Tree Disputes
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Resolving Tree Disputes

Tree Disputes

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Should you be facing a situation with a neighbor where a tree is becoming an issue, read on to learn more regarding your options.

Can I Trim Branches From A Neighbors Tree That Overhangs My Yard?

Under law you can indeed trim branches that go beyond the neighbors property line and infringe on yours. This means you cannot enter the property of the neighbor or trim the tree on the neighbors side of the property line. If the tree is harmed you may be found liable for a fine up to and including three times the value of the tree. Landmark trees or trees for ornamental purposes may have a very high value, so be careful before deciding on a course of action.

Can I Eat The Fruit From A Tree Overhanging My Property?

The fruit from the tree belongs to the owner of the tree and courts have gone back and forth on deciding whether fallen fruit belongs to the owner or the person whose property the fruit falls on. The laws will depend on your location.

My Neighbor Blows Leaves Into My Yard. Is This Grounds For A Nuisance Claim?

Sadly not. Leaves are a natural product and even if they cause clogging to drains or guttering you have no recourse. You can however trim the branches of a tree that is shedding leaves up to the edge of your property line.

A Neighbor Killed A Tree On My Property When Clearing His Yard. Am I Entitled To Compensation?

Anyone who engages in injury to the tree, tree cutting or tree removal without the owner’s permission is liable for compensating the tree owner.

A Storm Knocked Down My Neighbor’s Tree Limb Onto My Property And It Damaged My Car, House And Yard Furniture. Are They Responsible For The Damages?

In most of these cases, the courts will probably apply what is known as a reasonable care standard. If your neighbor was not derelict in their duties to take care and maintain the tree branch and would not appear in the view of a reasonable person to be threatening to fall, then it is probable a court would not find the neighbor responsible. If the event could not have been foreseen or action taken to avoid the event occurring, it will be deemed an “Act Of God” and the neighbor will not be liable.

My Neighbors Tree Looks Like It’s Going To Fall On My House. What Should I Do?

The responsibility of maintaining trees falls upon the landowner. They have two legal responsibilities. Firstly, they make reasonable inspections with the purpose of ensuring the tree is safe. If the neighbor does not or will not remove the tree and damage is caused, your neighbor can be held responsible. If, having spoken to your neighbor, they do not do anything, you do have some laws that may offer protection. The tree may be considered a nuisance when it interferes with the enjoyment and use of your own property. The court may order the removal of the tree is a court finds it is a nuisance. Most cities have ordinances prohibiting property owners from maintaining conditions that may be considered dangerous on their property. In such cases, the municipality where you reside may order the neighbor to remove the tree or they may take it upon themselves to remove it. It may also be that one of the local utility companies will want the tree removed if it threatens any of their equipment or is a potential fire hazard.

The Spreading Of Tree Roots On My Land Damaged My Neighbors Septic Tank. Do I Have To Compensate My Neighbors?

In most states, the neighbor who has been aggrieved may trim the tree or cut the roots and will not have a claim against the owner of the tree. Yet some states maintain neighbors may sue if at least one of the following criteria is met:

  • A landowner may sue her neighbor to make that neighbor trims the branches of a tree that encroach the landowner’s property regardless of whether there is damage to the property or not.
  • Serious harm caused by encroaching tree roots or tree limbs may give rise to a lawsuit. “Serious harm” usually requires structural damage.
  • The neighbor may sue if an encroaching tree was planted.
  • A neighbor may only sue if the tree is noxious and is causing damage. “Noxious” means that the tree must be inherently poisonous or dangerous.

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If you own a property in the Phoenix Valley our team of trained, licensed, and insured tree cutting professionals will cut down and remove your tree safely and affordable. Every one of our skilled technicians understands our safe tree removal and cutting protocols and work together to get the job done quickly and safely. Keeping your property in the best condition possible while removing the tree is also our top priority. We remove the tree, clean up the mess, and leave your property in great condition.

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Getting Your Trees Ready For The Hot Summer In Phoenix, AZ 2022

GETTING YOUR TREES READY FOR THE HOT SUMMER IN PHOENIX, AZ 2022

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If you are searching for “How To Get Your Trees Ready For Summer In Phoenix, AZ 2021” this is the guide for you. Summer in Arizona is famous for sunny days and intense heat. While we spend the summer staying cool inside with our AC the plants and trees in our landscapes do not enjoy such luxuries. To keep them healthy, strong, and beautiful there are some things to keep in mind.

WHICH TREES TO SELECT

The plant stock you choose should be of great quality and the type of trees you choose should be ones with lower growth amount along the main trunk. It’s very possible that if you choose the right type of trees for summer that you won’t even need guying or staking. When selecting trees at your local nursery it is important to choose drought resistant trees. These select species are better prepared to grow well in the heat of Phoenix. They are more forgiving for when people miss a watering and simply grow better because they are native either to Arizona or similar climates.

WHAT TREES TO AVOID PLANTING

Avoid trees with long trunks like the one you see ones you see in the picture, instead, try trees with shorter trunks or trees that are native to the desert climate of Phoenix. These desert type trees are able to withstand more wind damage and are adapted to the Phoenix soil, the nearby pests and other factors usual in the desert climate of Arizona. It is also good to avoid any trees which will need a lot of water. Forgetting to water these trees will have consequences and they simply do not weather as well as desert trees. Choose options like the Palo Verde Tree, Sissoo Tree, or Tipu Tree which are accustomed to the intense heat of Arizona.

WHERE & HOW TO PLANT TREES

Trees should be planted in groups to add extra protection to the surrounding trees and other plants. The location in your landscape you plant your trees should take into consideration how much sun each species needs. Some types of trees enjoy full sun all day long, others will benefit from having some afternoon shade. Ensure that trees are not planted too close to the house, power lines, or other structures. Try to plan ahead for the full mature size of the tree when choosing a spot so you don’t have to over trim or remove the tree later.

TREE PRUNING

Try not to prune too much after first planting the trees. They need all the energy they can get to ensure positive growth in the future. Do not remove the water sprouts. Look at the picture below. The water sprouts are the super small branches growing on the lower parts of the trunk and branches. These water sprouts are helpful to provide taper and additional strength to support the tree as it increases in weight over time. Water sprouts also help shade and prevent sun damage on the interior branches.

PROFESSION SUMMER TREE CARE

Phoenix Trim-A-Tree is your source for knowledgeable tree preparation for summer and general tree care. We can help take care of all the details to get your trees ready for summer. Our team is passionate about providing top notch tree trimming, tree care, and tree removal for trees which have died or have become unstable. If a tree falls in the woods, no one might hear it, but you will definitely hear it if one falls on your home or in your yard. Take the time to inspect your trees or have our team come and inspect them so you know what should be done to ensure the tree’s health and your safety. If you have questions about how to take care of your trees during the hot summer months or would like us to come take care of the job for you, give us a call!

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Getting Your Trees Ready For The Hot Summer In Phoenix, AZ 2021

GETTING YOUR TREES READY FOR THE HOT SUMMER IN PHOENIX, AZ 2021

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If you are searching for “How To Get Your Trees Ready For Summer In Phoenix, AZ 2021” this is the guide for you. Summer in Arizona is famous for sunny days and intense heat. While we spend the summer staying cool inside with our AC the plants and trees in our landscapes do not enjoy such luxuries. To keep them healthy, strong, and beautiful there are some things to keep in mind.

WHICH TREES TO SELECT

The plant stock you choose should be of great quality and the type of trees you choose should be ones with lower growth amount along the main trunk. It’s very possible that if you choose the right type of trees for summer that you won’t even need guying or staking. When selecting trees at your local nursery it is important to choose drought resistant trees. These select species are better prepared to grow well in the heat of Phoenix. They are more forgiving for when people miss a watering and simply grow better because they are native either to Arizona or similar climates.

WHAT TREES TO AVOID PLANTING

Avoid trees with long trunks like the one you see ones you see in the picture, instead, try trees with shorter trunks or trees that are native to the desert climate of Phoenix. These desert type trees are able to withstand more wind damage and are adapted to the Phoenix soil, the nearby pests and other factors usual in the desert climate of Arizona. It is also good to avoid any trees which will need a lot of water. Forgetting to water these trees will have consequences and they simply do not weather as well as desert trees. Choose options like the Palo Verde Tree, Sissoo Tree, or Tipu Tree which are accustomed to the intense heat of Arizona.

WHERE & HOW TO PLANT TREES

Trees should be planted in groups to add extra protection to the surrounding trees and other plants. The location in your landscape you plant your trees should take into consideration how much sun each species needs. Some types of trees enjoy full sun all day long, others will benefit from having some afternoon shade. Ensure that trees are not planted too close to the house, power lines, or other structures. Try to plan ahead for the full mature size of the tree when choosing a spot so you don’t have to over trim or remove the tree later.

TREE PRUNING

Try not to prune too much after first planting the trees. They need all the energy they can get to ensure positive growth in the future. Do not remove the water sprouts. Look at the picture below. The water sprouts are the super small branches growing on the lower parts of the trunk and branches. These water sprouts are helpful to provide taper and additional strength to support the tree as it increases in weight over time. Water sprouts also help shade and prevent sun damage on the interior branches.

PROFESSION SUMMER TREE CARE

Phoenix Trim-A-Tree is your source for knowledgeable tree preparation for summer and general tree care. We can help take care of all the details to get your trees ready for summer. Our team is passionate about providing top notch tree trimming, tree care, and tree removal for trees which have died or have become unstable. If a tree falls in the woods, no one might hear it, but you will definitely hear it if one falls on your home or in your yard. Take the time to inspect your trees or have our team come and inspect them so you know what should be done to ensure the tree’s health and your safety. If you have questions about how to take care of your trees during the hot summer months or would like us to come take care of the job for you, give us a call!

When To Call An Arborist For A Tree Assessment
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When To Call An Arborist For A Tree Assessment

When To Call An Arborist For A Tree Assessment

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When to Get a Tree Assessment

With the intention of successfully assessing a tree, it should be examined at least twice a year; once in the winter season and once in the summer season. Throughout the winter, arborists can identify weakening branch structure, corrosion from animals, and possible decay since they are not covered by summer leaves.  Throughout the summer, arborists can examine the color of the leaves and the tree’s twig growth. Without having your trees adequately assessed could allow small issues to turn into serious problems that will impact the overall health of your trees.

Why You Should Get a Tree Assessment

An ordinary homeowner can’t locate possible issues with their trees like a certified and trained arborist.  An arborist can locate problems with disease, pests, and overall damage that will cause the state of the tree to become worse, potentially leading to a fallen tree.  A falling tree on your property is highly dangerous because it may result in major property damage in addition to serious injury or death.  Here are the primary reasons to get your trees assessed twice a year:

  • Safety: A falling tree, or just a branch, is a significant risk on your property. Yearly tree assessments will point out issues that may cause a tree or branch to fall, greatly reducing that risk.
  • Tree Aesthetics: Recommended treatments for diseases and insect infestations, fertilization, and pruning based on a tree assessment will help to enhance the aspect of the tree.
  • Tree Health: The aftermath of disease and harmful pests may be easily missed by an individual who isn’t trained to find them. Professional arborists can quickly point out the signs of a disease or infestation and without delay provide the correct treatment.

What is Included in a Tree Assessment?

When a certified arborist carries out a tree assessment, they’re in general looking for the following problems:

  • Cracks: Cracks on the tree are typical problems that arborists look for. Major cracks can split the bark, heartwood, and softwood, weakening the structural strength of the tree and making it susceptible to insects, decay, and disease.
  • Leaning: When the tree roots lose their connection to the soil; the tree could begin to lean. If the lean continually gets worse season after season, the tree will have to be removed.
  • Issues with Root Plate: Degradation or softening of the root plate may lead to a separation with the lateral root system, causing instability of the tree. Typical causes of root plate problems include deep planting, root disease, and mower blast.
  • Girdling Roots: Occasionally the tree roots can envelop the trunk and start fighting with the trunk over nutrients and water. The trunk and the roots will develop into each other and over time cause issues for the tree.
  • Decay: Decay happens when an ailment leads to the inner heartwood tissues softening.
  • Co-dominant Stems: When there are two likewise dominant terminal stems, one needs to be removed or they’ll challenge each other which will lead to one of them failing.
  • Disease and Insects: Tree disease and aggressive insects leave signs that are hard for homeowners to see, but a certified arborist will see the signs immediately. Discovering these problems early on will help prevent detrimental damage to the tree.
  • Growing Conditions: It’s vital for trees to have correct growing conditions for the prevention defects within the tree or it’s root system.
  • Non-defects: Occasionally homeowners could be concerned by non-defects, like needles turning yellow, foliage loss, and separating bark. Depending on the type of tree, these occurrences may be natural and nothing to worry about.

Call a Professional Tree Service Provider

While it is suggested to have your trees assessed once during the summer and once during the winter, professional tree service companies are year-round to offer assessments.  Be sure you contact a certified arborist if you think there might be something amiss with your trees.  They will strongly assess the issues and come up with solutions to restore the health of the trees.  Being precautionary with your trees assessment will not just maintain your trees, but will save you money by hindering property damage and tree removal costs.

Source:

  1. ArmstrongExpert, Luke. “When to Call an Arborist for a Tree Assessment.” RestorationMaster, 16 Mar. 2018, restorationmasterfinder.com/restoration/when-to-call-an-arborist-tree-assessment/.

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If you own a property in the Phoenix Valley our team of trained, licensed, and insured tree cutting professionals will cut down and remove your tree safely and affordable. Every one of our skilled technicians understands our safe tree removal and cutting protocols and work together to get the job done quickly and safely. Keeping your property in the best condition possible while removing the tree is also our top priority. We remove the tree, clean up the mess, and leave your property in great condition.

Tree Disputes
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Tree Disputes

Tree Disputes

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Should you be facing a situation with a neighbor where a tree is becoming an issue, read on to learn more regarding your options.

Can I Trim Branches From A Neighbors Tree That Overhangs My Yard?

Under law you can indeed trim branches that go beyond the neighbors property line and infringe on yours. This means you cannot enter the property of the neighbor or trim the tree on the neighbors side of the property line. If the tree is harmed you may be found liable for a fine up to and including three times the value of the tree. Landmark trees or trees for ornamental purposes may have a very high value, so be careful before deciding on a course of action.

Can I Eat The Fruit From A Tree Overhanging My Property?

The fruit from the tree belongs to the owner of the tree and courts have gone back and forth on deciding whether fallen fruit belongs to the owner or the person whose property the fruit falls on. The laws will depend on your location.

My Neighbor Blows Leaves Into My Yard. Is This Grounds For A Nuisance Claim?

Sadly not. Leaves are a natural product and even if they cause clogging to drains or guttering you have no recourse. You can however trim the branches of a tree that is shedding leaves up to the edge of your property line.

A Neighbor Killed A Tree On My Property When Clearing His Yard. Am I Entitled To Compensation?

Anyone who engages in injury to the tree, tree cutting or tree removal without the owner’s permission is liable for compensating the tree owner.

A Storm Knocked Down My Neighbor’s Tree Limb Onto My Property And It Damaged My Car, House And Yard Furniture. Are They Responsible For The Damages?

In most of these cases, the courts will probably apply what is known as a reasonable care standard. If your neighbor was not derelict in their duties to take care and maintain the tree branch and would not appear in the view of a reasonable person to be threatening to fall, then it is probable a court would not find the neighbor responsible. If the event could not have been foreseen or action taken to avoid the event occurring, it will be deemed an “Act Of God” and the neighbor will not be liable.

My Neighbors Tree Looks Like It’s Going To Fall On My House. What Should I Do?

The responsibility of maintaining trees falls upon the landowner. They have two legal responsibilities. Firstly, they make reasonable inspections with the purpose of ensuring the tree is safe. If the neighbor does not or will not remove the tree and damage is caused, your neighbor can be held responsible. If, having spoken to your neighbor, they do not do anything, you do have some laws that may offer protection. The tree may be considered a nuisance when it interferes with the enjoyment and use of your own property. The court may order the removal of the tree is a court finds it is a nuisance. Most cities have ordinances prohibiting property owners from maintaining conditions that may be considered dangerous on their property. In such cases, the municipality where you reside may order the neighbor to remove the tree or they may take it upon themselves to remove it. It may also be that one of the local utility companies will want the tree removed if it threatens any of their equipment or is a potential fire hazard.

The Spreading Of Tree Roots On My Land Damaged My Neighbors Septic Tank. Do I Have To Compensate My Neighbors?

In most states, the neighbor who has been aggrieved may trim the tree or cut the roots and will not have a claim against the owner of the tree. Yet some states maintain neighbors may sue if at least one of the following criteria is met:

  • A landowner may sue her neighbor to make that neighbor trims the branches of a tree that encroach the landowner’s property regardless of whether there is damage to the property or not.
  • Serious harm caused by encroaching tree roots or tree limbs may give rise to a lawsuit. “Serious harm” usually requires structural damage.
  • The neighbor may sue if an encroaching tree was planted.
  • A neighbor may only sue if the tree is noxious and is causing damage. “Noxious” means that the tree must be inherently poisonous or dangerous.

TREE TRIMMING AND REMOVAL SERVICES PHOENIX

If you own a property in the Phoenix Valley our team of trained, licensed, and insured tree cutting professionals will cut down and remove your tree safely and affordable. Every one of our skilled technicians understands our safe tree removal and cutting protocols and work together to get the job done quickly and safely. Keeping your property in the best condition possible while removing the tree is also our top priority. We remove the tree, clean up the mess, and leave your property in great condition.

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Fig Tree Care

FIG TREE CARE

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Figs are one of the oldest cultivated crops and not to mention that they were a favorite for some of the oldest societies. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans enjoyed figs. A fig tree can grow between 10 feet to 30 feet tall and they have leaves that make them look really tropical. Read on to learn more!

PICKING A FIG TREE

Many fig tree types will grow anywhere. However, some will do better in a dry, hot climate such as in Mesa, Arizona. The Kadota and Conadria fig trees are two that do really well in the Arizona heat.

KADOTA FIG

These will produce a large to medium sized fruit. The fruit will be yellow, and it is really sweet. The fruit from this fig tree will ripen best in a hot temperature area and in full sun. The Kadota fig tree is grown extensively and it is the most common fig type that you will find in a local grocery store.

CONADRIA FIG

These are the largest fig trees and it will have a very high sugar content. The fruit that is produced can be used to eat fresh or it makes a really great dried fruit. This fig also resists spoiling during rainy weather and has a small eye size. This helps with insect resistance.

HOW BIG DO FIG TREES GET?

Fig trees grow rather quickly and will end up around 25 feet tall. They also grow in width to about the same size as they are tall. Plan this into the location you choose for your fig tree. Don’t plant it in a spot where the full grown tree won’t fit well aesthetically or near power lines. Fig leaves are also quite large, sometimes reach as much as 10 inches in length and width. With leaves this large there’s no surprise that the fig tree is beloved for it’s fruit and the shade it provides.

PLANTING FIG TREES IN YOUR BACKYARD

There are normally two cycles of harvesting figs in a single year. The first crop is basically the maturation of any previously growing buds. The crop after it is actually the main crop, and this is where the fruit develops which is during spring and summer.

PICKING A LOCATION

Depending on the fig tree that you get, you will have to consider the width where you will be planting the tree. A fig tree can grow quite large which can span between 10 feet to 30 feet. They can even be much wider than they are tall. Another thing to consider when picking where to plant your fig tree is that leaves do drop. The fig is deciduous and if you have a pool then you want to plant the tree as far away from the pool as possible or place it in the front yard. Fig trees require between 8 to 10 hours of full sun per day, so you will want to keep the fig tree away from the house or where I may be shaded. You also will need soil that drains quite well and sandy soils are best for a fig tree.

PLANTING A FIG TREE

Just like with other trees that you want to plant within the desert, the time to plant a fig tree will be in the early spring or fall. This will give the root system a bit of time to mature and be ready for harsh summer weather that happens in Arizona.

WATER A FIG TREE

During the average summer heat in Arizona, a fig tree will need to be watered every 3 to 5 days. If it is really hot and Arizona has set heat records, then water more often than that. If you are unsure if you tree needs to be watered, you can use a soil probe to find out. All trees will need to be watered to 3 feet each time that there is an irrigation event. There is not a set rule for how much water it will take to reach 3 feet because different soil types will take different times.

FERTILIZING THE FIG TREE

Most times fig trees that have been planted directly into the ground will not have a need for fertilization. The big exception is if they get planted in sandy soil. If you are unsure if the soil has the right nutrients, then you can have the soil tested by a lab. If the soil is deemed to be low in nutrients, then get a half a pound of nitrogen and then divide it into 3 different treatments. Apply the nitrogen during the months of growth which are May – June -July.

PRUNING A FIG TREE

One of the best parts about growing a fig tree is that it hardly needs to be pruned. They only produce 2 crops during a single growing season and it is best that they get pruned after the second harvest. If you wait and then try to prune the fig tree during winter, then you risk removing some of the fruit that is already growing which would be part of your next harvest.

FIG TREE PESTS

Luckily, within Arizona there are not as many pests as in other areas of the United States. There are three common pests that you may deal with when it comes to your fig tree. Gophers, green fig beetle and birds are very common for Arizona. In order to protect your fruit from birds and beetles, then you can cover the fruit with netting or bagging. There is very little to be done about gophers.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH FIGS?

There are many fig tree owners that are really surprised with just how much fruit is produced once the tree has matured properly. It does take a couple of years after it is planted to get the tree to produce its first fruit. However, whenever it starts to get going, it really goes. Most owners scramble to hurry up and begin making jam, but the truth is there are a lot of things to do with figs.

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What’s Wrong With My Tree?

WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY TREE?

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“What is wrong with my tree?” is one of the most highly asked questions by homeowners. Of course there is no one way we can answer this question for each and every individual. But, we can give you a strategy for observing your trees overall health to help you determine if it has a problem, and what you may be able to do to fix it. The life of a tree in poor health can often be if problems are caught soon enough. If you think the health of your tree is in question, we advise following a course of observation that examines the traits and attributes that indicate whether the tree is getting all of the necessities it needs, and whether it is being threatened by other, external forces.

THE TREE’S ENVIRONMENT

Your first step is to review the tree in questions overall health. What species of tree is it? How old is the tree? Is the area where you live compatible with the tree’s needs? What are the elements of the hardscape? Are sidewalks, curbs, decks, pools, or sprinkler systems close enough that they affect the trees health?

Because a little less than three quarters of urban tree deaths could be attributed to root damage, it’s very important to note if any disruption has been done. Even if the disruption was done over five or six years in the past, it may be a significant factor in the health of the tree’s root system. Some trees start dying almost immediately if they suffer root damage. While other trees, can take up to five or more years before showing the effects of root damage. Sometimes people often fail to associate the decline in a tree’s health with changes in its root system. The health of a trees root system cannot be emphasized enough.

VISUAL INDICATIONS TREE HEALTH

Once you find out the tree’s history and any changes in the hardscape noted, the tree can be inspected for clues to evaluate its overall health. Because so many threats start at the root crown, it is recommended look there first. Does the tree enter the ground at the same depth at which it was first planted? Is the root crown flare above ground and in fair condition? This area needs to be able to breathe, and if it is buried, it is vulnerable to intrusion by various insects, fungi, and microorganisms that flourish in moist, dark conditions.

As the inspection moves up the tree, the leaves are another way to evaluate the tree’s health. Leaves that are nice and healthy are bright, fresh, and hydrated. Leaves that curl indicate an insufficient supply of water, while leaves that are yellow indicate a lack of key nutrients. This is another factor that can be caused by root damage, or due to poor pruning.

When you follow this method of observation, you can assess the overall health of your trees, and identify the factors that are interrupting their health. Even if you can’t identify the causes of decline yourself, a certified arborist may be able to assist you in finding the source of the tree’s While no one person can answer “What’s wrong with my tree?” we can help you find answer the question yourself. The more knowledgeable about your trees, the healthier you can help them be.

PHOENIX AREA ARBORISTS

If you have a tree that is suffering it can be a risk to your person, property, and your family. While saving every tree possible is the overall goal of a certified arborist, any tree that is dangerously damaged should be cut down. Don’t wait for wind, weather, or time to bring the tree down on your home, your vehicle, or someone enjoying being outdoors. Give us a call today to get your tree cared for right at 480-962-0701.

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Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs For Spring Arizona

FERTILIZING TREES & SHRUBS FOR SPRING ARIZONA

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Are you searching for “Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs” while looking for information about how to take care of your Phoenix valley landscape? Phoenix Trim-A-Tree knows how to take care of all of your tree and shrub needs in Valley of the Sun. To get the most healthy and beautiful trees and shrubs you need to know which kind of fertilizer to use for each type of plant, and how much to use. The way the fertilizer is applied is also critical for the it to be effective. In this article we help you understand the chemical elements needed for healthy plant diets, how to get the fertilizer to the roots, and when to apply your fertilizer.

TREES AND SHRUBS NEED NOURISHMENT JUST LIKE PEOPLE DO!

Large trees that are already well established don’t need as much nutrients as small shrubs and trees may. Also, feeding these smaller shrubs and trees can pay off big time if fed properly throughout there first couple years. Also, you will notice a return in the resistance to insects and disease, flowering improvements and quicker establishment than plants that weren’t properly fertilized. At Phoenix Trim A Tree, our shrub and tree care professionals will help you learn the art of proper fertilization. Here are a couple of fertilization tips for fertilizing trees and shrubs for the spring season in Arizona.

TIP #1 – PLANTS NEED A WELL BALANCED DIET

The primary nutrients your shrubs and trees need are potassium, iron, phosphorus and nitrogen.

  • Nitrogen is great for encouraging fast branch and trunk growth, also producing of dark and healthy green leaves.
  • Phosphorus is great for stimulating root growth(beneficial for recently planted shrubs and trees) Also promotes formation of flower buds and increases resistance to the cold.
  • Potassium is great for making trees stronger, this helps them withstand high winds and protects them from diseases. Potassium makes the trees stronger, helping them to withstand wind and ice breakage as well as diseases.
  • Iron is typically used in fertilizers to unlock other nutrients and make them more available to the plant. Iron is also used in some types of plants that are more prone to deficiencies.

TIP #2 – MAKE SURE YOUR ROOTS OF YOUR TREES CAN GAIN ACCESS TO THE FERTILIZER

Put the nutrients where the feeder roots can reach them. The main feeding area reaches from about a third of the distance from the drip line to the tree trunk. Fertilizer should be put into holes that are 6 to 12 inches deep throughout that area. For better distribution, you may need 10 feeding holes for every inch of truck throughout that area, (for example a tree that is 5 inches across will need 50 holes or more in the main feeding zone. Those holes ensure that fertilizer is evenly distributed and available to the tree.

TIP #3 – APPLY FERTILIZER TO THE SHRUBS AND TREES EARLY ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND HARSH WEATHER CONDITIONS

Trees are able to be fertilized between anytime in between fall, and mid July. Although, fertilizing trees in Arizona in July doesn’t have as much chance to harden and more susceptible to damage from cold temperatures. Early spring is the best feeding time but only use slow release materials to get the best results. Newly planted shrubs and trees benefits the most from fertilizer during their first five years of being planted. In growth, flowering and establishment, fertilizing your plants beats not fertilizing every time.

TIP #4 – FERTILIZING CITRUS TREES & OTHER FRUIT TREES

The Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the best locations in the country for growing citrus trees, along with other fruit bearing types of trees. With the warm weather and long growing season these trees add beauty to landscapes and provide welcomed fresh fruit to many residents. The best time to fertilize these trees is during late winter or the early spring months. For best year round results fertilizing these citrus and fruit trees should be started in the month of February. Specific fertilizers exist for these trees yet some residents choose to use a general shrub and tree food that ends up being a more cost effective solution. After fertilizing your trees and shrubs early in February keep an eye on their health. Signs to look for include the condition of roots and bark.

TIP #5 – FERTILIZING FLOWERING SHRUBS

Fertilization of your lilac and rose bushes should be done all year long with the exception of December and January. During these months they do not grow much and do not need the fertilizer. If you want to be the envy of your neighborhood with the best looking rose bushes and lilacs using tree and shrub food every month helps provide the necessary nutrients that local soils usually do not contain.

TIP #6 – FERTILIZING SHRUBS & HEDGES

Hedges and shrubs many times constitute the perimeter plants that outline our landscapes. They also line walkways to create a beautifully manicured yard. Having a very important role these online plants should not be forgotten in your landscape fertilization program. To help them get the best shape and healthiest look you should ensure that your hedges and shrubs get fertilized in February, again in the month of May, and then in September for the fall.

LAST THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN FERTILIZING SHRUBS AND TREES

  • Feeding plants during the first five years helps plants grow more quickly
  • Balanced fertilization is key. Phosphorus, Nitrogen, Potassium and Iron each have their own functions in your landscaping
  • Don’t fertilize your shrubs or trees between July and Fall, wait until after fall trees start resting period of dormancy

PHOENIX AREA TREE CARE

If you have trees that need to be fertilized, trimmed, pruned, or cared for we provide a full list of tree services in the Phoenix metro area. We help your trees look their best and stay strong so they are safe by removing dead branches, trimming to create the best shape, and enriching soil with everything your tree needs. Trees that aren’t watered or cared for properly pose a risk to your safety and the safety of your home. If you have dead trees on your property or trees that are sick call for professional help to save the tree or have dead trees removed. We remove trees quickly and safely before a strong storm removes the tree for you and potentially causes serious damage to your property or home.

HAVE QUESTIONS? CONTACT PHOENIX TRIM A TREE TODAY AT 480-962-0701.

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How Fast Do Palm Trees Grow In Arizona?

HOW FAST DO PALM TREES GROW IN ARIZONA?

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A lot of Phoenix valley residents are asking the question: “How fast do palm trees grow in Arizona?” How fast your palm will grow depends on the species of palm you have. Some types of palms grow as much as 2 or 3 feet per year while others might only grow to be 5 feet high after several years. When you are planning your landscape pay close attention to the species and plan for how big and fast they will grow. The growth rate of palm trees depend on a various factors which either encourage or discourage growth. Factors range from planting location, irrigation, fertilizing, and pruning. The different species all have different needs for these variables so it is a good plan to talk with your local palm tree nursery to find out how much the species you are planning on planting, or already have, will need. If you need help with Palm Tree Trimming or any palm tree related care, call Phoenix Trim-A-Tree.

PALM GROWTH RATES

When conditions are idea with the watering, fertilizer, pruning and location you can expect healthy growth in your palm trees. Different species of palm trees grow at different rates. See below to get an idea of average growth rates for palm trees.

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QUEEN PALM

The queen palm when planted in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11 grows about 2 feet each year. This means if you buy a 15 gallon plant you can expect a 25 foot Queen Palm in about 10 years. This is considered a fairly high growth speed.

KING PALM

Another fast growing palm is the King Palm. They grow quickly in soil that has good moisture and plenty of nutrition. The growth rate for the King Palm is nearly 2 feet each year. This makes it a little slower than the Queen Palm. This rate can be faster when the palm is planted in partial shade as it will grow faster towards light.

MEXICAN FAN PALM

These palm trees are one of the faster growing palm trees that is common in Arizona. They can reach dizzying heights for 70 to 100 feet which is typically too tall for most residential yards. Under ideal conditions you can expect an incredible 4 feet of growth per year from these palms. Their height and quick grow makes them very popular for commercial use or in public parks.

MEDITERRANEAN PALM

Also known as the European Fan Palm these palms are fairly slow growing. They grow about 6 inches a year and reach their mature height of 20 feet quiet slowly. They are still incredibly popular as they have a beautiful fronds and bark. They also make a great addition to most residential landscapes as they do not over power the visual presentation of the landscaping or home.

FOXTAIL PALMS

The Foxtail palm is a fast growing palm tree and under ideal conditions it can grow from 2 to 3 feet each year. They can grow to about 30 feet high and will reach that height in about 10 years. This is a great option for people looking for a great canopy and quick growing palm tree. This tree also features a deep root stem which makes it quiet drought tolerant.

PALM TREE TRIMMING & CARE

Phoenix Trim-A-Tree takes care of palm trees anywhere in the Phoenix metro area to help this iconic staple of Arizona looking their best. We trim palm trees and care for the overall health by enriching the soil with the nutrients needed for them to grow tall and strong. We can also help you understand how to best water the type and size of palms you have on your property. If you have palm trees that are sick or dead they should be cared for or removed to prevent damages or injuries on your property. If you have palms allow us to care for them and keep you safe.

WE ALSO OFFER PALM TREE REMOVAL FOR TREES THAT ARE SICK, DEAD, OR POSE A HAZARD TO YOUR LANDSCAPE.

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7 Warning Signs Your Tree May Be About to Fall In Phoenix

7 WARNING SIGNS YOUR TREE MAY BE ABOUT TO FALL IN PHOENIX

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Tress are a big part of creating beautiful landscapes, yet having hazardous trees around your yard can mean some or all branches could break due to strong winds during a monsoon. In extreme cases the entire tree could fall onto your home, or even a neighbor’s. Storm damaged tree removal is the answer if the tree is already damaged, but these signs will help you catch risks before they impact your home, your car, or your life. When trees fall and cause damages, it can cause thousands in repairs. It can also be a potentially serious safety risk for your family. Usually, home damages caused by trees are covered by home insurance (according to Insurance Information Institute), but avoiding the potential damages is the best route. No one likes filing claims, waiting on estimates, then waiting on repairs.

BELOW ARE SEVEN SIGNS THAT YOUR TREE MAY BE AT RISK FOR CAUSING DAMAGES

Expert Arborists explain that there are usually warning signs that there is something wrong with your tree.

1 – TRUNK HAS A HOLE

The trunk can form cavities when trees self-prune by dropping branches. This may lead to decay within the tree. Although, this does not always signal danger. If the cavity has plenty of solid wood surrounding it, it’s less likely to fall, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Services.

2 – DEEP CRACKS OR MISSING BARK

In parts where the three has missing bark, indents or gashes, this is referred to as ‘cankers’. Canker’s are able to increase the risk of trees breaking at the location of a canker, even when it looks good. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) also say deep bark cracks are negative signs as well.

3 – FALLING OR DEAD BRANCHES

If your tree begins to drop partial or full branches, it can be a sign that something is not right. This is a sign that trees are attempting to make themselves smaller, to have less to feed. Dead branches are also a large risk as they can crash down on clam days, not just windy days, according to USDA Forest Services.

4 – LEANING TRUNK

The InterNACHI states if you notice your tree is leaning more than 15 degrees because of root damage or wind, it generally needs to be removed. However, a tree which naturally grew this way does not have as much risk.

5 – LEAVES FALL FROM INSIDE OUT

This is another sign that something is wrong, as tree’s should not lose leaves from inside out. Experts say this is a sign of root zone issues. “Root zone is the area that trees obtain water and nutrients, and it holds the tree up.” If the root system is not healthy, it increases the risk of falling trees.

6 – ROOTS ARE ROTTEN

It can be hard to detect root rot, but things to look for include mushrooms growing around your tree’s base. Another sign that trees are rotting on the inside are fungi growth on the trunk.

7 – TIGHT BRANCH GROWTH

If branches are growing closely in a V-shape, this is also a bad sign. Experts explain “Strong union grows in a U-shape. There are many species of trees that often break at weak forks, including maple, elm, yellow poplar, oak, and willow trees. “When winds get strong, these trees are at risk of falling apart,” she said. It is easiest to spot this sign during winter when leaves are no longer on the trees.

WHAT TO DO WITH TROUBLESOME TREES

If you are unsure if the tree around your home pose any danger, you should consult a qualified tree expert. Professionals help you avoid preventable property damage from your trees. Professionals are able to advise you in the next step, from removing a dangerous tree or developing a plan to help improve your tree’s health. Based on your particular solution, the plan may include bracing or cabling being conducted by a qualified Arborist.

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