Fun Fact: Did you know that Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth, and never die of old age? At 5,064 years old. The oldest known tree in the world is an unnamed Great Basin bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California.
Spring Tree Care Tip: The ideal time to prune most trees is during winter dormancy. You can, however, remove any dead, damaged or broken branches in spring. If you’re unsure whether a branch is dead, wait until the tree leafs out. Dead branches are easy to spot once leaves unfurl.
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With spring now in full effect, if you have not already. Check your sprinkler system. Inspect emitters and lines for leaks or clogs. Look for puddling around trees; adjust sprinkler heads accordingly. Sprinklers shouldn’t spray water onto foliage of trees susceptible to fungal diseases. If dogwood, for instance, has continually wet leaves, it’s more likely to develop anthracnose or powdery mildew.
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A visit from a Certified Arborist working for an insured local tree company is almost always free, but there are many signs of trouble anyone can look out for. Here’s a short list of signs your tree may need some help from the professionals:
- Late leafing out or early leaf drop
- Small leaves or a thinner canopy than other nearby trees of the same species
- Fine sawdust (frass) at the base of the trunk
- Large sections of bark falling off
- No trunk taper, trunk looks like a telephone pole where it meets the ground, or looks pinched
- Roots crossing over the trunk
- Large amounts of dead branches throughout the tree
- Cracks, creases, or places where the bark folds in between the branches
- No leaves at the tips of many branches, especially at the top
- Heaving soil near the base of the tree during wind
- Signs of insects such as webs, droppings, sticky liquid dripping from the tree, caterpillars, holes in the leaves, or unusual lumps on the leaves or stems
- Pale, mottled, or otherwise discolored leaves
- Creaking sounds
Any of these signs, especially more than one of them at once, or anything else that seems unusual is cause to have a professional evaluate the tree. Trees generally do a good job taking care of themselves, but a little bit of attention and care can go a long way towards ensuring your tree has a long life.
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