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What Are These Holes in my Tree?

What Are These Holes in my Tree?

If you have a smooth-barked tree in your yard, like a birch, maple, apple, or Coast Live oak, you may have noticed tiny little holes along the trunk. If you are like many of our clients, you may have thought they were caused by boring insects. But if the holes are in...

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Mushrooms Growing on Landscape Trees

Mushrooms Growing on Landscape Trees

In between rainstorms, you may be out for a walk and notice mushrooms popping up from the ground. Mushrooms are a common sight in fertile garden soil, on outdoor woodpiles, in green lawns, and fallen trees. This may contribute to the misplaced sense of normalcy when...

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The Best Time to Prune Fruit Trees

The Best Time to Prune Fruit Trees

Whether you have had fruit trees for years, inherited a fruit tree on the property you just purchased, or are toying with the idea of planting one, owning a fruit tree can be fun. It is satisfying to be able to harvest food from your own yard and be part of the “eat...

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Dieback vs. Deadwood

Dieback vs. Deadwood

Trees are in the business of producing healthy branches with lots of green foliage. So when a branch dies it's a cause for concern and as arborists, we want to know why. So here is an explanation on how to read the deadwood in your tree and better understand what your...

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Why is My Oak Dripping Sap?

Why is My Oak Dripping Sap?

If you own a Coast Live oak you may notice droplets of a light-colored, sticky substance that covers everything under the tree, whether it be cars, decks, patios, walkways, or outdoor furniture. Your first thought may be: “Is this sap? And if so, why is my oak tree...

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Why Prop a Tree?

Why Prop a Tree?

Propping trees is not a common arboriculture practice but when used it’s kind of exciting and different. And usually, with every prop, there is a story behind why it is there. What is a prop? Props are rigid structures anchored in the ground that support tree branches...

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Using Mulch to Save Water in a Drought

Using Mulch to Save Water in a Drought

In our June 2021 newsletter, we discussed how to water your mature trees in a drought. This month we continue that discussion by sharing with you the water-saving benefits of mulching around your tree.     What is Mulch? Mulch is a layer of material applied to the...

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How to Water a Mature Tree During a Drought

How to Water a Mature Tree During a Drought

It’s here. The “D” word has arrived and every day it is becoming more and more part of California’s vocabulary - drought. Already several municipalities within the San Francisco Bay Area are talking about rationing water this year, and if you have lived here for...

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My Ornamental Pear is Dropping Leaves. Why?

My Ornamental Pear is Dropping Leaves. Why?

Nothing says spring has arrived better than the abundant white flowers of an ornamental pear. The white blooms are followed by the production of attractive, glossy green leaves until those leaves start to develop spots and fall off the tree. Then they become very...

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Why Does My Coast Live Oak Look So Sparse?

Why Does My Coast Live Oak Look So Sparse?

It’s the first week of March. The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up. All your deciduous trees are bulging with buds waiting to unfold into new leaves. However, your supposedly “evergreen” Coast Live oak looks terrible. It is shedding leaves like...

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Monterey Pine – To Save or Not To Save?

Monterey Pine – To Save or Not To Save?

You bought your house because it was surrounded by a forest of pine trees that reminded you of Lake Tahoe. You love the trees and the atmosphere they provide. Then one day to your horror you notice that your beautiful pine trees are not looking so good. Much to your...

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A Few of Our Favorite Trees

A Few of Our Favorite Trees

When working with trees daily, arborists tend to see all the attributes, good and bad, and tend to develop a basis towards certain trees. People have favorites for a variety of reasons: the tree might hold memories of a certain person or place, or because trees are so...

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