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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Fire Safety Techniques for Trees and Plants in the SF Bay Area

With over 4 million acres burned, this year’s historic fire season has been truly terrifying, leading to 31 lives lost, countless forced evacuations and massive property losses. As smoke continues to linger in the air throughout the SF Bay area, this situation has brought the need for fire mitigation measures into stark focus. While preventing all future fires is impossible, essential tree maintenance techniques could offer your business or neighborhood grounds protection, potentially reducing the likelihood and severity of wildfire damage. What fire safety techniques for trees and plants will safeguard your commercial property against fire risk?

Commercial Landscape Management Fire Safety Tips

  • Regularly remove dead materials and overgrowth
    Consistent property maintenance, including regularly pruning trees and shrubs that can provide fuel, is essential for preventing wildfires. Keep trees, bushes, and other landscaping well pruned. Clearing dead brush, grasses, leaves, and twigs is critical. Tree canopies should also be lifted at least 10-20 feet for protection against ground fires.
  • Keep trees and plants healthy
    Dry trees are dying trees. Green, flourishing trees and plants are more likely to survive a fire than neglected, pest, or disease-ridden landscaping. Our tree wellness experts can help you detect trees that are diseased or dead, identifying unusual leaf loss, wounds, pests, fungus, and other diseases that point to the need for prompt attention.
  • Trim back trees near buildings, ensuring adequate clearance
    Make sure all branches are at least 10 feet from your roof, at a minimum, removing any that overhang. Dense brush and low-hanging branches can serve as a ladder, allowing flames to climb to larger trees and nearby structures. Regularly clean your gutters and roofs, keeping them clear of flammable plant materials.
  • Make defensible space part of your landscape design
    Fires need fuel to burn. Minimizing vegetation 30-70 feet surrounding buildings decreases the likelihood of flames transferring. A clear space also offers firefighters easier access, should your building catch ablaze. If your property is in a fire prone area, our certified consulting arborists can help you devise a landscaping plan that creates a defensible space.

Preventing the Spread of Fires is a Community Effort

Landscape design and maintenance, building materials and infrastructure, and accessibility, each play a role in the spread of fire. It is up to us to work together to protect each other. How can you help safeguard your community against wildfire risks?

Reduce fire risk with these and other fire safety techniques for trees and plants from Arborwell. Schedule a property evaluation or landscape maintenance for your Napa, Livermore, Danville, Dublin, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Morgan Hill, Fremont, or Pleasanton property. Contact us at 888-969-8733 today.

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Arborist Care for City Trees

At Arborwell, our ISA certified tree care professionals service Bay Area and Seattle city forests of all shapes and sizes. The trees growing beside HOAs and apartments, near retail centers, corporate campuses, and parks, endure a lot of abuse. They suffer from their proximity to large buildings and swaths of pavement, damage from people and cars, drought and weather extremes, poor drainage, and untended pest infestation and disease. When city budget cuts leave city trees without the arborist care they so desperately need, it leads to serious consequences for both plants and people

The High Cost of Severely Neglected City Trees

The Arborwell team understands that neglecting the care of city trees costs far more in the long run than providing routine maintenance. Most of the emergency maintenance calls we attend to present far more in liability risk than proper tree care. Are these tree care issues putting your business at risk?

  • Dying, disease, and pest-ridden trees pose a serious safety risk. Left unaddressed, they can fall on vehicles, buildings, and pedestrians, leaving property owners and city governments liable for damage and injury.
  • Fallen limbs from trees with heavy overgrowth can damage power lines, causing outages. They can also block roadways, obstructing access. 
  • Unattended roots can crack and lift sidewalks and roadways, necessitating costly pavement repairs.

You can avoid these emergency issues with a minimal investment in timely care. At Arborwell, our plant health care experts can ensure your trees remain healthy and sustainable, benefitting the community. 

Maximizing the Benefits of City Trees

Trees are a key part of a happy, healthy urban environment. City trees clean the air and water, offer welcome shade, and reduce stormwater runoff. They serve as a habitat for area wildlife, combat the urban heat island effect, and provide a relaxing, natural ambiance for residents to enjoy. If only for a bit of routine maintenance, they could live much longer, healthier lives, increasing in value as they age. 

Keeping Up with Tree Care Responsibilities

Our knowledgeable arborists know that city trees don’t require intensive maintenance. In fact, they need less care as they mature. With a thorough evaluation, our experienced staff can develop a long term, proactive plan for your city trees with your budgetary needs in mind. We offer comprehensive services, including:

  • Pruning trees to reduce risk from fallen limbs
  • Cleaning up following storm damage
  • Clearing branches or trees that block or pose a hazard to structures and utilities
  • Removing and replacing dead trees
  • Quickly identifying and treating diseased or pest-ridden trees and mitigating spread
  • Addressing nutrient deficiencies
  • Removing invasive species
  • Improving species and age diversity of the trees on your grounds

You require preventative health checkups with your doctor annually. Trees need the same level of proactive care. Is it time to schedule a primary care visit from one of our ISA certified arborists? Contact Arborwell Professional Tree Management to schedule an evaluation and start caring for the city trees on your San Jose, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Seattle, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Hayward, or Oakland property today.

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Palm Trees – Regular Maintenance is Crucial

Palm trees are an essential part of the California atmosphere, inspiring daydreams of fun in the sun. Maintaining the good looks of palm trees on your commercial property, however, is anything but a leisurely endeavor. Though routine maintenance is essential for picture-perfect palms, palm tree care is complicated. 

Most Palm Tree Species are Not Native to the Area

Despite the many varieties of palm trees in California, only the California fan palm – also known as the desert palm or Washingtonia filifera – is native. All other species are imported. Other non-native species, such as the date palm introduced by Spanish missionaries in the 18th century and other species brought here for palm gardens created by Europeans in the mid 19th century, are non-native, imported into the region as immigrants arrived in the US. 

Each Palm Tree Type is Suited to a Certain Climate

There are over 2,500 palm species worldwide. Only 11 are native to North America. They thrive in a range of climates from deserts to rain forests, each requiring specific growing conditions. Imported species, such as Mexican fan palms and Canary Island date palms, often lack essential nutrients common in their native growing environments. These deficiencies make the trees more prone to stress and disease. Even Native California fan palms present unique maintenance challenges in the current California climate. Fan palms need a great deal of water in the soil to thrive, which currently drought-prone regions across the state struggle to provide.

As many native fan palms, planted during regional beautification efforts in the 1930s, reach the end of their 75 to 100-year lifespan, some local governments are no longer replacing the trees. This is partly due to climate-related water shortages, and also to the threat of pests  such as the red palm weevil, which are making it difficult for palms to survive. For these reasons, there is a movement toward the re-introduction of native, drought-resistant plants and trees.

Palm Trees Present Many Maintenance Challenges

It may be tempting to tackle routine maintenance tasks yourself, until you consider the height of your trees. Palm tree maintenance is not for the faint of heart, including inexperienced property owners and uninsured lawn care services. Proper care requires a thorough knowledge of arboriculture and safety practices. With help from a trained arborist, you can avoid tree care injuries, alongside issues associated with improper pruning, such as:

  • Over-trimming that can weaken palms, making them more prone to storm damage
  • Improper landscaping around palms that can result in mechanical root damage from trimmers
  • Paving or using rocks around palms, which increases temperatures, burning roots, and reducing water/nutrient absorption
  • Delayed maintenance that increases fire risk and the risk of injury and damage from falling fronds and trunks
  • Suffocation by palm fronds due to improper pruning technique (pruning from below) and septic arthritis from palm tree thorn injuries
  • Excess germination of nuisance palm saplings on your commercial property

Prune your palms properly and safely with help from the Arborwell team. Contact us at 888-969-8733 to request an estimate for regular palm tree maintenance for your Hayward, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Livermore, Palo Alto, or Walnut Creek property today.

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