Tree Care Information
Here you can find different articles that can help you best maintain your trees and shrubbery. The information in these articles can give you tips on caring for your trees and help you to know when to give us a call. New articles will be added every couple of weeks.
Recap On Emerald Ash Borer
Since we are getting more calls about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), I thought it wold be a good idea to revisit some information about the pest. And what better source than the Nebraska Arborist Association!
-EAB has been confirmed in Omaha, NE. However, it has still not been confirmed within a 15 mile radius of Lincoln.
-EAB was first found in Detroit Michigan and been found in 27 states. since 2002.
-EAB is native to Asia and is about 1/2 inch long. It disrupts the trees nutrient and water flow, killing the tree.
-"EAB infested ash trees will exhibit thinning or dying branches in the top of the tree, S-shaped larval galleries under bark, D-shaped exit holes and suckers (along the trunk and main branches)".
Let's talk about wind damage!
Since we are having a particularly windy day, I thought it would be good to have some information on wind damge available to you!
"Trees and woody shrubs with broken branches need special attention. Remove damaged twigs and side shoots back to the main branch. You can shorten main branches to just above a side branch, but shortened branches will never grow any longer. If the remaining branch isn’t long enough to add graceful shape and character to the tree, it’s best to remove it. Cut the branch back to the collar, or the thickened area next to the trunk."
How does this 'spring-like' weather affect your trees and shrubbery?
Here is a helpful article that talks about what warm temperature can do to trees and shrubbery before spring.
"These ‘spring-like’ temperatures often result in many plants and trees breaking dormancy prematurely. This sudden drop to below freezing can wreak havoc on tender new growth. So what should you do when this happens? "
Emerald Ash Borer
This University of Nebraska page has 15+ frequently asked questions about Emerald Ash Borer and answers to them! Since many of our customers are concerned about EAB, I thought this would be a great piece to share.
**We are not currently treating EAB as the Nebraska Extension office has not confirmed a case within a 15 mile radius of Lincoln. Treatments may start in spring 2017, possibly April or May.
Why hire an Arborist?
This piece talks about why hiring an arborist is essential to your trees health.
"Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees."