Skilled care is essential to tree health. Urban forest management is equal parts art and science and must be performed with great care to ensure a thriving landscape. What does a city arborist do in Arborwell’s West Coast region to ensure each tree’s safety, value, and beauty in the coastal urban landscape?
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.
The dry winter and spring in the west have brought us to another year where drought stress potentially becomes our most prevailing discussion and priority during the upcoming summer and fall. The lack of winter rain and quickly melting snow pack has already impacted the health of trees throughout our region and beyond. Combined with the prior year drought issues over the past seven to ten years, we anticipate not only will trees struggle much more this year and will take much longer to recover than normal.
Do your usual tree management tactics seem to be falling short? The California climate, temperature extremes, and pollution can certainly do a number on landscaping, impacting tree health. However, the Arborwell team knows that disease may also be to blame. How can you distinguish environmental stress from illness? Check the trees on your California property regularly, watching for signs of these common tree diseases.
Anthracnose is a fungus that affects a variety of plants and trees. It thrives in warm, moist conditions and multiplies very quickly during rainy spells, spreading through infected plant debris. Our plant health care experts identify it by the dark, sunken lesions it produces on affected flowers, fruits, leaves, and stems, which begin as small, irregular yellow-brown spots that darken and spread. Fortunately, with proper tree care from our knowledgeable arborists, anthracnose is not lethal.
The Arborwell team frequently encounters this bacterial disease in the early spring. Though it doesn’t affect a wide variety of tree types, it is incredibly contagious and can cause significant damage very quickly. Fire blight attacks all parts of the tree, including blossoms, leaves, and branches, giving them a dark brown or black scorched appearance. It spreads through many vectors, including wind, rain, insects, and birds, and is frequently seen on California’s apple and pear trees. Left unchecked, it can kill a tree, necessitating removal and replacement.
Fusarium wilt is another widespread fungus we frequently see throughout the state. It is known for attacking food crops such as tomatoes and bananas and is one of many diseases affecting California palm trees. Fusarium oxysporum can live indefinitely in the soil without access to a living host and spreads easily, making it difficult to eradicate. The infection begins in the roots, interfering with water transport, causing lower (older) leaves to wilt and yellow. The disease then progresses to new growth until the plant eventually dies.
The Role of Pests and Disease
Experienced arborists know that weak and diseased plants are naturally more susceptible to pests. Infestations can quickly go from being an unsightly nuisance to a major problem, claiming the life of the trees on your commercial property. Watch out for these common offenders on sick or diseased trees:
Royal palm bugs These tiny, oval, yellowish bugs feed only on the freshly opened leaves of royal palms. Though they can make your palms weak and unattractive, if addressed quickly, we can save your trees.
Cabbage palm caterpillar Cabbage palm caterpillars feed on palm flowers, weakening the tree. Their reddish-brown larva also stains the tree, leaving behind an ugly mess.
Palmetto weevils If young leaves on your palm trees are wilting and quickly dying, you may have palmetto weevils. If you don’t eradicate them fast, these black or red-winged pests can quickly kill your trees.
Gold spotted oak borers These tiny, invasive beetles kill oak trees and are fundamentally changing the landscape in the region.
Oak worms Oak worms feed on oak leaves, quickly consuming lush canopies to leave behind a scruffy, leafless tree. Caterpillars fall off trees en masse in May, littering patios, cars, and people.
Identify and manage common tree diseases in California cities with the help of Arborwell Professional Tree Management. Fill out our online form to schedule an arborist assessment for your ailing trees, or contact us at today.
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.
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.
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 .
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
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
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
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
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 today.
Arborwell Professional Tree Management is dedicated to offering any and all tree care services your business’s needs. Our professional arborists are ISA-certified. This means they have written and passed exams designed to test their knowledge of the full range of tree care. At Arborwell our expert arborists provide tree care services such as:
Tree planting. What trees should you
plant? Where is best place on your property to plant them to increase curb
appeal while maintaining lawn health and a proper shade/sun ratio? If you are
developing land and aren’t sure what type of trees to plant and where, our
experts can help you make the most out of your property.
Water management. It isn’t easy keeping your
trees properly watered, especially in drought season. Arborwell creates
favorable watering conditions using appropriate irrigation techniques and
Tree removal. If you have a dying or
unsafe tree on your property, our arborists are trained to remove it safely and
Tree Transplanting. A tree that needs to be
transplanted is in good hands with our professionals. They will take care of
your tree before and after to ensure minimization of transplant shock.
Tree trimming. Trees need regular
trimming to maintain peak health and beauty. Our team is outfitted with the
proper equipment and knowledge to safely and easily trim your trees.
Pest control. Arborists are trained in
studying damaged trees to determine if harmful insects like aphids or
caterpillars are destroying them. After identifying the problem, we will create
a wellness plan to help your trees recover and stay protected against pests.
Tree fertilization. Proper fertilization of
your trees can help them live longer, look healthier and build resistance to
pests and disease. Arborwell has the knowledge to help your trees stay happy
Contact Us Today Regarding Tree Health
At Arborwell Professional Tree
Management, we offer our services for all aspects of tree care at locations
across California and Washington.
For more information about what our arborists can do for you call
us at or click here to request an estimate
for a complimentary tree assessment.
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