Technology Comes To The Aid Of Trees

When the world started, only primitive life existed. More complex living beings appeared little by little over time. And for as long as we can remember, we have seen a thriving flora and fauna out there in the wild. These vast ecosystems have been here even before man came to be. They have provided habitat and food source to the wildlife up to the present. Unfortunately, these rainforests are receding as technology keeps on progressing.

Technology and nature often go the opposite way. You can seldom say that technology works in the favor of nature because more often than not, it does more, and even irreparable, damage than we can ever comprehend. But this time around, technology is being used in a good way by saving trees rather than cutting them down.

The Uttar Pradesh forest and environment department has decided to protect trees through a smart mobile application to be launched soon by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Tree felling is rampant in areas including Noida and Greater Noida and officials are unable to act against those cutting trees mindlessly for frivolous reasons because it is not easy to identify offenders.

In Noida and Greater Noida, trees are being cut for developmental projects, often without permission from the forest department. Even residents cut trees to make way for parking space. The forest department, in many cases, do not get to know about tree felling instances as there are no complaints lodged.

“Many a time, people do not file a complaint because the process is tedious. We have decided to come up with an app to make filing of the complaint easier. The app will be available on Google Playstore. Anyone can click a picture of a tree being cut, mark the location and send it on the app. Our department will act swiftly,” said Sanjeev Saran, principal secretary, department of environment, Uttar Pradesh.


You can’t just cut down trees (especially in rainforests and other protected areas) because you want to. You need to secure permits from respective government agencies before you can do such a thing. This helpful app can empower ordinary individuals in reporting complaints involving tree abuse so that appropriate actions can be taken to address it and no more trees succumb to the will of man.

It’s not everyday that you meet someone like Haritha Rao. The 19-year-old student of environmental science at Mount Carmel College has mapped 600 trees since November last. She recognises species and different types of canopies that trees have.

Rao and many like-minded volunteers have been mapping trees in the city for Talking Earth. The nonprofit was involved in counting the number of trees that were slated to be wiped out by the steel flyover, which was later scrapped.

Rao, a botany student, believes the mapping exercise has taught her much more than her textbooks did.”It is time we as citizens know our trees, why they fall and also what trees need to be planted instead of just randomly planting trees without understanding their life cycle,” she says.


Technology can be your friend or foe depending on how you use it. The problem with people nowadays is that we use technology to make our lives easier at the expense of the environment. It is a breath of fresh air to finally hear about it being put to good use in helping protect the environment because every effort counts when it comes to environment conservation because the odds are great.

However, there are instances when trees can be dangerous too especially the big ones that fall on houses, other properties and even on people and animals. When trees fall, it is better to get the stump removed too, so you can plant a new one in its wake. The fallen tree can be used in various projects such as furniture making or even used in cooking or making fire. For professional trump removal services, got everything covered for you at a reasonable price.

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Trees Know How To Socialize Too

We all know that humans are social animals but do you know that trees are social in nature too? Over the course of time, trees have also evolved in response to stressors or triggers in their environment. We just don’t often hear about it but trees live a pretty interesting life as well. They do look after each other. For instance, let’s take a closer look at acacia trees. They release chemicals once giraffes start munching on their leaves to inform other nearby acacia trees, so they can produce a toxic chemical to protect them even before the giraffe reaches them.

Experts who specialize in trees have conducted experiments and studies to prove that trees interact with one another, do even the mundane of things like going to the toilet annually, and even have sex like humans do. These studies encourage people to see trees in a different light and don’t just think of them as inanimate beings that we believe them to be for deep down, they have feelings too.

Trees are social creatures that mother their young, talk to each other, experience pain, remember things and have sex with each other, a bestselling author has said.

If that persuades you to go and hug the nearest tree, then great, said Peter Wohlleben. Just avoid a birch: “It is not very sociable. Try a beech.”

It’s not surprising to find out that trees are sociable since they are also living things like us humans. The only difference is that we don’t hear them speak or act out how they feel but maybe they do, we’re just oblivious to it or care too little to notice.

Wohlleben wants society to be more aware of trees’ “feelings”. Trees that are close to street lights, which burn all night, will die earlier, he said.

Pollarding trees – removing the upper branches to promote a dense head of foliage – is also a bad thing. “It is like cutting your fingers, it hurts and it damages the tree very heavily. A wound more than 3cm deep can cause a fungal infection and perhaps 10 or 20 years later the tree will rot.”

He said people pruning trees were often not particularly educated about what they were doing, and that they were in effect killing trees.


Think that you’re so tech-savvy yourself since you are well-versed on the World Wide Web. The trees also have this extensive network known as the “Wood Wide Web”, a fungal network where trees send electric signals to each other in the face of danger. Indeed, there are so much more to a tree’s life that we’ll ever get to know of.

Streetlights are causing the urban trees of the towns and cities of the planet to stay up past their bedtimes, as the natural world falls victim to the modern world’s need to have an electric light illuminating everything all the time.

This is coming from tree expert Peter Wohlleben, who says there’s lots of research pointing out that city trees growing near streetlights die sooner than their rural equivalents. This is because trees need to sort of sleep a bit at night too, with the artificial lights also affecting their leaf and blossom-producing schedules, further impacting upon their health.


If the premise is true, then trees have been suffering for a while now in the hands of man. Jungles and rainforests disappear at such a quick pace leaving thousands of wildlife and insect species devoid of a home in a world that is increasingly becoming inhospitable. On the other hand, plants planted in crowded cities also suffer from the loneliness of their isolation and likewise subjected to various types of pollution that aren’t doing them any favor at all.

Whether you believe that trees are social beings or not are purely subjective. Big trees in big cities can pose a danger to people and properties too. Since we don’t want to endanger human life but want to refrain from cutting down more trees, the answer is simple: No to minimal problems will arise if we learn to coexist with all the living things on the planet. And because trees can’t speak for themselves, let us take the initiative to do the right thing on their behalf so everyone lives harmoniously for all eternity.

Trees Know How To Socialize Too is republished from All Clear Tree Service’s Blog


Trees Get Sick Too

Can you remember the last time you were ill? It’s not exactly the best feeling in the world, right? Not only do you look and feel sick but you also miss out on a lot of things at school or at work because we are too sick to even get out of bed. While we dread the onslaught of sickness, they are at times necessary for our body to rest and recuperate. We usually get sick because our immunity went down. When that happens, it takes some time for our body to be back in fighting form with the help of enough sleep, rest, liquids, fruits, and medicines.

We generally think of illness as something that only affects human and animals, it actually comes as a surprise to some that other living things like plants and trees get sick too. And like humans that look sick when they are, you can easily spot a diseased tree too with a trained eye.

Another Torbay woodland is to lose hundreds of its mature trees as a tree disease spreads across the bay’s beauty spots. Just a few weeks after more than 1,500 trees were cut down at the Grove on the outskirts of Brixham, hundreds more will go at Occombe Woods in Paignton.

The Forestry Commission have served Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust with notice to fell up to 400 diseased larch trees in an area between Preston Down Road and Occombe Valley Road known as the East Down Plantation.

A similar felling operation carried out at the Grove (below) has left the landscape devastated. Tree felling work has seen wooded areas disappear across Torbay in recent years.The most high profile being the controversial ‘natural regeneration’ at Churston Woods which saw 1,500 trees come down over the last few months.


We feel for trees that can’t speak and tell us how bad they feel when they succumb to illness. Experts consider a tree sick if it isn’t deemed to survive the next five years or so by measuring the size of the living crown in relation to the bole’s size. A tree will gradually die if only a few leaves are left on a tree with a large bole because it won’t be able to nourish all the tree tissues for nourishment and maintenance. Yellowing of the leaves is also another common symptom along with visible dead tree branches.

Trees are an asset to any community and the people of Vermillion are lucky enough to have trees lining streets and scattered throughout public parks.

Unfortunately, the trees in Vermillion are beginning to show their age and reaching the end of their lifespan. Many are being cut down or destroyed by natural circumstances and are not being replaced.

“We are losing a lot of trees in this town and if you look at little farther, you don’t see anything new being planted,” said Clarence Pederson, a Vermillion resident and member of the Vermillion Tree Board. “I see that Vermillion is a neat looking place. We have a lot of old trees and one of the things that makes it a nice looking place is the fact that we have big old trees, but the fact is they are old.”

Saying that none of the trees are being replaced may be a bit of an exaggeration, Pederson admits, noting that some are being replaced by the city in the public parks. Not enough are being replanted, however, to make up for lost inventory.

A typical lifespan for a tree in Vermillion is 60 years with the potential to survive longer, but most are threatened with the possibility of storm damage and disease. Currently, the biggest threat to the trees in Vermillion is emerald ash borer disease threating the ash trees. Ash trees were planted in response to Dutch elm disease which destroyed the elm trees.


There are trees that have been around for ages and it pains us to see them succumb to illness after providing us shelter and shade for years. However, that’s how life goes. They adapt and their leaves change color with the passing of the season and we witness first hand how resilience they are but a tree disease can easily take the life out of them just like that. So, once it becomes too sick and can no longer be saved, tree removal is the next logical choice especially if there are nearby trees that you don’t want to get infected too. Check this out and seek the help of a professional tree removal service company to ensure all dead parts of the diseased tree are removed and the other plants and trees in the area stay healthy and strong for years.

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Are Trees The Answer To Climate Change?

Major changes are happening to the planet at a rapid level. Rainforests are receding, the sea level is rising, the planet is warming, and so much more. Unfortunately, most of these changes are not good ones and especially not good to us and every other living being on earth. Natural calamities have gotten stronger and more disastrous than ever. Add to that the growing threat of human conflicts that make life on earth a living hell.

Amidst all these changes, most people feel helpless and vulnerable. The truth is, we can make a difference in this world in our own little ways. Simple lifestyle changes can have a big impact to how fast climate change is progressing, which is the biggest natural threat we are experiencing nowadays. Trees can also help reduce global warming by removing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air for the people to breathe. Without trees, we would be stuck as a planet.

Can we use trees and other plants as a weapon in the fight against climate change? Earth’s greenery comes with natural carbon-capturing abilities, but now several studies are investigating how to tweak those tendencies to have a maximum impact on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced that plants would have to be a major part of the world’s efforts to capture CO2. The idea would be to have trees and grasses suck up CO2as they grow, then burn or process them into fuels to generate power while capturing any CO2 produced along the way. This process is known as “bioenergy plus carbon capture and storage,” or BECCS.

We’re starting to see increasingly large tests of the technology roll out. The Washington Post, for instance, recently reported that a new large-scale trial in Decatur, Illinois, will process huge quantities of corn into ethanol, then grab the 1.1 million tons of CO2 created from fermentation each year and lock it away underground.


Experts are testing how trees can help in trapping and storing carbon in the trees and soil to lower the atmospheric CO₂ levels, so that we can benefit from it more than just the cool shade it provides us against the scorching heat of the sun.

Trees are good for us. Carbon dioxide is one of the major contributors to global warming and climate change. Trees trap carbon dioxide and “exhale” oxygen in return. A mature tree can absorb roughly 48 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, and in turn release enough oxygen to sustain two people.

Trees reduce runoff by storing water from rain. That makes a big difference in our rainy Northwest (45 inches of rain already since Oct. 1). Trees also absorb sound and reduce noise pollution. So if you live near a freeway, plant a couple of trees! If you want to cool off in the summer (whenever that comes), you will appreciate trees reducing the heat from streets and sidewalks.


Trees do the world a lot of good. It’s funny that man needs trees to live for various reasons while trees don’t need anything from us at all yet they are among the first to suffer the most from all the progress we aspire to achieve.

Typically, a tree absorbs as much as 48 pounds (21 kg) of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. The average North American generates about 20 tons of CO2-eq each year, which means every year you’d need to plant about 500 trees to offset your carbon footprint, that’s not taking into account the time it takes for a tree to mature and reach the optimal carbon-sinking age. If you’re a New Yorker and need to fly to Berlin, your seat is responsible for generating 10,285 pounds (4,675 kg) of CO2. Essentially, your 8.5-hour-long flight just offset roughly 223 trees. Kudos! If you think this isn’t fair, that’s just life for ‘ya because neither is digging up and burning billions of dead trees accumulated over millions of years which until not too long ago safely stayed miles beneath the ground. It’s no surprise that U.S. forests only capture 10 to 20 percent of the nation’s greenhouse emissions each year.

I somewhat digress because trees are definitely a go-to solution for tackling climate change, which is why scientists are trying to find out not only which are the best species that can handle rising temperatures and dwindling water, but what an idle forest might look like.


While experts are doing their best to come up with measures to reduce the effects of climate change or look for ways to slow down its progress, all of us still have a responsibility to pitch in and do our part. Even if we close down all factories or stop using anything that produces CO₂ from now on, it still won’t change anything in the atmosphere since its molecule is a very resilient one and can stay suspended in the air for up to two centuries.

With the help of trees, though, we can reduce CO₂ concentration around us and therefore halt the progression of climate change. It may be a very simple solution that has been staring us straight in the face for so long now but why is it that we continue cutting down trees and not plant enough in return?

There are only a handful of reasons why you’d possibly need a tree cut down and we’re not talking about doing it in a bigger scale. Just one or two that blocks your access or is proving to be a hazard in your community especially in urban cities. may be of help because they offer professional tree removal services when you need it the most.

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Insects And Trees: Not Always A Good Match

We live in a world that is home to a wide variety of species that inhabits the land, air, and water. And because we share the same space most of the time, we must learn to coexist, albeit not always peacefully. Survival of the fittest and struggle for existence had always been the mantra in the wild.

Most insects live on and around trees. You can see it everywhere when you go out and commune with nature. However, there are also relationships that aren’t as talked about but are plenty in nature. Some may be symbiotic while most are parasitic in nature. For instance, insects living in trees and feeding on it can mean death for the latter. Fungi also can be dangerous.

A sparse forest is a common sight for this time of year. But in Mendon, the woods are looking more skeletal than usual.

“This tree died two years ago,” Rutland City Forester Dave Schneider noted.

The tree is a red pine. And despite its name, it’s a little more rustic red than usual. Schneider says the color and lack of limbs are a sign of a devastating disease.

“The branches turn orange, the needles turn orange and then die,” Schneider said.

The trees are being attacked by an invasive insect called a red pine scale.

“The insect doesn’t actually harm the tree that badly but it carries a fungus very similar to the Dutch elm disease,” said Jeffrey Wennberg, commissioner of Rutland City Public Works.

About 100,000 trees are expected to be removed but the disease doesn’t make them unprofitable. Schneider says almost all the trees will be sold.

“These trees aren’t the most valuable in the forest but they do have certain markets for, particularly with the utility pole market,” Schneider said.


It is disheartening to see big trees like pines go down because of a mere insect infestation especially when you have to cut them in their prime. However, when the infestation has been too much and several trees have been affected, cutting it down must be done to prevent the infestation from spreading, albeit with a heavy heart. These trees should also be treated to kill the insects before they get the chance to move to the next nearby tree.

A deadly insect that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees across the East, a scourge that makes the cankerworm look pleasant, is edging toward Charlotte.

The emerald ash borer is an Asian beetle that was first spotted in North Carolina in 2013, in three counties near the Virginia line. The bug has invaded most eastern states, including Virginia and Tennessee, since it was first detected in the U.S. in 2002.

Experts compare the beetle’s lethal potential to the blight that wiped out chestnut trees a century ago and to the insect that is now steadily killing hemlocks across the Southern Appalachian mountains.


All over the world, trees are always threatened by insect infestation. While we don’t usually hear it over the news, countless trees succumb to these little critters day in and day out. Some trees actually have some sort of defense system in place against insects like sap or releases toxins that are hard for the insects to digest. But despite the tree’s best effort, insects are still out to get them.

If you’re an ash tree, here’s some friendly advice.

Get out of town. Fast.

An Asian beetle is munching its way across the Northeast and it’s only a matter of time before it stops in Morristown for a bite, town Forester Richard Wolowicz told the town council on Tuesday.

The Emerald Ash Borer spells certain doom for ash trees: Nearly all of America’s estimated 7.5 billion ash trees will die as this pest advances, according to Wolowicz. Already, an estimated 50 million of these trees have been killed in the Northeast.

By comparison, Dutch Elm Disease took an estimated 75- to 100 million elm trees in the U.S.

Humans can be harmed, too — by branches falling from ash trees that become brittle after the Emerald Ash Borer kills them, the forester said.


Trees are an essential part of our natural ecosystem, so are insects. And the majority of insects happen to be herbivores. Unfortunately, insect infestations can not only damage trees but eventually kill them despite their innate natural defenses. We need trees for fresh air but insects also do play a part in life. Whenever possible, always be on the watch out for the presence of insects in your area especially if you have trees at home. A sudden growth in the insect population can mean the end for certain tree species.

For diseased trees that have been overpowered by insects, the only recourse for them is to have them cut down by professional tree removal services. can help you spruce up these trees and be assured that it will be done professionally. While some homeowners would rather tackle this task themselves to save money, you’d realize it would have been easier, safer and more practical to hire a pro to do this than do it yourself because of the risks involved, especially in the presence of infesting insects that can spread to other plants and trees if not taken cared of properly.

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Trees Come To Our Aid

We try to find a use for something in our environment. We either use them for shelter, food, security or whatever we can think of. In our environment, trees are among the most useful resource to us. We use its wood in building homes, furniture, or other wood-related items we use in our daily life. Some fruit-bearing trees also give us fruits that we need for nourishment. Trees also provide us shade when it is hot outside but most importantly, trees provide us with oxygen that all living beings need to breathe and live.

There are other benefits of trees we aren’t aware of. Leaves that fall reduce the temperature of the soil and soil moisture loss. In itself, a tree is already an ecosystem that is home to certain birds and animals aside from also providing them nourishment. Just being with nature also helps us feel relaxed and calm especially when in the countryside or in parks.

“Getting your daily dose of trees is good for your health and easy to do,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “You can climb a tree, go camping, sit under a tree, take a hike or visit a forest.”

To encourage people to get a daily dose of trees, the DNR is launching the #31DaysOfTrees challenge during Arbor Month. Simply post a photo or video while getting a daily dose of trees on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #31DaysOfTrees and include @MinnesotaDNR when posting to Facebook. Participation will be tracked using hashtag #31DaysOfTrees.


Most communities today organize programs to raise awareness on certain causes. Advocacies on the benefits of trees are among those that are celebrated all over the globe because we need trees now more than ever. Imagine how hot it would be living in a world devoid of trees. However, little progress is made in tree planting especially in urban areas.

We really need to do a better job of planting the trees properly, and then, once they are planted, caring for them. One thing that’s come out of the large-scale tree plantings that were popular in the last decade is exactly that realization: that it’s not so much how many trees are given away at an event, but it’s more how many trees actually survive to grow to reasonable size, provide benefits and then not cause too many problems.

To the credit of our policymakers, they recognize this. One thing we’ve learned is that trees do best in places and situations and during times when there’s good cooperation between residents, community benefit organizations and municipal governments. We are not only trying to plant trees that do well today, but we’re also trying to anticipate climate change and what kinds of conditions we might be facing 10 or 20 years from now.

This is a challenge for urban trees in general: They are a very, very long-term investment. So we are looking at the legacy of urban forestry programs from 50 to 100 years ago. That’s why our cities look like they do.


Indeed, planting trees is a long-term investment that will not only benefit the people of today but more so the future generation. Whatever we do today can impact the lives of everyone in the future especially when it comes to the environment. We can’t just do whatever we feel like doing especially if these are bad habits that damage our surroundings over time. We only stay on the planet for a short while but the effects of our neglect and abuse will stay on for years and years to come.

Taking care of the planet now will leave a positive impression to everyone in the future. We don’t want to condemn them to a life of suffering because we were too lazy to make an effort in saving the planet now when we still can. One of the easiest things to do is to plant a tree. You don’t have to be an expert in doing it and you can plant on a clear space or land where the mature tree won’t likely obstruct anything. When it grows and it does obstruct something, can help trim the tree so there’s no need to really cut it down. We can use one more tree in this world, so count on their professional help to save the life of one tree by trimming it instead of cutting it down.

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Live Green To Save The World

We may think that all is well in our own little bubble but when you look around you, you can see that much has changed in the world and it is not always for the better. Tall skyscrapers are everywhere. They are proof of engineering and technological advancements however they may also pose a big risk in the face of calamities. Our carbon footprint increases as we continue to rely on technology in our daily life.

The only way for the human race to survive and prevent further environmental deterioration, both big and small lifestyle changes must be made for the sake of the humanity and the world. A little inconvenience in doing things manually won’t hurt us that much. It’s even an excellent form of exercise, a welcome change from our increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

There’s been a lot of concern recently over the use of pesticides in our homes and gardens, and now a new group in Pacific Grove is taking action and pushing the issue forward.

Non Toxic Pacific Grove formed earlier this year to call attention to pesticide use and to help people and government agencies to look for ways to use less, or none at all.

This subgroup of Sustainable Pacific Grove was among the organizers of the rally this past week at the city’s Monarch Sanctuary in an effort to draw attention to the harmful effects of pesticides on pollinators like bees and butterflies.

But NTPG is also concerned about the effects on humans — in particular, children whose development could potentially be harmed by use of pesticides in schools and parks. That’s why they’re putting special emphasis on creating pesticide-free landscaping and lawns.

The overall message, according to co-organizer Cathy Wooten, is that the fewer pesticides and hazardous chemicals that are around, the better. And Pacific Grove is by no means alone in spreading this gospel — similar groups have sprung up around the country, including Non Toxic Santa Cruz and many others just in California.


Spring has come and we can hear the bees buzzing out and about, forever in pursuit of honey. What many of us don’t see is that pollination is also at work as these bees go back and forth from one flower to another. They ensure the survival of everyone on land for years to come. And we humans too should adopt a sustainable lifestyle for our survival.

Essentially, “sustainable living” defines a lifestyle that attempts to cut an individual’s and on a larger scale, the society’s dependence on the earth’s natural resources.  A huge part of this type of living involves understanding how natural systems function, and the need for the ecology to stay in balance. Jared Diamond, in his book, Collapse: How Complex Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, talks about how several civilizations have fallen as an aftermath of damaging its environment. It is estimated that currently we use about 40% more resources every year than we can put back. This needs to change, but how?

The crux of sustainability lies in accepting that our modern way of life puts a strain on natural resources and that we must figure out ways in which we can progress while ensuring that our actions and consumption habits do not jeopardize the needs of the future generations.


The world’s resources are finite. While we continue to enjoy what the world has to offer now, will there be enough left for future generations? Even trees have been reduced to more than just half of what it used to be because of rapid urbanization and rainforests are converted for agricultural purposes. Instead of cutting trees, we should actually be planting more.

However, tree removal is considered if the presence of a tree is proving to be harmful to the people. It happens when someone plants a tree in an urban location not knowing how big it can get upon maturity. When that happens, call on a professional for help since cutting down trees may be a bit tricky and dangerous if done in a crowded space. Ask the help of and they’d gladly do the job for you. However, as much as possible, let trees live if they aren’t posing any threat to anyone because we need more trees now that ever.

The article Live Green To Save The World was first published on The All Clear Tree Service Blog


Trees Succumb To Parasitic Fungi

We may think of microorganisms to only attack living beings like humans and animals. However, trees are also susceptible to microorganisms and it can make them sick, just like how humans succumb to them. For instance, a common problem trees face is fungi. Fungi are actually everywhere. They are even present in the air that we breathe but there are instances when fungi can make you sick. Fungal diseases on man include candidiasis, ringworms or other pathogenic fungal infections.

Fungi actually play a beneficial role in many ecosystems and help the life cycle of various plant species. However, like any other relationships in the planet, some can be symbiotic while others are parasitic. The latter are dangerous to any plant or trees as they live at the expense of their host plant. Most of the time, these harmful fungi attacks already diseased or dying plants but they may at times attack healthy ones too especially if these trees are just nearby.

Fungal diseases kill by clogging the vascular system of the plant, so you will see dieback in the leaves on one side of the plant initially. Citrus trees require good drainage, good aeration (pruning out excessive branches and leaves), regular watering, and fertilizing. Citrus trees like acidic pH soil.

Due to our severe drought for the past several years, this may have stressed out the tree to a point that the fungal disease became a secondary problem since the tree became weakened. Healthy trees are able to wall off fungal diseases to prevent the fungus from entering into the vascular system.


Fungi infections on trees are often characterized by slowed growth, dead branches, and smaller leaves or discoloration. Even the removal of a diseased tree is not an assurance that it will likewise eliminate the fungi in the soil. As soon as you see the first signs of fungi growth, promptly cut off the affected part to protect people from accidents caused by falling dead branches, for instance.

If it wasn’t bad enough that the emerald ash borer is devastating the local population of ash trees and the woolly adelgids are after our hemlock trees, a deadly fungus that has the potential to destroy countless Oak trees is also creeping into the region.

State foresters discovered oak wilt in two trees in Canandaigua, Ontario County last October and issued an emergency order then in hopes of keeping the infection confined.

And, late last month, the state Department of Environmental Conservation established an Oak Wilt Protective Zone in the Town of Canandaigua. People are prohibited from removing any living, dead, standing, cut or fallen oak trees as well as oak branches, logs, stumps or roots from the zone unless it has been chipped into pieces that are smaller than one inch in two dimensions. Removing any species of firewood from the zone is also prohibited, as it is difficult to distinguish oak from other types of wood when it is cut into small pieces. Non-oak wood leaving the protected zone must be at least 29 inches in length or greater.


Communities seldom feel the impact of fungi on trees especially when these affect trees that are out in the woods. However, for those that are grown for a purpose, having trees succumb to fungal infections has a big impact on revenue and the loss of a valuable resource. There are various types of fungi present in the environment that can make trees sick. When trees get sick, they don’t immediately die but they suffer for a while and yields are reduced. It’s especially painful if fruit-bearing trees are affected since they are generally grown for a living.

For trees that are already infected, consider: to make sure that the tree’s trunk is removed as well so that other nearby trees does not get infected. We hate cutting down trees but when the condition can no longer be salvaged, it’s better to lose one than to put other trees at risk as well. Let the pros handle this task since there are more to cutting down trees than meets the eye.

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Are Your Ready To Plant Some Trees?

The world is a rich diversity of flora, fauna, and animals even before humans came into existence. However, as men learned to harness the resources of the planet and mastered above all creations big and small, nature had to give way (or demolished) for progress to take place. But fast-forward to our present day and we now live in a world overwhelmed by pollution, people, and conflicts.

While we still haven’t found the solution to human conflicts that surround us now, there is something we can do to prevent the continued abuse and misuse of natural resources. One of the best solutions to counteract environmental deterioration is by planting more trees.

For centuries, nature enthusiasts around the world have hosted events to plant and care for trees. At the first U.S. Arbor Day, held in 1872, Nebraska residents planted an estimated 1 million trees. In more recent years, some groups have called for reforestation (planting trees in areas where they had formerly grown but were cut down, burned, or otherwise destroyed) and afforestation (planting trees in areas where they have not historically grown, such as in grasslands) with a new goal in mind: to help mitigate climate change.

When a tree takes in carbon from the atmosphere, it stores it throughout its lifetime through a process called carbon sequestration. The surrounding soil can sequester carbon for even longer periods, for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years.


Climate change is already happening, so there’s no point in spending all your time and energy worrying about it. Instead, start planting trees to help counteract pollution, global warming, and scarcity in resources we all have to deal with because of these global changes. Aside from that, it is refreshing to see trees planted beside roads or on the countryside.

The DTE Energy Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are funding more tree-planting projects around Michigan.

The partnership is in its 21st year. Nearly 40,000 trees and seedlings have been planted in over 500 communities. The foundation pays for initiative, which is administered by the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry program.


While our personal efforts make a difference in our own little ways, the collective effort of the community has an even bigger impact and is a big help in realizing our goals of environmental sustainability and in slowing down climate change. And the benefits of tree planting, for instance, are felt by more people when many trees were planted.

Planting a tree is as easy as finding a place to dig a hole, right?

Over 100 elementary schoolers from Hartington learned Wednesday that there is a lot more to it than that.

Officials from NPPD hosted an Arbor Day tree-planting event in Hartington. Kids learned about not just the importance of planting trees, but doing so without disrupting the many power lines buried underground.

“Everybody has a conception that a tree doesn’t grow next to a power line or over a power line,” Lammers said. “This is a good age group to get them started with the knowledge that there are certain types of trees that will grow around power lines. It’s just the proper tree in the proper spot.”


Kids these days learn about advanced technological stuff at a young age. Most kids spend their days glued to their tablets or iPads, watching life pass them by and missing out on the benefits of active play. So, it is a must to teach them important life skills that include tree planting. Getting their hands dirty does not only do them good but the environment as well. A few more trees around us can provide us with the fresh air we desperately need in our growing polluted cities.

You can also contact All Clear Tree Service for any concerns involving trees or planting in general especially if you intend to plant trees in your own yard. You can’t just easily plant trees everywhere now because of certain laws or local policies. But with their help, you get to do your part in helping the environment while at th same time beautifying your home.

The blog article Are Your Ready To Plant Some Trees? is republished from The All Clear Tree Service Blog


Spruce Up Your Lawn This Spring

All of us dream of having our own homes someday. From a young age, we dream of landing our dream job so we can finally afford to buy our dream home where we can build our own family. And once we do have one, we all consider our homes as one of our most prized possessions.

We spend a great deal of cash making our homes look lovely both inside and out. However, we get cooped up inside for a while during late autumn and winter but we feel liberated once spring comes. Aside from being the perfect time of the year to be outside, it’s also the best time to do some major spring cleaning both in and out of the house.

Tree removal companies were traveling around southwest Oklahoma on Monday. They were responding to calls from homeowners to get the toppled trees off their cars, homes or front lawns. Sunday’s strong winds that reached 40 to 50 miles per hour brought many trees tumbling down.

In this Oklahoma weather, a tree can be damaging and deadly if it’s not properly taken care of. The owner of Family Tree Service Pros said doing a little upkeep on the trees in your yard every year can prevent property damage and save you thousands of dollars.

The clean up can be tough. But on Sunday, homeowner Annette Lukasik just happened to be looking outside when the tree in her front yard tree crashed down in her front yard.

“Beyond the wind, I heard a little creaking,” Lukasik said. “And sure enough that branch, I mean, it just happened so fast.”


Spring can be unusually windy as well, so incidents of toppled trees are not new in some parts of the country. While it is easy to get rid of a few branches and cleaning up the mess, it is a different thing if a big tree crashes through your house or gets uprooted on your lawn.

Firefighters and Department of Transportation workers were kept busy on Monday after trees were blown down across roads in Burke County.

Around 12:30 p.m., a tree uprooted and fell on Stephens Road off of N.C. 181, causing several power outages. Fire personnel with Oak Hill Fire and Rescue were on scene chopping up the tree.

Less than two hours later, another large Oak tree fell across Conley Road in Morganton. West End Fire Department and Burke County Department of Transportation were on scene working to get the road cleared.

DOT responded to clear downed trees in numerous places, including on Jamestown Road, Conley Road, Poteat Road and N.C. 126, Mashburn said.


This is something only the professionals can do. While you can safely do routine spring cleaning tasks, taking care of toppled or uprooted trees is a different matter. You wouldn’t want your lawn to look cluttered and ugly because of this mess especially if there is a big tree stump in plain sight of everyone. can help you get rid of the stump in as easy as 1-2-3. Aside from that, they also provide other tree or lawn-related services you don’t feel confident in doing yourself.

Nothing is as satisfying as seeing your home finally spic and span after months of not being able to tend to it. Not only is it healthy to live in a clean space but comfortable as well. The state of the home is also often a reflection of the owner. How well you maintain your house says a lot about your character as a person. You can truly enjoy the better weather and the coming of summer if your home is ready for it too. And it makes perfect sense to clean up your yard since you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in the months to come.

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