An arborist is trained in tree care. He has the proper tools & equipment to work in & with trees. There is a big difference however. Arborists who have been ISA certified have a minimum of three years of field work in the tree industry, completed a course of study, & passed a comprehensive exam to attain certification. In order to stay ISA certified, the arborist must always be involved in continuing education as the certification requires a certain number of CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits) be obtained each year. This insures the homeowner that this person is trained on the latest science & technology with regard to tree care.
Our Trumpet tree is dropping leaves & not blooming. I cleared away a suffocating vine, but will the tree come back as lush as last year?
Arborist Russ Talley suggests that you read the following for Trumpet plant. Please inspect the leaves that have fallen off to determine if they have any marking that would indicate insect problems or if there is any white powdery substance. If this contines to be a problem & the Turmpet isn’t coming back as nicely as you had hoped, it might be time to check your soil PH. The Trumpet prefers a PH of 5.5-7.5. As noted in the article following, if there are any leaves with a white powdery substance on them, make sure to rake them up & remove them from the area. Our heat wave & drought have been terrible this summer, the Trumpet prefers a little dryness to being saturated, but during this hot dry time, make sure it is getting sufficient water on a regular basis. Trumpet Vine Light: Full Sun Soil: Sandy to clay; ph 5.5 to 7.5 Moisture: Moist to dry Hardiness: Zones 4 to 9 Problem: Leaves are covered with a white powder. Late in the growing season, leaves become covered with a powdery white dust, usually starting on the lower leaves and moving upward. This occurs most often after a period of humid weather. Cause: Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that feeds on the upper leaf surface but doesn?t penetrate into the leaf itself. When the disease doesn?t show up until late in the growing season, it does little damage. But a plant that is infected in midsummer or earlier can be weakened and stressed. Solution: Spray and practice good garden sanitation to control powdery mildew. Provide proper growing conditions for new plants. ? If the disease strikes early in the growing season, spray the plant with baking soda solution. (2 tablespoons baking soda. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. 1 cup plus 1 gallon warm water. Mix baking soda and oil in 1 cup of warm water and stir. Add to 1 gallon of water and mix. Pour into a clean sprayer.) ? In fall, rake up and dispose of infected foliage that drops to the ground. ? Plant new vines in a sunny site. Problem: Stems are studded with colonies of white insects. In summer, scattered clusters of white, cotton-covered insects can be found on stems. They look like mealybugs but jump when disturbed. If the infestation is severe, leaves become yellow and are coated with a sticky substance. Cause: Plant hoppers are gray to brown bugs that lay eggs in bark slits in late summer. The egg laying may cause some stem tips to die. The larvae hatch in spring and feed on the stems, covering themselves with a waxy substance. A sticky material, called honey dew, is excreted by the larvae. There is usually only one generation per year. Solution: Depending on the severity, either ignore the plant hoppers or spray them. ? With a light infestation, damage will be negligible and the insects can be ignored. ? If there are enough pest to cause leaf yellowing, spray the plant with the botanical insecticide neem or pyrethrum. Follow label directions carefully. Source: The Garden Problem Solver Copyright 1999 The Reader?s Digest Association, Inc.
Certainly. We call this type of service a “drop & leave”. This means that we will cut down the tree & leave the debris. If you have the time & equipment yourself to deal with the debris & perhaps want to keep the good wood to split into firewood, this can be a good option.
As long as they appear healthy & are thriving then there is really no need to feed them. Feeding becomes important when a tree is planted in poor conditions & is not doing well. If the tree is doing well the it is likely very happy with where it is planted & it’s living conditions. Enjoy!!
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) was founded in 1924 and has served the tree care industry for over seventy years as a scientific and educational non-profit organization. ISA supports tree care around the world and is dedicated to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees. This organization continues to be a dynamic medium through which arborists around the world share their experiences and knowledge for the benefit of society. Aligned on many fronts with other green organizations, ISA is working hard to foster a better understanding of trees and tree care through research and the education of professionals as well as global efforts to inform tree care consumers. For more information, please visit http://www.isa-arbor.com/about/about.asp.
The best time to prune depends very much on the species of the tree. When in doubt over what time of year would be best for the tree species in your particular yard, a call to a certified arborist will clear everything up. When pruning, it is always important to remember that all pruning cuts should be made outside of the branch bark collar to ensure that the pruning wound will heal correctly. When choosing a tree service, ask if work is performed to ANSI standards, this will ensure that all pruning cuts made are done according to the most widely accepted & accredited tree care guidelines.
There are many considerations, such as space, light, water, east or west facing for shade on the home etc. Some trees, such as sweet gum trees are very beautiful & grow well in our area, however remember that they have those somewhat annoying gum balls that drop off every year & it can cause a foot hazard. An arborist or nursery can be very helpful in this area. The main thing is research–don’t be in a hurry to pick a tree. You will be living with it for many years.
You don’t want the root system to freeze, that is a big deal. Burlap is ok, but make sure that the warm weather is gone. Wrapping in white plastic is best. Dark or clear plastic may cause heat/ humidity to collect and lead to disease. Be sure to remove all leaf litter & old fruit – this will reduce disease activity. – Answer from Curtis Foster- Hansen’s Tree Service ISA Certified Arborist.
Stump grinding is removal of the tree stump through mechanical means. Stump grinders break up the stump by chipping away at it with very sharp, roatating teeth on a stump grinding machine. A pile of wood chips is what remains after the process is finished. Those wood chips that are on the ground after the stump grinding has been completed serve a very important purpose. The open hole in the ground created by the stump grind cannot be left unfilled as it could cause serious injury should someone happen to be walking over the lawn & not notice that there is now a large hole where a tree once was. Those chips get swept back into the hole and tapped down in order to help level off the newly stump ground area.
Those wood chips in the stump hole will begin to disintegrate, so it may be necessary for the home owner to continue placing more of the remaining wood chips into the hole in order to fill it. We also highly recommend to homeowners that it is a good idea to follow this settling process with some top soil & grass seed in order to completely cover the hole & make it safe for any lawn foot traffic.
If you have any mover questions on stump grinding, be sure to ask one of our arborists to expand on this short explanation.
Depending on what needs to be done to the tree we can still help you! We have a bucket truck that can reach over top of just about any house to access the back yard. If the tree is dead & needs to be removed we can have a climber actually climb the tree & “piece it out”. Just give us a call with the location of the tree in that hard to reach spot & we’ll come out & give you a free estimate on getting the work done!
There is a spray called Florel that can be used. It has met with limited success at best. In order to achieve any amount of success, you must catch the tree in a very narrow window of opportunity. Also, you cannot use the spray in windy conditions. This is why it is so important that you consider all aspects of a tree before planting. Sweet Gum trees are beautiful, but they do have the gum balls. We did see a device called The Nut Wizard that is handy for picking them up off the lawn withour breaking your back. You can check out the device at their web site www.thenutwizard.com Removing the tree would be a last resort & then only after all other solutions had been exhausted or if the location of the tree & the number of gum balls was so large that there was a human risk of someone falling & being seriously hurt.
NO, you should never “fill” a tree with concrete or anything else for that matter. Call an arborist to evaluate the structural stability of the tree. It coud be a dead or hazardous tree & those you always want to have removed due to the risk they could pose to your home or people in the area.
My pear tree blew down in a storm & I had no idea that my insurance wouldn't cover everything. Any tips going forward?
These are steps to take before and after any casualty loss to your trees and landscape. Taking these steps can improve the value of your investment in nature’s green, growing gifts, and prevent financial loss should they be damaged or destroyed (from the companion publications Guide for Plant Appraisal and Manual for Plant Appraisers, available from the International Society of Arboriculture). Take pictures of trees and other landscape plants now while they are healthy and vigorous. This makes “before and after” comparisons easier and will expedite the processing of insurance and/or IRS claims.
Also, check your insurance. In most cases, the amount of an allowable claim for any one tree or shrub is a maximum of $500. Keep accurate records of your landscape and real estate appraisals on any losses for insurance, legal, and income tax purposes. Consult your local Arborist or Plant Health Care professional at every stage in the life cycle of your landscape (planning, planting, care) and to make sure you do not suffer needless financial loss when a casualty strikes.
Is the presence of red ants living in a cedar tree a bad thing? Are they damaging to the tree or co-existing?
If a cedar has multiple woodpecker holes in the trunk does it mean that it is diseased & will die?
In many cases it is only cosmetic, but it can be a precurser to insect & disease problems. Good time to keep an eye on the tree. The tree should compartmentalize on its own, so no effort is needed to assist the tree at this point. Do however keep an eye on it to see if the wood pecker persists & the tree shows any signs of decline.
I would like to plant a tree that is fast growing but not as brittle a silver maple. Can you suggest something?
Most trees that grow fast (Tulip Poplars, Silver Maples) are going to be softer & weaker trees. From a hardwood standpoint (long lasting tree & relatively quick to grow) this would be a Pin Oak. The Pin Oak is probably the fastest growing and lowest maintenance hardwood tree. Perhaps consider too a medium growth tree like an Ash variety or a Harder Maple like the Red Sunset or Autum Baze Maple. Go to a local nursery where the staff is actually qualifed to help direct you on this tree selection as well. You will need to consider light, water & how close the tree will be to the house as well (you said you were seeking shade to a bedroom I believe). Hope this helps.
The cause is likely root disturbance & damage along with soil compaction from heaving equipment being moved over the ground during construction. When soil gets compacted, the oxygen from the soil is lessened because it is literally being squeezed out. This lack of oxygen can cause stress to the tree & often time death. Many times the full effect of construction work can last anywhere from 5-7 years. Because of this, it is important when planning any constuction near trees, that the critical root zone of the tree is considered. If you are going to be operating very heavy equipment near a tree, it is best to determine ahead of time if you think the tree can be saved or if it will become a casuality of construction. There are other factors to consider, but the critical root zone is basically the drip line of the tree. No construction activity should occur within that drip line of the tree canopy. If you remain unsure, please call Hansen’s for a certified arborist to take a look at your trees.
I have a heavily wooded, 5 acre lot and I want clear about an acre of land for a home. What are my options?
First of all, make sure that you are willing to loose all of those trees. Planning the site before construction is vital. Trees don’t deal well with the stress brought on by construction so if there are some prized trees on that lot you want to clear, be sure to mark them & make it very clear to your builder that you do not want the root zone of those vital trees disturbed. Each site has factors such as location & accessibility. It might be possible to take down these trees & then use one of our large mobile tub grinders to mulch up the debris. This method would be relatively quick. If the location won’t allow large equipment, then a tree crew will come & work for perhaps several days in order to take down the trees & chip them up with a smaller machine called a chipper. I would suggest you phone our office at 636-379-1830 & request a consultation with an arborist before you begin this building process to ensure that you are going to be able to save the trees that you want to & that the rest of your clearning project can be managed in an efficient & professional manner.
As soon as possible!! If you suspect a tree is dead, call an arborist to be certain & then make arrangements to have it removed. The risk factor of the tree will be evaluated. If it poses the possibility of striking a home, car or someone walking by then of course it must be removed immediately. If the tree is in no danger of striking anything if it falls then you would be safe to remove it within a reasonable time, approximately six months. It is important to remove dead trees because if the tree died from a spreadable disease, then you want to remove that diseased tree before the infection could find a new host in another nearby tree.
Generally speaking, it takes about two business days in order for a certified arborist to make it to a home for an estimate. If you, as the home owner, know what your are interested in having work done & can describe it to one of the people who answers the phone in the office, it will make the process much more simple. Say for instance that you have some limbs on your elm tree in the front yard that are scraping your roof. Simply phone in & describe that very situation & indicate the location of tree, such as front yard, back yard, near the driveway or near the front window. That way we can be certain that we are looking at what you want us to look at & we can estimate it for you. You don’t need to be home if you can give us a description of what you want done & the location of the trees. We will be glad to leave you an estimate along with a brochure & our insurance documentation right on your front door. Then after reviewing everything, just phone us with any questions you might have.
During storm damage we do our best to make it to everyone who phones for our help, just a quickly as possible. However, due to the staggering number of calls, it can take a day or two before we get around to each call. We try to respond to the most severe calls first. If your tree has fallen on your home or is blocking your driveway, then rest assured that you have called the right people & that we will respond promptly & get things cleaned up so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible. Remember that we can’t risk harm to our employees, so we cannot send them out in rain & lightning. Just as soon as the storm subsides, we will be there managing the damage & cleaning up the aftermath of Mother Nature.
No, it is not necessary for you to be home. We will fully go over the job to be done with the homeowner before the work is performed. If you choose to be home to watch the work, that of course is fine as well, but don’t feel that you need to take a precious vacation day off from work in order to have your trees trimmed. Also if you choose to stay home & watch the work, please either stay in the safety of your home or if you must watch from outside, please stay a safe distance away from all work & our ground crews. If a groundsman asks you to move it is for your safety.
Unfortunatly, no. When looking for a tree service with an arborist on staff, be sure to look for the leaf symbol & the letters ISA. ISA stands for the International Society of Arboraculture. A course of study, years of field work & an extensive exam that must be passed are all required in order to become ISA certified. Finding an ISA certified arborist will ensure the best, most professional tree care possible. Currently Hansen’s has 5 ISA certified arborists on staff. Call one today with your question or send it thru this web site!
Can a young Bald Cypress tree planted this past fall be transplated to a different location in the same yard, this time of year?
It should be fine to move this tree. It is doubtful that it has begun to root into its current home at this early stage. In general, you never want to move a tree when growth has started pushing out to the tips so move it soon for best results. Your question has been answered by Kip, one of our arborists on staff. If you would like further assistance, please phone the office at 636-379-1830 & we will be glad to put you in touch with Kip or one of our other arborists.