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At last, summer is here! So it is time to grab the pruners, gloves and first aid kits and begin to plan summer pruning chores.
My credentials include being a Certified Arborist, having conducted hundreds of hazard tree assessments and discussing tree problems and questions in “The Arborist” column for more than five years in The News Tribune. Fortunately, the recent storms have not resulted in massive tree failures as in the past few years. Extreme ice and snow events such as the 1995 winter adventure are rare. However, conditions created by heavy rainfall accompanied by high winds are much more common. Unfortunately, severe storms often result in concerned homeowners removing more trees than necessary.
The annual tree topping or “butchering” season arrives each spring to the chagrin of professional arborists and tree service companies that discourage such practices.
Spring is approaching, buds are beginning to swell and insects and diseases will soon begin to flourish.
Summer is an excellent time to prune many ornamental trees. Among the more classy species are the numerous varieties of Japanese maples that grace many Puget Sound landscapes.
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Cherry and flowering plum blossoms are signaling the arrival of spring. As the blossoms fade and new foliage begins to appear, various pests are lying in wait to begin their annual feasts. The following are signs of some of the more common and highly visible insects and diseases that soon will be visible.
Hopefully, we can put the sandbags and snow shovels away and turn our attention to other tasks around the house – such as our landscapes. Yes, pruning season is upon us. So it is time to break out the pruners, saws and first aid kits.
Forecasters are predicting more than normal rainfall for November through March and slightly cooler temperatures
The recent heavy rains and strong winds remind us of what can happen when severe storms strike the Pacific Northwest and cause tree failures. While such an intense storm was a bit earlier than usual, it served as a reminder that trees of concern should be checked out before the arrival of the typical winter weather.
While many homeowners water their landscapes throughout the summer, they often do not leave the sprinklers on long enough to benefit tree and shrub roots.
Sorry, but the rumor that the record wet spring has drowned all the pests is not true. In fact, as new foliage begins to appear, various pests are lying in wait to begin their annual feasts. The following are signs of some of the more common and highly visible insects and diseases that soon will be visible.
The devastation from January’s ice storm exceeded that of the 1996 ice and snow event. Deciduous trees were impacted much more, although most conifer species fared somewhat better than 18 years ago.
The spring pruning season is just around the corner. So it is nearly time to break out the loppers, clippers and saws. And do not forget the first aid kits.
Trees do have value. A large tree in a nice landscape may be worth thousands of dollars. This does not mean a homeowner could sell a tree for these prices, but there are situations where estimated values come into play.
Yes, it is a bit early to begin to think about Christmas. The pumpkin season just ended and Thanksgiving is lurking around the corner. But America’s Christmas tree farmers are just beginning to get warmed up.
Locally, our weather has experienced La Niña conditions such as record late snows and many days of below-normal temperatures. However, the spring planting season will arrive.
Local arborist Dennis Tompkins answers readers questions.
“Everything was normal and then May arrived,” said Jenny Glass, plant diagnostician at the Washington State University plant clinic.