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Barton Springs Pool Pecan to be Removed

The pecan tree that leans heavily over the Barton Springs Pool is scheduled for removal.  As an arborist who has fought for the preservation of trees in Austin for over 40 years, I must unfortunately agree, it’s time to say … Continue reading

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Texas Ice Storm Tree Damage 2023

Texas was hammered again by severe winter weather on February 1st and 2nd  2023.   Unlike the more statewide “Snowmageddon” of 2021, this time the tree damage was not as widespread.  Based on state disaster declarations, the worst of the damage … Continue reading

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Drought Care for Texas Trees

This year’s drought has been quite reminiscent of the ones in 2011, except this one started earlier (and thus far seems to have ended earlier). Unlike the 90 plus days of 100 plus degree heat in 2011, this year’s number … Continue reading

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Ice Happens

As I write this, central Texas is experiencing its worst winter weather event in decades (so what else can I do but write?).  Having done tree work here for 40 years now, I’ve seen quite a few cold weather episodes … Continue reading

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Oak wilt Pruning Guidelines

Oak wilt continues to be an issue throughout Austin, central Texas and much of the central part of the U.S.  This often fatal disease is spread by a fungal organism known as Bretziella fagacearum (previously Ceratocystis f., but scientists often … Continue reading

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Pruning Young Trees

© 2019  guy leblanc  all rights reserved Pruning young trees requires an understanding of how trees grow.  Sounds obvious, but in truth many people lack even a basic understanding of this.  There are three key points one needs to know … Continue reading

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Cabling Support Systems for Tree Limbs

©  2018- 2019 guy leblanc. all rights reserved Cabling is the use of hardware to support trees or branches that are defective or weak but that the tree owner does not wish to remove. Sometimes weak limbs are retained because … Continue reading

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Pruning and Oak Wilt

©  2017-2019 Guy LeBlanc all rights reserved 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 … Continue reading

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Tree Pruning

© guy leblanc 2015-2019 all rights reserved 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 … Continue reading

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Ball Moss and Mistletoe Removal

© guy leblanc 2015-2019 all rights reserved Ball moss and mistletoe are two common tree pests in Central Texas that are frequently removed during tree pruning.  Here is some info on what these plants are, how they are harmful and … Continue reading

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