Caring for your trees

Common Myths About Trees

  • As trees grow, branches assume a higher position on the trunk.
    • This is simply not the case, trees grow from their tips. For instance, if you plant a tree in your backyard and the lowest branch is 4 feet from the ground, it always will be. In other words, the branch will always be at 4 feet but it will grow in girth (diameter) and in length from the tips.

Common Trees & Common Problems

  • Bradford Pear
    • These trees have an extremely linear growing patter and tightly "crotched" branching tendencies. As such, without proper and early pruning, these trees will split and come become hazardous in populated areas.
  • Redwoods
    • These trees do not like salt. As a result, high Alkaline levels in the water supply usually result in the gradually browning of these beautiful trees.
    • Additionally, Redwoods typically thrive in cooler climates than the long stretches of dry, hot summer common in the Central Valley; this is another common reason these trees begin to die out and turn brown.
      • Substitute these for a close evergreen relative such as the Sequoia, a Deodora, or Cypress.

Sick Trees

  • Look for any of the following. While this is not a complete list, if you do notice any of these on your property, it might be a good idea to call me.
    • Presence of dead or dying trees
    • Presence of dead limbs
    • Insect and disease problems
    • Visible signs of decay or cavities in the trunk or branches
    • A history of falling branches
    • Any fungal fruiting bodies attached to the trunk or branches
    • Any cracks or splits in the trunk or branches