Is your live oak losing it leaves? Is your tree sick? Is your live oak going to die? We have been flooded with calls similar to these questions as Spring approaches. The answer to these questions is most likely NO, but getting the assistance from an ISA Certified Arborist is never a bad idea.
So what is happening with our live oaks around Austin? Well it happens every year and our phones blowing up with calls from concerned tree lovers like clock work. It happens every Spring! Most people think of live oaks at evergreen trees because they are green almost year round or so it seems. Live oaks are semi-evergreens…and unlike most of trees in Austin or Central Texas they do not lose their leaves until the Spring as the new leaves emerge, so they are rarely leave-less. Why some live oaks may defoliate early in late Summer due to stress or they may drop a few leaves in the Fall, majority will drop their leaves now as we go into the spring.
Now to answer some questions! Is my tree sick? Most likely not…however getting an ISA Certified Arborist to do a site inspection can not hurt anything. Like they say “Its better to be safe than sorry”…especially coming off the drought having an ISA Certified Arborist on site we may be able to detect stressed trees early or other tree related issues we may notice. Is my tree going to die? Again, most likely not…most people are concerned that it is oak wilt. Oak wilt will be rearing its ugly face more in the Spring and the chances of new oak wilt centers starting are increased in the spring, but 98 out 100 calls this time of the year the trees are just going through leave drop. Visit our oak wilt page to see symptoms of oak wilt and treatment options. Also for your convenience here is a picture of the classic symptoms on our live oak trees. You will find these leaves on the ground beneath the trees of infected live oaks and can find them on the tree. If you do not see these trees then most likely it is not oak wilt. I do not want to sound like a broken record, BUT getting an ISA Certified Arborist to do a site inspection can not hurt anything.
What can you do? Wait and watch your tree grow! Now is a great time to apply a site specific fertilizer and root stimulator. We have witnessed first hand hundreds of trees dying from the drought. Applying a root stimulator and water during periods of little or no rainfall will only help your tree thrive and grow. Have questions or concerns? Please do hesitate to contact us! We are only a phone call away or few strokes on the keyboard!
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An Arizona ash breaking bud, Jan 28, 2013.
I was running some personal errands in Round Rock yesterday and noticed this little guy already breaking bud. I know we have not had much of winter thus far and the forecast looks unseasonably warm for the coming week. As the temperature stays “Spring-like” more trees will continue to break bud….meaning when we get a late season freeze this new soft fleshy tissue will get frost burned and the tree wasted all this energy and must start the process again. What does this mean for your trees? Mostly likely just a minor setback! It would be a good idea to do a deep root fertilization or some other root stimulating type product, depending on the age and species of the tree.
I sure hope we get some cooler weather to reduce populations of aphids, mosquitoes, and other insects. I fear if we do not have more freezing temperatures we are going to have another NASTY aphid infestation. Now is the time to get on the list for a systemic solution to control aphids and other feeding insects on your trees and shrubs. Give us a call today or shoot us an email…we look forward to hearing from you.
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With five (5) ISA Certified Arborist serving the Austin area Certified Arbor Care is the one stop resource for all your tree care needs. We committed to quality, professionalism, and integrity. Please visit our Austin Tree Service page for a list services offered. We know Austin trees!
Trees are the most important part of the landscape and can be ruined in minutes by an untrained laborer. Hire a professional, ISA Certified Arborist to properly prune and care for you trees. Our staff is employed and trained by us full time. We are continuously educating ourselves, our crew on the best management practices as the change. We have weekly safety and training meetings with our crews and regularly attend educational seminars.
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Bark is falling off my tree
I can not count the number of phone calls we have received this spring about bark falling off of trees. Coming off the worst drought in history our trees are struggling and unfortunately stressed trees are favored by many tree pests and diseases. One of which is abundant this year HYPOXYLON CANKER (<—- Click for more info from The Texas Forest Service). Hypoxylon canker is a fungus that occurs naturally in all trees and typically a healthy tree will keep population levels of hypoxylon under control. However, a stressed tree is often overcome by hypoxylon which leads to death of the tree.
Identifying Hypoxylon Canker
Hypoxylon appears as the bark of the tree sloughs (flakes, falls, breaks) off. At first it is a light brown or tan color. At this stage it appears powder-like. Piles of bark will begin to appear around the base of the tree or beneath the branch that is being attacked. As it progresses it will turn black and tar-like in appearance, soon it will turn greyish white and hard to the touch.
Controlling Hypoxylon Canker
There are no known effective cures for hypoxylon. Best management practices are to keep your trees vigor high. Such as:
1. Avoid injury to the tree
2. Keep other pests under control
3. Deep fertilization if nutrients are low
4. Water during times of drought
5. Proper pruning
Reducing the stress on you tree is the best thing to keep it healthy and hypoxylon free. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with your tree care needs. We have five (5) ISA Certified Arborist serving the Austin area. Certified Arbor Care your Austin Tree Service provider.
Certified Arbor Care adds 5th ISA Certified Arborist
I am proud to announce the addition of our 5th ISA Certified Arborist…Nathan Abbott. Nathan has been a member of Certified Arbor Care for a little over a year now in the role of field technician. He has been a valuable asset to our team and with his certification will become a bigger asset. Nathan is originally from Crosby, Texas…just north east of Houston. He has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas (AX’EM JACKS).
Certified Arbor is based in Austin, Texas. We provide tree service for residential and commercial clientele. With the certification of Nathan we now have 5 (five) ISA Certified Arborist to serve the greater Austin area. No job is to big or too small. Our dedicated staff is professional, courteous, and eager to help. Contact Us to let us help you with your tree care needs. You can always call us at 512.671.8733.
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I can not remember the last time it rained! I have been doing a rain dance and praying for rain…maybe I should stop my rain dance (I could be scaring the rain away). Our trees are in desperate need for precipitation. Below is a link to an article put out my the Texas Forest Service and ISA Texas. It describes how, how often, and how much water is needed to supplement our trees during these dry times.
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