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It is always important to keep a watchful eye on your trees. Detecting dead trees before they fall and cause damage is preventing a major safety concern. However, it is not always easy to spot a dead tree, especially if it is in the winter! Trees don’t have leaves in the winter to signal to us that something is wrong. Furthermore, the winter season is a time of rest or dormancy for trees. So how do you tell if your tree is dying or just simply resting?
Dormancy for trees allows a time for the tree to rest or conserve energy before producing springtime foliage. The dormant tree, however, has bare branches and minimal activity, which can resemble a dead tree too. To ensure you don’t ignore a dead tree or cut down a tree that is dormant, follow this three-step check: continue reading
Your trees can be one of your oldest and most valuable assets, but they can also be your biggest liability. Dying trees that are not removed in a timely manner can fall down, damaging surrounding property or even hurting someone. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) reports that on average, there are over 100 landscape and tree fall fatalities every year.
How do you avoid fallen tree damage? Consider a professional tree inspection. At Pannone’s Landscaping and Lawn Pros, we offer a full menu of tree services to help you protect your trees, your property and your family. The following tree services can help you avoid a dangerous tree accident:
Falling trees contribute to tragic deaths and tens of millions of dollars in property damage each year. This leaves many homeowners with the responsibility of knowing how to spot a dangerous tree so that it can be removed before it causes harm. It is best to inspect your trees every season, especially the ones that are over a play area, near your house or close to your neighbor’s property.
You can conduct a comprehensive tree inspection and detect dangerous trees by examining the following four zones:
The Overall Tree.
This involves putting yourself at a distance from the tree so that you can get an accurate view of its overall shape, growth pattern, fullness, etc. Is the tree leaning more than usual? Are there areas of dead branches or thin leaf coverage?
It is possible that the tree stands tall, appears green and healthy, yet has a compromised root system. A tree’s root system is vital to its support. There are structural roots that anchor it (the visible roots) as well as absorbing roots (the numerous roots below the ground that carry soil nutrients). Inspect the ground around the base of the tree for the following:
- Visibly rotted or cracked anchoring roots
- Fungal growth (mushrooms) near the roots and trunks
- Cracked or raised soil (sign of uprooting)
- Dead branches on the ground
The trunk is what supports the weight of the branches and keeps the tree from toppling over. To detect a failing tree trunk, look for areas of weakness or disease. Are there cracks, cavities or “bald spots” (areas of no bark) on the trunk? Also, do you see signs that insects have attacked? Insects often attack a sick tree’s trunk, leaving visible holes and sawdust shavings. These are all signs that your tree’s trunk is sick or has a fungal infection and needs treatment.
The canopy inspection involves examining the tree’s branches and leaves. Here you’ll want to look for signs of dead wood, a red flag of a dangerous tree. Dead wood is easily spotted by the presence of branches that don’t have any leaves or branches that have shedding bark. In addition, look for broken branches after strong winds to spot weak areas in your tree that may be decayed or diseased.
If you are concerned about the health of one of your trees, call us at Pannone’s Landscaping & Lawn Pros for a professional tree service and inspection. Your treatment may include nursing a diseased tree back to health, addressing an insect problem, cleaning out dead branches or complete tree removal. We always seek ways to save your existing trees, but never at the risk or expense of a dangerous tree posing harm to your family or causing property damage.
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone
You may not think your yard needs much attention during the cold months. However, there are some important and beneficial yard maintenance tasks that are ideal during the winter season. Tree pruning is a lawn care responsibility that you should tackle before the temperature warms up.
Why the winter for tree pruning? There are several good reasons to prune trees in winter. First, the branches and tree structure is most visible in the winter since the foliage has fallen off. Second, dormant winter trees mean that you will not have bleeding sap when you cut or prune your tree. Lastly, winter pruning greatly reduces the risk of exposing a tree to disease. Oak trees are an example. Oaks need to be pruned in winter because they emit an odor that attracts beetles when freshly cut. These beetles often cause serious tree disease called oak wilt. Winter Oak pruning is ideal when beetles are hibernating.
It is very important that you follow a few rules when you decide to prune your trees. Cutting back main branches to stubs or “topping” trees is not as effective as it may seem. Often the limbs will grow back even higher than before and they can also be weaker. Gradual pruning is best to protect the health of your tree. A lawn care professional, such as Panonne’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping can help you with winter tree pruning. We can not only help you determine which trees are best to prune in the winter, but a professional can also ensure the proper technique and pruning method is used for your specific trees or shrubs.
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone