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Pruning and Oak Wilt

Well, it’s that time of year again.  When most arborists are inundated with the question “Is it safe to prune my oaks now?”  Or, “Why are there signs in my neighborhood saying I shouldn’t prune my oaks now?”  These signs … Continue reading

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Tree Pruning

While tree pruning is probably the most commonly performed tree care service, if done incorrectly it can have severe negative long term impact on tree health and safety.  For a detailed explanation of what correct pruning is and isn’t, see … Continue reading

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Ball Moss and Mistletoe Removal

Ball moss and mistletoe are two common tree pests in Central Texas, frequently removed when tree pruning.  Here is some info on what these plants are, how they are harmful and how they can be treated. Ball moss is not … Continue reading

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Tree Fertilizing

Tree fertilization can be performed in numerous ways and goes by a number of names.  Sometimes called “deep root feeding”, this term is incorrect for a couple of reasons, and is a good clue that someone calling it that has … Continue reading

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Tree Decay and Hazardous Trees

As mentioned on my Pruning Tips page, tree safety is one of the two most important aspects of tree care.  And a critical component of tree safety is knowing how to assess potentially hazardous trees or limbs.  Being able to … Continue reading

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Arborist of the Year – 2012

Guy LeBlanc is honored to have been named the 2012 Texas Arborist of the Year by the International Society of Arboriculture Texas chapter and the Texas A&M Forest Service.  It is awarded in part for his 35 years in the … Continue reading

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Tree Insect Problems 2012

The last two years have turned out to be some of the toughest of the last half-century on our central Texas trees.  Last year’s drought outright killed an unusually high number.  Ironically, many that have survived, especially pecans, are now … Continue reading

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Choosing an Arborist

Unless you were specifically looking for me, you probably came across this site while searching for tree trimming, pruning, arborist, or some other tag words, and along the way have seen or may see sites for dozens of so-called arborists.  … Continue reading

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Tree care for drought stressed trees

Last year’s record heat and drought compounded the severe impact that the 2009 drought had on trees in Austin, Texas. In 2009 we saw record levels of dead and declining trees due to drought. The heavy rains that occurred that fall and into 2010 were not enough to save many of the trees that initially survived. Continue reading

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Spring is here! (Almost)

Warm weather will soon be returning to central Texas, which means folks here will soon be thinking about pruning their trees and other aspects of tree care.  A common question that comes up now is, “What about oak wilt?”  For … Continue reading

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