Time to Deport To the Down Under

Some trees are nicer than others. There are trees that evoke certain childhood memories, like Christmas trees, and trees that just creep us all out: think a willow tree in the dark. Those tendrils are scary. For those of us in San Diego there’s been a bit of an upset over eucalyptus trees.

Get Out Of My Yard

“Deport the eucalyptus back to Australia!”big-stump

That’s Johnny Sevier, a certified arborist, on the tree he loves to hate but that many San Diegans revere, the ubiquitous eucalyptus.

Long an arboreal staple in San Diego and environs, these tall, gangly imports make headlines now and then when branches give way at inopportune times, maiming or even killing. And Sevier says that local bureaucrats, fellow arborists, and euc-enthusiasts have blood on their hands.

On March 9 of this year, the eucalyptus struck again, this time in Scripps Ranch, which is, along with Rancho Santa Fe, perhaps the epicenter of eucalyptus worship in San Diego County. At Miramar Ranch Elementary, school had just adjourned, and Lana O’Shea, a kindergarten teacher, was leading her saplings out to meet their parents. A eucalyptus limb, apparently weakened by prior rain and wind, broke off and plummeted, leaving O’Shea with injuries requiring a six-day stay at the hospital. According to some reports, O’Shea took the proverbial bullet (or literal branch) for her charges, pushing them away right before impact. In any event, the children were unharmed.

Sevier, a voluble, colorful character — some would say feisty or even irascible — has a four-step plan to prevent the next airborne eucalyptus assault in San Diego. “Wake up, San Diego,” he proclaims, “there’s a simple solution. First, admit that planting eucalyptus in San Diego was a mistake with unintended consequences.” Next, he says, “Chainsaw, stump grinder, and [plant] different species.”

Unintended consequences? To address that notion, one must venture back to the hoary days of nascent San Diego, when the eucalyptus was touted as the perfect Southern Hemisphere import. Folks lauded its rapid growth and pleasing aesthetics. Its use for railroad ties was derailed by the wood’s tendency to warp when spiked. As for eucalyptus fishing poles fashioned for the local tuna fleet, that remains an apocryphal tale. Notwithstanding the tree’s dubious utility, it was here by the Civil War years.

Via: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/jun/01/cover-deport-eucalyptus/#

Grind Them Up

So what can you do when you have an unwanted tree in your yard? There are several options that you can consider such as cutting the offender down, trimming it to nothingness or even attempting to starve it. Whichever one you choose is going to leave you with a reminder: the stump. There are some fun things you can do with a stump. Usually, however, it’s just an eyesore. A big blob of leftover tree flesh. Maybe it’s taking up space in your yard. Maybe it’s right in the way of where your kids play. Or maybe you’re just sick of looking at it and reminding yourself that there used to be a tree there.

Worry not! You can have your stump removed! You can clear out that ugly reminder of what it was. Just think of the possibilities you can have with that extra space in your front or back yard! Also, by leaving it to the professionals, you don’t even have to get dirty. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!

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The Shocking Tree Revolt

While trees might not actually be trying to take over the world, they are definitely uprooting themselves lately. The weather has been less than nice lately which has had a negative impact on the trees around the city. With lots rain comes flooding. And with flooding comes mudslides and weakening of the soil. With all of that comes giant trees toppling down because they just can’t support themselves as much as they would like to. It’s not a happy thing, and those living this current nightmare are going to find themselves hoping they’ve kept up on their home insurance. How is the city going to recover?

Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared a state of emergency for the city Friday, following a series of storms that caused millions in damage and deadly flooding across the region in January.

San Diego City Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 7. to ratify the declaration.

While Gov. Jerry Brown has already declared an emergency proclamation on the state level, a local proclamation is needed to secure state assistance.

A state and local proclamation allows San Diego to claim assistance through the California Disaster Assistance Act.

“We believe we have a strong case in applying for and receiving emergency aid from the state,” John Valencia, City of San Diego Office of Homeland Security Executive Director, said. “We estimate that close to $5 million may be recouped following the severe storms that pounded our City last month.”

January’s storms prompted emergency crews to respond to a variety of calls, ranging from emergency response calls to swiftwater rescues, tree and debris removal, and traffic control. City officials announced this week that they estimate damages in the county during the stormy weather could range from $4.6 to $5.1 million.

Via: http://www.10news.com/news/mayor-faulconer-declares-state-of-emergency-following-january-storms

These storms are no joke. The force of nature is a scary thing to try to fight against. Trees seem so powerful and eternal as they tower above the rest of the world, but take away their support and you get the picture. You might have some issues with fallen trees yourself. Depending on where your property is, you might have a host of fallen trees dotting your yard. No matter the size, you should remove them. It’s going to be a big, back-breaking job. Don’t try to do it yourself. Hire the professionals who can do the job for you: http://www.allcleartree.com/removal.

Whether or not the city gets the relief money they’re hoping for is another thing. It’s been a tough winter storm that seems to be tapering off a bit. There’s no denying this storm was stronger than perhaps expected. It’s also seems to have lasted a bit longer than most of us would like. Let’s hope that the storm is actually ending. It would be nice to get a bit of a break from all the rain and mess. No likes to clean  up a mess they didn’t make, but we’re not being given much of a choice. Let’s hope the power of positivity can bring us some sunshine and rainbows. At least that way it’ll look nicer outside.

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Blow Me Down: Winter Storms and Falling Trees

It probably feels a little bit like the world is ending right about now. Water is flooding the streets and trees are just toppling down and crushing everything beneath them. It’s a bit scary to think about, but the trees aren’t showing mercy to anyone. This winter storm is seriously kicking butt, although not in a very nice or helpful way. If you’ve been able to steer clear of the destruction, that’s fantastic! It’s not a pretty sight at the moment, but it will get better. If you need an idea of the gravity of what’s going on, you should probably check out the news:

As the rain let up a little bit on Saturday, San Diego residents rolled up their sleeves and got to work cleaning up the damage of the storms that have pummeled the county over the past few days.

Friday’s powerful rain – the second in a series of three winter storms – caused power poles and trees to topple, some crushing cars, and caused flooding in parts of the county, plus road closures. Emergency crews were called to several water rescues in different parts of the county as motorists became trapped in the flood waters.

In San Diego’s South Bay, the severe weather knocked down trees and knocked out power to some homes. At a shopping center on Bonita Road, a eucalyptus tree came crashing down amid the storm Friday, crushing several cars. Luckily, no one was hurt.

“It sounded like thunder. A big cracking,” explained Ryan Kessler.

Kessler’s car was one of the vehicles damaged. You could barely see it hidden beneath the branches. His friend’s Scion was crushed like an accordion by the weight of the tree’s trunk.

Blanca Salas, who owns Very Best Travel, is one of multiple tenants at the strip mall who says they’ve warned the owner about the danger posed by the eucalyptus trees.

“We were expecting this,” said Salas. “That’s why I park far away from the trees. We told him about the trees a long time ago and he said there’s nothing he can do.”

On Saturday morning, crews and locals there worked to clear the tree, debris and shattered glass from the South Bay parking lot.

Via: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-January-Storm-Damage-Road-Closures-Flooding-411422485.html#ixzz4Y16jcp2C

The third time might be the charm, but when it comes to storms once is more than enough. It’s been chaotic and even if the trees haven’t fallen down, they’ve taken a serious beating. There are probably a good deal of them out there that need a serious trim. A dangling branch can be a hazard so you should probably get that removed. You can count on the experts to have your back in this situation: http://www.allcleartree.com/trimming.

It’s time to roll up some sleeves and get to work. This hectic weather should seriously be over with. That means there’s nothing stopping you from getting your clean on. No more winds, water or madness to undo all your hard work! Although, of course, nature does have it’s own ideas. Perhaps crossing our fingers will help?

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Hey, You, Get Off of My Lawn!

If this title doesn’t evoke the image of a grumpy old man waving a fist at some neighborhood kids, we’re doing it wrong. Aside from troublesome teenagers getting into your green space, there are other entities creeping up and taking over space. These could be out of control grass, a cat camping in your bushes or trees that are attempting a slightly hostile take over. Their roots can get under the sidewalk and if you aren’t careful, a low-hanging branch might try to take your eye out:

Shelly Schwartlander has been living at the Point Loma Tennis Club since 1991. The complex, built in 1968, sits on 13 acres and has approximately 260 trees of many different species. But it’s the eucalyptus trees that keep Schwartlander awake at night. She says they are overgrown with heavy branches and the roots have been removed.

“For a few years I have tried unsuccessfully to get [the homeowners’ association] to reduce the heavy limbs of a 90-foot and a 80-foot eucalyptus tree as an independent certified arborist advised should be done in fall of 2014,” she said.

“Now, at the end of 2016, the overgrown trees threaten two 3-story buildings — at 4012 Valeta Street — that each have 26 units, as the trees are less than six feet from the buildings, lean close to the buildings, and the heavy limbs are over the buildings and walkway…. Not only are they neglected, but the landscapers have removed the roots from both trees in December 2015 and then again in September 2016 to make room for a sidewalk.”

After the root removal, Schwartlander said it “looked like a graveyard full of tree roots…huge amounts of roots dug up right at the tree trunks, roots filling large garbage bins full and roots as wide as ten inches or so close up…. With the amount of roots removed, it’s hard to imagine the trees are stable, especially as eucalyptus don’t have deep roots.”

Via: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/dec/29/stringers-monster-eucalyptus-loma-portal/#

Hopefully these trees are looked after properly to prevent any accidents. A major concern when dealing with trees is that if you remove too much of their lower support they have no where else to go but down. Proper tree removal, http://www.allcleartree.com/removal, or stump removal, http://www.allcleartree.com/stump-removal, then becomes a necessity. Tree maintenance should be routine for anyone who has them on their property. It’s just as important as mowing your lawn or watering your garden. If you can make time for one, you should be making time for the other.

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Not All Fungi Are Fun Guys

Trees can stand up to a lot of things. They can recover from being burned. Even if you shoot a tree, it will survive. You can also cut off parts of a tree and it will still keep growing. Trying to remove a tree and miss some roots? That tree is going to come back to haunt you. Like all living things, however, even trees have weaknesses:

Dying willows in Escondido Creek appear to be victims of fungus, rather than a beetle infestation, the Escondido Creek Conservancy announced on its website Wednesday.

The problem began over the summer, when the conservancy learned that trees in Elfin Forest were wilting and dying, Executive Director Ann Van Leer said. Withered branches lined the creek bed, and blackened leaves drooped from nearby trees.

Conservancy officials temporarily closed trails in the area in August, and enlisted Riverside plant pathologist Akif Eskalen to study the die-off, hoping to pinpoint the cause.

After testing samples from the willows, he found four different types of fungus that can attack trees.

Conservancy officials plan to take a wait and see approach to the problem, monitoring whether the infestation worsens in the spring and discouraging hikers and visitors from moving any wood from the area.

“These fungi are known to cause wood canker and dieback on a wide variety host trees worldwide,” Eskalen wrote in a report to the conservancy. “They are also known to produce overwintering structures where they release spores the following spring to “reinfect” its host plant and possibly spread to others.”

Eskalen included a photo of a tree from the watershed, showing a grayish patch of fungal spores on tree and the damaged wood tissue beneath. And he sent photos of willows with dried out, dying branches, indicating that the infestation is still ongoing and could continue in the spring. Officials warn that transporting wood could also spread pests between woodland areas.

The collapse of willow groves can devastate habitat for the least Bell’s vireo, an endangered songbird that lives along streams, and the stands of dead wood could pose fire hazards to surrounding communities.

Via: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-no-dying-willows-20170201-story.html

With warmer weather comes the desire to camp. Camping brings about the need for firewood.  You’ve got to be careful where you get your wood from. Using the infected logs from a tree can transport the disease to a new area. For some tree borne diseases, burning the wood causes the spores to be released over a huge area. With a puff of smoke you could be infecting an entire forest. It sounds a little ridiculous but it’s serious business. Do you have willow trees on your property? It’s best to get them inspected to see if they are carrying the disease. There may be other trees at risk as well, so stay informed. If you have infected trees, proper removal will ensure that the trees are looked after properly and disposed of properly. We provide tree removal service that can help you out: http://www.allcleartree.com/removal. Don’t leave things up to chance: let us do the hard work.

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What The World Would Be Like Without Messy Trees

Trees are generally pretty. They have nice leaves, some of them have flowers, and they tend to provide excellent shade. Animals use the trees for their homes and the trees also provide a lot of food for us. They’re nice to look at and they clean the air around us. All trees were not created equal, however. Some of the lovely trees leave behind a massive mess with falling berries or thousands of petals that flutter all over the place. There’s one area that is happy their messy trees are going to be dealt with:

Coronado’s streets and backyards are among some of the lushest in the county, but there’s now a plan in place to cut down hundreds of trees that could pose a threat to residents and infrastructure.

The City Council and the majority of the locals are on board with the plan.

They’re the wispy weeping willow looking trees, with a fern like leaf and bunches of hanging red berries that have to go.

“We’ll probably get rid of 30-40 trees in the next six months,” Clifford Maurer said, who is the Director of Public Services and Engineering for the City of Coronado.

Thousands of California and Brazilian Pepper Trees were planted in Coronado in the 1930’s. They’re cheap, grow fast and produce a lot of shade; but now, the 900 aging pepper trees that remain could be dangerous and a powerful storm could bring dozens of them down at once.

“We’re looking ahead and managing as opposed to reacting to it,” Maurer said.

The City Council voted to cut down hundreds of the trees in coming years.

“We won’t do all 900, maybe 600 or 700. There will still be pepper trees around here for a while!” Maurer added with a smile.

‘That’s a good start. Hopefully ours are part of it,” David Warren said, who lives in Coronado.

Neighbors aren’t crying foul because the pepper trees are not only old, they’re messy and their roots are aggressive. “They come out and go across and raise up,” Warren said.

Warren has lived in Coronado for years and says his friends and family have tripped over the roots time and time again. They can also interfere with sidewalks and break pipes and the red berries that litter the street can be corrosive to car paint.

“That’s one reason my car is parked across the street, you would have to wash it every week if you park under the thing,” he said.

Via: http://www.cw6sandiego.com/coronado-residents-happy-700-trees-will-cut/

It’s an instance where the residents and the city are actually happy together about the idea of trees being removed. No protests required! If you’ve recently cut down one of these mess-makers yourself, don’t forget about stump removal! Leaving the stump behind is just asking for the tree to come back. Not to worry though, we can help you with that: http://www.allcleartree.com/stump-removal. You can rest easy knowing that the city is on your side. They also don’t like having to wash the streets all the time and the energy for the constant clean up can now be directed to somewhere else. Sounds like a win-win!

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This Simple Tip To Help Manage Your Trees Is Amazing

If you’ve got trees on your property you’ve undoubtedly been affected by the recent storms. You’ve probably heard the trunks creaking in the wind or maybe you’ve been unlucky enough to have a branch come crashing through a window. While trees are beautiful additions to any lawn or yard, you’ve got to take care of them. Left to their own devices trees can grow huge and wild. Their roots can infiltrate your pipes and their branches can scrape your siding. By maintaining your trees growth with regular trimming you can help avoid a weather-related disaster, or hopefully any tree-related disaster:

Homeowners were still recovering from Fridays storm after trees toppled across San Diego County. Arborist Larry Coalson with LC Tree Service was helping residents pick up the pieces Monday.

“The biggest thing you can do is to look at your trees. If you can’t see through them then it’s time to trim them,” said Coalson.

Coalson said he’s been busy with phone calls since the storm, and continues to remind folks if you can’t see through your tree is time to trim it. If wind can’t blow through the tree the wind could knock the tree down.

Coalson suggests a few things homeowners can do on their own that let’s them know if they should call a professional.

“At the base – if you can see some of the roots that’s not a big deal. It’s when you can actually step on them and feel the ground move a good foot,” Coalson said. “If your foot goes in a foot or you have cracks coming along the soil and you see it kind of starting to raise up or you notice a really heavy lean in the tree that’s unusual that is when you really need to call somebody out.”

Via: http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/02/20/what-residents-can-do-to-help-prevent-trees-from-falling/

You’ve got to pay attention to them and you’ve got to do your best to help them stay healthy. This is all sound advice and it could save you a trip to the hospital or the need to call in a contractor because half your house is gone. Our roads are also fighting a losing battle out there:

Friday’s storm may not have been the strongest of the season in terms of rainfall, but it still packed a punch.

Reports of downed trees and clogged roadways began pouring in early, as winds strengthen ahead of rainfall later Friday afternoon.

[…]

Instances of downed trees continued to occur throughout the day.
Large Eucalyptus trees, weakened by January rainfall already, were especially vulnerable.
A downed tree on the northbound side of I-5 south at Genesee Ave. blocked the slow lane and an off-ramp shortly before noon, prompting a Sig Alert. The alert was cleared before 2 p.m., but not before causing lengthy delays to the afternoon commute.
A fallen tree on northbound SR-163, just south of Robinson Ave., fell on a vehicle and blocked all lanes just after 4 p.m., prompting a Sig Alert as well.
It’s been crazy around here. Prevention is better than reaction, after all. Instead of reacting to your trees blowing down or branches snapping off willy-nilly, use this storm as a lesson in maintenance. By looking at the unpredictable weather we’ve had it’s not surprising that so many trees have fallen. Don’t let it happen again is the best lesson that can be taken from this. If you have trees, have them regularly trimmed http://www.allcleartree.com/trimming. Keep your yard free of debris and make sure that if you do have several trees that they aren’t all entwined. If you’ve got three trees all wrapped up in each other you’re going to have three trees coming down together. Regular trimming can help the trees maintain their close friendship without interfering with the rest of their lives.

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Well Blow Me Down: Trees Everywhere

It’s no secret that the weather has seriously sucked in the last few months. We’ve had excessive rains and strong winds which are in stark contrast to the drought that was wearing on us. Thanks to the high winds we’ve been seeing more and more trees knocked down into roads and onto houses. It’s definitely becoming a mess out there. This weather has done a number on our homes and our roads. Hopefully there is a break in the clouds ahead. Until then, we’re literally stuck:

Large trees downed in a windy storm caused minor damage to homes and blocked a number of roads and freeways in San Diego Friday.

At least two large eucalyptus trees fell across both lanes of north state Route 163 and landed on the hood of a car south of Robinson Avenue in Hillcrest about 3:45 p.m. The female driver was got out and was unhurt, authorities said.

Northbound traffic was diverted off at Quince Street for four hours until the freeway was cleared, the California Highway Patrol said.

Shortly before 4 p.m., a tree toppled on a duplex, causing minor damage, on Caminito Rio Brancho near Appaloosa Road in Scripps Ranch, San Diego police said. No one was injured.

Earlier in Scripps Ranch, a tree estimated at 100 feet long and three feet around was blocking the road at Business Park Avenue and Willow Creek Road in Scripps Ranch about 2 p.m., police said.

In Point Loma, San Diego fire crews found a 70-foot palm tree fell on a house, causing minor damage, on Kellogg Street near San Antonio Avenue around 2:30 p.m. The street, a cul-de-sac, was closed off until the tree could be removed.

Another tree fell onto a house, also causing minor damage, on Maryland Street near Monroe Avenue in University Heights about 5 p.m. No one was hurt.

One 60-foot tree fell over on Wilbur Avenue and another tree crashed down at Carmel Mountain Road and Sundevil Way in Rancho Peñasquitos.

Yet another tree blocked the end of La Cuenta Drive in Tierrasanta, north of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.

Police said there were a number of other instances around the city and some cars were damaged by fallen limbs.

Via: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-trees-down-20170217-story.html

Let’s not forget that there is more than one tree blocking things in San Diego. There are parts that are getting slammed with wind and the discarded bodies of trees:

All across San Diego County Saturday trees were the task at hand after a strong Pacific storm hit the region.

At a Caminito Rio Branco Townhome complex in Scripps Ranch on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, a massive eucalyptus tree smashed into at least three units.

Resident Rick Scrivner witnessed the tree as it came crashing down around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

“I was standing right in the middle of my garage about to get into my car and run an errand, Scrivner said

A 100 foot eucalyptus tree is now covered in caution tape as residents wait for crews to come and remove the tree.

Drivers in Scripps Ranch were re-directed due to the downed tree.

Via: http://www.cbs8.com/story/34539633/strong-winds-blowing-down-trees-across-san-diego-county

It’s definitely been a rough ride but hopefully it’ll all come to pass. If you look out your window you’re sure to see a different landscape than what you saw before. It’s been a difficult time for everyone and we want you to know that we have services that can help. We do tree removal http://www.allcleartree.com/removal and we can help you with any wayward trimming that might need to be done http://www.allcleartree.com/trimming. We all need to be safe out there and watch out for each other. Since everyone is around and this is not a forest, you can probably hear it every time a tree falls.

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Who Turned Out The Lights? Storms and Trees Gang Up

It seems like all aspects of nature are in cahoots with each other. These wicked storms are sure to be fraying everyone’s nerves while giving us that much needed rain. The problem comes when evil storms take advantage of already weakened trees to wreak havoc on our lives. Strong winds and heavy rainfall are the harbingers of doom for many of our suffering trees. If you remember the drought we had, a lot of trees were weakened by such weather.

If we look at this like we look at human relationships. it’s like the storm is the unruly older kid who is trying to get the unsure younger kid to go along with their plan. The problem is: trees are falling for it:

The storms rolling in are living up to the hype. Heavy downpours and violent winds are spreading across the county.

“We have 170 weather stations and this one looks like a very significant weather system,” Brian D’Agostino said who is the Meteorology Program Manager at SDG&E.

CW6 was invited inside the weather intelligence center at SDG&E where they’re watching this storm’s every move, so they can respond quickly.

“We look at branches that could be dying and we go in and take care of those in advance,” he added.

These powerful gusts and already-saturated Earth are sure to bring down trees and power lines. Falling trees can also uproot gas lines.

“If you see lines down, always assume they’re live. Don’t touch them, call 911,” D’Agostino said.

And before you find yourself in the dark tonight, check flashlight batteries and if your power does go out, check SDG&E’s website for estimated restoration times.
“Just the other day, the waves were coming up over the pier. Just insane.”

The strongest winds will be along the coast. Lifeguards are ready. Swift water rescue teams and fire rescue crews are fully staffed and they’re begging you, obey all signs and barricades.

“Don’t try to walk through water. There could be hidden things underneath. It can be like a vacuum and suck you down,” Chris Webber said, who is the Assistant Chief of Emergency Services.

And if you’re inside your car, move to the roof if the water continues to rise.

Friday afternoon, the airport clocked wind gusts at 40 miles per hour. There are a number of cancellations, many airlines are waiving those change fees.

“It’s windy. Going to be difficult to drive, stay home if you can,” Assistant Chief Webber added.

Via: http://www.cw6sandiego.com/tree-topples-home-la-jolla-storm-brings-power-outages-flooding/

See?! It’s madness out there. You’ve got to do yourself a favour and stay inside if you can. If you’ve got tree carcases littered across your lawn you could always call us to come help clear them up http://www.allcleartree.com/removal.

Strong winds and trees are working together to take out the electrical lines leaving us in darkness:

Friday’s strong wind caused a live power line in Pacific Beach to go down causing it to spark and catch fire.

The power line fell after being struck by a tree, which also hit a car, but fortunately there were no injuries. San Diego police helped block the area while crews worked to restore power to the area and fix the problem.

SDG&E reported the downed power line line happened at 4611 Dawes Street and caused an outage just before 5 p.m., impacting 1240 customers. The outage was one of 12 going on as of 7p.m. Friday impacting close to 4,000 customers, according to SDG&E

Via: http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/02/17/tree-knocks-down-power-line-sparking-small-fire/

It’s a dangerous time we’re in, friends. It’s important that you keep yourself and your family and friends safe. Don’t touch any downed lines and always assume they’re live. If you have trees on your property and haven’t been affected much by the storm yet, do an assessment and call in a professional for a removal or trimming http://www.allcleartree.com/trimming.

 

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Giving Trees Vaccinations: Will it Work?

Most human beings get vaccinated against deadly diseases. It’s taken a lot of scientific research, trial, and error to find what works with our bodies to make sure we don’t fall victim to these diseases. Even our pets get vaccinated from things like rabies and distemper. With the looming beetle infestation of our trees some researchers are contemplating the idea of shots for trees:

UC Riverside’s Akif Eskalen pointed to a pattern of small holes in the bark of a majestic California sycamore tree growing in a Riverside park and lamented that it will be dead in about two years.

The holes are the work of invaders from Southeast Asia, beetles smaller than a sesame seed that probably hitched a ride to the Golden State in packing wood.

First discovered but misidentified in 2003 in Los Angeles County, the beetles have since infested at least 49 species of trees in seven Southern California counties, said Eskalen, a plant pathology professor. They also have infested avocado groves, where they don’t kill the trees but cause branches to die back.
The polyphagous shot hole borer, and its lookalike cousin, the Kuroshio shot hole borer, are so called because they leave trees peppered with tell-tale holes that look like someone blasted their trunks with bird shot. They kill trees by spreading and nurturing a deadly species of Fusarium fungus that serves as their sole food source.

The scale of its infestation is troubling. One estimate says that beetles have struck about 280,000 trees in San Diego County’s Tijuana River Valley. But that’s just one of many areas of infestation.

“It is spreading so fast, I cannot put it in numbers,” Eskalen said.

The beetles move from tree to tree along Southern Californian’s woody riverbed habitats, increasing their reach in these corridors about two to eight miles a year, he said. They have worked their way up the Santa Ana River bed in Orange and Riverside counties, this year reaching Riverside’s Fairmount and Martha McLean-Anza Narrows parks.

One female shot hole borer can produce about 30 offspring during her 30-day lifespan.

Via: http://www.pe.com/articles/trees-821024-eskalen-beetles.html

These nasty little bugs are just doing what comes naturally to them, but it has a detrimental side effect on our trees. How the beetles got here is yet to be truly determined but we can’t erase the fact that they’re hear. If these shots work, we won’t have to worry about removing infested trees and will be able to maintain our greenery. If you have infested trees you may want to contact professionals to report the infestation and then look at getting the tree(s) removed: http://www.allcleartree.com/removal. Acting early can save you a lot of hassle in the future, as you do have to understand that these kind of tree diseases can be contagious. While it’s not guaranteed, of course, one diseased tree may act like a domino – infecting other trees and shrubs in the area.

You do not want to end up with a devastated yard, so vigilance is always necessary when it comes to tree diseases and infestations.

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