Category Archives: Emergency Storm Response

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Don’t be Caught Off Guard!

What will this winter bring? According to weather forecasters, the Midwest winter should be similar to that of last year, with warmer than normal temperatures. Remember, winter does not mean just snow or ice storms, it can also bring blustery, cold winds that can be strong at times. A seasonal storm is not the time to see how healthy your trees really are. When is the best time to prune my trees? Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is while there are still leaves in the canopy. Actually it is easier for your Certified Arborist to evaluate your trees when there are no leaves. Without the leaves, your Arborist can easily identify dead, cracked or diseased limbs; limbs that could potentially become a liability to your property. During an evaluation, they can also spot possible … Read More »

Don’t Prune These Trees in Summer

There are specific guidelines when it comes to tree pruning. While trees require routine maintenance for overall health and safety, there are specific seasons that trees should not be pruned. While you may have an overgrown tree, deadwood or just need general pruning, it is important to note that not all species of tree can be trimmed year round.

Oaks, pine and birch trees should not be trimmed during the hot summer months. Oaks trimmed during extreme heat are susceptible to oak wilt disease which can quickly kill the tree. Oak wilt is transmitted via beetles that carry the disease and dine on open wounds on the tree. The infected tree can transfer the disease to nearby oak trees via beetles and the trees root system if in the trees are in close proximity.

Pine trees should also be on your do … Read More »

Winter Tree Pruning

Even though the temperatures have dropped, it is still fall. Trees have lost most of their leaves exposing broken and dead branches. While many homeowners think it is best to prune when there are still leaves on the trees, in actuality, your Certified Arborist can evaluate trees now for broken or diseased limbs and potential hazards.

There are a number of reasons why it is good to trim trees in the winter months:

 -Trees heal faster after pruning – Fresh tree cuts are less likely to attract insects to wound sites – Without the leaves, Arborists can see the trees structure and determine tree limb patterns. – Potentially hazardous limbs are easier to identify. – Trees can concentrate on healing and not towards leafing out

It is important to keep trees healthy and pruned and ready for seasonal storms. Tree limbs … Read More »

Why Limbs Fall In Your Yard

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) released an informative article with important information for homeowners. This includes routine evaluation and maintenance of your trees to make sure trees are healthy and any imperfections which could cause problems are taken care of.

“Travel around a neighborhood after a storm and you will see tree limbs, large and small, scattered about the ground. Why do some limbs fall in high winds or after ice storms while others merely bend? Should you worry about that large limb overhanging your driveway? “One reason trees fail is weak branch unions,” says Tchukki Andersen, CTSP, BCMA and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. “Homeowners can educate themselves about tree limbs, but they should call a professional arborist if they are worried about an overhanging branch.” Trees may suffer from naturally formed imperfections that can lead to branch … Read More »

Emergency Storm Response

Arbor Masters Tree and Landscape kept busy after storms swept through the Kansas City Metro area on July 7th. Crews worked to remove damaged trees from homeowner’s yards and houses throughout the day.

To prevent future storm damage, make sure your trees are routinely evaluated for overall health. Keeping trees pruned, thinned, clean from deadwood and reduced away from houses and outdoor structures will help your trees to weather the next storm.

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