Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Grass Dying

We are having issues with Chinch bugs killing the grass. DO NOT blame it on the trees please. Get a hold of a turf expert or me, Curtis Hopper #texastreeman, I have a TDA Pest Control License  0486846 and I can get rid of them.
  On the other hand... If your yard is shaded most of the day you can let the grass blades grow longer and/or have your trees's lower canopy raised to between 10 and 15 feet above the ground. That should do the trick. Also the thatch needs to be removed. I have other tips and tricks. Get in touch and I'll help out.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tree Questions ... Ask an expert Board Certified Master Arborist / BCMA TX-3236B

I either have the answer or know where to find it.

Dr. Todd Watson's Arboriculture 101 is coming again in Jan 2019 !! Get ALL of your CEU's in 4 days one class.


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: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/documents/ch_13_mw06.pdf.  It mentions lion tailing on pages 9-12.
 http://www.treesaregood.com/treeowner/treeownerinformation.aspx.  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 - http://isatexas.com

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 !! http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8kcms2t6715ae95&llr=wcwmqybab      http://www.isatexas.com/