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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

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

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

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

Professional Stump Removal at Its Best

Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 02:09 PM  posted by admin

Stump removal is no easy task. Even the experts have to approach the job with a sober mind and true purpose of heart. The experts will tell you the job is done quicker and easier with the right techniques, methods, tools, and state of mind.

  • One of the biggest reasons to remove a stump is that they are eyesores. They look completely out of place in a perfectly manicured lawn, or any lawn for that matter. When weeds start growing in and around them, they can take “looking worse” to a whole new level.
  • Stumps can also take up valuable lawn space. Not everyone has a wide, clear yard, but when they do stumps can easily change the landscape from attractive to not so attractive. Most notably, stumps are hazardous. Most are obvious, but some can be camouflaged by tall grass and weeds. That makes them perfect tripping hazards. What’s worse than stubbing, or breaking, your toe on an old tree stump?
  • Those worrisome stumps can also cause new tree growth. New sprouts will spring up and can result in a number of small trees that will grow around the stump. These smaller trees steal nutrients from other plants, grass, and flowers located near them.
  • When mowing the lawn, it becomes worrisome having to maneuver around stumps. So, you can plan on doing a little extra work each time you work in your yard.
  • Stumps are a favorite place for insects to dwell, too. Decaying trees usually take a long time to completely rot away. Dead and decaying stumps will attract ants, spiders, beetles, termites, and other critters. While they may seem okay out in the lawn as part of nature, they can make their way into your home. Then, you take on problems that can cost money to remedy.

Stump removal, as mentioned, can be a daunting task. Some stumps are easier to remove than others, and perhaps one can apply different techniques. Whatever the approach, it’s a job that’s best left to the experts. Expert stump removers are aware of each tree type and how its roots are likely to have navigated underground. For instance, pine tree roots are wide, flat, and somewhat shallow. Deciduous tree stump roots are typically long and deep. Their knowledge and experience can make all the difference in the world.

The experts can also judge by the age of a stump whether it will be a stickler to remove. Small stumps, obviously, tend to be easier to remove than larger ones. A home or property owner should also consider the number of stumps that need removing. Are there one, three, or fifty or more? Time, effort, and experience are all major considerations as well.

The job will involve one or more of the following:

  • Hand Digging – It’s easy enough to do, if the stump has small, shallow roots. Break out the shovel, grub hoe, or axe. A root saw can work as well. The roots will be exposed, and then can be severed with the appropriate tools.

  • Stump Grinder – The right machinery, with the right manpower behind it, can chew up stumps 6-12 inches below ground level. Experts will quickly go to work and remove all grindings to a compost pile. They get things done with safety in mind. A stump grinder is nothing to play with. If it gets out of control, it may cost you a foot or a leg.
  • Skidsteer/Backhoe – When you see these machines on the job, you know there is serious business at hand. Not only can the experts handle their equipment with ease and safety, they also arrive to haul the scrap wood away to a safe spot.
  • Chemical Removal – The experts may even decide to use chemicals, but this process usually takes time to take effect. They usually prefer to get the job done quickly with power tools.
  • Fire – Removing stumps with fire is not unheard of, but can be a tricky and dangerous thing to do if not done correctly. Of course, your expert arborist can offer timely advice on the subject.

What We Offer

At Wauson Tree Service, we offer unparalleled experience and customer service. We’ve been doing this for over half a century, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. We’re certified arborists, and we will offer you the best quote and we will treat you right. The truth is we love what we do, and the people we do it for. Residential or commercial, we can offer a free estimate along with a competitive price.

We’re also family owned, which means that we pride ourselves in delivering the best services possible—each and every time. We have to because our reputation depends on it. Call 214.450.8720 to learn more about our services. Email at

More Summer Pruning Tips

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 @ 02:08 PM  posted by admin

Pruning is one of the most beneficial things you can do for trees or gardens. Just keep in mind that it has to be undertaken very carefully. Pruning can help stimulate growth and the shape of trees, flowers and shrubs. Plants, like trees, require certain types of pruning techniques for them to remain strong and healthy. This is one of the reasons that pruning is sometimes best left to the experts. If pruned improperly, trees and plants can be severely damaged.

Tip #1. How much pruning is needed depends on how fast a tree or plant is growing. You also have to take into consideration how crowded the branches are. Removing dead or dying branches is always the best starting point. If you’re unsure if a branch is dead or alive, simply take your fingernail and scrape the bark. If it’s green under the bark, the branch is alive and well. A dying branch will appear brown or gray.

Tip #2. Conduct a little “thinning”. This removes branches that are splitting from the trunk. A pair of lopping shears will do nicely.

Tip #3. Conduct a little “shearing”. This takes some expertise because you’ll need to create formal hedges that are precise and even sided. Hedge trimmers will work nicely.

Tip #4. Conduct a little day-to-day pruning. This happens to be one of the simplest methods of pruning. All that is needed is a pair of shears to trim small branches and stems etc.

Tip #5. Never prune during heat waves and droughts. It will cause stress on your trees or shrubs. Wait until the temperature is moderate.

Tip #6. Never prune when it’s raining. You could become a human lightning rod, which can end up bad. To avoid fungal diseases, let your trees dry out for 48 hours at minimum.

Tip #7. Make it a point to always prune dead or dying branches or limbs. Dispose of the limbs in a plastic bag.

Tip#8. When pruning weeping trees, remember to vary the cut lengths. Make some shorter, and some longer. This gives the tree a natural and feathered look.

Tip #9. Always make sure to use clean landscaping tools. It’s not a bad idea to dip your tools into bleach before cutting on a new tree. Bacteria and disease can be easily spread.

We always admire those who get out into their yards for exercise. It’s a good thing to have pride in your yard’s appearance. However, we do suggest that you rely on professional arborist to assist when the going gets tough.

At Wauson Tree Service, we have years of experience in providing exceptional tree services for our community neighbors. We offer competitive pricing, we’re insured and licensed, we’re certified, and we provide excellent tree pruning, stump removal, cabling, tree bracing, and fertilization services. Customers know the job gets done when we arrive on the scene. Call 214.450.8720 to learn more about our services. Email at

Best Tree Practices for the Hot Summer Heat in Dallas

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 @ 03:07 PM  posted by admin

Few people can argue that summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter. The hot weather can leave trees especially vulnerable to disease and insect infestations. The experts know something that not many people know. The best time to water trees is usually between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. This is usually the time that nature turns on its sprinkler system: dew. It’s not how much you water, but when you water. If you’ve watered and the soil is moist, you can ease up on the water.

  • Apply mulch, such as wood chips during heat waves. Mulch actually insulates soil and can stop ground temperatures from rising too high. Hot soil temperature can kill roots. Mulching also provides the soil with much needed nutrients, and acts to suppress weeds. Add water before mulching and layer the mulch about two inches deep. Do not allow the mulch to touch the tree’s trunk.
  • Trees naturally need more water in summer than at any other time of year. Just remember that water can evaporate before it reaches its destination at the tree’s roots. Water trees slowly and at the right time of day.
  • It’s a good idea to fertilize trees throughout the year. The early summer months are perfect for using nitrogen-based fertilizers. If you notice that tree leaves are wilted or discolored, it’s a sign they need fertilizing. Getting the right balances of potassium, phosphorous, and nitrates can be very tricky.
  • Your pruning efforts, done carefully, should entail removing dead or dying limbs. Also, be on the lookout for damaged and diseased branches.

Prioritize your watering efforts for those trees that are most at risk. These would include new and transplanted trees. You can always count on their root systems being damaged or underdeveloped. Check for trees growing in restricted areas. These are property trees with limited access, trees growing in planters and those on the narrow strips between the street and sidewalks. If your trees are considered drought-sensitive like beeches, birches and dogwoods, consider them to be a priority. Your trees need at least one inch of water a week. Factor this in with the amount of rainfall.

Remaining Water Conscious
The experts agree that people make two mistakes with respect to watering: not watering their trees or overwatering. Mature trees only need watering once a month, while younger trees need watering weekly. You may want to keep this schedule up for younger trees for the first three to five years of their life. Give them time to be placed on a monthly watering cycle.

About Sprinklers
You may not know it, but sprinklers are among the worst ways to water trees. It’s far too easy for water to evaporate before trees have a chance to absorb the water. A soaker hose will get the job done.

Do You Need Professional Tree Service?
You may not know it, but there’s a strong likelihood that you do. Our trees benefit the world with oxygen, shade, medicines, and beauty. As such, they provide something that is communal, social, and emotional. At Wauson Tree Service, we think your trees should be admired and preserved. Your trees, just like people, need annual check-ups to ensure their health and safety.

We pride ourselves in offering affordable pricing, and we’ve been in the business for nearly 50 years, so we know a thing or two about trees and arborist services. We’re also family owned. When you need pruning, cabling, stump removal, fertilization, and cabling and tree bracing, we’re the friendly folks to contact. Call 214.450.8720 to learn more about our services. Email at

Why it Pays to Install a Root Barrier

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 @ 03:01 PM  posted by admin

Roots, left unchecked, can cause structural damages that can cost time and money. As a homeowner, you have an option to combat roots that grow out of control under concrete home foundations, driveways and sidewalks. However, not just anyone is qualified to install a root barrier. If installed incorrectly, trees can be damaged, and even killed. The best solution is to call the experts who can remove the roots safely and at a price that you can afford.

What Are Root Barriers Made Of?

The barrier can be an object that is solid, like sheet metal. Or it can be soil that is sectioned off in zones and is treated with chemicals. If treated with chemicals, they will be attached to a fabric in the form of pellets. The idea is to prevent roots from growing in places where they are not wanted.

When roots form under a foundation, they will eventually dry out the soil and cause it to settle. Determined roots can also invade pipes and cause extensive plumbing problems. When that happens, there is no alternative but to call the plumber. Hopefully, the repairs will not be too expensive. You might think of installing a root barrier as preventative maintenance. Root barriers are cheaper than foundation repairs any day of the week. While a root barrier is not guaranteed to absolutely stop roots from growing, you can count on most root growth being stopped cold in its tracks.

How Long Can a Root Barrier Be Expected to Last?

If your root barrier is made of plastic or concrete, you can expect longevity. If the barrier is comprised of chemicals, its longevity may depend on the amount of water that reaches the treated soil. Typically, soil root barriers will last for about five years or more.

Root Barrier Installations

Root barriers, concrete or plastic, are typically installed by digging a trench. It takes work, and is a bit beyond installing it for weekend exercise. If your plans are to do it yourself, make sure that you have the right tools, time, and state of mind. Next, the choice of materials is laid in the trench and then the trench is filled. As we mentioned earlier, it is imperative that you hire professionals who know how to properly install a barrier.

With respect to cost, we can inspect the property and give you an estimate. Of course, there is always an advantage compared to what a foundation might cost to repair. Calling the professionals at Wauson Tree Services has its advantages. We are skilled, licensed arborists who believe that customer service is still king. We also have the right tools and the personnel to get the job done. Call us today at 214-450-8720 or email at

About Tree Pruning During the Fall

Thursday, November 5, 2015 @ 12:11 AM  posted by admin

You have to wonder what it is about the autumn that makes people want to get out in the yard and prune trees. As such, there’s a lot of raking and mulching going on. Before you start hacking your trees and bushes, step back and consider the following tips.

As you may have heard over and over, “Pruning is good for a tree’s overall health.” Yes, it can improve a tree’s flowering and structure, however pruning is a cut and can harm a tree or bush if it isn’t properly done. This is why professionals who live and breathe the business should always handle the task.

    1. Be careful of pruning in the fall even though falling leaves have exposed every imperfection imaginable in your trees and bushes. Fall pruning can actually stimulate growth and that’s a bad thing during this special time of year. You see trees, and some plants, are actually trying to go dormant and interrupting their cycle can weaken them severely. A professional arborist knows this and can make the right adjustments if pruning is absolutely necessary during fall.

    2. Pruning, when done correctly, can help the flowers and trees on your property produce more fruit or flowers; and that’s always a good thing. Correctly pruned trees and shrubs allow trees and plants to turn their backs on disease. Late winter or early spring is the time to give your trees and plants a haircut. If you’ve got that urge to prune during the fall, fight it.

    3. We’re betting that 99% of the people didn’t know that pruning trees when it’s damp can spread disease faster. Microbes love wet weather conditions. Professional arborists love working when the sun is out. If your tree trimmer arrives in wet weather, well, close the door and wave goodbye through the window. Dry and sunny weather kills molds and bacteria.

Your professional tree pruner knows that pruning allows sunlight and air to filter through trees and shrubs—keeping them healthy. They’ll remove dead or dying branches first and they know how to handle branches that rub against each other and that grow vertically. Arborists know what to cut, and when to cut it. They know trees and which ones can be pruned from winter until the sap starts flowing again. Birches, dogwoods, walnuts and elm trees prefer summer pruning.

Arborists also know the importance of keeping tools clean. They thoroughly clean their tools when moving from one tree to the next, or before starting a new job. Dirty tree-trimming tools are an easy way to spread disease.

Call the professionals at Wauson Tree Service for a free estimate. Call today at 214-450-8720 or you can email us at We can get the job done on time and within budget.