30 Mar 2021

3 Types of Tree Root Systems

We're familiar with what a tree looks like aboveground, but the underground part of a tree is just as important. The roots are often the "root" of tree health, failure, and longevity. Urban tree roots are highly influenced by the urban environment, which often consists of compacted, small soil volumes. But tree roots can also be partially determined by genetics. Understanding the 3 types of root systems trees have can help you take care of your tree or select the best tree for your property! Tree Roots Before we dive into root systems, it helps to know the 5 basic...

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24 Mar 2021

Fungi: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Trees interact with numerous species of fungi, some good, some bad, and some merely ugly. The best way to understand the type of interaction is to look at what the fungus eats. Good: If it eats dead matter or produces mycorrhizae, it helps the tree obtain nutrients. Bad: If it eats the tissues of living trees, it causes decay and usually kills the tree. Ugly: If it eats decaying wood or other materials, it's a sign of an unhealthy tree, but is not the primary cause of tree death. Below is a list of fungi commonly found on and near...

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23 Feb 2021

5 Tree Myths…Debunked

Canopy Loss in Trees, Young Tree Pruning,  and Tree Disease... 1. The More I Cut, the Less Often I Have to Prune Over-pruning can make trees undergo growth spurts because they're trying to compensate for canopy loss. Canopy loss results in a reduction of photosynthesis that fuels the tree. The rule of thumb is to never prune more than 25% of the living canopy. Prune more than this, and you may find yourself contending with a lot of rapid-growing shoots. The tree is expending energy stored in the trunk and roots to restore its photosynthetic capacity, so you'll find yourself...

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