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Fall Tree Preparation

Austin Tree Service, Inc.If you have trees, you need to prepare them for fall. In this article, we’ll go over fall tree preparation so you can better understand what needs to be done. We hope these tips help you get the healthiest trees possible so you can go into winter feeling safe and secure that you’ve done all you can to ensure your trees are secure.

Fall tree care is important

The extended heat of summer can weaken trees, making them more susceptible to infestations. If you haven’t watered your trees enough during summer, you’ll need to have a professional tree care service come in and perform some triage so that your trees don’t suffer during the winter. Mulching, fertilizing and other soil activities can help your trees replenish some moisture. Using a deep soaker hose or drip irrigation system so that water gets way down into the roots will also help your trees at this time.

Prune dead wood and brace for the winter

It’s a good idea to prune dead wood on your trees in the fall so that they don’t become problems in the winter. Dead wood can come loose during a storm and cause property damage. If you prune the dead wood now, you can avoid that unpleasantness. It will also help prevent disease. Once the leaves have fallen and a tree’s branch structure is more visible, it becomes more vulnerable to certain diseases or insect infestations

Plant new trees now

Autumn is usually the best time to plant new trees. Temperatures are cooler than in summer and new trees aren’t likely to be burned by high temperatures or damaged by drought. When you plant in the fall, it gives the trees a chance to grow a root system and prepare for a dormant winter, which will position them to grow well in the spring.

You see there are many things you need to do to prepare your trees for winter. Fall tree preparation is important. If you need any help with your fall tree preparation, just give us a call at 512-341-8888.

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The Top 8 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Tree Removal Company

Austin Tree Services IncDamaged or dead trees are not just unsightly; they pose potential hazards to you and your home especially during the next storm. It’s best in these situations to hire the best possible tree removal company. Leaving this work to the professionals is in your best interest. A tree removal company will give you peace of mind and help keep you safe. In this article, we’ll go over the top 8 questions you should ask before hiring a tree removal company. We hope they help you in your decision.

  1. Will the tree removal company provide you with an up-to-date certificate of insurance and copy of their work contract? You should ask this first because it’s very important to have this information. You want to make sure the tree removal company is properly insured and that you’re adequately protected should something go wrong.
  2. Does the company have adequate credentials? You should hire a company with an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist like us. Although there is no licensing required for performing tree service in the state of Texas, you want to find a service that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  3. What about references? You’ll want to ask the tree removal company for references from previous customers. They should be able to provide you with some you can get in contact with. Then, you should call them and ask them how satisfied they were with the service and anything else you can think of for an answer. You can also check the internet for referrals like on Angie’s List. If you’re a member of Angie’s List, you can find our reviews here.
  4. Will the tree removal company give you a detailed estimate? You should always try to get written estimates from three companies with equal credentials. Then, you compare the prices and scope of work. Don’t necessarily choose the cheapest option. Choose the best option.
  5. How will the company approach the job and what equipment will they use? You want a tree removal company to be sensitive to your home and needs. You don’t want them to use heavy power equipment on your lawn and flower beds. This will ruin them. If they do need to go across your lawn with equipment, make sure they know where sprinkler heads are so they don’t get damaged. You should ask what their policy is if they do in fact damage something. Make sure it’s acceptable to you. We suggest that you take a photo of the area before work begins in case there is damage. Also get an understanding of how the team will clean up once the job is finished. A good tree removal company will pick up after itself.
  6. When will you pay the tree removal company? A reputable tree service does not ask for money up front because they have the equipment necessary to do the job. Your contract terms should state that payment will be made when the job is completed to your satisfaction.
  7. Does the company appear professional? Is the company’s truck well taken care of? Their equipment? If they don’t take good care of their tools and trucks, then how can you trust them to take good care of your trees and your yard? Does their website appear professional and well put together? The design and content can give you an idea of how well they run their business.
  8. Will the crew be using safety gear while they’re on your property? OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires that people wear adequate tree climbing gear such as harnesses, belts and ropes for any tree care operation. Reputable tree companies require that their workers be protected.

When hiring a tree removal company, you should consider protection for yourself and your property. By asking these questions, you’ll go a long way toward achieving that goal. If you have any questions for us, at Austin Tree Services Inc., we’re happy to answer them. Give us a call today at 512-341-8888.

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When is the Best Time for Tree Trimming Your Oaks

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Many people wonder when the best time for tree trimming your oaks is. The fact is there is no one right answer. If possible you should avoid tree trimming during the spring which, in this case corresponds to February 1st and June 30th.  In this article, we’ll discuss why you shouldn’t trim your oak trees during this period. If you have any questions, please contact Austin Tree Service for more information.

The reason you want to prevent trimming trees during February 1st to June 30th is largely because of tree diseases like oak wilt, also known as Ceratocystis fagacearum.  It’s the most destructive disease that affects live oaks and red oaks in this area. Many tree deaths are attributed to the tree-to-tree spread of this pathogen once an oak wilt center becomes established. New infection centers can occur when beetles carry the oak wilt with them to fresh, open wounds on healthy oaks.

  • Wounds include damage caused by wind, hail, vehicles, construction, small animals or pruning. You can reduce the risk of fungal spread when tree trimming your oaks by doing the following:
  • Paint fresh wounds with wound dressing or latex paint immediately after tree trimming or live tree removal whenever they occur.
  • Clean all your pruning tools with a 10% bleach solution or Lysol™ between sites or trees.
  • Debris from a diseased red oak should be immediately chipped, burned or buried.
  • Avoid tree trimming during the spring as defined as February 1st to June 30th. The only reasons to prune in spring are to:
    • Aid public safety concerns such as having a hazardous limb in the way, if there’s a traffic visibility issue or you need to clear emergency utility lines of limbs.
    • Repair damaged limbs from storms or other anomalous issues.
    • Remove limbs that rub against a building or on other branches. You will also want to raise low limbs over a street.
    • On construction sites you should prune just the live tissue that is needed to require clearance.
    • Get rid of dead branches where live tissue is not exposed.

Tree trimming for any other reasons should be conducted before or after this period. No matter when you prune, you should use proper techniques such as making proper cuts and avoiding injuries to the tree such as topping or excessive crown thinning. If you have any questions about this, you should contact Austin Tree Service at 512-341-8888. We’re happy to help trim your oak trees.

 

 

Welcome To Our Blog!

welcometagWe, at Austin Tree Service, would like to take a moment to welcome you to our blog. You will find information and tips on tree care and service here. We will update you on our services such as:

  • Tree Trimming,
  • Tree Removal,
  • Roof Clearance,
  • Storm Cleanup,
  • And more.

We will teach you the ins and out of handling your trees with care so that they will last for a long time and not cause you any problems. Trees are beautiful. They are functional as well. They provide shade from the sun which is very welcome in Central Texas. A tree that overlooks your home, can help cool your home and increase energy savings.

Of course, sometimes, trees overhang too much on your property and you can call us for tree removal. We’ll be there to help you out with the appropriate equipment and staff on hand. We even have a Certified Arborist on our staff who can diagnose your tree and see if it has a disease. If it does, we can treat the tree and trim what needs to be trimmed to improve its overall health.

We care for trees and want nothing more than for you to have a yard full of healthy trees. Austin Tree Service can handle tree removal after a storm or if your tree is just too diseased to remain intact. We clear trees off the roof so that they don’t cause trouble to windows or the home. At Austin Tree Service, you’ll find professional care for your trees and an expert touch. We know what we’re doing. We’ve been doing it for over ten years.

We are insured and bonded. This means you can trust us on your property and to handle your trees. Our blog is coming soon and you’ll get more information on tree care from our expert team.

We look forward to working with you. Give us a call at 512-341-8888 if you need any services. We’re happy to help!