Developmental pruning of young trees
Developmental pruning of young treesMany tree problems and hazards can be corrected or avoided with proper pruning. Has anyone ever recommended cabling or bracing your tree? That co-dominate stem could have been pruned at the nursery or after it was planted, and the root system was re-established. There are many examples of mature trees with […]
Tree Pruning in Leesburg in Preparation for the Climbing Competition
The mid-Atlantic climbing competition is our regional event. It is the best 30 or so climbers in Maryland, VA, West VA, and DC competing in 5 preliminary events. The top 4 compete at the end in a winner take all event.The winner goes to the annual international climbing competition. Our chapter is one of about […]
Will My Construction Project Kill My Trees?
Planning for Trees During Construction Do you have plans for a new construction project? Have you thought about how your trees will be affected? Construction projects, if not carefully planned out, can harm or even kill your trees. It doesn’t matter if your construction project is large or small. Even replacing underground pipes or wires […]
Healthy Soil for Healthy Trees
Importance of Healthy Soil Healthy trees need healthy soil that is rich in nutrients, moisture and structure. In urban environments, soil does not always provide the necessities for healthy trees in the landscape. Compaction, lack of organic material, insufficient pore space, and other critical problems make a harsh environment for root systems. During construction, topsoil […]
Why Do Leaves Fall?
How Leaves Work Have you ever wondered what brings out the fall color of leaves? To find the answer, you have to understand how trees and leaves work. Trees need to eat, just like you and I do. But their food is not fertilizer any more than a multivitamin is food for us. Carbohydrates and […]
Tree Root Problems
Getting to the Root of the Problem Tree roots are often the most overlooked, neglected, and abused component of the tree’s anatomy. Tree root problems are a major part of a tree’s health. In the mid-Atlantic region, tree roots are located mostly in the top six to ten inches of soil. This is due to […]
Are Your Trees at Risk During Storms?
Predicting which Trees are at Risk During Storms During a hurricane or tropical storm, how likely will your trees become damaged? It’s not always easy to predict which trees will fall victim to a storm, but there are factors that can increase the risk. Take a close look at your trees to see how many […]
When to Fertilize Your Trees
When Trees Need Fertilizer Are your trees looking a little peaked? They may be lacking nutrients and need fertilizer. Urban soils are often lack the nutrients that are found naturally in the forest, and trees have a harder time absorbing what is there. There are several factors that can lead to this condition: Competition from […]
Top Tree Pests in Mid-Atlantic
Despite our best efforts to take care of our trees, sometimes even healthy trees are attacked by pests and diseases. Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, there are a number of common tree pests and diseases we see every day. It is not an all-inclusive list, but it covers the majority of the culprits that plague […]
8 Signs of Trouble with Your Trees
Looking for Signs of Trouble As with people, when problems affect the health of your tree, early detection can often mean the difference between life and death. Signs of trouble with trees are sometimes obvious, but at other times, you may need to make a closer inspection. Because trees are living organisms, you should keep […]