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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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5 Pruning Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Pruning Mistakes To Avoid

Prune your trees perfectly and no one will notice. But, prune your trees poorly and everyone will notice. That’s the thing about pruning: It’s harder than it looks. You want to eliminate developing defects, but in a way doesn’t marr the tree, leaving it looking natural and healthy. But, we’ve all felt that rush of panic that hits you when you realize you’ve just destroyed the shape of your tree. Many people are also simply unsure of how to handle a specific species or structural issue, and let things go for too long. Either way, improper pruning can leave you with unsightly or even hazardous...

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Planting Trees To Attract Wildlife

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Planting Trees To Attract Wildlife

You can attract a wide variety of birds, butterflies, and wild critters to your yard by creating a an inviting landscape. Trees will be an essential part of this, because they provide many species with food, water, and shelter. How Trees Benefit Wildlife Food: Insects and animals will feed on the fruit, nuts, buds and sap that trees provide. Water: When it rains, leaves will collect water for birds and squirrels to drink and bathe in. Shelter: Thick branches and leaves provide shelter for insects, birds, and small animals during all seasons. Many bird species will build nests in the branches...

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Why Tree Removal is Too Dangerous to DIY

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Tree Removal is Too Dangerous to DIY

These days every homeowner is trying to pinch a few pennies– and many just like to take matters into their own hands. When the roof is leaking or a tree needs to be cut down, you might be tempted to do it yourself instead of paying more for professional services. But, just because you could probably get the job done on your own doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea. Some things simply must be left to those with training and experience. It could be a matter of life and death. Below are some of the potential risks involved with removing a tree: Ask anyone who works in a hospital...

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Leaf-Eating Insects and How to Get Rid of Them

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Leaf-Eating Insects and How to Get Rid of Them

Leaf-eating insects, also referred to as foliage-feeders or defoliators, can be terribly destructive. In fact, some of the larger pests can do away with an entire plant in just one evening.  They devour tree and plant leaves until only the fragile skeletons remain. Bugs like caterpillars, moths, butterflies and grasshoppers are the main culprits, but slugs and snails can also be to blame, especially in damp environments like the great Northwest. Below we’ve listed a few of the leaf-eaters we deal with most often, and what you can do to get rid of them. Leaf rollers The caterpillars, or...

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