A Tree Falls on My Property; What Do I Do?

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Storms are not uncommon in the Lake Stevens area. Wind gusts can be powerful enough to knock down weakened trees. If a tree falls on my property, what is the correct course of action? What do I do in the aftermath?

Call Tree Removal Service

If a tree has fallen on your property, you are responsible for calling emergency tree services. This applies even if the tree was on your neighbor’s property and fell over to your side. Basically, the owner of the property where the fallen tree now lies is responsible, not the original tree owner. In other words, if a neighbor’s tree falls on your house or car, they have zero liability.

Call Your Insurance

If a tree has fallen on your property and caused damage, call your home insurance provider and open a claim. Damage from a falling tree is considered an act of God and is usually covered by insurance. The city may also bear some of the costs for property damage if the tree was in a public space. 

In any case, the rules regarding who pays for what can be complex. Next, call a tree removal service; let the insurance sort out the costs and other logistics.

Get a Permit

Most homeowners are unaware that most cities require a permit for removing a tree and/or replanting a new one. We handle the permits if one is required. Be absolutely sure you understand the permit requirements to avoid hefty fines from the city.

When a Tree Falls on Your Property, Give Us a Call

Call Pro-Cut Tree Service if a tree comes down and is now resting on your property. Our tree service handles all aspects, from physical removal to the logistics with the city. If a tree falls on your property, focus first on the removal.

Speedy Emergency Tree Removal

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What’s the Optimal Tree Spacing Distance When Planting Multiple Trees?

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Are you planting more than one tree or shrub on your property? They will require more than an arm’s length of space in between. Employing proper tree spacing is incredibly important yet frequently overlook by homeowners. Here are some important factors to help determine the optimal spacing.

Spacing Considerations

Some homeowners may be tempted to plant a sapling or shrub mere inches or feet from the home. While this might create nice curb appeal, the roots will grow and extend under the home. This is problematic as the roots can disrupt the concrete foundation. If you insist on planting adjacent to your house, then consider a tree with non-invasive roots. The same applies if planting near a septic system.

Spacing Between Trees: The Specific Requirements

The spacing requirements depend on the species of tree. A dogwood tree, for instance, grows to about 15-feet when it reaches maturity. This means you should leave a minimum 15-feet of space between trees. If a species grows to 30-feet, use 30-feet of spacing.

For shrubs, the formula differs a bit. Leave a minimum space equal to half the shrub’s full growth size. If the species grows up to five feet, then leave at least 2.5-feet of space. 

The Consequences of Planting too Closely Together 

If trees are planted in very close proximity, they compete for the water, sunlight, and soil nutrients. Eventually, one will prevail while the other ends up stunted or dies before reaching maturity. When we remove a dead tree, it’s not unusual for us to find a healthy one right next to it.

We Assist in Tree Planting

Our tree service includes the planting of young saplings. Our emergency tree care can also relocate trees that were planted too closely together. Call Pro-Cut Tree Service to ensure proper tree spacing.

Residential Tree Planting

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Preventing Soil Erosion: How Your Tree Can Help

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Constant rain and wind can erode the soil, leading to all sorts of problems. Unbeknownst to most homeowners, a tree on the property can actually minimize the effects. Find out how a tree is a valuable asset for preventing soil erosion.

The Effects of Soil Erosion

Soil absorbs water. When soil erodes, less of it is available, allowing the yard to flood. This means more puddling water, which creates a breeding ground for invasive insects like mosquitoes. It also drowns the plants, causing them to die prematurely.

Water accumulation can also harm the home’s foundation. Water is especially bad if the concrete has existing cracks. Concrete is porous and water seepage can cause extensive damage.

How Does a Tree Help?

Trees have roots that form robust structures that extend deep into the soil. This holds the soil in place and staves off erosion in the event of heavy rainfall. It also prevents soil compaction. Compaction stiffens the soil, reducing its ability to absorb water. 

In addition, the tree’s foliage helps spread out the rain water and diminishes its impact in any given spot. When rain droplets land on the tree, they drip off the leaves and land on the soil much more softly. When rain lands directly on the soil, the more forceful impact creates erosion.

Keep in mind that for a tree to minimize soil erosion, it must be healthy. A sick tree has weak roots that cannot hold the soil firmly in place. This makes tree care imperative for preventing soil erosion.

Trees Help Pervent Soil Erosion

As tree specialists, Pro-Cut Tree Service performs tree removal and emergency tree maintenance among other services. Soil erosion can cause a domino effect that leads to a variety of other problems, from pest infestations to foundation damage. Trees are part of the equation for soil erosion prevention.

Tree Care and Maintenance

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Does Your Tree Suffer from Iron Chlorosis?

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Iron deficiency is not uncommon among people. Likewise, trees and plants can also be deficient of this vital mineral. Iron chlorosis is a common tree condition and can lead to premature health issues. Here’s how to recognize the symptoms so you can ensure that your tree gets enough iron.

Why Trees Require Iron

All plant life requires iron to survive and thrive. The mineral is essential for everyday life functions, such as metabolism, chlorophyll production, and nitrogen fixing. Without iron, tree health quickly deteriorates, leading to disease and eventually death. In fact, when we remove dead trees, we often find symptoms of iron deficiency.

What Causes Iron Chlorosis?

A tree gets most of its iron from the soil. Soil conditions dictate how well tree roots can absorb the mineral. Conditions that may hamper iron absorption include:

  • High soil pH
  • Too much clay in the soil
  • Soil compaction
  • Too much phosphorus in the soil

Symptoms of Iron Chlorosis

The most common symptom is a condition called leaf chlorosis. When this occurs, the leaves turn yellowish. However, the leaves’ veins remain greenish. The yellowing begins at the tips and eventually extends towards the stem. Other symptoms include leaf loss and poor growth. 

How to Prevent Iron Chlorosis

First, test the soil using a soil test kit. Alternatively, you can collect about one cup of soil and add a half cup of vinegar to it. If it fizzles, then the soil pH is too high. You will need to contact a company that provides tree care services for remediation. You can also add chelated iron to the soil in the form of a foliar spray.

We Prevent Iron Chlorosis

We perform emergency tree service in and around Lake Stevens. Give Pro-Cut Tree Service a call if you notice symptoms of iron deficiency. Iron chlorosis is a serious condition but can be reversed with the right treatment.

Residential Tree Care and Maintenance

Serving customers in Lake Stevens, Edmonds, Marysville, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Everett, Snohomish and the surrounding area

Powdery Mildew: What You Need to Know About this Pervasive Tree Disease

Powdery Mildew: What You Need to Know

Trees are susceptible to disease just like people. One prevalent disease is powdery mildew. Here’s some important information about this fungal infection and how it can ravage trees and shrubs. Prevention is possible with proper tree care.

What Is Powdery Mildew?

Powdery mildew is a disease that causes white splotches to appear on leaf and stem surfaces. The splotches resemble white powder, hence the name. The disease thrives in high-humidity climates. While rarely fatal, powdery mildew can cause nutrients to leech from the surface of plant, leading to withering and discoloration. Tree removal due to powdery mildew is uncommon. However, the white powdery-like substance is a sign of ill health.

Fruit trees are especially vulnerable, as are flowers like roses, begonias, and chrysanthemums. 

Signs of Powdery Mildew

As mentioned, the most obvious sign is a powder-like substance. However, other signs may also manifest, such as:

  • Yellowish and brownish leaves
  • Shriveled leaves or leaf lesions
  • Leaves curling at the edges
  • Blistering on leaves and flowers or chlorotic spots
  • Fruits and flowers that appear malformed

How to Prevent Powdery Mildew

Use a fungicide spray. We suggest a solution consisting of sulfur, potassium bicarbonate, and neem oil. You should also remove all infected parts of the plant. Dispose of infected leaves accordingly and do not compost them.

Regular pruning is also necessary to prevent overcrowding. When portions of the plant/tree begin bunching up, it reduces air circulation and increases humidity. Another little-known solution is milk. most people aren’t aware that milk has anti-fungal properties. Spray milk on the infected areas to kill the fungi and spores.

We Cure and Prevent Powdery Mildew

Signs of powdery mildew do not require immediate emergency service. However, we do recommend professional attention. Call Pro-Cut Tree Service if you spot signs of this fungal disease. Powdery mildew is a common disease that can gradually decrease tree health.

Tree Disease Prevention

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Tree Removal Vs Tree Crown Restoration: Which Is the Better Option?

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Homeowners often call for emergency tree service after a storm to remove a fallen tree. However, depending on the extent of damage, not every damaged tree needs to be removed. You may be able to salvage it via a tree crown restoration.

The Truth About Tree Removal

Many homeowners elect to remove a tree after a storm if it sustained minimal damage. The reason is that they fear a future storm could completely knock the tree down and cause significant property damage. However, an assessment from a tree care service usually reveals that removal is unnecessary. 

What Is a Tree Crown Restoration?

In a tree crown restoration, the damaged tree is pruned of loose and partially broken branches. This restores the crown to a more robust and solid structure. Proper pruning helps the tree recover and fosters new growth. The main goal of a crown restoration is to reduce the number of exposed branches because these leave a tree vulnerable to infection or stunted growth. 

With proper pruning, branches can regrow and be less susceptible to breakage in the future. Crown restoration is also done in cases where a tree was previously damaged by improper pruning.

When Is a Crown Restoration Possible?

An inspection can determine when a tree is salvageable and when tree removal is the only recourse. An arborist will examine the following factors to determine a tree’s viability for a restoration:

  • Existing defects that may influence future limb failure
  • The tree’s vigor in relation to its age
  • The species of the tree. Some species are more easily damaged by extreme weather. Soft maple trees, for example, are especially prone to storm damage.

We Restore and Remove Trees

Did a storm just pass by your city? Call Pro-Cut Tree Service to arrange for a professional to examine your tree and its post-storm condition. We will assess the tree’s health and determine whether a tree crown restoration is a realistic option.

Tree Crown Restoration and Removal

Serving customers in Lake Stevens, Edmonds, Marysville, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Everett, Snohomish and the surrounding area

The Effects of Flooding on a Tree

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The Lake Stevens area receives a fair amount of rain. Sometimes, this results in flooding and puddling water. This can be detrimental for a tree if you happen to have one on your property. The effects of flooding on a tree are serious and can lead to a plethora of problems.

How Floods Harm Trees

When soil is flooded, its nitrogen levels diminish drastically. Contrary to belief, this isn’t because the nitrogen gets washed out. What really happens is that in a flood, the tree roots can’t take in oxygen. When this occurs, the tree turns to a survival mechanism where it begins taking in nitrogen from the soil. A tree in survival mode can consume all of the nitrogen in the soil around it within an hour or two.

What Does This Mean Long-Term?

Since the tree sucked up all the nitrogen, it has none left for later use. A lack of nitrogen can lead to discolored leaves, low chlorophyll production, stunted growth, and eventually death. In fact, we often find ourselves removing trees—both residential and public—not long after a flood. For trees that produce fruit and/or flowers, expect poor production.

Prevention Measures

You can’t stop a flood, but you can protect your tree from one. We recommend hiring professional tree care because the work requires commercial equipment. An arborist can pump nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil at high pressure using a spray rig. This method is known as deep root fertilization. This method also expands the soil, thereby allowing it to absorb more oxygen after a flood.

We Reverse the Effects of Flooding on Trees

Our emergency tree care can respond after harsh weather that results in flash flooding. Call Pro-Cut Tree Service if water is pooling around your tree. The effects of flooding on a tree can be devastating; take action to keep the tree healthy.

Tree Preservation and Preventive Care

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Plant a Tree This Arbor Day

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Arbor Day is at the end of April. This is a vastly overlooked holiday that flies under most people’s radar. To celebrate this day, we suggest that homeowners, schools, and landowners plant a tree on their property. Not only will you boost curb appeal this way, but you’ll also help out the environment.

How Trees Help the Environment

Let’s look at the ways that trees contribute to mother nature. First, the soil absorbs water and reduces severity of floods during heavy rainfall. They also cool the earth by filtering carbon dioxide from the air. CO2 and other greenhouse gas removal is especially beneficial in urban areas like Snohomish County.

Here are some other fun facts. A single adult canopy tree can produce enough oxygen to sustain two human adults. An entire forest of trees can store three times the amount of CO2 contained in the planet’s atmosphere.

Sad but True Facts

The planet needs more trees. Since the dawn of civilization, humans have already decimated roughly half of the tree population. Every year, humans cut down about 50,000 square miles of trees. For reference, that is enough trees to cover the entire state of Alabama.

Also Be Sure to Remove Trees

Instances do exist, though, when a tree needs to be cut down. Just because a tree is beneficial doesn’t mean you should keep a tree that’s no longer structurally sound. A dead tree has none of the aforementioned environmental benefits. Remove the tree and prepare the way for a new sapling in its spot. Our emergency tree service can remove trees that are dead, dying, or damaged from a storm.

We Can Help You Plant a Tree

Contact Pro-Cut Tree Service this Arbor Day to plant a tree. Our tree care service can help you maintain the tree from sapling to adult. Plant a tree and contribute to our one and only planet, Earth.

Tree Planting and Maintenance

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Four Trees Not to Select or Plant on Your Property

trees not to plant, bad trees, select treesKick off spring with some beautiful new shrubbery. Some homeowners go a step further by planting a tree or by removing a tree to clear room for a new one. You should, however, be careful about your choice. We outline some trees not to select or plant due to maintenance difficulties.

1. Black Walnut

Black walnuts are extremely problematic. Their roots produce a chemical that prevents vegetation growth in the surrounding soil. On top of that, the tree also produces tennis ball-sized fruit shells. Discarding these is a nuisance.

2. Bradford Pear

The Bradford Pear is renowned for its beautiful white flowers in spring. However, the flowers are also notorious for producing an unpleasant fish-like odor. The flowers also release rapidly and leave a mess all over your yard. In addition, the tree is known to split at the trunk for no reason. Continue Reading →

Protect Your Tree from Salt Damage

tree salt damageWe bet you didn’t know that salt is hazardous for tree health. With winter here, the roads are lined with road salt to improve road traction. Unfortunately, some of it can make its way into your yard. In this article you’ll find out how salt damages a tree and what you can do to minimize the effect.

How Does Salt Damage Trees?

Salt can leach into the soil, which negatively impacts the root’s ability to absorb water, minerals, and other nutrients. Our emergency tree care often goes to trees that show signs of dehydration and malnutrition. We suspect a number of these cases are due in part to salt exposure.

Signs of Salt Damage

  • Browning of leaves and needles
  • Diminished leaf growth the following spring
  • The leaves begin dropping well before fall
  • Twig and leaf dieback, or deterioration starting from the tips
  • All aforementioned signs appear on the side of the tree facing the road

Some or all of these signs are apparent when we remove dead trees. This is evidence that salt exposure has negative consequences.

Trees Vulnerable to Salt Damage

Some tree species are more susceptible than others. These species are especially prone to salt damage:

  • Douglas fir
  • Red and sugar maple
  • Eastern hemlock
  • Boxwood
  • Black walnut

By contrast, the species below exhibit far better tolerance:

  • Mugo pine
  • Juniper
  • Blue spruce
  • Paper birch
  • Northern red oak

Keep this in mind if you’re planning to plant a tree and your property happens to be adjacent to a city street.

For existing trees, apply mulch, which acts as a barrier and prevents the salt from leaching into the soil.

We Safeguard Trees from Salt

Our tree care service takes measures to mitigate the accumulative effects of salt exposure. Give Pro-Cut Tree Service a call if your tree is close to a road. Tree damage from salt is all too commonplace in winter.

Tree Protection from Harsh Natural Elements

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