One of the wonderful things about having a large tree on your property is all the fun you can have! Tree climbing, treehouses, and, of course, tree swings. To protect the integrity of your tree it’s a good idea to properly install a tree swing.
There are several things to consider when deciding where to hang your swing:
To attach the swing, you’ll need an eye bolt and some rope. There are several different types of rope you can use for your swing, such as polyester rope, nylon rope, polypropylene rope, natural rope fiber, or a metal chain.
Safety is very important in the installation and enjoyment of your rope swing. Make sure to:
Tree swings can greatly increase the enjoyment of your trees for years to come.
Birds are a wonderful addition to any yard or garden. They eat harmful bugs and insects that eat your plants. By planting trees that attract birds, you provide food and shelter for these creatures, which is good for the environment. Here’s a list of some of the best trees to bring birds to your yard.
Having a variety of trees for birds to eat and live can bring a lot of life in your yard or garden.
Trees are an important part of any yard or garden, and it’s important to take care of your trees. Trees need water, sunlight, and nutrients, but to help your trees really thrive you’ll need to provide extra TLC with fertilizer and compost. Compost tea is one thing that trees really love!
Compost tea is full of nutrients that not only benefit your trees, but every other plant in your garden. Compost tea is much better for the environment than chemical fertilizers and other chemical solutions for pest control. Chemical pesticides not only kill the bad pests, but also the good bugs that help keep the trees healthy. Compost tea helps to kill bad bugs and pests and encourage microorganisms to grow. These microorganisms help heal the trees from infections and disease.
Compost tea helps trees retain nutrients. Using fertilizers to help your tree get healthy will work, but it can kill the microorganisms that are good for the tree. Compost tea eliminates the need for fertilizers and keeps those microorganisms alive.
Compost tea helps release nutrients slowly, so that the trees get more nutrients over time. It helps with the absorption of water and nutrients through the roots .
Soil structure is improved with the help of compost tea. It encourages aeration of the soil, which helps the roots get enough oxygen. Compost tea allows for proper moisture to get to the tree. Compost tea helps the leaves open up, ensuring the intake of nutrients for the tree.
To make a batch of compost tea, simply shovel a bit of compost from your compost pile into a bucket of water and let it step for several days. You can also aerate the tea to get oxygen flowing through it, which helps with the smell of the tea. To apply, either pour it directly on the roots, or use a sprayer to spray it onto the leaves.
Compost tea is an excellent way to keep your trees very healthy.
Tree fungus can be a dangerous disease that can affect the health of your trees. To protect your trees, it’s important to know what type of fungus is growing on your tree so that you can properly diagnose your tree. Here are some of the most common tree fungi to watch out for on your trees.
If you suspect that one or more of your trees is suffering from any type of tree fungus, it’s best to call a professional arborist to come out and diagnose your trees.
Girdling roots are when a tree’s roots wrap around themselves and cut off the water and nutrients a tree gets. Root girdling is common, and can kill your tree. Although it is common, it is not natural, as girdling is caused by environmental issues in urban settings.
The most common cause of root girdling is improper planting or transplanting of the tree. Trees that spend too much time in pots can get girdling roots. The roots keep growing but have nowhere else to grow, so they wrap around themselves. This can also happen when a tree is planted in a hole that’s too small.
It’s important to keep this in mind when planting a tree too close to foundation or a sidewalk, as this can also impede the roots from growing naturally. Leaving pieces of the container in which the tree was grown in can also affect the growth of the roots later on down the line.
You can tell if your tree has girdled roots by checking the trunk for an abnormal flare. Normal trees have trunks that flare from the ground, but trunks with girdled roots have skinny trunks. The leaves will also show signs of distress, such as early leaf drop and canopy dieback.
Prevent a tree from getting girdling roots by digging a large enough hole for the roots to grow. The hole should be about three times as large as the root ball. Do not put mulch right up against the trunk. If the root ball is encircled around itself, make sure to break the root ball up before planting it.
If you think your tree may be suffering from girdled roots, contact a professional arborist.
Nothing says fall like beautiful autumn leaves. You don’t have to go all the way up north to see the bright foliage. Here’s a few of the best trees to bring in the fall.
If you are considering planting one of these trees in your yard, be sure that you have a large property. A lot of these trees have expansive root system and they can cause damage to existing structures, such as driveways and foundations. The best way to look at these trees is to take a leisurely drive.
If you’ve ever planted a tree, then you know how important it is to know what’s under the ground before you start digging. Thankfully, there’s a number you can call to find out if your planting spot is a good one.
811 is the number to dial to find out if you can dig a hole deep enough to plant a tree. It’s a federally designated number to inform the public of underground lines. You can also find out this information by going to Call811.com. The information is free and is for public safety.
Places in the United States have become more and more crowded, and with construction being done all the time, it’s never been more important to check the ground for utility lines before digging. Damage to these lines can cause serious damage to the environment, not to mention the financial penalties for destroying these lines. It’s extremely dangerous to dig without knowing what’s below, and hitting a line could cause injury or even death.
Here are the steps to take before you start digging.
Planting a tree is is a wonderful thing to do for our environment, but it’s very important to call before you dig.
It’s a scorching summer’s day and out of nowhere a large, heavy branch comes crashing down from one of your trees. The winds weren’t strong and there wasn’t a storm, so what made this branch fall?
Sudden Branch Drop Syndrome, or Summer Limb Failure, can happen to any tree, but it’s most common in oak, sycamore, elm, ash, beech, and eucalyptus. The first time a limb falls from your tree can be alarming, but it’s not typically a one and done thing. Other branches can break off as well.
The cause of Sudden Branch Drop Syndrome is not quite clear, but there are some theories as to why this may happen. One theory is that the tree soaks up too much water during hot summer days and the branches become too heavy for the tree and break off. Another theory is that it’s caused by bacterial wetwood. Unfortunately, because there is no definitive answer, there is no way to prevent it. With that being said, there are certain steps you can take to prevent further damage to your trees.
If you happen to see a large branch that has fallen from one of your trees, call an arborist to come out and inspect the tree. They can safely take care of any dangerous limbs and treat the rest of the tree should there be any infections or pests. A professional arborist can set up a schedule for inspection for the future to make sure the tree is in good health.
Your arborist may suggest you trim the upper canopy of your tree to cut down on humidity, which may cause added moisture on your tree. You’ll also want to trim any additional branches that may be a hazard should they fall. Be on the lookout for any “bleeding”, or a darker spot on your tree, as this could mean your tree has an excess of water in its branch and could be prone to breakage.
When landscaping under older trees, always use caution. Don’t place benches or chairs beneath large branches in case of breakage. The best way to prevent Sudden Branch Drop Syndrome is by properly pruning, watering and mulching your trees, and when anything abnormal appears with your tree, contacting your local arborist to investigate.
If you’ve just removed a tree from your yard, or just have an unsightly stump in your yard, you probably want to remove the stump, but are not sure how. There are several ways you can get rid of that tree stump once and for all, depending on the type of root system you’re working with.
However you decide to remove the stump, please practice caution, and when in doubt, hire a professional to get the job done.
Tree root rot is a devastating disease that can kill your trees and plants in a matter of two weeks. It attacks trees that are growing in very wet or damp soil. The symptoms of root rot are poor growth, wilted leaves, early leave drop, and then death.
Texas root rot, also known as cotton root rot, or Phymatotrichum root rot, is a disease that is common in Mexico and the southern United States. Apple, pecan, and most ornamental trees can be affected by Texas root rot.
The main cause of root rot is an oversaturation of the roots, either because there is poor drainage or the tree is overwatered. This prevents the roots from getting enough oxygen, and they begin to decay and rot. Even if the water problem has been taken care of, the rot can still spread to healthy roots.
If the tree’s root system is already weak, soggy soil can make the tree more susceptible to root rot. Soil fungus can be living dormant in the soil, and over watering the tree could wake the fungus up. The fungus can then attack the tree roots, causing them to decay and die. There are several different types of fungi that can cause this rot, such as Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, and Fusarium.
Obviously, it’s hard to diagnose root rot since roots live underground, but there are ways to look for symptoms above ground. These symptoms include:
It’s better to try to prevent root rot than to try to control rot once it has taken hold of the tree. Avoid over watering your tree, and make sure the soil drains well. If you catch rot early enough, you can prune the roots that have already been infected. If it’s too late for one tree, you may have to remove the entire tree to avoid infecting multiple trees in the area. Be sure to disinfect any tools that have been used in the treatment or removal of any infected trees.
If you suspect that one or more of you trees has been infected with root rot, contact your local arborist as soon as possible.