• Looking for a good informative read? Here are some tree service in Clearwater myths!


    1. The root systems of tree roots extend below the ground.

    The tree’s large support root system tapers quickly into smaller roots. Most roots are found in the soil’s uppermost inches. Although some roots can reach several feet deep, most others are not found at greater depths than a few inches. Protecting the soil’s upper layers is crucial for tree health.

    2. To get the best value for my money, I should purchase the largest or most bushy tree at the nursery.

    Even though the tallest tree might be more sturdy than smaller ones in the same container, it could still be less strong. Tree trunk, branch, and root system structure are more important than aesthetics for long-term success. Many years later, tree failures are often caused by root system or structural problems (trunk/branches).

    3. When planting a tree, it is important to have a strong stake and strong ties.

    Some nursery stock may need to be staked in order to stay upright. However, trees that can stand on their own merits should not be regularly staked. Problems that were not there before can be caused by improper or inefficient staking.

    Proper staking can be crucial when dealing with strong winds or weak trees. It can make all the difference between success and failure. A tree that is seriously damaged cannot be supported by any type of support system indefinitely. The stake should be considered temporary and used to help the tree grow its own strength. Once it is strong enough, it should be removed as soon as possible.

    4. Pruning shrubs and trees can help them to be more energetic.

    Pruning, especially severe pruning in Clearwater, can often stimulate dense and vigorous sprout growth. This vigorous growth takes a lot of energy from the tree, which weakens its natural defenses.

    Although there are many benefits to pruning, the loss of leaves can have a negative effect on the tree’s ability to photosynthesize. A reduction in foliage mass, even if it is small, can result in a decrease of a tree’s ability to photosynthesize and reduce the energy available for its other life processes.

    Proactive techniques can maximize the pruning benefits while minimizing the negative effects. However, incorrect or severe pruning can increase the negative effects and reduce the benefits.

    5. Topping: The removal of the top portion of a main stem

    • The hazard potential for tall trees can be reduced by topping.
    • Trees in poor health and structure can be improved by topping the tree.
    • It is not harmful to top a healthy tree.
    • Trees are not damaged by topping if done correctly.

    No matter what technique you use, topping causes serious injuries to trees and can have long-term structural problems. Here are some of the negative effects of topping

    • High hazard potential due to severe decay at the topping cuts and poorly attached regrowth quickly
    • Reduced energy production capacity of the tree and its resistance to insect and disease problems.
    • Rapid regrowth creates a denser crown of foliage, which requires frequent maintenance for retopping and restructuring.

    6. Concrete strength is used to fill in the cavities of trees and aid them heal.

    The strength of a structure is not increased by filling cavities. This can lead to decay and damage. Tree cavities should be managed by the tree.

    7. Pruning close to the trunk and parent limbs will aid the tree in healing.

    Trees don’t heal because they don’t replace tissue lost, but instead cover injuries (e.g. Pruning cuts), with new wood layers. You can minimize decay and encourage wound closure by not piercing the tree trunk. Instead, keep the “branch collar”, which is the slightly elevated areas around the base of most branches.

    8. The safe installation of cables, bolts and other hardware will make a dangerous limb or tree secure.

    Hardware can sometimes be necessary in order to save a tree’s trunk, limbs, or entire tree. Trees are not guaranteed to fail, and cables, bolts and other hardware installed in them will not eliminate structural weaknesses. They can be used only to reduce potential hazards. These hardware should be checked regularly and replaced or adjusted as needed.

    9. Tree seal/pain (or other tree wound dressings), prevents disease, decay, and insect infestations. They also help trees heal.

    Tree sealants (tars, paints and shellac) are available in a variety of forms, including paints, shellac, and tar. These sealants (tar, paints, shellac, etc.) are not designed to prevent disease, decay, or insect infestations, nor promote the closing of wounds. Some evidence suggests that sealants can actually cause harm. Keep the wounds open so that the tree’s natural defenses can work as they are intended.

    10. A fungicide can be applied to a cavity or wound to prevent or stop decay.

    Trees prevent decay by creating internal chemical barriers during and after wounding. This process’s effectiveness will depend on the tree’s genetic makeup and their health at the time of injury. Treatments following injury (e.g. Tree paint, cutting out the decay, chemicals etc.) This is a dangerous process.

    11. My garden can be sprayed regularly or annually to control pests and diseases.

    Effective management of both insects and diseases requires timely, targeted efforts. Natural predators such as birds, insects and other insects may be able to help you manage your problem. You will need to have some food source in order to keep the area alive.

    Routine spraying of broad-spectrum material will not solve most problems and can even kill beneficial insects and fungi.

    12. Any insect or disease can be cured if I use a strong enough fungicide or pesticide.

    There are not any blanket chemicals or a schedule that can eliminate all diseases and insects your plants might encounter. Many diseases of plants are not controlled by known chemicals.

    13. Good topsoil, soil amendments, and fertilizers are essential to the success of a plant.

    A large amount of amendments (such as redwood mulch, sand, and so on) is required to significantly improve soils. It would be necessary to apply the amendments over a large area. Modifications to the planting hole will probably have more negative effects than benefits.

    It is crucial to plant the species at the correct depth and in the right place. Make a planting hole that is at least twice the size of the root ball. After digging, cultivate the soil and backfill.

    14. As long as the topsoil is of high quality, I am able to add soil around my trees.

    It is important that trees are not planted at an excessive depth relative to the soil grade. Tree decline and death can be caused by excessive soil, grade changes, and root loss due to frequent cultivation.

    15. He was advertised in the yellow page as a tree specialist, and he should be! Isn’t there a government agency that monitors this kind of thing?

    Anyone can place an advertisement in the Yellow Pages and call themselves a “tree expert”. Start by only calling ISA Certified Arborists. Get at least three references. Follow-up is recommended. For advice and guidance, consider hiring a Consulting Arborist for your tree service in clearwater.

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