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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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Windstorms: Is My Tree Prepared?

Windstorms: Is My Tree Prepared?

Trees are buffeted by the wind all the time. Even a 10-15 mile per hour variety can create angst in an owner as they watch their tree sway back and forth in the billowy gusts. The tree may even bang against the house and produce spooky creaking sounds as branches rub...

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Why is My Redwood Turning Brown?

Why is My Redwood Turning Brown?

  It’s late summer and you notice that your large, beautiful redwood trees appear to be turning brown. Oh, no! Browning foliage cannot be good, and you start to imagine the worst: they’re dying!  Relax, it could be normal. Starting in mid-July and throughout the month...

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Summer Limb Drop

Summer Limb Drop

It can be very disconcerting to wake one random morning and find a branch that has fallen from one of your trees. Especially if it fell in the middle of summer on a calm, hot day with no wind. Aren’t tree branches supposed to fall during the winter when it's really...

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