disease. If the damage isn’t discovered in time, it can destroy the tree, and worse, spread to other healthy trees on the properly. This is why it makes perfect sense to call the professional arborists at Wauson Tree Service who can give you a free assessment for all your property’s tree care and pruning needs.

Call Walt today for your free estimate at 214-450-8720, or email at walt {at} wausontreeservice {dot} com. Don’t go it alone. We’re the experts and Dallas residents know our expertise.