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Ecological Benefits of Trees

The ecological benefits of trees are all around us . . .literally! They affect the air we breathe, the soil we stand on and grow our food in, the wood we build our homes with, the water we drink, the sun that shines on us, and even our minds on a psychological level.

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Can you imagine living in a world without any trees? Well luckily you won’t have to, because without them we actually wouldn’t survive. Trees absorb the CO2 that we breathe out, and release the oxygen that we breathe in.

Trees also help the soil too. Trees use soil to grow their roots into, which in turn holds the soil in place. Without roots holding the soil, rain or hills would cause the soil to erode.

Ever sit under a tree for some shade on a hot summer day? Trees are great for providing shade, whether its for one person, or a whole house! Having tall, leafy trees around your house can block out a lot of the sun, and thus keeping your house cool without the use of an expensive air conditioner!

So many of the fruits we eat come from trees. Apples, pears, peaches, lemons, oranges, you name it! And it’s not just food that we humans eat, many animals and birds get their food from trees as well.

Sometimes trees just make us feel good. Whether we realize it or not, our brains just like to see trees. Studies show that trees can make us feel more calm and focused, as well as less violent.

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We at Westchester Tree would love to help you take care of your trees so they can continue to provide you with these benefits, so give us a call at (914)238-0069 or visit our website to learn more.

Dutch Elm Disease

Elm trees are a great, beautiful variety of tree, but they’re vulnerable to something called Dutch Elm Disease which can cause unsightly patches on the tree, or even tree death.

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Dutch Elm Disease is due to a fungus spread by the elm bark beetle, and is not limited to just any one kind of elm tree. Once a tree catches Dutch Elm Disease, the tree tries to block the affected area from spreading the fungus, but this process also cuts off parts of the tree from receiving water and nutrients, which slowly kills the tree. The disease originated in Asia, but has since spread to North America, Europe, as well as New Zealand due to the spread of the beetles that carry it.

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So what are some symptoms of Dutch Elm Disease, and how can you prevent your elms from the disease altogether? The first sign that a tree may have become affected might be a barren branch or a branch with yellowing leaves towards the top of the tree during the summer or other times when leaves would not normally be turning their fall colors. This will spread throughout the rest of the branches and eventually reach the roots, which kills the entire tree.

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If you can get diseased branches pruned from the rest of the tree before the fungus spreads, you may be able to save the rest of the tree. Don’t forget to burn any affected branches after they are removed so they don’t accidentally infect anything else.

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If you think you have an elm tree that is being affected by Dutch Elm Disease and would like help containing the damage or removing the tree if too much damage is already done, contact us at here on our website, or call us at (914)238-0069

The Benefits of Trees

The benefits of trees are vast, making the addition of a tree or two to your property a valuable investment.  Perhaps your backyard offers little shade; planting a tree would be a great way to add shade and aesthetic.  The benefits of trees range from increase privacy, increased property value, and lowered heating and cooling costs.

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Lower your monthly cooling and heating costs with the addition of one or more trees, when re-vamping your backyard!  The tree’s shade will be a welcome relief when hosting barbeques and outdoor family parties, as well as act as a windbreak, lowering your heating costs during the winter.

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Raise the property value of your home up to 20% just by adding trees to your landscape.  Variables such as size, condition, species, and placement of the tree all play a part in determining the amount your property value will increase.  Westchester Tree Life’s certified staff of arborists are happy to assist you in mapping out which trees would work best for you.  Our team of tree specialists can also assist you in caring for your tree to ensure a long and healthy life expectancy.

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Add privacy to your home without the installment of a fence!  Placing trees strategically around your home or business can assist in creating a visual barrier as well as a sound barrier.  The added privacy will create a more personal environment for you to enjoy.

These are only a few of the benefits of trees.  Your tree will improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff and house a variety of wildlife.  Interested in adding a tree or to to your home’s exterior?  Call Westchester Tree Life today!

 

Pruning Trees 101

Pruning Trees 101 is a condensed guide to help you understand the needs of your tree while pruning your tree properly.

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Why Prune Your Tree

One of the most common procedures for caring your your tree, is pruning.  Pruning is the process by which superfluous branches and twigs are removed from the tree.  While pruning your tree, it is vital to keep in mind that each removal must have a cause; unnecessary or improper trimming can result in the growth change of your tree!

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Common reasons for pruning are to improve the tree’s form, remove dead branches, and reduce risk.  When properly pruned, your tree may gain increased light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown and the landscape below!

When to Prune Your Tree

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Routine pruning of your tree can take place during any season, with little to no effect on the tree.  Ideally, growth and wound closure are maximized if the pruning takes place before spring’s growth flush.

Avoid heavy pruning of the tree’s “live tissue” just after the spring growth period to avoid stress on the tree.  After spring growth the tree has just exhausted energy to produce new leaves and early shoot growth; the healing process after this period will be slower.

Pruning Young Trees Vs. Pruning Mature Trees

Pruning must be done with an understanding of tree biology.  Westchester Tree Life’s professional staff of arborists are trained in the proper procedure of tree pruning, and can ensure that your tree is being pruned in the best way possible.  Ensuring that your young tree is properly pruned is vital in setting it up for a long, healthy life; properly maintaining your mature tree is just as important.

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By properly pruning your young tree from the beginning, you are setting it up to grow with a strong structure and desirable form.  Young trees which receive proper pruning will require less corrective pruning when they are older.  The goal in training your young tree is to establish a strong central trunk with sturdy branches which are well spaced.  Remember that poor pruning can cause lasting damage to a tree!

Making the Cut

When making the cut we cannot stress enough how important it is to have a reason for cutting.  Improper cutting can result in the tearing of bark.

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To prune your tree, you will need hand pruners, lopping shears, and a pruning saw; be sure to use tools which are sharp and clean.  Do not use hedge shears to prune your tree.  Once you have evaluated which branches need to be removed, be sure to make your pruning cuts just outside the branch collar.  The branch collar contains trunk tissue that should not be damaged or removed.

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If you are removing a large tree limb, reduce the weight first.  Before you begin cutting, mark an undercut about 12 to 18 inches from the limb’s point of attachment; make another mark to cut a few inches farther out atop the branch.  Afterward, remove the stub of the tree limb by cutting back to the branch collar.

Once again, we stress that the improper pruning of both young and mature trees can result in the stress and damage of your tree.  If you are unsure how to properly prune your tree, call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069.