Saturday, April 28, 2018

I passed my ASCA Academy !! This is intense !! Now for my RCA. It is a lot of work to put it lightly. #texastreeman

Monday, January 5, 2015

Proper Tree Pruning.

Here are some articles concerning proper pruning (trimming) of trees.
 Ed Gilman:  It mentions lion tailing on pages 9-12.  These factsheets are published for homeowners by ISA. 
We are being taught that to help trees keep up their nutrient reserves we leave the "shade Leaves" in the center thicker than we previously have or are used to leaving. Notice the shade leaves are larger than the outer canopy leaves (in most trees). This design keeps the nutrient production (food production) continuing after the outer canopy stops photosynthesis (food production) because the leaf surface temperature exceeds acceptable levels and the guard cells close, or partially close, stopping or reducing food production and transpiration. This also helps during drought. The cooler shade leaves on the inside of the tree (inner canopy) keeps 'The money flowing into the bank' which is the tree's root system. Storage of nutrients is one of the four functions of the root system. These shade leaves grow off of what are often referred to as suckers. Suckers grow out of the root system. 'Epicormic Shoots' are what grow out of the interior branching and are a reaction to some kind of stress. Stress such as heat on the branch from sun exposure or over pruning or storm damage. There are more stresses a tree can experience. 
 I believe it was during the 2013 Texas Tree Conference that this was PROVEN to us (proper pruning and why) by one of the speakers who took us outside by the bridge near the convention center and brought out his light spectrometer.  It might have been Dr. Ed Gilman, or Dr. Smiley. I forget exactly who the professor was.
I hope this helps Google catch up on these facts.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dr. Watson's Arboriculture 101

It's that time of year again ! Dr. Watson's Arboriculture 101 is back. Obtain knowledge and get CEU"S for TDA, and ISA. ( did I mention CEU"S ? ) Gathering CEU"s is fun in this setting. Networking opportunities are there as well. Come "get Smart" with us.
Dr. Watson's Arboriculture 101 register here -

Keyhole Garden 11-25-2014

..."A keyhole garden is the ultimate raised-bed planter. It is often built in the shape of a circle measuring about 6 feet in diameter that stands waist-high and is notched like a pie with a slice cut away. A hole in the center holds a composting basket that moistens and nourishes the soil. The garden, which from above looks like a keyhole, can be built with recycled materials and requires less water than a conventional garden."… 
Thank You for the info Judy Kubliski!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

It's Time For Dr. Todd Watson's Arboriculture 101 !! Don't kid yourself... YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING NEW !!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dallas City Code Enforcement

10-14-2013 We made an "OOPS !! " by not getting to debris quick enough resulting in a client / customer receiving a ticket from Dallas City Code Enforcement. We went to court on her behalf and got the ticket dismissed. I actually thought I would have to pay it but when I told the judge I was responsible and why I was responsible it was dismissed.  Don't want that to happen again !! Curtis Hopper owner of, LLC.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Excuses Excuses Excuses

With all I'm trying to teach the public I often forget that we trim hair and prune trees. It seems as though ..."one thing at a time" The priority now being that we leave the trees thicker with Shade leaves in the center that continue to function when the outer leaves shut down because they reach their max temp. Their guard cells close their lenticels to preserve water / transpiration. The outer leaves' job is then to shade the interior leaves keeping them cool enough to due their jobs. MAKE THAT MONEY HONEY !!! Storing "Money" in the tree bank, the root system to spend on stresses, seeds, flowers, wound closing, and the like. The spends are sinks. They have limited ROI. What I've been taught by all the conferences I've been to pays off when MY client's trees are still alive.( At least the ones who follow my instructions and advise ) End of class for now..