How should I plant my tree?
A: Location conditions are extremely important and vital to a tree’s health. Be sure to examine the tree location conditions and follow these steps when planting your new tree:
Dig a shallow, broad hole: only as deep at the root ball, but 3x’s as wide in diameter
Identify the trunk flare: this is where the roots spread at the base of the tree. This should be partly visible after planting.
Place the tree at the proper height: majority of the roots should be within 12” of the soil.
Straighten the tree in the hole
Fill hole, gently but firmly
Stake the tree, if necessary
Mulch the base of the tree
Maintain with follow-up care
How often does my tree need care?
A: The type and frequency of tree care depends on the species, age, location, climate, and other factors that affect the tree’s growth. The first step is to educate yourself about your trees and understand their needs. It is imperative to understand that proper tree care is a life long process, and that planting and caring for a tree is a long-tern commitment, not just a one time deal. Contact your local tree care professional at Shamrock Tree Service for proper assistance.
What is pruning a tree?
A: Pruning is the cutting or removing branches or parts of trees or for improving the shape or growth of trees. This is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Usually, trees are pruned preventative or as a corrective measure to remove dead branches, crowded or rubbing limbs, eliminate hazards, and increase light and air penetration. Since each cut to a tree has the potential to change the growth, it is important to educate yourself, considering no branch should be removed without any reason.
What is topping a tree?
A: Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping including “heading,” “tipping,” “hat-racking,” and “rounding over.”Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. It is usually done to reduce the size of a tree. Often, homeowners top their trees because they feel that they have become too large for their property and are a hazard. However, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term and is very harmful to the health of a tree.
What should I do if I think my tree has insect and/or disease problems?
A: As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree’s appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. Insects and diseases can threaten a tree’s health. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding the causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and take appropriate actions for treatment. You should contact Shamrock Tree Service for assistance immediately.
What should I do if my tree gets struck by lightning?
A: Because the extent of internal damage cannot be assessed immediately, the affected tree should be monitored for potential hazards but extensive arboricultural treatments should be delayed for a year or more. Treatments to consider include restoration pruning, clean-up, water management, pest attack prevention, and bark repair, if applicable. The injury may not immediately cause structural damage, although it might serve as an “open door” for borers, decay, and future structural degradation.
Why are trees beneficial?
A: Trees provide a variety of benefits besides environmental, such as social, community, and economic. Trees provide an array of benefits, including:
Cost Reduction? reduces yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars
Increase Property Value? well-cared landscape properties are 5-20% more valuable than non-landscaped estates.
Privacy and Scenery, aesthetic values
The following facts are results from studies conducted by UIUC Human-Environment Research Laboratory:
Fewer Crimes? apartment buildings surrounded by trees and greenery are dramatically safer than buildings devoid of green
Improves Concentration- children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are relieved after contact with nature. The greener the setting, the more the relief.
Sound Barrier- acts as sound barriers and provide protection against crowding, noise, and danger, which all can contribute to mental fatigue, and can help inner-city residents cope with the many poverty related-stresses
How do I find information about tree care?
A: You may obtain additional information from Shamrock Tree Service, your tree care professional
What type of tree should I buy?
A: Tree selection is one of the most important investment decisions for a homeowner. First, examine the location conditions of where you want your tree to be planted. Take the following into consideration before selecting the tree species you want:
Amount of space
Clearance from overhead and underground utilities
Tree functions you desire
Exposure to sun and wind
Then, utilize the information you have gathered and select the tree species that works best with the conditions. For assistance, contact Shamrock Tree Service your tree care professional.