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Fall Season Care for Fruit Trees

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Fall Season Care for Fruit Trees

Fall is the optimal season to look after the health of your trees.  Here are our suggestions for looking after your orchard: Water well once the leaves have fallen It is vital that your trees go into the cold Winter with a good moisture supply. But, it’s also important not to encourage new growth just before dormancy and stormy weather. Therefore, it’s best to wait until the leaves have fallen to water. Be sure to saturate the soil thoroughly– at least 2 feet deep– to encourage proper root growth, and continue to do so between rain showers until daytime air temperatures dip below...

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Bark Beetle Outbreak Causing Widespread Pine Tree Death

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Bark Beetle Outbreak Causing Widespread Pine Tree Death

We’re used to Californian invaders around here, but this time it’s different. Pine trees in Oregon and Washington are under attack from the California fivespined Ips bark beetle, and they’re dying in record numbers. Forest fires and winter storms can weaken trees, making them more susceptible to insect infestations and subsequent death. This is nothing new, but the recent invasion of the California fivespined Ips bark beetle is reaching outbreak levels, and residents of the northwest are seeing more pine tree death than ever before. Dead ponderosa pine trees are scattered across the Eastern...

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Planting 1 Million Trees for the Tualatin River

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Planting 1 Million Trees for the Tualatin River

One of the largest-scale conservation efforts in the nation is culminating in an effort to plant one million trees along the Tualatin River within the next year. Conservation groups and Washington County officials have been working for a decade to restore the river’s ecosystem, which is struggling with warmer temperatures. Officials discovered that the Tualatin River is now two degrees warmer than its historical average temperature, which has been attributed to a nearby treatment plant draining wastewater into it. Before reaching the river, wastewater is purified, which naturally warms the...

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The Northwest’s 2014 Forest Fire Season is Setting Records

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Northwest’s 2014 Forest Fire Season is Setting Records

Forest fires are scary and tragic, this year especially. The Oregonian reported that “Through Sept. 22, 2014, Oregon has had 1,934 fires that burned across 957,000 acres of state, federal and private lands. Combined with wildfires in Washington, the Pacific Northwest region led the nation with 3,270 fires that burned across 1.3 million acres of timber, grass and rangeland.” The number of fires we’ve had this year is fewer than the 10-year average, which is good, but the number of total acres burned by those fires is triple the average, which is definitely not good. Throughout this dry...

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Root Intrusion: Silent and Destructive

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Root Intrusion: Silent and Destructive

Dealing with tree roots isn’t the most glamorous job for any homeowner or Arborist. But, when roots begin to intrude on a home’s foundation and infrastructure, there’s bound to be trouble and it should be addressed right away. Trees are so plentiful in this region that we tend not to see them. It’s easier to be aware of large branches dropping on your home, but what could cause more expensive damage is likely happening right under your feet. Foundation Damage Even though tree roots grow very slowly, they actually put a tremendous amount of pressure on the surrounding soil and whatever is...

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On Hot Summer Days Beware Of Sudden Branch Drop

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

On Hot Summer Days Beware Of Sudden Branch Drop

The Summer days we cherish are here! The sunshine and warm temperatures are nothing to take for granted in the Portland area, so everyone is out enjoying nature. But, before you set up your picnic in the park, beware of a possible danger that looms pretty much everywhere. Sudden branch drop, otherwise known as sudden limb failure, is a common occurrence during periods of hot weather. You might hear a loud crack and then a large limb or branch will fall to the ground. It happens to all types of trees, not just a specific species, although Cottonwood, Sweetgums and Birch seem to have more...

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