Posts by Dhartlage

Winter Storm Damage

Winter Storm Damage

Most damage to property during serious climate situations happens because of falling trees and limbs. High winds and saturated soil typical of winter storms can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. Limbs might be torn totally free during storms or a whole tree might fall, causing power failures, home damage, as well as individual injury. Throughout winter, the load of ice and snow accumulations create failure of branches and even whole trees. While it’s impossible to completely safeguard your trees and home from serious storms, you will find some fundamental procedures of...

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Tree Identification – Ash Trees

It is the time of year to begin taking steps to eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer. First, tree identification is key.  Do you even own an Ash tree?  Here is a great article on how to determine if you have an Ash tree. An ash tree is effortlessly identified by: There’s an opposite branching pattern (two branches come off the primary stem, one on each side and opposite one another. It has complex leaves with 5-11 leaflets (based on the specific species of ash). Leaflets are somewhat toothed and might be stalked. In winter: first look for the opposite branching pattern and strong twigs of...

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Tree Identification Part Two

Tree Identification in Winter – Part Two Look for left over growth up inside the branches. The tulip tree for example, with its large vertical trunk and thin upright flowers, that stay all winter, is common and simple to recognize. Learn your tree families, instead of isolating trees by specific species. A peach, a cherry, a plum, a hawthorn, a pear, are all in the identical family, with edible fruit – the rose family. Trees with pods are in the same family, like silk tree, mesquite and locust. There are not a whole lot of different tree families in any area in the world –...

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Tree Identification

Tree Identification in winter Part One Winter is a good time for you to begin your tree identification education. The forest is open, you’ll find no bugs, and as opposed to a cloud of vegetation, many trees stand out solidly and possess a distinctive winter look. Some are evergreen, some have pods, old leaves, leftover fruit, spines or giant buds – and a tree’s silhouette is much more visible without having the wrap of leaves. Get field guides for your neighborhood trees. It really is great to possess both a basic regional guide, as well as a much more specific guide for...

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A Dying Tree from Storm Damage

Spring storms are coming and tree damage is almost a certainty. But what do you do to save a dying tree that has been damaged in spring storms? The first step is to learn to identify trees.  Dying trees are all treated differently so understanding the exact species is critical. The lack of snow and snow cover this year along with the strong winds we have had can evaporate the roots of any tree.  A dry tree will soon become a dying tree.  If the ground appears dry in the spring, you can be sure it will get worse in the summer, so, the first step is watering your tree on a regular basis.  This...

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