Root Pruning: Considerations and Concerns

Roots are obviously important to trees. They help anchor trees and keep them upright, as well as draw water from the ground. They even help to moderate the temperatures of trees a bit, and they serve as sugar storage sights during times of plenty. Tree roots even benefit the surrounding ecosystem, as they help to […]

Getting to Know Palm Trees: Five Fascinating Facts

Palm trees are among the most iconic residents of Southern California. They line the local streets, contribute to the cultural identity of the region, and provide a number of the environmental benefits that most other trees do. Most of those growing in our midst were deliberately planted, but you’ll occasionally stumble upon a wild example, […]

The Three Services Roots Provide to Trees

Every anatomical part of a tree is important. Without leaves, trees wouldn’t be able to produce food; without bark, they’d be left vulnerable to pests and pathogens. Without fruit and flowers, they wouldn’t be able to reproduce; and, without a trunk, they’d hardly qualify as trees in the first place. But while these anatomical features […]

Myths and Misconceptions About Tree Roots: Setting the Record Straight

Most people have a vague understanding of the importance of a tree’s root system. They understand that roots absorb water from the ground and help to keep a tree standing upright, but few know much more than this. In fact, many are unfortunately misinformed about some of the major aspects of tree root biology. We’ll […]

Stump Removal 101: Methods, Tips and Tricks

Most arborists and tree-care professionals will discuss stump-removal options before having you sign a contract or performing any work. But unfortunately, homeowners are occasionally surprised to find that the tree removal services they paid for do not include stump removal. This leaves them with an ugly and potentially dangerous tree stump sitting in the middle […]

Five Deer-Resistant Trees for Southern California Properties

Deer are certainly lovely animals, and most people enjoy getting a glimpse of these beautiful creatures sauntering through their yard. Unless that is, the deer are destroying the plants and trees you’ve gone to the trouble and expense of installing on your property. In such cases, deer can represent quite a problem. Short of building […]

Summer Tree Care: Four Tips for Protecting Your Trees

Tree-care is a year-round responsibility, but it is important to note that your trees need different things during different times of the year. And while one could argue that trees growing in southern California experience summer-like conditions on a more-or-less constant basis, there are a few special things you’ll want to do to prepare for […]

Drought-Tolerant California Trees

Anytime you intend to install a set of new trees, you’ll need to select species that satisfy a number of criteria. Some of these criteria will vary from person to person and from one location to the next, while others are relatively universal. For example, you may want a tree with nice fall color, while […]

Protect Your Trees by Protecting Their Roots

Like most other living things, trees live in conflict with the world around them. Their crowns are constantly buffeted by strong winds, while their trunks are assaulted by tunneling insects and teenage vandals. Caterpillars consume their leaves and beavers devour their delicate cambium layer. Bacteria, viruses and other pathogens also threaten trees and remind us […]

Five Great Trees for Helping Your Local Honeybees

Hymenopterans – a group of insects that includes wasps, ants and bees – are incredibly important components of most terrestrial ecosystems. They not only serve as important food sources for predators and hosts for parasites, many of them play important roles in the process of pollination. And while all pollinators are important for the plants […]