Day: November 19, 2018

ServicesTree and Tree Stump Removal

The Twisted Saga of Tree Root Damage to Your Yard: How To Protect Your Trees and Avoid Root Damage

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Roots are a critical part of a tree’s health and lifecycle. When neglected, unhealthy roots can lead to the need for complete tree removal. Too often roots are left ignored underground. Root health can have a significant impact on the overall health of a tree. While tree removal services are readily available, proper maintenance and care can extend the lives of trees everywhere when done properly.

Tree roots can extend two to three times further than the tree’s branches, creating a potential space issue for those planting and managing the trees. While most root systems are found anywhere from 18” to 24” underground, the size and length of tree roots can differ greatly from species to species. In some cases, the roots of trees can grow to an immense size at the surface level, creating a hazardous situation for both the tree itself and those around it.

From playing children to low-cutting lawn mowers, there are many different hazards that can have a damaging effect on the root system and overall health of any tree. The following are some of the most common hazards to consider when planting or protecting a tree:


All animals interact with trees in different ways. When it comes to root damage, dogs capable of digging can be the most dangerous. Be wary of dogs that like to dig, as underground roots can look easily look like a bunch of satisfying sticks to your four-legged friend. If your dog does find a way to dig up the roots of a tree, do your best to replant the root system. Cover it sufficiently with soil before adding a splash of water. In the case of an especially stubborn pet, consider covering the roots with mulch or another protective medium.

Soil Compaction

Whether from foot traffic or landscaping vehicles, soil compaction can have a negative impact on the roots of any tree or plant system. Irrigating soil surrounding the tree’s root system has the potential to improve the growth and health of the tree. You will have to be careful with the roots themselves. Most machine irrigators are far too aggressive to be used anywhere near a root system, and should be avoided wherever roots could be hidden. If soil compaction is an issue, consider using a manual irrigation tool to alleviate smaller soil compaction issues. Consider removing oil compacted soil and replacing it with fresh soil and fertilizer to stimulate healthy tree growth.

Landscaping Damage

Whether driving a lawnmower, operating a weed-whacker, or cutting a clean edge along a flower garden, there are several tools that have the potential to accidentally damage a tree’s root structure. While it’s important to be careful around any living thing, landscaping mistakes are bound to happen.

It’s important to plant mulch around the base of the tree’s root system to provide it with protection. Protective barriers may also be necessary for situations where the potential for damage is higher, especially high-traffic areas that require constant maintenance.

Trees with healthy and established root systems can live to stand decades, however a tree’s root system is only as strong as the ground it is secured to. Arborists must be careful to provide trees and their roots with the right environment to avoid a rushed call for tree removal services after a heavy storm. With a little care and preparation, you can help maintain the strength and health of your trees for years to come.

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Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to save a tree when nature has its way. If you are looking for a tree removal service, call Harmony Tree Service today. We specialize in tree removal, pruning, planting, and a wide range of landscaping services. We can help you remove a dead tree and plant a new one in its place.

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ServicesTree and Tree Stump Removal

9 Tips That’ll Help Protect Your Trees from Storm Damage

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Canadian winters can be harsh, especially on the trees and plants that provide shelter for the rest of mother nature. With the weather growing colder and the winds whipping higher, it’s the right time of year to consider some proactive measures to protect the trees on your property and avoid the need for tree removal services later in the season.

1. Practice Proper Pruning

Tree removal is a drastic measure. With a little prudent pruning, even amateur arborists can prevent significant damage and enable their trees to grow stronger and taller. Always keep an eye on your trees to ensure they are growing properly, taking the space you’ve provided for them. Ultimately trees will grow where you want them to, so be diligent with your pruning to ensure healthy growth.

2. Let Trees Adjust

Trees have evolved to adapt to their surroundings, but they need to be given the opportunity to do so. While it’s a good idea to stake new trees in the ground to promote proper growth, it’s also important to remove these supports in order allow the tree to develop its root system, a critical defense when battling back against strong winds.

3. Eliminate Codominant Branches

When pruning your tree, consider removing codominant stems that split from the same point. These v-shaped splits can cause weak points in the tree, and should be removed as quickly as possible to prevent significant damage during future storms. Codominant stems often develop included bark, which is bark pinched between two stems. This pinching can create a future fault point in the tree, and should be avoided at all costs.

4. Healthy Trees Need Water and Fertilizer

Like most plants, trees can greatly benefit from healthy doses of water and fertilizer. When planting new trees, consider talking with a local arborist to ensure you are providing your new trees with the optimal balance of water and nutrients to foster a strong and sturdy tree and root system.

5. Excess Is Bad for Trees Too

While nutrients can be great in moderation, trees can suffer if they are overwatered or over-fed fertilizer and additives. Always be careful with what you are adding to the soil of your trees. If fertilizing yourself, consider consulting with an arborist or outdoor specialist to ensure you are providing your trees with the right balance of inputs.

6. Keep Pests At Bay

Even the largest trees can be brought down by the smallest of pests. Avoid the need for tree removal by keeping a close eye on the barks and leaves of your trees. Cavities, hollow spots, and dead stems may be a sign of disease or decay.

Always consult a local arborist to ensure your tree is healthy and free of disease before the next big storm hits. Trees that have been overtaken by pests or disease can suffer considerable damage when put under the stress a storm can produce, resulting in the need for tree removal.

7. Maintain the Structural Integrity of Your Trees

The structural health of a tree can be just as important as the plant health of a tree. Consider hiring tree pruning services to maintain the structural integrity of your trees, allowing them to grow in a shape and structure that will promote resilience during storms and harsh weather.

8. Avoid Overcrowding

The structural integrity of a tree is only as good as its neighbor. Always consider how much space a tree may need in the worst case scenario when planting (or pruning) a property. Large unhealthy trees can be incredibly dangerous to those nearby, and should be removed if too close to others in the area.

Contact a local arborist if you are concerned about a tree on the property falling before it’s too late.

9. Consider Lightning Protection

Those who maintain or live near taller trees should consider lightning protection where applicable. Lightning protection involves inserting copper conductors into a ground rod to reduce tree damage by conducting the electrical energy of a potential lightning strike into the ground. This method has the potential to protect both the tree that was hit, and the surrounding trees (and homes). Always contact a local arborist or tree removal specialist if lightning strike has hit a tree on your property, or you require some kind of tree removal help.

Tree Removal Needed? – Trust Your Arborist

While a number of the measures above can be used to reduce the need for tree removal services, these are only preventative measures. Some storms are strong enough to create damage regardless of owner preparation. However, arborists are ultimately an essential service in preventing future damage.

Contact Harmony Tree Services today for any tree service you may need. We offer tree removal, pruning, planting, and more.

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