Post Storm Tree Care

Post-Storm Tree Care
It’s no secret that the Fraser Valley took a hard-hit with the devastating ice/wind storm. And with all that wind and ice came a whole lot of destruction. We have seen the outcome of our recent winter blast, and it has not been friendly to the trees in the area. That is why we wanted to discuss the importance of having a professional examine those trees, and assess whether they are able to be saved, worth being saved, and how to determine whether or not they are dangerous.

The very first thing that you should be on the lookout for is hazardous trees and branches. Trees that are leaning with roots beginning to pull should be called in about right away, particularly if the tree is angled on a path towards housing, fences, vehicles etc. The second thing to be on the lookout for are the dreaded “widow maker” branches. These branches are detached from the tree, but tangled up in the remaining branches. A simple gust of wind or a shake of the tree can send these branches dangerously crashing down.

Winter Damaged Tree

So, you’ve found a tree on your property that you’re hoping to be able to save… the first step would be to call a professional. Then, there are a series of steps and questions that we explore to determine what trees can be repaired, and what trees need to be removed. For example, trees that have the following characteristics would likely need to be removed:
Trees that have large splits or are missing large branches.
Trees that have more than half of their branches or limbs missing.
Trees that are leaning, or have uplifting roots that are threatening give way.
Trees that have cracks in the main branches.

However, that’s not to say that any tree with broken branches is beyond saving. Often times, smaller, cracked branches and limbs simply require some cleaning up. Stressed and minor damaged trees that have arms missing from them just need some good pruning. Remember to continue feed and water these strained trees, as their chances of recovery is much better with quality nutrients in order to survive and thrive!

The reason why it is so imperative to have a professional called in right away to assess these damages is because people often opt to take matters in to their own hands, and often make the wrong decisions. Whether it be loping off branches that are still viable, removing trees that could still flourish, or dangerously removing branches that they are not equipped to handle… it is always best to call an expert and get their opinion.

We are available and prepared for all quotes, assessments, and tree removals here at Landscape Away, and are happy to help with the post-storm damage here in the Fraser Valley! Call us today!

 

If your that home owner that aspires to be the envy of the neighborhood with a beautiful lush green lawn through out the summer months, it is time to get busy! Spring is the time we prepare lawns for the hot months ahead and create lush green lawns for all to admire.

Grass helps keep the earth cool. It’s mother nature’s way of protecting herself against the heat of summer months. It keeps important ground dwelling creatures safe below the roots and here on the west coast where grass grows abundantly it’s important that we continue to care for our lawns.

 

 

 

Gardener mowing the lawn.

 

 

A little further south in California a monetary incentive was offered to remove grass and lawn from yards to reduce water usage. The problem that has arisen from this initiative is that the removal of lawn has actually increased the temperature of the ground and is having a negative effect on the environment. Large trees that relied on that lawn cover to cool it’s roots have suffered and rocks, gravel and decking that has replaced lawns assist in holding heat and also increases the temperatures and alter the eco system.

So even though we often have water restrictions during the high summer months it is important to keep some turf in our yard. If not for the environment, then just simply for a nice place to stretch out on a hot summer day and cool off under a west coast tree.

 

 

 

City of Chilliwack Water Conservation

 

 

 

There are somethings we can do to ensure our lawns are prepared for those hot summer months. Prepping our lawns before hand will help with water absorption, nutrient intake and more giving our lawn the best defense against heat waves.

We tend to over water our lawns, and even during restrictions a properly prepared lawn can continue to thrive if the reduced water is able to reach the roots and be observed along with much needed nutrients.

Aerate

So the first thing we do in the spring is aerate a lawn to ensure that those roots systems are not impacted and air, water and important nutrients are able to reach the source. You can water a compacted lawn all day long, but if the water can’t reach it’s source it will still not thrive. So breaking up those roots systems and allowing for water to be absorbed is our first step.

 

 

Aerating Diagram

 

De-Thatching

Another very important step is de-thatching. Thatch is the light brown layer that builds up between the soil and the green grass. It’s made up of living, dead and decaying organic matter; compressed roots, stems and runners. But when the organic matter between the green grass and the soil builds up faster than it decays, thatch becomes a problem. Making it harder for grass roots to take hold in the soil. Excessive thatch could also become a breeding ground for pests and disease.

 

Seeding Your Lawn

 

Feeding & Seeding

After making sure those roots are ready to absorb water and nutrients it’s time to feed and seed that lawn. With an abundance of products on the market we find the right product for your lawn taking in to consideration it’s placement in proximity to high summer heat, it’s current condition and any nutritional unbalance we observe. After de-thatching we may need to create a cover of topsoil and at that time a good seed cover is a great idea to promote new growth.

 

Spring Package

 

A healthy prepared lawn in the spring often requires little maintenance in the summer. With maximum absorption to the roots those water restrictions will have less of an effect and you can be sure that your lawn is absorbing what it needs to continue to thrive and is your best defense against weeds and unwanted plant growth. With a strong root system in place invasive weeds don’t have a chance.  Be the envy of your neighborhood with a healthy lawn to be proud of.

Spring Lawn packages starting at $125.

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