A Heart of…Wood?

You’ve probably noticed, when looking at a cut piece of tree trunk, that the wood towards the center is darker. This is called the trees heartwood. As a tree grows, the outer, lighter colored sapwood closer to the center dies. Although it is considered deadwood, it will not rot or lose strength in a healthy […]

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…With a Little Help from My Friends

A healthy tree trunk is capable of supporting incredible amounts of weight. But sometimes even these heavy lifters could use a spotter. It is when trees start swaying around that their strength is put to the test. The best way to add stability is by helping different trunks support one another. This is done by […]

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Wood fiber has amazing strength in a way that not many people consider. Try this: pick up a tiny, straight, woody twig and hold it firmly at each end. Now pull with all your might! Now push! No effect, right? Now try this: bend it until it breaks. It does so with minimal effort. This […]

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Young Tree Training

It’s good to start young. Proper pruning measures taken when a tree is young (generally speaking, 10’ – 20’ tall) can significantly impact its future development. To help ensure a healthy, structurally sound tree, early signs of crowded or defective limbs or competing leaders can be identified and removed. This will allow more space and […]

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Ice Ice Baby

It’s getting to be that time of year when temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing. It is these conditions that produce ice storms. These storms can quickly add a significant amount of weight to tree limbs, greatly increasing the chance for damage. Pruning to reduce the length of limbs, especially ones that extend further than […]

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Crossing Limbs

When pruning a tree, crossing limbs should be one of the main issues to be targeting. When limbs are crossing they rub against one another, causing damage to both. This will result in structural defects, even very small ones can grow to be major hazards. The wounds that develop can also be an entry point […]

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Survival of the Fittest

Trees are fierce competitors. Like all living things, trees compete with one another for space and resources. This happens below ground with roots taking over space to absorb water and nutrients. It also occurs above with branches and leaves shading out those of other trees. Pruning is a great way to help a tree that […]

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Planting a tree, simple as can be?

Just dig a hole and plop it in, right? There’s actually a little more to it than that. Giving a tree the right start is essential and it needs to be handled very carefully. One of the most common problems we see is improper planting depth, too deep or too shallow can be very detrimental. […]

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Screwy Squirrels

Whether you enjoy watching them or are a little annoyed with them raiding your bird feeder, you can’t help but take interest in these charismatic critters. Personally, we’re a little jealous of their climbing skills. When working with trees we prefer to avoid their nests during the breeding seasons. Yes, seasons, squirrels breed twice a […]

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Nicks and Bumps

Now that it’s finally warming up outside it’s time to bust out the lawn mower. As much as you would just like to get the job done, it is important to be careful around your trees. Mechanical damage from mowers and trimmers is one of the most common causes of harm to trees. The small […]

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