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I See This A Lot in Peoples Yards
She Asked Me To Lollypop Her Tree
Don't commit crape murder!
Are web worms harmful for your trees?
Freeze Damaged Palm Trees

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I See This A Lot in Peoples Yards

When planting a new tree in your yard, sometimes it's a good idea to put in a few stakes and brace the tree until the roots have a chance to establish themselves.  The amount of time that each tree requires varies but one thing that you don't want to do is let the braces damage the tree.  Here's a tree that we just trimmed that had never been trimmed before.  Once we got the tree cleaned up it revealed that the wire and rubber hose were growing into the tree and damaging the tree in ways that will effect the growth and health of the tree for years to come.

She Asked Me To Lollypop Her Tree

I had a 96 year old lady call me requesting an estimate for trimming her oak tree in her front yard.  So I stopped by to take a look at it and before I could tell her what I recommended she asked me if I could "lolly pop it".  She asked if I could bring the whole tree in real tight and make it look round like a hedge.  I advised against this because that's not what's best for the health and longevity of the tree.  She said "I'm 96 years old.  I might not be around much longer anyway."  She said that 3 other tree service companies told her that they wouldn't do it because it's not proper pruning.  How could I tell her no?  It's her trees.  So I did it.  She was so happy.  It's crazy that 3 other tree service companies missed out on the opportunity.  Glad Team Envision could make an old lady happy.  :-)

Don't commit crape murder!

I love trimming crape myrtle trees.  They're one of my favorite trees to trim because they can look so ugly when they get overgrown but I can make them look so pretty.  I like to rub their bark with my hand and exfoliate the loose bark until the tree is smooth throughout.  I get all of the dead wood out and take out the crossed or rubbing branches and raise the canopy to the desired level.  This is how you trim a crape myrtle if you ask me.  But I have been asked many times before to commit crape murder.  That is, to just hack it off at one height.  I try to talk anybody out of it when they suggest it but there has been times when they have insisted upon it and since it is their yard I do it because customer satisfaction trumps proper techniques.  But honestly, I have never really seen an instance where I thought that crape murder was a good idea.  Yes, they'll live... just not as well as they should have.  Love your trees!  ~Peace~

Are web worms harmful for your trees?

Web worms.  My wife sent me this picture from outside her window at work and she asked me what it was.  So I wrote a blog about it.  :-)I just had somebody tell me that web worms are natural and do not harm your trees in any way.  I personally don't see any good reason to keep them around even though I consider myself a bit of a naturalist.  Our customers typically have us come out to remove them mainly because of their unsightlyness.  But can anybody give me a good reason to keep these future moths in the trees?  I always keep an open mind and I like to have all of the information so our customers can make the most conscious choices in their trees and landscapes.   

Freeze Damaged Palm Trees

     I have seen several freeze damaged palm trees in the central Texas area this year after the relatively cold winter.  Now that spring is here, it is a great time to start getting them back into shape.  Now that the damage has been done, the first thing you need to do is prune all of the dead fronds from the tree.  Sometimes, this means removing all fronds from the tree. A fairly accurate test to assess the extent of the damage is too gently tug on a leaf newly emerging from the trunk.