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Summer Tree Pruning

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Apple Trees, Pruning, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer Tree Pruning

Summer tree pruning is not the best time to prune, but it can be done safely. Pruning fruit trees in the summer is actually desirable.  Here are some reasons why it is okay to prune trees in the summer: Fruit tree health is determined by size Summer pruning fruit trees in particular controls growth on a tree by removing water sprouts. Water sprouts are those shooters that grow straight up on a major limb. Summer is also a good time to remove the upper branches that can shade fruit on lower branches.  Opening up the canopy allows better air...

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Winter Storm Damage

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Uncategorized, Winter Tree Care | Comments Off on 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...

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Tree Identification – Ash Trees

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Ash Trees, Emerald Ash Borer | Comments Off on 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...

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Tree Identification Part Two

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Tree Identification | Comments Off on 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...

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Tree Identification

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Tree Identification | Comments Off on 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...

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A Dying Tree from Storm Damage

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Storm Damage | Comments Off on 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...

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Tree Diseases

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Tree Disease | Comments Off on Tree Diseases

Common Tree Disease The majority of tree disease are a result of some kind of bacteria or fungi. There are thousands of bacteria and fungi, and illnesses are spread through a variety of methods. Our job as Certified Arborists is to undergo a process to accurately diagnose your particular tree disease. These diseases are the cause of significant replacement expense of trees in landscapes and the commercial expense of future losses of forest products. This list does not include the Emerald Ash Borer. Tree Disease Dutch Elm Disease. (DED) is...

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Winterizing Chainsaws

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Chainsaws | 0 comments

Chainsaws need to be winterized. Also mowers, trimmers, blowers, tiller, etc. should all be winterized as well.  Winterizing your outdoor power gear can save you from an enormous headache this coming spring.  With storms coming to Kentucky and the midwest, chainsaws and tree cuts are going to become very needed. Winter temperatures cause gasoline to thicken and varnish in the combustion chamber and carburetor.  This subsequently causes faulty chainsaw starts or the, the chainsaw may not start at all.  If you cannot get your chainsaw to even...

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Electric Chainsaws???

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Chainsaws | 0 comments

How do electric chainsaws stack up when trimming trees? Electric chainsaws are now the rage throughout do it yourself stores like Loews and Home Depot. We have been using chainsaws for fifty years in our tree service company in Louisville. Basically, corded electric chainsaws are the cheapest models you can buy. Electric chainsaws are marketed as alternatives to gasoline powered chainsaws if you are doing light tree trimming or light tree pruning.  Electric chainsaws can plug the cable straight into a main 120 socket. Most electric chainsaws...

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Tips on Sharpening a Chainsaw

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Chainsaws | 0 comments

Chainsaws Chainsaws onlyare effective if the chainsaw blade is sharp. As one of the oldest tree care companies in Louisville, we have been helping customers by using chainsaws for over 50 years. To be able to remove trees, trim trees, and prune trees we need the right equipment. And the right equipment is a sharp chainsaw blade. Here are some tips that we can offer you to help you if you want to do it yourself. Carbide Wear Carbide chains (expensive but worth it) experience the most wear the first time the chainsaw chain is sharpened but it...

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