Category Archives: Storm damage

Dormant Tree Pruning

When is the best time to prune trees?

Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is when there are still leaves in the canopy. In truth, winter is a great time to prune trees.

The benefits of pruning in winter

There are numerous benefits to pruning your trees in the winter such as:

Dead or diseased branches are easily identifiable Cracks or splits in branches are more visible Fungus, cankers or structural defects which can pose a hazard to your property are more observable Pruning trees in the winter also allows the wound site to heal before spring when insects appear Trees with a full canopy can hide imperfections which can cause trouble later on.

Dormant pruning can be beneficial to your trees overall health. By removing dead or diseased limbs, trees can now put their energy into new growth. For younger trees, the Arborist can … 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 »

Salt Damage in Your Landscape

Although it is technically fall, the cold temperatures make it seem like winter. Unfortunately winter usually means freezing temperatures, sleet, ice and snow. While we are lucky to have street crews that plow the snow and treat the roads with deicers so that cars can get around safely, there can be damaging consequences to your landscape. Dicers are made up primarily of sodium and Chloride which can be toxic to your landscape.

In the Midwest alone, it has been estimated that over 100,000 tons of de-icing salt is applied to roads each winter. Melting snow and ice that has been treated with a deicer can create a toxic environment for your landscape when it penetrates the soil. The roots of plants and trees absorb the deicing toxins through the soil which can replace valuable nutrients needed for survival.

So how do you … 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 »

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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