Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Good to know to protect yourself from your trees

With the news of hurricane Sandy, I can only imagine the destruction of the East Coast.  It is hard to protect yourself from such severe elements of nature, but there are things you can do to make sure your trees are as safe as possible, and as strong as possible so they can attempt to put up a fight against Mother Nature. 

There are a number of tree problems that can impact and cause permanent damage. 

I've broken it down to 5 indicators could mean it’s time to call out the pros who can diagnose and recommend a plan of action to get your trees back to a healthy state of being.

1. Tree Cracks and Cankers – Deep slits in the bark is usually a sign of disease. Cankers are holes in the bark that increase the chance of a stem or limb breaking.
2. Weak Tree Branch Unions – When two more branches grow too closely together, bark can grow between them. This can create a condition where branches are not closely connected to the tree. Weight from snow or prevailing winds can easily cause a limb to crack or break off and cause damage to property, or worse, cause bodily harm or injury.
3.Tree Fungi – Fungi on any part of your tree could be the result of decay. And decay, if it’s on the inside of a tree, can be hard to detect. By the time it’s discovered a tree can literally be damaged beyond recovery.
4. Tree Architecture – While the term architecture isn’t normally associated with trees, if fits the scenario because trees can be lopsided, or stand straight and tall. There’s an old saying that one should “bend the fern while it’s young.” Young growing trees can be conditioned to grow straight and tall with proper pruning. On the other hand, storm or high wind damage can permanently damage or bend a perfectly healthy tree.
5. Exposed Roots or Root Decay – Root rot, or decay, is a common cause for disease or death in trees. Roots are an integral part of a tree’s health. Trees that easily blow over often do so because of root rot. They can even topple under the weight of their own leaves and limbs.

It’s difficult for the average person to tell when disease affects their trees or shrubs. Disease doesn’t always reveal itself outright. And when it does, the damage may be irreversible. If you have any questions concerning the health of your trees, you should call the experts at Trees "R" Us, Inc.

We’ll give you a free estimate and recommend action that can give your trees a new lease on life. With over 20 years of service to the Chicagoland area and neighboring communities, we’ve got a lot of experience and knowledge to share.

For a free estimate, give us a call at 847-913-9069, or email today at nick@treesrusinc.com.

Thanks for reading,
Nick

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