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Professional Tree Care in New York

Looking for professional tree care in New York?  Kick spring and summer off the right way with help from our team of professional arborists in Westchester County, Westchester Tree Life!  There are so many great ways we can help you care for and cultivate beautiful plants, trees and shrubs; fill out our online consultation form here.

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We understand that searching for a professional tree company in New York can be difficult!  Since 1985, Westchester Tree Life has built a business on client trust and outstanding results.

Have a tree care question?  

Speak with a tree specialist today; call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069.

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Plant Health Care Programs

Need a tree surgeon?  Westchester County’s Westchester Tree Life includes a team of passionate arborists who are here to thoroughly evaluate your tree care needs and offer a Plant Health Care Management Program to keep you on the right track!

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Maintaining Your Trees

From tree trimming to tree cabling, we can help maintain the beauty and health of your trees.  Westchester Tree Life is professionally trained to safely remove dangerous tree limbs or trees, and offers stump grinding services as well.  Let us help raise your property value in Westchester County!  View our full service menu here.

What to Do After Severe Storm Damage

What to Do After Severe Storm Damage

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Our 24-Hour Emergency Tree Service is here for you this winter!

New York’s winter storms can be severe; prepare for winter storm damage in Westchester County with help from Westchester Tree Life!

Winter storm damage in Westchester County can leave a lasting impact on your home and property.  From strong winds to heavy snow and ice, winter storm damage can uproot trees, split branches and more.  What should you do once storm damage strikes?  Follow these 4 easy-to-remember steps:

  1.  Visually Assess the Damage – Are the major limbs still remaining and the trunk unbroken?  Are at least 50 percent of the tree’s branches intact?  If you have answered yes to either of these, there is a good chance for recovery.
  2. Take Safety Precautions – Realize the serious potential dangers of storm damage.  For example, take the possibility of storm damaged trees touching live electrical wires, which can result in electrocution.  Broken or dangling limbs may result in overhead death, trees and limbs under tension may react unexpectedly when cut.  All of these scenarios and more are vital when reviewing storm damage.
  3. Resist the Urge to Do It Yourself – Are large limbs broken or dangling?  Immediately call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069!  Our team is ISA Certified to deal with dangerous situations!
  4. Hire an ISA Certified Arborist – Westchester Tree Life is just a phone call away at (914) 238-0069!

To request a consultation online, click here.

Tree Removal in Westchester County

Look no further for proper tree removal in Westchester County than Westchester Tree Life!  Our team of professionally-certified arborists can safely remove a dangerous damaged or dead tree from your property!  To receive a free estimate for tree removal call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069 or fill out an online consultation form here.

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Never attempt to remove a tree yourself.

Attempting to remove a tree by yourself can result in property damage or someone getting hurt; Westchester Tree Life’s team has attended safety training classes to safely and effectively remove your tree!

Before we remove your tree, our tree care professionals can provide you with other options (if there are any available).

What are some signs my tree needs to be removed?  

If your tree is obviously damaged or leaning, it may need to be removed to prevent injury to your family and property.  A leaning tree can fall over under the weight of a winter storm’s snow, ice and harsh winds; prevent a dangerous situation if you have a damaged or leaning tree and call Westchester Tree Life to come assess the damage today!

Has your tree contracted a tree disease?  Your tree’s malady can be contagious and harmful to other trees and plants on your property.  Removing a diseased tree is a necessary preventative measure in keeping the rest of your plants healthy.  If you are unsure whether your tree has a tree disease, or have a question, reach out to Westchester Tree Life using our online form here.

What if my tree has broken branches?

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Broken tree branches become lethal during destructive storms, especially during winter.  If you have a broken tree branch, call Westchester Tree Life immediately.

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Strong winds can push the branch, weakening it further before it falls onto your roof, car, blocks a road or harms a person.

How Trees Survive Winter

Have you ever wondered how trees survive winter?  Winter in Westchester County, New York can be brutal; from frigid winds, heavy snowfall and sleet as well as the occasional below-freezing temperature.  Westchester Tree Life explores how trees survive winter!

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DormancyDormant Tree Branch Westchester Tree LifeComparable to hibernation, trees survive winter in a state of dormancy.  A tree begins to prepare for dormancy once it looses its leaves in fall; this excludes conifers, which retain their nettles during winter.  This shedding of foliage is the first step of slowing down the tree’s metabolism, energy consumption and growth.

All About ABA

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ABA or Abscisic acid is produced in the tree’s terminal buds.  Terminal buds can be found at the point where a leaf breaks off before it falls.  Once that happens, ABA gathers where the leaf has broken off; this chemical suspends the tree’s growth and prevents cells from dividing.  Preventing growth is part of a tree’s dormancy process.  This saves energy, as the tree isn’t making any new food for energy and has to conserve the food it has stored.  This limited energy is used sparingly, when needed.

Do You Have a Dangerous Tree?

Identifying dangerous trees before winter snowstorms become the norm is a good idea if you want to maintain a safe yard and environment.  To prevent a potentially dangerous situation, checking your trees for signs of weakness is a great way to prepare for the upcoming winter months.  For a thorough tree assessment from a tree care professional, call Westchester Tree Life at (914) 238-0069!
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Dangerous Tree Risks

Before review the signs of a dangerous tree, let’s review the risks.  A falling tree can seriously injure one or multiple people, cause extensive property damage and in worst case scenarios, result in death.  To completely safeguard against dangerous tree risks, we highly recommend reaching out to Westchester Tree Life for help from a professional arborist in Westchester County.  Our certified professionals are properly trained in assessing tree health and potentially dangerous tree situations.

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Ground Inspection

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Begin your inspection at the base of your tree’s trunk.  Pull aside any moss or foliage which may be covering the base of your tree, as you will want a clear view of the soil surrounding the tree.  A tree’s soil features tell-tale signs of a tree’s health; for example, cracked or raised soil which is opposite to your tree’s lean may indicate root disturbances hinting that the tree is in the process of uprooting.

Branch Inspection

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Weak branches tend to give when under the weight of heavy snow.  To eliminate a disastrous situation, we encourage conducting a branch inspection.  We encourage our customers to conduct tree care inspections with each changing season; this helps to maintain a well-pruned tree.  If your tree is in need of dead or weak branch removal, let us take care of it!  Fill out our online consultation form here.

Other Danger Signs to Look For

Keep an eye out for tree trunks with holes or cracks in them as well as missing bark.  Tree which have tight branch growth also indicate that it may need a plant health care program.

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For a thorough inspection of the trees on your property, we highly encourage you to have a professional arborist inspect the area.  Our professionally trained tree care specialists are able to identify any dangerous trees and offer solutions!  To receive a consultation, fill out our online form here.

All About Conifers

Conifers are a common plant which can be found across the globe.  Characterized by their unusual needle-like “leaves” and cones, conifers are easy to identify.  If you were to take a quick glance into a wooded area, you would most likely see various conifers, which have also survived the Jurassic period.

Leaf Structure

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Conifers can be identified by one of their three different leaf structures.  The Pinaceae family which includes pine, spruce and fir trees grow needle-like leaves, while conifers of the Cupressaceae family (such as junipers and arborvitaes) grow scale-like leaves.  Lastly the Taxaceae family has a flat, feather-like leaf structure.

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A Conifer’s Cones

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The word “conifer” means cone bearing.  Within a conifer’s cones lies the secret for conifer reproduction.

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While other plants produce flowers, conifers produce cones.  A single conifer produces both the male and female cones necessary for reproduction.  Male cones produce pollen while female cones contain seeds necessary for reproduction hidden between the female cone’s scales.

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A row of young conifers stand in front of a more mature conifer forest; via edbookphoto.photoshelter.com

 

 

 

A Warm Winter’s Effects on Plants

With December 2015’s warm weather keeping our area from freezing temperatures, some of us are wondering what a warm winter’s effects on plants will be come spring.  How are plants, trees and shrubs reacting to the unusually warm temperature and is there anything we can do about it?  Westchester Tree Life weighs in on a warm winter’s effects on plants.

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Determining Your Plant’s Health

When attempting to determine whether your plants, trees and shrubs are reacting adversely to the unusually warm temperatures, take into consideration the type of plant, the plant’s needs and the location which they are rooted.  How quickly cold temperatures come and go, how low the temperature drops and other environmental factors also come into play when determining how your plants are affected by a warm winter in.

A Sudden Drop in Temperature

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One of the most important factors to consider when attempting to determine your plant’s health in regards to a warm winter, are sudden temperature drops.  A sudden drop in temperature following warm weather can severely stress out plants.  Once usual winter temperatures begin to stabilize, most plants should acclimate fairly well.

Plants Budding During Winter

Mild winter temperatures and exposure to sun for a longer period of time may result in some of your plants budding during winter.  If this happens, it may yield deadly for your plant.

Have questions?  Need  professional plant health care?

Call Westchester Tree Life at  (914) 238-0069 or contact us here.

 

5 Tick Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

The window for tick bites has been extended this year due to November and December 2015 having been unusually warm and damp.  Enjoy the weather outdoors in Westchester County while staying safe with these 5 safety tips everyone should know!

  1.  Tick repellent clothing is a great way to enjoy Westchester County’s beautiful weather while protecting yourself from tick bites!
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    Tick repellent clothing is pre-treated with tick repellent which is odorless and lasts up to 70 washes.

  2. Contrary to popular belief, ticks remain active during winter.  This is important to remember if you are a skier, hunter, outdoor enthusiast or work outdoors, tick prevention is still a precaution you should take.
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    “Deer ticks will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.” – TickEncounter.org

    Deer ticks in the adult stage of their life cycle become active after the first frost, and are not killed by freezing temperatures.

  3. Ticks do not jump or fly, they climb up.  Ticks climb to access thinner blood located near the neck, head and ears of their host.
  4. Ticks come in small, medium and large sizes; this includes deer ticks.  Ticks have three active, blood-feeding stages which include larvae (the size of a grain of sand), nymphs, (the size of a poppy seed) and adults (the size of an apple seed).  Ticks which are larger than an apple seed are most likely partially-full or full of blood.
  5. Pointy tweezers are the best way to remove a tick.  When pulling a tick out, grab as close to the skin as you can and pull upward with steady, even pressure.Tick Removal

Trees and Your Health

New York’s tree care professionals, Westchester Tree Life believe in maintaining tree health, but did you know that trees also affect your health?  The International Society of Arboriculture has provided evidence from global research supporting the fact that forests and green spaces have a positive effect on people’s health!  Here are three ways trees and your health correlate:

Trees Benefit Your Environmental Health:

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Trees remove carbon dioxide and pollutants from the environment.  A study from the USDA shows that 100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants from the environment annually!

Trees Benefit Your Emotional Health:

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The next time you are searching for a new neighborhood, consider one with lots of trees and vegetation!  The United Kingdom’s conducted a national study which proved people exposed to the greenest environments have lowest levels of health inequality related to income deprivation.  The bottom line?  Lush deciduous areas of plant life and trees positively affect moods!

Trees Benefit Your Community’s Health:

Westchester Tree Life NY Tree CareTrees do a great job of keeping our community cool during the summertime.  Westchester Tree Life knows that New England heatwaves are uncomfortable; planting trees will provide shade and cut cooling costs.  A worldwide review of scientific literature showed that an urban park was an average 094 degrees Celsius cooler in the day than the surrounding metropolitan area, making warm days more tolerable.

 

Winter Plant Healthcare: Anti-Desiccant

Written by Westchester Tree Life’s  Jeff Gourion, Plant Healthcare Manager

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Prevent “Winter Burn” with an anti-desiccant!

Winter Burn is the damage to our plants that we seem to notice every spring after the long  cold winter starts to lose its grip, and we start paying attention to our trees and shrubs again.  We notice that some of the leaves on our Hollies, Boxwoods and Rhododendrons and various other broad leaf evergreens turn brown or appear spotty and scorched.  This condition closely resembles drought stress; that’s because that is exactly what winter burn  is.

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A closer look at damage due to “Winter Burn”.

What is an anti-desiccant?

An anti-desiccant spray is a bio-degradable acrylic coating.

What does an Anti-Desiccant do?

An anti-dessicant coats the leaf, especially the underside where the stomata are located, and lows the rate of transpiration.  This coating protects the plant from harsh winter conditions.

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Don’t leave your trees unprotected this winter!

Why is an anti-dessicant important?

This method of protection is highly effective in reducing
Winter Burn damage.

Which of my plants will an anti-desiccant protect?

  • All broadleaf evergreen plants
  • New plantlings
  • Plants that are stressed from insect and disease damage
  • Small leaf plants (Arborvitea, Boxwood, Ilex, Holly, Rhododendron, Skip Laurel)

Winter Tree Care Chappaqua New YorkHow does winter harm my plants?

During winter, plants go dormant and shut down the normal growing process, however all plants will still transpire (give off water vapor and exchange gases) through the stomata (small pores on the under side of leaves) if conditions are right; an example of conditions are wind blowing across the surface of leaves; warm sunlight on a warmer than normal winter day is another.  These conditions working together are the worst case scenario. While cold wind alone is hard on plants, wind on a relatively warm day is even worse!  The soil is still frozen and any moisture that the plant would normally try to pull up from the roots is unavailable, making the outcome is almost exactly what happens in summer when you don’t water your plants.

We recommend that you consider calling us for a free evaluation and estimate today!

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Ask for Jeff Gourion. Plant Healthcare Manager