Does Peeling Tree Bark Mean You Need an Arborist?

Peeling Tree Bark ArboristHave you spotted peeling tree bark in your landscape recently? Seeking advice from a local arborist could be in your best interest. Peeling tree bark isn’t always a cause for concern. But, in some cases, bark loss can point to a bigger problem – and when it comes to tree care, certified arborists are the experts. If one of your trees has peeling bark, an arborist can check it out and, if necessary, nurse it back to health. Peeling Bark is Normal for Some Species Peeling can be a natural part of the growth process, as the old outer covering is shed to make way for new bark. This may occur very slowly – at such a slow pace that the bark falling away is hardly noticeable – or the shedding process may be quite dramatic. Tree species that are often prone to peeling bark

Fall Tree Pruning in Utah – Yes or No?

fall tree pruning UtahWhat are the rules for fall tree pruning? So, should you schedule this task (or undertake it yourself) in the coming weeks? Many homeowners believe it’s a good idea to prune once the leaves drop, as leafless branches have all of their imperfections exposed, making it easy to see where to cut. However, certified arborists don’t always believe that fall tree pruning is advisable. Why Heavy Fall Pruning Is Not Recommended Certified arborists advise taking a cautious approach to pruning in the fall. Heavy pruning in multiple areas should wait and, depending on which species reside on your property, you may want to avoid using the pruners at all during the autumn months. Heavy fall pruning can lead to future tree health problems. Branch wounds heal more slowly in th

Tree Insect Control: Pests that Infest Ornamental Aspens

tree insect control aspensIf you have ornamental aspens on your property, you may need a professional tree insect control service. Aspens thrive in the forests of the Intermountain West, but they aren’t as well adapted to the environmental conditions of the Wasatch Front. When aspens are planted outside their preferred region, they’re more susceptible to insect infestations. Several pests can cause problems for ornamental aspen trees. But with professional tree insect control service, you can avoid four types of insects that commonly infest aspens. Aspen Borers A few different species of boring beetles like to infest ornamental aspen trees, tunneling into the trunks and weakening the wood. The most effective method of insect control for aspen borers is to maintain vigorous tree health. Syste

Fruit Tree Care: Controlling Suckers and Water Sprouts

Fruit Tree Care Controlling Suckers and Water SproutsFruit tree care comes with many challenges, particularly for new gardeners. Without close attention, insects, diseases and environmental issues can all affect production. The same goes for suckers and water sprouts. These vigorous new growth types take much-needed energy away from fruit trees, which can lead to a reduced yield. What Are Tree Suckers and Water Sprouts? While the terms are often used interchangeably, water sprouts and suckers are two types of undesirable tree growth. They often show up after overpruning or excessive watering, such as might occur with flood irrigation or a big storm, or when the tree experiences stress. Suckers are shoots that originate at the root system, popping up near ground level. Water sprouts are quite similar in nature and appearanc

The Utah Arborist’s Guide to Tree Watering

The Utah Arborist’s Guide to Tree WateringA certified Utah arborist is an excellent resource for information on tree watering. Keeping trees adequately watered is essential for their long-term health. Too much or too little water can result in stress and damage. For that reason, experienced arborists consider proper watering to be one of the most important aspects of tree care and maintenance. For expert tree-watering advice based upon your specific climate and growing conditions, call on the experienced team at Reliable Tree Care. How to Tell When it’s Time to Water Your Trees At first glance, it isn’t always easy to tell if your trees need water. For that reason, certified arborists recommend checking the soil. To do so, dig about 6 to 8 inches down. If the soil feels moist, wait another day or