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My Tree Is Making a Sticky Mess

My Tree Is Making a Sticky Mess

  Have you ever noticed the leaves on your tree appear shiny as though someone sprayed them with shellac? Or maybe the hood of your car is covered with fine droplets like it was misted with a sticky material? Maybe there is a trail of ants marching up the trunk of...

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Is My Tree Big Enough for a Rope Swing?

Is My Tree Big Enough for a Rope Swing?

Nothing exemplifies the carefree nature of childhood than a swing. And a swing from a tree adds an extra layer of magic!    Yes! I’m ready to install a tree swing in my yard but don’t I need a big tree? The common wisdom for a tree swing is to select a healthy,...

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Positive News about the Drought

Positive News about the Drought

The lack of rain this winter has become very alarming and the possibility of a third consecutive year of extreme drought is getting closer to being a reality. However, there is, believe it or not, a silver lining to the absence of spring rains.      Really?  I’m...

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What is Chewing the Eucalyptus Leaves?

What is Chewing the Eucalyptus Leaves?

If you have spent more time outdoors the last two years exploring new trails in the area, you may have noticed the notched leaves on the large Blue Gum eucalyptus trees that line certain trails and cover large swaths of real estate in Tilden Regional Park, and...

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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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