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Ocala, after the storm!

Here in Marion County, in the aftermath of a major storm, there is a great rush to “get this mess cleaned up.” But don’t be too hasty! Quick decisions, without professional consultation, can often result in damage to trees that could have been saved. Another issue to consider is safety, has there been damage to a tree that I can’t see? Having your trees assessed by a Tree Service Professional is the best way to assure your trees don’t have damage that will result in dead and falling branches later.

We know you want to save your trees, Ocala, and doing the right thing after trees have been damaged can make all the difference. The Arbor Day Foundation offers the following tips for home and property owners to follow after a storm:

Don’t try to do it all yourself. If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if overhead chainsaw work is needed, it’s a job for a professional arborist. They have the necessary equipment and knowledge needed.

Take safety precautions. Downed power lines and dangerous hanging branches are potential death traps! Stay away from any downed utility lines, low-voltage telephone, or cable lines and even fence wires can become electrically charged. Don’t go under broken limbs that are hanging or caught in other branches overhead. And, unless you really know how to use one, leave the chainsaw work to the professionals.

Arborists can help your damaged trees recover by removing small broken branches still attached to the tree. Removing the jagged remains of broken limbs is important after a storm. If done properly, it will minimize the risk of decay agents entering the wound. Large branches that are broken should be cut back to the trunk or a main limb by an arborist. f you are cutting the smaller branches yourself, be sure that you make clean cuts in the right places. Improper pruning can cause the tree to  recover slower or even die.

Resist the urge to over prune. This is the time to consider health of the tree over good looks. The branches will grow back over time, and your tree will return to its natural beauty.

Don’t top your trees! Untrained individuals may urge you to cut back all of the branches, assuming that reducing the length of branches will help avoid breakage in future storms. This is incorrect, and a big mistake for the health and safety of your trees. Stubs put forth weaker growth, leading to a lot of weakly-attached branches that are even more at risk to break in severe weather.. Also, the tree needs its leaves to produce resources for new growth after the storm. Topping reduces the amount of foliage, and a topped tree that has already been storm is much more likely to die than to heal. At best, recovery will be slow and it will almost never regain its original beauty or shape.

If you have any questions or concerns, just call Tree-sa, at (352) 322-6305 and schedule a free yard inspection for you, and you can rest assured, everything will be done correctly to keep your trees healthy and safe for years to come!

Tree Care Tips courtesy of arborday.org.

Mistletoe – not so sweet after all!

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I am sure you have heard that kissing under the mistletoe is a good thing to do around the holidays. The fact that mistletoe is harvested into a ball and placed in a particular spot where kissing can occur –  is a good thing. That means it is no longer in the tree where it does a lot of damage.

Yes, mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on healthy trees and can do severe damage if left untreated. On Budget Tree Service’s professionals are knowledgeable in removing mistletoe.

Winter is the best time of year to get rid of mistletoe from your trees. While your trees are bare, or nearly bare, you can easily recognize whether the green leafy plants have infested your trees. Mistletoe have green stems with thick leaves that are nearly oval in shape and can develop a ball form up to 2 feet in diameter. The female plants produce small sticky white berries from October to December, while the male plants produce only pollen.

These berries are attractive to birds. Once eaten and digested the seeds stick tightly to any branch on which they land, mostly in the tops of trees where birds prefer to perch. However, the seeds can land on the lower branches as well, creating lower infestations. Mistletoe spreads to trees in close proximity to other infested trees. The parasitic plant robs the tree of much needed water and nutrients and over time will at least stunt or eventually kill the host tree.

The biggest problem with mistletoe is after the seeds germinate, the plant grows through the bark and into the tree’s water-conducting tissue where it takes root and becomes attached to the tree. This root system, called “haustoria”, gradually grows up and down the branch growing slowly at first. After several years the mature plant blooms and produces seed and the cycle continues. The difficulty in removing and eliminating mistletoe is in the fact that removing the green leafy part of the plant still leaves the root system in the tree and new plants continually grow from the roots. The only way to effectively eliminate mistletoe is to remove the branch or part of the tree with the mistletoe. Other means are available to treat a tree trunk or other part of the tree that can not otherwise be removed and save the tree.

We recommend retaining the services of an Arborist to periodically evaluate the health of your trees. In Marion County, Florida, these services can range from $125 to $300 for a residential property. A great deal of formal training is required to acquire this skill and tree assessment knowledge. An Arborist may find other issues with your trees and can give advice on the care needed to maintain your trees’ optimum health. On Budget Tree Service is one of the few tree services in Marion County that have Arborists on staff.

Is Your Tree Loosing Limbs?

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Over the years we have dealt with many Laurel Oaks, also referred to as water oaks. These trees store water in their trunk and over time they rot and hollow from the inside out. Signs to be aware of are large branches falling to the ground. Small branches shed from trees frequently and are of no immediate concern, but when your tree looses larger limbs it is a sign that the health of the tree in in question. Assessments need to be made and removal is sometimes necessary.

So, give us a call when you notice your large oak trees loosing limbs larger than your arm. Look up in your tree at the base of any fork or large limb. If you see dark or black streaks, large or small cracks in the connections, give us a call for an assessment. We will give you our opinion whether the tree needs to be trimmed of dead wood or removed and replaced with a healty Tree.

Teresa “Trees-a” Wheeler