Making your home look good takes a great deal of work. Some of this work has to be done inside the home, but much of it has to be done in the surrounding areas outside the home. The way your yard and garden look, for example, can have a tremendous effect on the general appearance

Most people think that spring is the best time for planting or installing trees in their backyards. While that may indeed be the case—given that plants have plenty more time to establish their roots during the earlier part of the year—many experts agree that autumn also provides favorable tree-growing conditions. Indeed, The Press Democrat’s Garden

The trees around your Palo Alto or San Jose neighborhood are complex organisms. While many people might think that taking care of a tree is as simple as making sure it gets watered every day, the process actually requires much more work than that. One of the most common and important tree maintenance activities is pruning.

Tree pruning helps in controlling a tree’s growth. The process of snipping off some branches at certain intervals helps ensure a tree maintains good structure and appearance. Also, as a tree grows, some of its branches will die and rot. Cutting off these dead branches will protect the rest of the tree from the insects and decay-causing organisms that might have found a home on them.

Joyce Kilmer’s well-known poem, Trees, vividly illustrates the undisputed beauty of the wooden wonders from where he derived inspiration. Still, like all other life forms, trees are bound to expire at some point in their lives—despite the fact that they take decades or even centuries to do so.

This was the fate of 79 dead trees at a defunct golf course in Escondido, California. J. Harry Jones of U-T San Diego writes about their fate:

The small town of Moraga in Contra Costa County, has always been known for its delicious pears, particularly the Bartlett variant; so it’s not surprising that the town took the news of a regional ‘fire blight’ infestation last October very seriously. To curb the disease, citizens asked for volunteers to help with the pruning. The San Jose Mercury News explains how this bacterial disease reached Moraga’s local pear industry.

The Cupertino City Council recently passed an ordinance amending the rules on tree removal in the city, Matt Wilson of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Trees are a great addition to any property. They provide shade and they improve your home’s curb appeal; however, a lot of people expect trees to take care of themselves like they do in nature and just water them every now and then. Unfortunately, a tree on your lawn is going to need more help,

One of the important parts of responsible tree care in Palo Alto is to regularly prune the trees on your property. Regular pruning can ensure that your tree will develop well and have a strong structure. Cutting off branches removes diseased and rotten parts that can spread infection as well as damaged parts that can

Neighbors can sometimes dispute on the silliest of things: Wi-Fi, loud music, garbage can placements—the list is practically endless. However, one thing that’s definitely not silly to argue about is trees on a property. When a tree branch goes beyond your home’s boundary, or when a fallen tree causes extensive damage to property are really

Palo Alto literally means ‘tall tree’ in Spanish. As one of its longtime residents, you’ve made it your mission to keep up with the city’s name and protect the trees within your property. Then again, what if doing so has become more of a risk than a reward? Eventually, as trees grow older and develop

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