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Winter Storm Prep

Are you prepared for winter to hit Westchester county?  Stress less this winter with our winter storm prep tips.  To prepare for winter weather before any storm hits, request a consultation from Westchester county arborists, Westchester Tree Life online here.

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Westchester Tree Life are also proud members of the International Society of Arboriculture!

Prevent winter storm damage with an assessment from a professional arborist!  Our team is ISA-certified and knows what to look for to ensure your trees are healthy and secure for the upcoming season.  If you are unsure whether your trees can withstand this winter, call Westchester Tree Life today at (914) 238-0069.

Fallen Tree Branches

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Storm damage via CBS Sacramento

Heavy snow can stress weak tree branches to the point of snapping and falling on  powerlines, a car, house or garage.  Damage from a fallen tree branch can be lethal; keep your Westchester residence safe and secure by checking before the winter weather hits.  Make sure your weak tree branches are properly cared for with help from Westchester Tree Life!

Power Line Safety

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Jay Ericson clears snow of branches weighing down on power lines at his home
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Strong winds, heavy snow and other harsh winter storm conditions can leave your powerlines susceptible to tree damage.  Removing leaning trees and brittle branches close to powerlines is a responsible way to make sure your Westchester home is safe for winter 2016.

Emergency Tree Care in Westchester County

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High winds, heavy snow or ice, and lightning can cause serious damage to your property. When Mother Nature leaves her mark in the way of fallen branches, downed trees, or any hazardous limbs hanging precariously over walkways, cars or your home, call Westchester Tree Life for prompt service. We also have emergency 24 hour service available.

Ticks and Fall

Now that summer has wound down and temperatures have dropped, you can spend time in the Westchester County’s beautiful outdoors without worrying about ticks, right?  Wrong!  Today we’re going to discuss ticks and fall!

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Fall is actually a very active time of year for ticks.  The cooler weather doesn’t really affect their activity level while the cooler weather and attractive fall scenery has more people than ever spending time outside.  With a few simple precautions, however, you can get out to enjoy everything fall has to offer without the risk of tick bites and Lyme Disease.

Avoiding ticks in the fall starts with knowing where they are most likely to lurk.  Ticks hang out on low-lying plants, waiting for a potential host to brush past them so they can hitch a ride and grab a free meal.  Any time you are hiking, raking leaves, playing in a leaf pile, or getting a little fall yard clean up done, you’re at risk for a tick bite.  Keeping your yard neat and free of overgrown grass and weeds will cut back on potential places for ticks to lie in wait for a host.

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When you go out for a hike, stick to well maintained trails and avoid trampling through the off-trail underbrush.  Ticks are less likely to be found on clear trails but are sure to be waiting in the detritus, young trees, and other vegetation that covers the forest floor.

Whether you are in the yard or out in the woods, dressing properly and wearing insect repellent will help you avoid ticks.  Wear light colored pants and socks as well as long sleeves.  Tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants to help keep ticks away from your skin.  While this isn’t the coolest look in town, it really helps to deter even the tiniest ticks.  An insect repellent containing DEET is the most effective way to ward off ticks and other insect pests.  Make sure to read the label and follow instructions for how often to reapply the repellent.  If using DEET on children, be sure to consult a medical professional and help the child wash the repellent off at the end of the day.

Don’t forget to keep up with your pet’s flea and tick preventive throughout the fall and winter.  Ticks can be active all year, as long there isn’t snow on the ground.  Your dog or cat can easily carry ticks into the house.  Using a flea and tick preventive year round protects your pet’s health and the health of you and your family.

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Last, but not least, check yourself and your children carefully for ticks after spending time outdoors.  Some species of ticks are extremely small and difficult to see, so be sure to check thoroughly and often for ticks.  They often prefer hidden areas such as between the toes, behind the knees, and in the armpits.  Don’t forget to check your pets and any clothing or packs that may have also been exposed to ticks!

The health risks from ticks are a year round concern.  Westchester Tree Life can help by treating your yard for ticks.  Call us today for a consultation and to learn about our safe, effective tick control program.

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Beautiful Winter Shrubs and Plants

Get a head start on next season’s landscaping ideas for your Westchester home with inspiration from our list of beautiful winter shrubs and plants.  Astounding in their unique ability to flourish and maintain beauty throughout the cold months, these winter shrubs and plants are a gorgeous addition to your home.

Winterberry

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Add a touch of cheer to your winter landscape with the Winterberry, also known as the deciduous holly.  Bright pops of red berries and glossy green foliage are eye catching and classic.

Firethorn

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Create a statement with a wall of Firethorn!  These bright orange-red berries last through winter for a bold, beautiful addition to any garden; during the fall and winter months, the leaves may turn a green brown.  Get creative and think outside the box; Firethorn can be shaped into a lovely hedge or espaliered against a wall or on a trellis.

Edgeworthia/Paperbush

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Add a touch of springtime fragrance to your winter landscape with the Edgeworthia, also known as paperbush.  This multi-branched shrub drops its leaves in the middle of December, revealing a bare silhouette of bark and yellow and white flower clusters.  This might be one of our favorite winter shrubs yet.

Witch Hazel

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If you’re looking to add another beautiful deciduous shrub to your Westchester landscape, consider planting Witch Hazel.  From late fall to early spring Witch Hazel produces beautiful, threadlike petals; during winter this plant also emits a pleasant fragrance.

Do you have questions about your plants, trees or shrubs?  To speak with one of our professional arborists, call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069 or click here to request a consultation.

Seasonal Maintenance

Seasonal maintenance is a great way to keep up with the health of your plants, trees and shrubs!  Westchester Tree Life offers tree care in New York, and has a full service menu.

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Westchester Tree Life has been offering quality, affordable tree care in New York since 1985!  Keep your trees healthy with our tree care services, including pruning, cabling, plant health care management and more!  View services here.

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Remove that unsightly tree stump from your property properly, with professional assistance from Westchester Tree Life!  We also offer wood chipping services, if need be.

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Considering planting a tree or shrub, but need help?  Let us help select the perfect area for your new tree or shrub, properly plant it, and explain the ideal plant health care management plan so your new plant can thrive!

Request a Consultation

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Select the most convenient date for your Westchester Tree Life consultation and our staff would be happy to get back to you!  Our ISA-certified team of professional arborists are trained in safety and precautionary tree care.

Don’t Move Firewood

Westchester county offers so many beautiful outdoor activities and attractions, especially during the fall time!  Whether you are hitting the trails and camping, or enjoying a late-summer fire in the backyard, it’s important that you use firewood from the area.  Moving firewood is more dangerous to your local eco-system than you think; here’s why you shouldn’t move firewood.

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Don’t Move Firewood!  Here’s Why:

Did you know that tree-threatening pests and diseases can lurk in firewood?  Though these insects and diseases are limited to how far they can travel on their own, the moving of firewood can transmit them to other forests and properties.  By using firewood from the immediate area, you are limiting what pests and diseases are being spread.  View the list of pests that could be spread from the moving of firewood.

If You Are Camping . . .

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A safe camping trip extends beyond bringing mosquito repellent and hiking gear!  Refrain from bringing firewood with you on your camping trip, hunting trip or RV adventure this fall.  This works both ways, as bringing firewood home from your campsite can be just as harmful.  Instead of bringing firewood with you, buy it where you will burn it!  Learn more from Don’t Move Firewood here.

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How Far Is Too Far to Move Firewood

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Firewood should not be moved more than 50 miles maximum; ideally finding firewood to burn within ten miles of where you plan to burn it is the key.  If you are unsure as to whether you are transporting your firewood too far, stop; don’t risk the spreading of possible pests and diseases!  Instead, try to purchase your firewood in from a local source.  Here are more tips as to what you can do to stop the transportation of firewood.

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Planting a Late-Summer Vegetable Garden

Put your green thumb to the test this autumn by planting a late-summer vegetable garden!  There is nothing more rewarding than creating your own garden, especially if it yields produce you can cook with!  Here are some great late-summer vegetable garden plants for you to add to your Westchester home.

Root Vegetables

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Root vegetables are best planted during the late summer, and come to maturity during the cooler fall months.  This is the perfect time to plant radishes, turnips, beets and carrots.  Bunching onions such as scallions and garlic chives are also wonderful additions to your garden, and will be perfect for winter soups and stews!

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Get this Roasted Radishes recipe here.

Add Greens

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The health benefits of kale are very trendy right now!  Make sure you get your serving of greens by adding some to your garden!  Now is the perfect time to plant kale, broccoli, cabbage, collard greens and swiss chard!

Read how to freeze your extra greens here.

When to Plant What

Cool Season Vegetable Crop GuideThis is a great guide for mapping out your late-summer garden!  If you have missed any of the dates for your zone, simply bookmark this for next year!

August is Tree Check Month

Did you know August is Tree Check Month?  August is the peak time of year for the Asian longhorned beetle (also known as the ALB) to be found in your trees!  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking for your help to find and eliminate the ALB, which is a harmful and invasive pest.

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About the Asian Longhorned Beetle

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The Asian longhorned beetle is easily identifiable; they have long black and white antennae, six (possibly) light blue legs and a body which is black with white spots and an inch and a half long.  Once you identify your first ALB, you might notice that they also can be found in your pool filters, on walls, outdoor furniture, cars and sidewalks.Westchester Tree Life

While these beetles are slow to spreading on their own during the early stages of an infestation, containing the infestation is critical.  The most common way to spread an ALB infestation is through moving fireword (which we urge the Westchester community not to do).

Reporting the Asian Longhorned Beetle

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What to do if you see signs of the ALB (via USDA):

  • Make note of what you found, where you saw it and take a photo, if possible.
  • Try to place the beetle in a container and freeze it for easy identification by the USDA.
  • Report findings by calling 1-866-702-9938

Summer Landscape Checklist

Maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn this summer is easy with our summer landscape checklist!  Our team of professionally trained arborists are here to assist you with any chores you have on your summer landscape checklist.  To request an online consultation, click here.

Prune Trees & Shrubs

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Summertime is the ideal time to prune trees and shrubs!  Removing dead, damaged and diseased branches from your trees helps to prevent insect and decay from infecting your tree.  The thinning of a dense tree canopy increases the tree’s airflow and sunlight, which results in fewer diseases and maladies.  Properly pruning your trees and shrubs can be tricky, if you’ve never done it before; call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069 to schedule a pruning service.

Landscaping

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Keep your lawn looking it’s best with landscaping services this summer.  Taking the time to map out your yard’s landscape will keep maintenance streamlined and stress-free.  If you are unable to maintain a neatly manicured landscape, schedule landscaping services!

Remove Tree Stumps

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Tree stumps can be an eyesore.  Westchester Tree Life has the equipment and professional training to safely remove tree stumps!  Removing a tree stump will make all the difference to your landscape!

View all Westchester Tree Life’s Services here.

Summer Pruning

Maintain your Westchester County residence looking its best this summer with summer pruning from Westchester Tree Life!  Our professional arborists can properly and safely prune your tree branches and shrubs.

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Summer Pruning

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Summer pruning is ideal when attempting to direct the growth of your tree branches.  Pruning can also reduce the total leaf surface, which overall reduces the amount of food which is created and sent to the roots.

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Removing defective limbs should be left to professionally-trained arborists, due to the serious danger risks associated with the process.  Westchester Tree has the training and equipment to properly removed defective limbs.  Defective limbs can be defined as dead branches or limbs that hang down too far.

 

 

Organic Gardening

Organic gardening is a great way to add to your healthy lifestyle.  Growing your own organic fruits, vegetables and herbs is easy with help from Westchester Tree Life!  We offer organic fertilization to keep your garden happy and healthy.

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About Organic Fertilization 

Non-organic fertilizers contain chemicals such as ammonia or is extracted from minerals.  Introducing manmade chemicals into your soil not only effects your plants, it effects your soil! Organic fertilizers contain only the most natural of ingredients so you can feel at ease about what you’re introducing to your garden.  For organic fertilization in Bedford, White Plains or other areas in Westchester County, New York, call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069!

Organic Vegetable Gardening

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We offer organic fertilization in Westchester County!

Starting your own vegetable garden is a great way to monitor what goes into the veggies you’re eating!  Organic vegetable gardening takes patience, maintenance and care, but the end-result is very gratifying.  Before you start your organic vegetable garden, it’s important that you understand what kind of soil you have and how much sun your garden can provide.  Read Better Homes and Gardens’ Tips for Growing an Organic Vegetable Garden for more tips and tricks here.

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Call Westchester Tree Life today for organic fertilization!