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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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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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Tips for Spring Tree Care in Seattle

Spring is here in the Seattle area and Arborwell Professional Tree Management has plenty of tips for keeping your trees in top condition. Our tree experts know that the burst of springtime growth combined with winter damage can leave a tree vulnerable to disease and pests. Our tree experts have the knowledge and expertise to help your trees recover and flourish in springtime.

We want your trees to be in peak health during the growing season. Our arborists can asses the needs of your trees and offer their professional opinion and services to keep your trees healthy. Here are some tips for spring tree care:

  1. Repair damaged trees. At Arborwell our ISA Certified Arborists have experience nursing damaged trees back to full health. Trees take a beating over the winter from storms and the dead and dying branches need to be cleared. Weakened areas should be removed before they have a chance to become diseased. Our arborists will prune these areas to make way for new growth.
  • Tree Removal. In some cases, a tree may need to be removed. Our tree experts will do everything they can to save your tree, but sometimes the damage is too extensive. Once the tree becomes a safety hazard it will have to be removed. Arborwell provides tree removal services to quickly and efficiently remove these hazards.
  • Pest and disease avoidance. Trees are weakened during the winter and can be vulnerable in spring to infestations and disease. Pay close attention to the health of your tree to avoid pests, fungal growth and disease. Our arborists have the knowledge to identify these problems and the tools to prevent future issues.
  • Tree trimming. To keep your trees growing happily and healthily its important to prune dead and dying branches. This will allow for more sunlight to reach your tree and help it grow unhindered by the extra weight of dead branches. Trimming is also important in maintaining tree shape and keeping it away from electrical lines.

Arborwell can help you manage your trees

If you want the best in tree care services in the Seattle area, consider Arborwell Professional Tree Management. These tips for spring tree care in Seattle are only part of the knowledge our tree experts can provide for you. Call us at 888-969-8733 or click here to request one of our ISA Certified Arborists to complete an assessment and report of your trees.

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