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Arborwell is Open for Essential Tree Services

COVID-19 UPDATE: Arborwell is Open and Performing Essential Tree Care Services at this time

Arborwell is Open for Essential Tree Services

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Seattle’s Urban Forest Progress and Role of Trees in the City

Well known for its wealth of forests and beautiful natural landscape, the city of Seattle is taking important steps to preserve its urban forests and ensure that they continue to thrive. They have created the Urban Forest Management Plan, which strives to maintain, improve and re-establish the urban population of trees in Seattle.

This is a complicated issue, but Arborwell Professional Tree Management believes it’s one that can and will be solved. Seattle’s urban forest progress has focused on planting and maintaining trees, as well as restoring parklands.

Why are tree so important?

Trees and forests play a very important role in our ecosystems. They absorb carbon dioxide and can store the carbon, while releasing the oxygen back into the air. This is a great way to combat the growing climate change issue. As well as providing clean air, a healthy forest can also offer habitat for wildlife, is more resistant to forest fires, reduce flooding and provide clean water, and fight back against disease and pest infestations more effectively.

Urban forests are a key part of Seattle’s ecosystem and the benefits from ensuring their health and vitality are crucial. The 2018 progress report shows that nearly 50,000 seedlings were planted, 134 acres of invasive species were removed from parklands, and over 5,000 trees were maintained to ensure continued growth.

What is Seattle’s goal?

The city of Seattle began its urban forest management plan with the goal of increasing its tree canopy cover to 30%. In a report from 2016, seen here, it was estimated that canopy cover was at 28%. The city has made great improvements to local urban forests and will continue to do so by keeping up with planting and maintenance efforts.

For owners of private estates or commercial properties in the Seattle area, the experts at Arborwell can help you with the trees on your property. We have years of experience providing excellent tree care and we can share our expertise with you.

If you are looking for a way to help with Seattle’s urban forest progress and understand the pivotal role of trees in the city, contact Arborwell today at 888-969-8733 or visit our website.

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Commercial Tree Surveys

Do You Need A Commercial Tree Survey?

When you need your trees surveyed, Arborwell Professional Tree Management has the knowledge and experience to help you out! Its important that before you begin any work on your commercial landscape, you are aware of the health status of your trees. Whether you need tree health care plans, or you have trees that need removal and/or replacement, you can rely on our expertise.

Arborwell serves HOAs, estates, and commercial properties in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Sacramento. Our ISA-certified arborists are committed to maintaining the health of the trees on your property, and a commercial tree survey is a great way to help us begin our care plans.

What does a tree survey provide?

Our trained arborists will provide you with a detailed account of the health and status of your trees. When we deliver your commercial tree survey, you can expect to see:

  • The height and width of your trees
  • The age of your trees
  • Your trees life expectancy
  • Identification of your tree’s species
  • An evaluation of the current health of your trees
  • A plan for future care of your trees

This is crucial information that we use to help you understand how to move forward with the trees on your commercial property. Our tree survey does more than just tell you what your trees need, local authorities often require a survey before any plans for change can be put into motion.

Tree removal laws can be strict, even when a tree is already dead or in a dangerous situation. You must have a tree survey before you can move forward with removal. Our experts will obtain the permits needed and ensure the safe removal of your tree.

Choose Arborwell for all your tree needs

Now that you know what a commercial tree survey is and how it can help you, its time to contact Arborwell Professional Tree Management. We will provide you with detailed information about the trees on your property and recommend how to move forward regarding the health of your trees. Click here to visit our website and request an estimate from one of our arborists or call us today at 888-969-8733.

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Tree Care Experts

Commercial Tree Care Vs. Residential Tree Care

Your trees have the potential to be one of the most beautiful parts of your landscape, so its important that you take care of them. As a commercial tree care company, Arborwell Professional Tree Management has ISA-certified arborists that have the experience, knowledge and equipment to keep your trees healthy.

Often, those who have little knowledge of trees hire themselves out for residential tree care (handymen, guy with a pickup and a chainsaw etc.). It also may be tempting to take care of your trees yourself or with the help of an employee, but it can be a tricky and sometimes dangerous task. Arborwell serves HOAs, estates and commercial properties and can deal with all tree-related issues that arise, safely and efficiently!

We do it all when it comes to trees

Founded in 2001 in Castro Valley, Arborwell has grown exponentially over the past 2 decades thanks to our dedication to providing quality services. We now have over 200 employees and 60 vehicles, and offer tree care services all over California and in the Seattle area, including:

  • Arborist reports. Most city authorities require an arborist report before you can remove a dead or dangerous tree. Our experts can provide these reports, so you can move ahead with your landscaping plans.
  • Tree health care plans. We assess the trees on your property and devise short and long-term health plans so that they will continue to grow unhindered by disease and pests.
  • Tree replacement and removal. This can be a dangerous task and it’s one we have the proper equipment and experience for. Don’t put yourself or your employees in a dangerous situation – leave it to the experts!
  • Tree trimming. This requires more than just chopping branches off. A professional arborist knows how to trim a tree so that it looks good and promotes new growth.

Your commercial tree care experts

Arborwell Professional Tree Management is the commercial tree care company to turn to when you need help with the trees on your property. Tree care can be incredibly difficult and relying on residential care or you and your own employees can lead to disastrous and sometimes dangerous results.

We have a wide array of equipment that is appropriate working on large properties across California and in the Seattle area and we have the experts that know how to use it. If you are considering using a commercial tree care team and not relying on residential tree care, then Arborwell is the right choice! Click here to visit us online and request an estimate or call us today at 888-969-8733.

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Arbor-wellness: Keep Adelgids away from your Hemlocks

What are these cottony looking white things on my Hemlock? 

Most likely they are adelgids. Adelgids are similar to aphids and can be very devastating in large numbers. They prefer Hemlock trees but are also found on other conifers like Douglas fir, larch, pine and spruce. They can produce white, cottony tufts on bark, branches, twigs, or needles. 

Will they harm my trees?

When present in large numbers, adelgids may cause yellowing and early dropping of needles and dieback of terminals. They can retard or kill trees, although healthy plants can usually tolerate small adelgid populations.

Can I get rid of them?

When the population builds high enough, there are ways to treat your conifers to reduce the populations. Treatment now is important if the populations are causing problems. Otherwise preventative treatments in the fall or early spring will help.

What can I do to help my tree look better?

Proper nutritional feeding and avoiding tree stresses – like lack of water or even salt build-up, will help. On conifers it is important not to over feed them and produce excess growth. At Arborwell, we use a very specific program that has the proper balance of nutrients for each type of tree. If you suspect salt may be a problem, we can identify how bad the problem is and provide cost effective solutions for that.

Fill out the form below to contact your Arborwell Arborist today and we will be happy to check out your hemlock – and all your conifers – to keep them healthy, now and for the future.

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Arbor-wellness: Trees and Water

When I ask what the most limiting factor is for tree health, I often get answers like insects or diseases, the right climate, or even compacted and poor soils. And while those are all important factors in tree health, the most important is actually water. If a tree does not have water it will die.

Proper watering is an essential part of caring for trees.  But how much to water and when are critical to understand.

Here are some guidelines:

Water deeply – Water the soil, where the roots are. We recommend deep watering in the root zone, which is out from the trunk to the edge of the canopy, and getting the soil moist at least 12 inches down each time you water.  For established trees, this should be done every 8 weeks during the dry season. For trees that require more water – like maples and redwoods – the frequency should be every three to four weeks. Young trees require watering more often too, but since their canopy is smaller, the area to water will be smaller.

Most importantly, avoid frequent, light watering – Trees require a very different watering schedule than turf or even most shrubs, so having a way to water trees separately can be very valuable.

When trees are not watered deeply, it often leads to moisture or drought stress by mid-summer.  Drought stress can increase a tree’s susceptibility to certain diseases and insects.  Dry soils can cause the death of small roots and reduce a tree’s capacity to absorb water, even after the soil is re-moistened.

There is no way to look at the soil from above and tell how much moisture is in it. To determine how dry the soil is, you must probe the soil, either with a trowel by hand, or with a moisture meter. Hand moisture meters do help, but at Arborwell we have new state of the art wireless meters that are installed in the ground and read the moisture on a continual basis. When trees are very valuable and there is concern for their survival, then long term monitoring is the best way to track and analyze how often to water and how much to put on. These same sensors can be used for shorter duration monitoring if you are auditing the irrigation system to determine the best schedule and timing for an automatic drip or bubbler system

Don’t forget the trees on your parkway – During droughts street trees need water too.

Keep checking in the fall – Trees and shrubs, especially evergreens and newly planted trees, need ample water in their root systems as they go into winter. So continue to water as long as you can.

Water trees in containers more frequently – Because there is little soil to hold water around their roots, container plants can dry out and wilt fairly easily. If container plants are in full sun, they will likely require more frequent watering than those in shade.

Check on sensitive trees and shrubs – Drought-sensitive trees and plants that are likely to show the effects of reduced moisture include magnolias, Japanese maples, dogwoods, beeches, larches, tulip trees, redwoods and birches.

Spread mulch –  A layer of organic mulch, such as shredded bark or wood mulchto insulates soil against extremes of temperature fluctuations and holds in soil moisture. Apply no more than three inches deep of mulch in a circle around trees. Do not let mulch touch the trunk.

What systems to use – On larger properties and irrigation system is a must. We recommend a drip or bubbler system. These should be checked on a regular basis for clogs and leaks. Older irrigation systems often used spray heads around trees and many sites still have them. Above ground water is far more inefficient. The proper area around the tree is usually not covered adequately by the spray and the trunk of the tree is often sprayed excessively. Most spray heads also put out too much water at one time, so the ground cannot absorb enough before it starts to run off. When it is possible, these spray systems should be converted to drip or bubbler systems. The water savings alone will offset the cost down the road.

Reclaimed water – This is an important consideration as more and more sites are being watered with reclaimed water. The drawback to this water is the high salt content of most reclaimed water. At Arborwell, we can recommend ways to reduce the salt build-up from reclaimed water. This is important because too much salt will cause problems with many trees. If your site has reclaimed water, the advanced moisture sensors we use also measure salinity. This helps us watch and act to reduce the salt build up before it affects the trees.

If you have any questions or concerns about your trees health, fill out the form below to get in contact with one of Arborwell’s certified arborists!

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Arbor-wellness: Keeping Palm Trees Healthy

Most pictures of California include palms in the skyline. They have become an iconic symbol of the state. There is even one California based fast food company that feature palms in their logo and at all of their sites. The taller palms are easy to see in the skyline and remind us of sunny days and warm breezes.

For the most part palms seem to be easy to grow. They grow quickly, are fairly drought tolerant and handle most of our weather variances well. However, they do need maintenance and – in many cases, protection – from certain diseases and insects.

While we classify palms as a type of tree, they are very different from shade trees or evergreen conifers. They are actually closer related to grasses and as such, have very different needs than most other trees.

With palms it is important to make sure they are planted correctly. They need well drained soil, to be planted at the right depth and with enough space for their roots. Palm roots don’t extent too far though so smaller planters are acceptable for them. However, they will still need some water so the planter needs to allow for them to be watered when needed.

They also need regular fertilizer. Most of our soils in a city environment do not contain the components necessary for a palm to truly thrive. Palms receive a bulk of their nutrients from a very small area, so that area needs to be replenished on a regular basis. For most palms, feeding twice a year with a natural fertilizer blended especially for palms should be adequate. For larger palms like the Canary Island date palm, three times a year is recommended.

Watering is critical, but it also depends on the soil type and the drainage. IF your soil is sandy and drains well, watering every four to six weeks is usually adequate for an established palm. If the soil is heavy or doesn’t drain well, water less often. You should also consider improving drainage and the soil conditions if the soil is compacted and tight.

Protection from diseases. Several of the prevalent diseases on palms – like pink rot and diamond scale – are worse when palms are stressed or not growing vigorously. Proper water, drainage and fertilization that we discussed above will reduce the incidence of these problematic diseases. However, protective treatments should be made until the underlying soil, drainage or watering problems are fixed.

The remaining concern is insects on palms. While generally there are not a lot of pests that can bother palms, on occasion they will become infested. Aphids, scale, mealy bugs and mites are the most common insects we see. These don’t kill a palm, but they can weaken it and allow diseases or other problems to proliferate. If these have been a problem on your palms, proper treatments will reduce the problems and allow your palms to thrive again. In the San Diego area, there is a destructive newer insect that does kill palms. It is called the South American palm weevil. One of the largest insects we deal with, it attacks the upper growing tip of the palm and completely destroys it. Since this is the only growing part of the palm itself, the palm does not survive. Proactive treatments are the only possible solution.

If you are worried about the health of your palm trees, or you would like some advice on a maintenance plan for them, reach out to your certified arborist at Arborwell. We will be happy to visits your site and inspect them and develop a wellness program for their long term health and survival.

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What Is an Arboriculturist?

Though many people are aware that an arborist takes care of trees, they may not know that arborists are people who have studied the science of arboriculture. Arboriculture refers to the careful selection, planting and management of trees and shrubs. An arboriculturist, also known as an arborist, is a professional tree carer who utilizes specific methods to ensure that the trees in their care are happy and healthy.

Arborwell Professional Tree Management employs certified arborists who use arboriculture practices when caring for the trees on your commercial property. Our experts use these scientifically sound practices to ensure that your trees are cared for through every stage of their long lives.

What does an arboriculturist do?

An arboriculturist adheres to key values when it comes to taking care of trees. They are important factors in creating an environment in which your trees can thrive. When an arboriculturist cares for your trees, they will follow these values:

  • Choose a healthy sapling. An arboriculturist doesn’t want to start on the wrong foot. They will help to select the healthiest sapling that will grow into a strong tree. An unhealthy sapling may grow to be an unhealthy tree and lead to future headaches for you.
  • Be aware of the environment the tree is living in. Selecting the right tree for your environment can be the difference between life and death for that tree. An arboriculturist must be aware of the climate challenges that make up the environment and carefully select the right type of tree to thrive in those conditions.
  • Change the type of care as the tree grows. A young tree requires vastly different care than a well-established tree. Saplings grow at an intense pace and need help with maintaining a strong structure, while older trees require less hands-on care and more preventative measures.
  • Have a strong base of tree biology knowledge. If arboriculture was easy, everyone would be doing it. An arboriculturist must have extensive knowledge of the biological functions and requirements of trees in order to create wellness and management plans.
  • Employ preventative care. An established tree with a strong base looks as though it can survive any challenge. But trees are very sensitive to change, whether it be because of disease, pests, or weather changes. Arboriculturists use wellness plans as preventative measures to ensure that a tree is as stress-free as possible.

Arborwell can help your trees thrive

Arborists at Arborwell use these arboriculture methods when taking care of your trees. Our experts can explain what an arboriculturist does and share their knowledge to the benefit of your commercial property. Click here to request an arborist assessment with one of our experts or call us at 888-969-8733 today.

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Have You Requested an Arborist Appraisal Recently?

Do You Need to Request an Arborist Appraisal?

Requesting an arborist appraisal is an essential step when developing land, assessing your property and managing your landscape. Arborwell Professional Tree Management arborists can evaluate your existing trees and provide detailed arborist reports to aid you in making decisions about your trees. When is the last time you requested an arborist appraisal for your commercial property?

Our ISA-certified arborists are tree experts and they have plenty of experience performing appraisals for all sorts of commercial properties. Among other cities, Arborwell offers expert appraisal services in Seattle, Sacramento and San Diego.

What does an appraisal tell you?

An arborist appraisal can help you understand the value your trees add to your property by assessing, recommending and clarifying your tree’s needs including:

  • Tree type and condition. This will help you to understand the value of your trees to your commercial property value by informing you of their life expectancy, structural integrity, and any disease or pest issues. We also detail how to enhance your tree health through long-term care to add more value to your property.
  • Recommend tree removals and relocations. Cities often require permits before you can remove trees, and an arborist appraisal can help you achieve that. Our experts identify the reasons for removal when trees are hazardous, or relocation plans during landscape or structural renovation. They also include details on how to protect trees during relocation, to ensure their survival.
  • Giving details of the necessary tree work. An appraisal is a professional report that will help you and the city understand what work your trees require. It will also describe how to do it in a way that preserves and protects your trees. Our appraisal will help you through all the steps of your property development or management.

Arborwell is the best choice for arborist appraisals

Let the ISA certified arborists at Arborwell Professional Tree Management help you to understand the value of the trees on your property. Have you benefited from an arborist appraisal recently? Don’t hesitate to call us at 888-969-8733 or click here to request an appraisal online today.

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