Trees are often one of the most valuable assets for homeowners, yet one of the most neglected or overlooked. Just like people, trees can display warning signs of poor health, and it takes a certified arborist to diagnose and treat unhealthy trees. Diseases and insects can cause obvious signs of poor tree health: loss of branches, stem dieback, defoliation, discolored leaves, fungi, bark rot, wilting, etc. But trees can also display warning signs slowly and over long periods of time, which makes detecting tree stresses more difficult. It’s hard for the average person to know whether a tree is suffering from bagworms or beetles, or if the stress is coming from a biotic (living) or abiotic (soil, climate, rainfall, construction, etc.) stressor, the latter being the leading cause of tree deterioration.
About Our Arborists
Our team of ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborists are here to help you identify issues and walk you through the necessary steps to keep your trees healthy and vibrant. We know there are a number of individuals out there offering tree services, but our team of dedicated specialists is happy to walk you through our services and explain the many benefits that regular tree maintenance can provide. Owner Amy Langbein Heath, along with Lindsey West Brammer, Hannah Davis, Andy Fergason, and Emily Long are all ISA certified, fully-insured arborists who love spending their time outdoors, visiting with clients about their concerns, and communicating the great importance of trees in our urban environments. Whether you want to plant a new tree or you want to know about the current health of your tree, we are here to help.
Below are a few common issues that you may face during tree ownership and a few helpful tips to makes your life easier when caring for your trees. And please feel free to ask us about or extensive list of tree care programs.
Trees can show sickness or stress in a variety of ways. Leaves can be spotted, discolored, or brown at the edges. A tree can be showing signs of stem dieback or cankers. Dead branches can point to a number of issues. And insects like beetles or borers will cause the bark to fall off. But these are only a few of the symptoms which our certified arborists are trained to check for.
We have arborists who are Oak Wilt certified, meaning they have been specially trained to identify and manage the disease. And all of our arborists have years of in-house training to help identify the extensive list of diseases and insects that may be causing harm to your tree. These could include Hypoxyln cankers, bacterial infections, fungal infections, and root rot; tent worms, caterpillars, aphids, and webworms, just to name a few.
Construction Damage and Trees
Before you decide to move forward with any construction on your home or lot, we recommend having a certified arborist out to analyze your trees and the construction plans. Trees not only provide and aesthetic value to homes, but they add tangible land value to properties and can help lower energy costs, both cooling and heating. Taking the important step of communicating construction plans to a knowledgeable tree service team can help avoid the common accidents that occur when construction crews work close to established trees.
Before construction begins, trees need to be identified for maintenance, relocation, or removal. Typically work needs to begin a year before work it started. Depending on a tree’s age, species, location, and health, certain precautions will need to be taken. Some of the precautions include erecting barriers around trees, mulching the soil around trees and laying down plywood platforms when barriers are not possible; and implementing watering and fertilization programs to help trees fare through the construction process. And more than anything, it is important that these measures are communicated to the construction team.
Deep Root Fertilization
Deep root fertilization may be a necessary service for your trees if they are not growing to their full potential or normal living conditions have compacted the soil and stripped the nutrients. Your trees might not be getting the nutrients they need if there has been recent construction, other plants are creating nutrient competition, or extreme weather conditions have impacted the environment. But our deep root fertilization program provides natural and organic nutrients to trees below the topsoil, at the optimal site of nutrient absorption.
Dallas Tree Surgeons’ has carefully crafted its own formula of custom fertilizer. This mixture includes micro and macro nutrients, biotic materials, soil amendments, and other organic materials to facilitate extended tree growth. Our compounds, including Mycorrhizal fungi, bond to a tree’s root system and promote extensive nutrient absorption. We regularly alter our compounds according to the season, environmental conditions, and your tree’s specific needs. This non-intrusive injection process will help your trees stay vibrant for years to come. If you would like helpful information and tips on how best to fertilize your trees and keep them healthy, please give one of our certified arborists a call.
Tree Care Programs
Whether you have a new tree or an established tree, we have a multitude of Tree Care Programs designed to protect your trees and keep them healthy. You may browse through our traditional list of programs, or, depending upon your specific tree-care needs, we can combine or supplement our programs to provide the optimal support and management that works specifically for you and your trees. Regardless, we want to provide the exact service your trees need to stay healthy and sustainable for a lifetime.
New Tree Support Program
When new trees are planted, it is crucial that they are properly managed for the first three years to ensure their proper health and survival. Our New Tree Support Program uses only organic and natural supplements to inspire and promote your tree’s growth. Our team or certified arborists will make three annual visits to view, check, and care for your trees, and it will always be the same crew, which means our arborists are the same ones overseeing your property year-round. This program incorporates disease and insect control, deep root fertilization, soil aeration, and the process of supplying organic soil amendments. Not only will this program help promote lively tree growth, but it becomes a crucial supplement to new trees as they acclimate to the harsh North Texas conditions and their new urban environments.
Seasonal Tree Care Program
Seasonal programs are designed to treat and maintain trees in accordance with their natural lifecycles. We use organic materials to aid a tree’s natural growth process and facilitate a healthy, productive environment. Our certified arborists will come out to your home three times a year to inspect your trees, aerate the soil, apply soil amendments, inject organic compounds, and spray organically for insects. This program helps trees grow during the warmer months and stay protected from stresses during the dormant winter months.
Other Tree Care Programs
Whether you have a tree that is struggling to grow, an established tree that appears to be suffering from a stressor, or you want to make sure that your tree is healthy year-in and year-out, we have a program designed specifically for the issue, and each program is different. If you have an infestation of bagworms in your cypress trees, some companies might come out and use generic insect deterrents, regardless of the unique issue or environmental conditions. But at Dallas Tree Surgeons our certified arborists pride themselves on keeping abreast of the ecological issues and changes in North Texas year-round. If you have a sick crepe myrtle, we have a program designed specifically for that tree, this year. If you have a unique construction issue, we can design a program specifically for your needs. No matter the issue, we already have or can tailor a tree car program specific to your situation.
General Tree Care Tips For Homeowners
For the most part, established trees do not require extra watering unless there have
been recent environmental changes that could distort nutrient or water absorption. These factors might include: recent construction, drought conditions, insect infestation, and other outlying stressors.
One of the easiest ways to care for your tree is through mulching, but you should only use organic mulch. Laying down mulch can improve the soil conditions above the root system by increasing oxygen flow as well as nutrient absorption. However, do not over-mulch or bunch mulch up against the base of the tree.
Protecting Root Zones
At all times, you should focus on protecting a tree’s root zone, especially when some sort of construction or planned environmental change is taking place. Make sure you refrain from digging in the root zone. Keep from dumping chemicals or any liquids in the area. Make sure any trenching is out of the root zone. And reduce the competition of plants and weeds in the area if possible.
Here at Dallas Tree Surgeons, we don’t just diagnose sick trees. Our team is here to help homeowners with all of their tree needs, whether it’s planting, examining, treating, or removing trees. We have been working across North Texas for over a decade, and our mission is to help each property owner preserve the value, beauty, and benefits of each and every tree.
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