What to do about Mistletoe

Mistletoe grows in many parts of Europe and North America. In Central Texas, you are most likely to see this parasitic plant or shrub on an oak tree or cedar elm. Mistletoe is parasitic because it draws the host’s carbohydrates into itself. It can contribute to water and food loss and cause tree death in extreme cases, especially during drought conditions.

What does Mistletoe do to a tree?

Mistletoe steals nutrients and water from its host tree. The little, shrub-like plant sends out roots called haustoria into the cambium of a tree and takes over the tree’s carbohydrate and moisture sources. Overall, this won’t harm a tree unless it has a lot of mistletoe plants on it. Each plant can only steal so much from the host tree. Of course, it can reduce the production of a tree since some of its resources are impacted. This parasitic plant can also cause problems for a tree that is stressed due to soil compaction or drought. Even the little bit of moisture and nutrients it steals can make a big difference when a tree is already under stress.

Is mistletoe easy to get rid of?

It is generally considered to be easy to get rid of mistletoe. However, the plant can be stubborn and it may spring back. Simply cutting the twigs and leaves will not kill the mistletoe from your tree. You need to actively kill the roots and, with it, the entire plant.

What’s a non-chemical way to remove mistletoe?

The best – and probably the safest – way to get rid of mistletoe is without using chemicals of any sort. You simply prune it out, or hire us to do it. We are experts at mistletoe removal. A certified arborist like the one we have on staff knows best how to remove large pieces of wood without adversely affecting the tree’s health. If you do the pruning yourself, you will want to remove the infested material back to the branch collar.

To kill the growth permanently, you must cut back the leaves and stems to the wood and then wrap the area with wide, black polyethylene to block light and prevent it from re-sprouting. Consistently cutting out the growth will not do the trick. It just doesn’t kill the plant. It will, however, prevent it from flowering and creating seeds that will spread the mistletoe to other parts of the tree or other trees in your yard.

What about using chemicals to get rid of mistletoe?

If you want to control mistletoe by using chemicals, you really should seek professional help. It’s kind of a last resort treatment. You should only attempt chemicals when nothing else has worked or other methods are just not practical. Spring spraying of the growth regulator ethephon has been shown to have some effect on eradicating mistletoe. The leaves of the mistletoe must be completely wet for this treatment to work. The process needs to be done before the host tree has leafed out.

Truthfully, most trees are able to withstand these parasitic infestations. Removal is not absolutely necessary. You can promote good tree health by adequately watering it and fertilizing it in spring. However, we are certainly happy to help with mistletoe removal. You may call us at 512-341-8888 for more information.

Austin Tree Service, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects our consistently high level of customer service

Austin Tree Service, Inc. has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the tree trimming and tree removal companies in Austin, TX were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Austin Tree Service is deeply grateful to receive this award. To us, this award is a symbol of success in both our tireless endeavor to embody excellence in our work and loyalty to our customers and the upholding of the rigorous standards of ethics and quality set by the International Society of Arborists. We are thankful for this award and for our continued opportunity to serve as trusted professionals in tree service,” said business owner Adam Sahibzada.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.


Austin Tree Service is a 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner

c342450a-40d9-4795-bf02-47bcc4a05849Angie’s List is one of the premier home service web sites. People from all over the United States look to Angie’s List for service providers. If you’re on Angie’s List, you have to prove that you are a good service provider. Austin Tree Service is definitely one of the best tree trimming and tree removal services in Austin, TX. You can check out our reviews’ page on Angie’s List to see some of our customers’ opinions of us.

Our reviews for tree trimming and tree removal are exceptional. So good in fact that we have earned the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award. The Super Service Award is only given to the best businesses in their category. It’s a leading national honor and allows us to stand out amongst our peers in the tree services industry. Less than 5% of thousands of businesses earn the award each year. In order to be eligible for the award, you have to have stellar service reviews from November 1st to October 31st. We did and work hard to continue to earn our customers’ good reviews. We don’t take our tree services lightly.

The Super Service Award honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain a superior service record. When selecting a tree service provider, you can trust Austin Tree Service because of many reasons including the receipt of the 2015 Super Service Award. We wanted to share this great news with you and tell you we’re proud to be a recipient of the 2015 Super Service Award.

We invite you to call us for your tree trimming and tree removal services. Austin Tree Service will perform these services expertly and efficiently. We are experts in tree removal, tree trimming and other tree services. We have a certified arborist on staff to assist you with your tree care needs.

We hope you’ll contact us at 512-341-8888 for more information. We’re more than happy to help you with your tree service needs.


Tree Services in Austin

TreeServicesAustinAustin Tree Service strives to meet all of your tree services Austin. We know that your trees need certain assistance throughout the year. We are happy to help. Our tree services Austin include, but are not limited to:

  • Tree trimming, aka pruning,
  • Tree removal,
  • Storm cleanup,
  • And more.

Tree Services Austin – Tree Trimming

When it comes to tree trimming, we are among Austin’s best tree services. We are especially good at removing dead wood from your trees not just for aesthetic purposes but also clearance issues. Dead branches are not only unsightly, but they are also unhealthy for the tree. They can spread disease and death to other branches. Our ISA-certified arborist can check out your tree and will know which branches need trimming and which do not. We provide free estimates and you can choose to accept our offer or not.

Tree Removals

Sometimes, a tree is beyond saving. We want you to know that we will do all we can to help keep your tree from being removed. However, should you need to remove it for the health of your other trees and shrubs; we will not hesitate to recommend removal. We provide this tree service for you. We always say that no tree is too big or too small to work with. Regardless of the size of the tree or its location on your property, our experts at Austin Tree Service can remove it properly. We will also dispose of it so you needn’t worry about it.

Roof Clearance

As part of our tree services in Austin, we offer roof clearance. We will clear branches off your roof so that they do not cause harm to your home or property. Sometimes overhanging tree branches can cause property damage. Before you get into that kind of trouble with your trees, give us a call at Austin Tree Service and our certified arborist will help determine which branches need to be removed.

Storm Damage Cleanup

After a storm hits, you might have broken branches. We can take care of that for you. We will pick up the branches and make sure that no hazards to you, your family or your employees remain. We are experts at storm damage cleanup and are happy to help you in this unfortunate situation.

For a look at our full tree services Austin, visit this web page. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 512-341-8888. We’re Austin Tree Service and we are happy to help you out with any tree services you may need.