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One of the popular trends for gardening and adding curb appeal to your front lawn is raised garden beds. While slightly raised beds along the perimeter of your house can help protect the foundation by retaining the surrounding moisture and encouraging root growth that can hold soil in place, raised beds around trees can be dangerous to the tree's health and structural stability. Here's how:

  • Piling soil around the base of the trunk can encourage rot and decay. The moisture encourages new growth that can infect the tree; it's also a good environment for insects that can bore to the trunk or damage the bark. Rotting bark can also kill a tree on its own. Because the tree's living tissue is contained in just the surface layers of the tree, they are surprisingly fragile and susceptible to infection once rot sets in.
  • Planting near a tree disturbs its root system. Even if you plant a shallow layer of flowers near the tree, digging through the soil can hurt the tree's roots every time you plant new flowers. Using a planter box or ringing it with stone can also weigh down and stifle the roots, which lets disease set in.

What should you do if you have a property with raised beds or plants around a tree?

The first thing you should do is call in an expert. They can evaluate the degree of damage to the root system, the trunk, and the bark, as well as give you advice about how to treat for any existing diseases. This step is especially important if you have just purchased or inherited a house with potentially damaged trees: while short-term damage might be easily treated, pre-existing beds without a known start date can be risky for both the tree and the property next to it. Go to Advanced Tree Care here for an inspection and for steps on how to keep your trees healthy.

Estate Management Tree Care

Trees are amazing ways to beautify properties, improve the environment, protect facilities and improve the grounds. They are extremely common on any property with substantial land holdings. Even plots of land that are little more than a few hundred square meters often have trees.  More and more estates are placing trees on their properties and managing them appropriately.

Estates must have ongoing tree care services, not just one time repair people after storms or the winter season. Instead, having ongoing estate management is crucial. These keep trees healthy, strong and growing. They also make sure that the trees do not grow into an area they should not be by pruning, reinforcement and removal if necessary. That includes growth into other people's yards or in front of a window.

For example, pest and disease control is an important ongoing service for estates with trees. If one tree infects seedlings with a disease, it could ruin further trees or kill the entire bunch. Similarly, pests can cause damage to trees and spread other diseases, even to humans.

Lastly, service people make sure to enhance the soil so that current and future trees can grow quickly and healthy. They monitor the pH levels and add additional nutrients if necessary. Arborists know which trees are sick and take precautions to restore their full health.

Advanced Tree Care is a leading tree care estate management service. The Canadian firm helps individuals and large estates beautify their properties and keep their trees healthy. For more information, please contact us.

Tree removal is the last option in tree care for damaged or unstable trees. Everyone would rather see a tree make a full recovery and be able to flourish. But sometimes trees are too damaged, are too close to a structure, or can't be allowed to grow further. If you have a tree that you're not quite sure what to do with, run through this checklist to see if you should call in an expert to remove your trees:

  • Is it the wrong species for the area? Some trees aren't suited for neighborhoods: they attract pests, they drop a lot of debris, or they have weak root systems that stay close to the surface and are easily damaged. Some trees are also wrong for the region: they're an invasive species (or they bring invasive species with them), their roots are susceptible to disease, and they are always damaged after winter.
  • Is more than a third of the tree hollow? The important parts of the tree are right up against the bark, but the trunk is what provides the structural integrity that stops the whole tree from falling over. 
  • Is the trunk damaged? All tree trunks get a small amount of damage, usually in the form of cracks, stubs from dead branches, or patched over signs of decay. But if you notice those signs growing week after week, or the damaged areas is more than a quarter of the circumference, the internal rot might be weakening the whole tree.
  • Is all of the damage on one side of the tree? While that may mean all the rot is localized, or a storm only physically damaged one side of the trunk, the tree might not be stable. Even if an arborist doesn't suggest removing the whole tree, they'll know the right procedure for removing the dead branches and adding in support.

No matter what signs of damage you see on your tree, it's always better to be safe and call in an expert. Go to Advanced Tree Care here to find more tips about inspecting your trees and what an arborist can do to help.

Tree Removals

Large trees are the best part of having a yard. They cool your home, provide shade throughout the summer, and are some of the best backyard jungle gyms around. And because they're such an integral part of your property, it's important to know when something might be wrong with them. While some signs of rot and dead tissue are easy to identify, such as torn wood, a hollowing trunk, or lumps of gnarled tissue growing on the branches, not all signs of damage are an immediate tip-off.

When does new growth signify severe damage?

Not every sign of trouble is a dying branch or decaying plants. New plants growing around the tree can be just as significant. Here are a few signs that indicate you need an arborist to come inspect the tree and potentially remove it.

  • Fungus: Mushrooms like to grow where it's moist and shadowed, so large trees provide the perfect environment. Many times mushrooms growths are just that, but if the fungus is touching the roots or growing on the trunk you need to call in a specialist.
  • New shoots and sprouts: Thick trees tend to dominate the area around them; even grass might have a hard time growing right up to the trunk. But if you notice new sprouts growing at the bottom of the tree or small, new branches shooting from near the base of the trunk, that's a sign something is wrong. It can be something as incidental as newly compacted soil or an unexpected amount of sunlight. But it could also be a sign of more serious stress.

Trees are typically hardy plants and can withstand a great deal of damage. But trees near to your house can pose a risk to your safety, and leaving them untreated can be dangerous. Go to Advanced Tree Care to find set an appointment.

Professional Tree Care

Even though it's only October, winter weather is quickly setting in. Some of your trees and plants might already be showing signs of it beyond yellowing leaves, with the stems and buds going dormant. But that doesn't mean your trees have hibernated just yet. The roots stay active far longer than the rest of the tree, which can be a recipe for infection or damage because the roots are less able to protect themselves than stems and trunks.

What can you do to protect your tree roots throughout autumn?

The best thing you can do is call a tree care professional who can create a healthy, moist layer of insulation above the roots. It's important that the soil temperature stays warm enough for the plants, even if the air temperatures dip into freezing and below. While mulch can do some of the work, finding the right type of mulch is crucial to maintaining the right nutrients, water content, and heat as the tree winds down for the year.

Hiring specialists to mulch young and fragile trees is especially important to prevent rot around the tree trunk. Packing mulch around the tree itself can weaken the bark's defenses, and specialists can also check the soil quality to mitigate potential problems throughout the seasons. They can also check new plants for cracked or dry soil and even prepare your trees for other winter maladies such as sun scald and dieback.

Advanced Tree Care can inspect your trees for common autumn and winter maladies and help you get your yard set for a healthy winter. Set an appointment or look for more tree care tips here.

Storm Damage Tree Service

Trees must endure storms throughout the year from summer's thunder storms to winter's snow and ice storms. If you have trees near your house, driveway, or in other areas that might endanger people or property, you should be proactive about ensuring they won't cause problems in a storm.

Preventative Tree Pruning

One important measure is doing preventative pruning every three to five years for mature trees, and yearly pruning for young trees. The purpose of preventative pruning is to reduce the tree's wind resistance. The tree's canopy acts like a sail that can greatly stress the tree in high winds. Reducing this resistance through proper pruning minimizes the tree's risk of storm damage. If the tree size requires working off the ground with power tools, the job is best left to professional arborists. It's also important not to over-prune the tree since this will weaken it.

Tree Inspections

Visual inspections are essential for detecting and correcting tree weaknesses before they cause damage in a storm. Problems to look for are large dead branches, as well as splits in the trunk, in large branches, and where the branches join with the trunk. Double trunks that join together in a sharp vee as well as large branches joining the trunk in the same manner are potential weak spots. Yet another weakness to look for is a tree trunk hollowed out by insect damage or disease. These aren't always visible but may be detected by tapping the trunk with a rubber mallet. Still another indicator of weakness is a leaning tree.

Sometimes these weaknesses are plainly visible from the ground, in which case, consulting with an arborist about dealing with the problem tree is next. However, not seeing signs of weakness doesn't rule out sections of the tree that you can't see or internal rotting. If you have a large tree within falling distance of people or property, it's recommended that you get it inspected by a professional.

If you require tree pruning, an inspection for weaknesses or damage, or if you have storm damaged trees, don't hesitate to contact us.

Storm Damage

While sudden storm damage is impossible to predict, there are a few steps you can take to mitigate the risk, especially if you live in an area with a high risk of windy storms or near large trees. Trees, just like with all aspects of home maintenance, need regular preventative care to stop unexpected breakages and emergencies. Here's how you can proactively help your trees withstand storms:

  1. Select a tree species that can handle storms. Some trees are stronger than others, and if you live in an area with frequent wind storms, blizzards, or hurricanes, you need plants that can stand up to both pressure and weight. The best way to do that is to stick with local species: trees that have a long history of staying healthy for decades in your region make the best investments.
  2. Regularly consult with a tree expert. Whether you've moved to a new house, you're planning a major landscaping project, or it's been a year since an arborist has inspected your trees, get an expert on site. They can check your trees' overall health, give you pruning tips to keep young and old trees safely away from the edge of your home, and evaluate whether the trees are strong enough to withstand the season's storms. This might mean introducing supports for young trees so they grow properly or trimming mature trees so the wind has less leverage.

Storm damage can be costly and dangerous, but you don't have to remove your trees to reduce the risk. 
Go to Advanced Tree Care to find an expert who can find the right steps to protect your trees and your home.

Professional Tree Care

It's not only wind storms and hail that can damage trees. Cold weather can also wreak havoc, especially on non-native trees typically suited for other climate zones. If you have temperate forest trees, flowering plants from warmer regions, or fruit trees originally from nearer the Equator, the upcoming winter can be harsh. Make sure you know the signs on encroaching cold weather damage and how to minimize them.

How does cold weather affect trees and plants?

Trees rely on a healthy system of working roots to stay hydrated and strong. If those roots are damaged or the cold weather reduces the tree's growth, then the roots are less effective and disease or rot can set in. Non-native species tend to not have the inbuilt protections and behavior cycles that local plant variations do, so every storm or temperature drop is like a snap freeze on an unprotected system. Once the temperature dips below freezing, then the tree also can't conduct water through the trunk and the tree's underlying tissue gets damaged.

What can you do to protect your trees?

Proactive maintenance is always best: before you plant, or before you plant another, cultivate plants from warmer regions in a sunny section of your yard that is protected from northern winds. You can also cover your smaller trees during sudden storms and freezes by using boxes and blankets, but you can only keep your tree covered for a couple of days before you risk damaging it. If your trees are too large to cover, wrapping the trunk should mitigate the damage.

Once damage sets in, the best thing you can do is call a tree care specialist. Most rot and disease can be stopped in its tracks, but only if it's caught quickly and treated correctly. 

Go to Advanced Tree Care for tips or to get your trees inspected for damage.

Storm Damage

Severe weather conditions are often very detrimental to trees. For example, imagine looking outside after a big storm and seeing part of your favorite tree on the neighbor's roof. Then you notice another large branch is blocking your driveway. You may want to rush out and take care of these issues yourself, but for emergency situations, please call Advanced Tree Care. While some small pruning jobs are suitable for a homeowner, tree removal is best left to the professionals. Our arborists use the highest quality tools and attention to detail to ensure our customer's satisfaction and safety.

 

Our services include cutting and removing the damaged branches or tree. If an entire tree does need removal, we can also remove the stump. In addition to stumps being an unsightly tripping hazard, they can cause additional problems. If you leave the stump, then you will likely have trouble due to the roots sprouting new trees in your yard or growing toward water pipes or your basement walls. We remove the obvious issues as well as those beneath the surface.

 

Advanced Tree Care also offers the highest quality tree maintenance available which alleviates many problems before the wind even starts blowing.  Our professional team assesses all trees on your property for potentially hazardous situations.

 

Whether storm damage has already occurred or you are planning ahead, Advanced Tree Care has you covered.  We look forward to meeting you and always appreciate your business.  

Please contact us so that we can take care of all of your tree care needs.

Stump Removal

Are you sick of staring at that stump in your yard? Have you attempted to tackle the stump and ended up more frustrated and angry? Stump removal seems easy on the surface. In fact, you have probably watched a couple YouTube videos of diy stump removal, but in reality, a lot goes into removing those eyesores. 

Property owners find themselves overwhelmed with questions such as:

What if we try to pull the stump out and it comes out in one piece ripping open a crater? Depending on the age and kind of tree the root system varies. Deciduous tree roots tend to go down and deep whereas evergreens have a more shallow and flat root system. Knowing which tree root system you are working with can help you gauge the damage that will be done if you just try to rip out the stump. 

Will it tear up any underground plumbing or wires? It is always smart to call a utility line locator by dialing 811 before you do any work in the ground. 

What do we do if it breaks apart into pieces? Older stumps that are rotting away tend to be a bit easier to remove and they are faster to grind, however looks can be deceiving.

Can we plant grass immediately or does the area need further prepping? Once the stump is gone, you are ready to rehab and grow grass. However, the sawdust left behind can alter the pH of the soil and steal nitrogen which grass needs to grow. Test the soil and use a good fertilizer before planting and continue to monitor the pH especially if the grass does not look right. 

Professionals who handle stump removal make sure the stump is fully removed. They grind down the stump until it is well below the surface and they clean up the mess afterward. Professionals make the job go as quickly as possible. Unless you are wanting to try out your friend's diesel truck's pulling power, there is no need to add stump removal aggravation to your weekend. 

Advanced Tree Care provides affordable professional stump removal services and can answer your questions.
If you want the job done right contact us today.