Now that we are in the summer season we must prepare for thunderstorms and hurricanes. It is best to prepare for storms and hurricanes early to ensure your loved ones and property are safe. Look around your property for any dead or low hanging branches, failing trees, or limbs encroaching your living space. Limbs that fall or become weakened by storms can cause serious injury or damage to property. Removing these limbs will not only keep your tree healthy and happy, but also prevent storm damage to valuable property.
Late February to early March is the time to have your Crape Myrtle trees pruned in order to assure beautiful blooms in the spring. Limbs that are inward growing and crossing or rubbing other limbs should be removed. This allows the tree to be opened up to allow air into the center of the tree. As Crape Myrtle trees grow it is necessary to remove low limbs in order to raise the canopy.
In an ice storm, precipitation freezes on the trees, weighing them down and causing the branches to either break or split. Pruning your trees early for weight reduction can prevent these breaks and splits from happening.
Three major signs that a tree is dying :
1) Canopy die back - The leaves of the tree are falling off at the tips of the branches.
2) Mushrooms growing around the base of the tree - a sign of Root Rot.
3) Missing bark - Bark that has fallen off the tree on its own. If your tree has any of these symptoms, we recommend having a certified arborist come out to examine your tree.
Emerald Ash Borer’s are a small green beetle that can be smaller than a dime. Emerald Ash Borer’s appear in mid to late May, or even before if warm weather is permitting. EAB are invasive insects that destroy and kill Ash tree’s within one to two years of invasion. The feeding of the Emerald Ash Borer on the tree hinders the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients causing the tree to die.
Signs Of EAB Infestation Include:
If you ever have questions about your trees call an ISA Certified Arborist for an expert consultation. 336-605-5733