Who would have thought that California’s drought would have an upside? While the lack of rain negatively affects farm crops, the want for water actually helps the health of oak trees. In an article for SFGate, reporter Peter Fimrite explains how the state’s ongoing dry spell has reduced the rate of sudden oak death. “The

The West Coast sees relatively few hurricanes compared to the East Coast, but any coastal community does face the risk of storm surges. Many property owners consequently consider timely tree removal as an essential part of risk management. A CBS New York report talks about the dismay of many Long Beach residents about the decision

In many situations, felling a tree is the only way to prevent a potential hazard from happening in a neighborhood. Sometimes, though, felling a tree is, itself, the hazard. The Internet is rife with tree felling blunders that result in more than just the tree falling down. Most of the fellers shown on internet videos

Springtime is nesting season for most birds. Warm temperatures and blooming vegetation provide birds with food and materials for procreation. Trees are the birds’ habitat of choice due to the trees’ multiple benefits: shade, food, and protection, to name some. When considering to trim or cut down a tree in California for safety reasons, it

People accustomed to scenes of wanton logging in the forest may be disheartened to see the stumps that remain after all is said and done. Nevertheless, stumps left behind in forests can just rot away, and it won’t become an eyesore in the area. However, some settings may need to have the tree removed right

Public safety concerns do take precedence when large trees in a community may do more harm than good, for all their ability to shield the ground from sunlight. Bryce Alderton of the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot reports on such a situation in Laguna Beach, California: The Laguna Beach Unified School District recently removed trees and

How can one care for trees at springtime? Steven Cramer, a horticulture agent in Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, shares three important considerations, in his article in the university’s website. These include soil moisture and soil type, but the most important is the tree’s capacity to make and store nutrients. “This is important to all

Some homeowners opt to have trees in their yard to increase their home’s curb appeal, while some want the same for an entirely different reason: shade. Places like San Jose, California are lucky to have an abundant supply of shade trees. Writer Tony Tomeo, for the San Jose Mercury News, has this to say: “Like

There’s more to pruning than meets the eye, and timing is everything. A May 1, 2014 piece posted on the Michigan State University Extension website reveals an interesting detail about pruning (or not pruning) oak, in particular, during a specific period: “Oak wilt, caused by the fungus Ceratocystic fagacearum, is a lethal disease of oaks

Trees, no doubt, beautify a city, but they aren’t always nature’s angels. A KTVU article by John Fowler, published on April 22, 2014, reports some of the negative effects trees have on a community: “Allergy sufferers all around the Bay Area were suffering Tuesday because of the pollen borne on the wind. Tree pollen is

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