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Here you will find helpful information surrounding tree health

Never let a tree company spike a tree that they are not removing!

March 15, 2017

Every time that a spike enters a tree, it creates an open wound which then allows bacteria, infections, and bugs into the tree - that is right, just as a cut or puncture on your skin allows bacteria into your blood, an open wound on a tree acts in the same way!  Once a tree is spiked, there is a high potential for fungus and bacteria to enter the tree and start to cause a decline in the overall health of the tree.  The fresh wound acts as a dinner bell for insects as they can smell the scent of the sap.  Once the smell is in the air, they can find the tree more easily and set up the all-you-can-eat buffet.

The only acceptable time for someone to spike a tree is if the tree is going to be removed.  It does make the job of pruning/trimming a tree a bit more challenging but it is what is best for the life and health of the tree.

At Duffey Tree Care, we do not spike trees - even palm trees.  If a tree is too tall to climb, we will use appropriate methods and equipment (ie: ladder [on smaller palms] or lift or crane [on larger palms]) to safely access the tree canopy and do what we need to do!

Why Hire an arborist?

March 15, 2017

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. We are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees,

especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

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Root Plate Awareness

May 18, 2017

Just because a tree is leaning, it does not automatically mean that the tree is falling.  Make sure to familiarize yourself with your trees and their ground space so you are able to notice changes in soil firmness and density.  

  • First, visually assess the ground around your tree.  Seeing raised roots does not immediately indicate issues although you would want to take note of their placement and overall look.  
  • Second, stomp around the tree and checkout the soil for any soft areas (areas where the soil is loose).  If the tree is leaning, spend extra time checking the soil around the "tension side" - this is the side opposite the side of the lean.  You want to always feel firm ground.  
  • Third, use a probe to check for air pockets under the roots and soil.  attempt to insert the probe into the ground checking for hallows (air spaces).  Again, you should always feel firm ground.  A screwdriver or shepherds hook could be used for this activity.
We suggest that you check your trees every six months to ensure that they are firmly in their soil!  Additionally, you should always check your trees roots after a major wind event - trees are subjected to strong winds during storms, causing them to twist and sway in many different directions. It is critical that you assess your trees after a storm! 

If you think you have soft or rotten roots, soft soil areas, suspect that you have air spaces under your trees roots, or are concerned that your tree is starting to uproot, please give us a call.  We will come out and fully evaluate the situation.

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