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!

I Hate Mowing The Lawn!

” I Hate Mowing The Lawn” is the number one reason why we get the phone call. Landscape Away hears this common complaint so often. We all love beautiful lush lawns to lounge in and relax after work or on weekends, but when it comes to maintaining it most of our clients would prefer not. We don’t blame you. It’s hard work and there is a certain level of expertise required to get it right. Not to mention all the equipment you need to maintain that yard; lawn mower, rake, weed eater, fertilizer, lawn seed, edger, broadcast spreader, and if your OCD you would probably invest in an aerator and a sprinkler system. Tired yet? Not to mention the relentless trips to the local hardware store to talk to the experts about your lawn and educate yourself on what those brown spots in the backyard are from?

 

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So we at Landscape Away understand that “I hate mowing the lawn” really means I have better things to do with my time and should just leave this in the hands of a local expert. From the perspective of the home owner it makes sense to hire a local professional. Speaking monitarily the cost of equipment and supplies (not to mention your time) runs you about the same as if you give a professional landscaper like us a call. We have professional equipment and the knowledge to get the job done quick and right, giving your yard the care it needs to thrive. Time wise, the last thing you want to do after a long week at work is spend your Saturday mowing, weeding, composting, sweeping, pruning and more. Even someone who enjoys working outside in their yard can quickly become overwhelmed during those peak growing months. Leave that lawn a few days too long and you know what happens. You end up mowing it twice or you try to mow it once and get clumps that didn’t mow properly because they just laid down on your lawn and missed the blades.

 

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At Landscape Away we build packages for the “I hate mowing my lawn” client specifically. Locally we had a client that was going to sell his house and move into a town home to avoid the maintenance. We sat down with him and showed him how to enjoy detached home ownership and incorporate one of our packages into his budget in a way that made sense. No longer using his lawn mower and weed eater he saved money by not purchasing lawn seed, fertilizer and other supplies. His yard is maintained in a way that doesn’t end up costing  him more money. A little yard maintenance can go a long way in saving money in the long run. A tree that is over grown can cause a lot of damage if not maintained. Expert eyes know when a tree is potentially going to cause damage in a wind storm with weak limbs or even worse a week root system that could allow the tree to come over entirely. We remove these hazards before they become a costly fix.

 

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So if you have the “I hate mowing the lawn” mindset, you may want to talk to us about how we can make your life easier and a little funner on the weekends. Enjoying your backyard in the summer months is so much better when your not the one doing all the work. Give us a call for a quote and we can create a plan that sets you free this summer to spend Saturday your way and not tied to the backyard other than in a lounge chair enjoying the sunshine.