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

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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Urban Tree Care During a Drought

All trees need water to survive. Each species requires a specific amount and frequency for optimal health; however, location, environmental conditions, and weather directly impact these needs. For this reason, drought can be especially dangerous for urban trees outside the natural forest setting, making meticulous tree care during a drought essential. How can you keep your commercial landscape’s trees looking their best?

drought, mulch, pest control, water conservation

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Seattle Drought Resistant Plants and Trees

Warm Seattle Summers Call for Drought Resistant Plants and Trees

Over the past several years, Seattle’s weather has changed. We no longer get the typical misty June weather before the hot, dry summer season. Higher summer temperatures and a dryer climate worsen the situation and forecasters expect these trends to continue. Increasingly warm Seattle summers call for drought-resistant plants and trees. Our ISA certified arborists suggest a few modifications to help your landscape handle complications from extreme heat and prolonged drought in the summer months.

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Soil Analysis for Tree Health

Why should you perform a soil analysis for tree health? Unhealthy soil causes a staggering 80% of tree wellness issues. Soil characteristics vary from site to site. A custom soil analysis can quickly uncover valuable information on pH, organic matter, and nutrient levels on your grounds, identifying the root cause of issues impacting your tree’s health.

amendments, fertilizer, ph, soil analysis, soil test, soild health

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How Much Water Does My Tree Need?

This year our normal summer watering needs become even more critical since our trees have been at a water deficient most of the spring. So, the obvious question is – How much and how often should I water? This depends on the location, tree type and how mature it is – among other factors.

If the leaves are brown on the edges and are drooping or wilted, your tree isn’t getting enough water. Long term water stress usually leads to twig dieback, very little new growth and more susceptibility to insects and diseases.

drought, tree health, tree management, water conservation

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Why Test Your Soil Before Planting Trees?

It’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of trees, purchasing your favorite species to grace your grounds with little thought beyond their lovely looks. Despite your best intentions, your trees could quickly end up suffering, dragging down the appearance of your property. Planning is essential to tree wellness and ensures a lush, healthy landscape that enhances curb appeal and value. The most overlooked and crucial step in this process is a simple soil test. Why test your soil before planting trees?

soil test, tree planting, tree selection

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Beneficial Insect Release

Another solution to pest management that has become more popular in recent years is the release of beneficial insects. These are essentially good guy insects that attack the eggs or larva of the harmful insects. In the natural, their population in a given area varies a lot depending on the sources of food they have.

Beneficial insects are a valuable asset to the ecosystem, besides preying on harmful pests, they are good pollinators too. An example of a beneficial insect is green lacewing. They have a wide array of insect targets including aphids, psyllids, and Tussock moth and other caterpillars. Beneficial insect releases can be incorporated into plant health care programs, especially as a multi-year plan to combat ongoing pest infestations. Incorporating beneficial insects to your landscape help restore a healthy and natural balance to the environment.

Beneficial Insects, ecofriendly landscape, green lacewing, pest management

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