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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to protect trees from storm damage | Waukesha tree Care tips

Even the sturdiest-looking trees can be brought down by high winds, heavy snow and ice, but there are ways you can limit the damage.
Here are some storm-proofing suggestions that will pay off over time, starting with determining which trees in your landscape are the most vulnerable.
"I'm a great believer in storm-proofing or preparing for anything that will have the most impact on your lifestyle," said Mark Chisholm, a third-generation arborist from Howell, N.J., and spokesman for Stihl Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor power tools.
"Try to prep your house and yard if you have the time," he said.
"Clear rain gutters so water will flow. Remove loose lawn furniture from decks. Stabilize trees around the house by cabling or tying them down, especially those that you know have structural flaws."
Additional tips:
— Get to know an arborist or tree-care professional — now. "When a storm hits, you'll likely be prioritized as an existing customer," said Chisholm, who works with the power industry clearing debris left behind by severe weather, including Hurricane Sandy in October.
— Get a pre-storm assessment to identify trouble spots. Decaying and leaning trees should be pruned, staked or removed, especially those threatening dwellings or utility lines.
— Think safety during cleanup. "The stuff on the ground won't hurt you unless downed power lines are involved," Chisholm said. "It's what's overhead that's dangerous. Stress fractures or dead and broken limbs can come crashing down and do serious harm."
— Be especially careful when working with chainsaws. "If a tree is on the ground, try to cut it up without harming yourself in the process," said Kim Gabel with University of Florida Extension in Key West. "If a badly damaged tree is still standing, it's not recommended that a layman climb a ladder to take care of it. Get professional help."
— Patience can be a money-saver when dealing with ice or snow loads on trees. "Wait until it melts and the weight is removed to see what kind of damage was done," Chisholm said. "Trees are resilient and are capable of bouncing back."
— Plant native trees rather than exotics. Some varieties fare better than others in storms, especially trees with conical branching, those with strong branch connections and trees that are small when mature, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
— There is strength in numbers. "Trees planted in groups survive better in high winds," Chisholm said. "They can't bend as readily to the point of failure. They also help dampen the (wind) force."
— Learn how to assess damage. "If you have a tree that has lost a couple of branches of significant size but the trunk is mostly intact, that's still a keeper," said Hank Stelzer, a state forestry specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "If you lose the top of a tree from ice or a windstorm and if half or a quarter of the trunk is gone, that's a no-brainer. It should go."
 Online:
For more about First Aid for storm-damaged trees, see this University of Missouri Extension fact sheet: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6867
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Green Man Tree & Landscape Services Serving Waukesha and Surrounding areas 414-301-9807 http://thegreenmancompany.com Waukesha Tree Services, Tree Removal, Mulch, Landscaping and wood products. All trees & wood by-products removed from your property will be reused to make fine furniture, firewood or re-purposed into high quality compost and soil for gardeners.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Waukesha Tree Removal | Green Man Wood Services

Along with all the tree services that Green Man tree and Landscaping does, Simple Tree Removal is available in the Waukesha Area. 
All trees and wood by-products removed from your property will be reused to make fine furniture, firewood or repurposed into high quality compost and soil for gardeners.
Green Man Tree & Landscape Services prides itself on fully utilizing all parts of the tree and wood by-products in order to provide additional value added products to consumers.
Products include:
• Compost
• Mulch (natural shredded)
• Woodchips (utility grade)
• Firewood (seasoned/unseasoned)
• Rustic Wood Slabs (bar/table tops, benches)

We understand that urban trees can harbor many memories for your family and pride ourselves in finding innovative ways to promote our recycled “green” wood products. At Green Man the talented and professional staff will find another purpose or use for the wood in the tree(s) removed from your property. The wood can be turned into handcrafted furniture, tables, counter tops and benches.  Other uses for the wood by-products include compost, garden soil and firewood.



Green Man Tree & Landscape Services Serving Waukesha and Surrounding areas 414-301-9807 http://thegreenmancompany.com Waukesha Tree Services, Tree Removal, Mulch, Landscaping and wood products. All trees & wood by-products removed from your property will be reused to make fine furniture, firewood or re-purposed into high quality compost and soil for gardeners.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Watering Tips for trees | Waukesha Landscaping

Water should be applied to established trees once a month during the winter and as often as once a week during the heat of the summer. Water should be applied at the tree’s drip line and beyond. Trees adapted to drier climates need far less irrigation than other species. If Mother Nature provides enough precipitation to wet the soil two to three feet deep, don’t apply additional water. If Mother Nature’s precipitation falls short of a full soaking, apply only enough additional water to wet the soil two to three feet deep. Apply water slowly so that it sinks deeply into the soil . Soaker hoses, drip emitters, bubblers, and hand-held hoses are preferable to sprinklers. Mulch the soil around a tree trunk (but not so closely that the mulch touches the trunk). A layer of mulch keeps the soil moist and reduces weeds that compete for water. Organic mulches, such as bark or wood chips, keep the soil cooler but can absorb water that could otherwise get to tree roots. Inorganic mulches, such as gravel, are a fine choice for native and adapted trees that can tolerate the increase in soil and air temperature
Green Man Tree & Landscape Services Serving Waukesha and Surrounding areas 414-301-9807 http://thegreenmancompany.com Milwaukee Tree Services, Tree Removal, Mulch, Landscaping and wood products. All trees & wood by-products removed from your property will be reused to make fine furniture, firewood or re-purposed into high quality compost and soil for gardeners.
Green Man Tree & Landscape Services Serving Waukesha and Surrounding areas 414-301-9807