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Uninvited Visitors

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Have you recently noticed small fluffy white pests flying in the air or on trees in your yard?

If you live in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, the answer is more than likely yes! The greater Charlotte area is experiencing large quantities of small flying white pests otherwise known as Woolly Aphids. These tiny critters aren’t actually covered in white fluff rather  strands of wax projecting the fluffy wool-like appearance.

 

Although the Woolly Aphids are not dangerous or poisonous to humans they’re considered a notable nuisance; the irritant itself comes from what the Woolly Aphids produce - honeydew. The Woolly Aphid feeds on certain parts of trees then creates a sticky by product that stays left behind on trees, shrubs, and grass and can quickly become an annoyance, especially for homeowners that have trees in close proximity to walkways or foot trafficked areas.

 

Once Honeydew is created from the Woolly Aphid it then evolves into sooty mold, which is a black, dry coating that adheres to plant leaves. Although not detrimental, sooty mold makes the leaves look diseased and is unappealing in sight. The spread of sooty mold to other plants is rapid, taking hold in just a matter of days.

 

Are Woolly Aphids considered uninvited guests on your property? Say so long! Woolly Aphids are typically controlled with a mild insecticide and treatment is recommended annually.

 

We want to make sure we covered any question you may have regarding Woolly Aphids, if we missed the mark in the article above, feel free to call 704.788.8733 and speak with a certified arborist today!

Carolina Tree Care Prepares for Hurricane Irma

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CHARLOTTE, NC – As Hurricane Irma heads towards the US, Carolina Tree Care plans for action. Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida with wind gusts of 100 to 150 mph, at this level of intensity, the winds potential to wreak havoc on power lines and trees is imminent.

 

This week, Carolina Tree Care has prepared crewmembers for storm damage response by conducting storm safety meetings along with the weekly tailgate meetings. Storm damage clean up can be hazardous, and precautions must be taken. Area Managers, General Forman, and crew members discussed the importance of having a detailed plan of action in place before site clean-up occurs. As first responders to storm affected areas, safety is the number one priority.

 

How to prepare your trees before a storm arrives:

· Thin trees with large canopies.
· Avoid removing large limbs unless they are obstructing traffic, pedestrians, or are hazardous.
· Assess hazardous trees with a consulting arborist and plan accordingly before bad weather transpires.

 

About Carolina Tree Care: Carolina Tree Care is a team of preservationists who believe that trees are a crucial part of our existence. At CTC, we recognize that trees are of the utmost importance to the canopy and the history of our communities. We understand the value that your trees provide to you and your property emotionally, aesthetically and monetarily—and we partner with you to maximize that value. CTC is fully insured, TCIA accredited and run by an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist who employs a team of ISA-certified arborists and TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professionals. Carolina Tree Care is employee owned and a sister company of Lewis Tree Service, one of the largest utility vegetation management companies in North America. Learn more at www.carolinatree.com.   Irma Press Release

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Revamp Your Fall Landscape

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Fall is right around the corner; leaves quickly change colors, crisp air settles in, and autumn crops arrive. There's no doubt about it, fall is a beautiful time in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Take the upcoming new season as an opportunity to revamp your landscape. Below you'll find some tips & tricks we've found most helpful!

Plant new trees, but don’t forget mulch.
o Mild fall days in Charlotte, NC are a great time to plant new trees this allows them to become established before the cold winter.
o Tip: When planting in the fall, mulch around the base of the trunk to add an extra layer of protection and moisture.
Combat cankerworms you can’t yet see.
o What’s your best defense against cankerworms that emerge in spring all over Charlotte and Concord, NC? Tree banding in late fall.
o Tip: Wait until most leaves have fallen from your tree to apply banding; this way, leaves won’t fall and get stuck to the band itself.
Time to rake those leaves.
o Raking leaves from lying scattered on the ground is very beneficial to the overall health of the trees root system. Raking prevents the roots system from becoming smothered in turn causing long-term injury.
o Tip: Keep an eye out for fallen fruit among fallen leaves; removing fallen fruit off the ground combats against pest infestation.
Finally, say goodbye to pesky fire ant mounds.
o Ants become more active in cooler weather this is one reason why fall is a great time to address those huge ant mounds in your yard.
o Tip: Although more than one fire ant treatment is recommended, make sure to spread each treatment out by a few weeks.
Consider late fall fertilization.
o In late fall, trees and shrubs have lost their foliage for the year and active growth has slowed. The roots of aged trees or shrubs take nutrients from the soil and apply them to their overall health including disease resistance and root development; this is why fertilization is sometimes essential to provide added nutrients to the soil.
o Tip: Fall fertilization is not always recommended for every tree. Consider consulting with an arborist beforehand.
Don’t forget the water.
o Typically, in the fall, you won’t need to water your trees. However, once leaves have fallen, occasionally watering your trees is a good thing! Watering helps trees make it through winter droughts.
o Tip: Right before the ground freezes stop all watering efforts.

Facts on Emerald Ash Borer

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My name is John Maurice, and I work as the Residential Division Manager for Carolina Tree Care. Internationally, I represent 1 out of 661 Board Certified Master Arborists and wanted to introduce myself today.

The purpose of this article is to inform the public of an invasive pest currently attacking Ash trees in NC – Emerald Ash Borer. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a serious threat that is currently devastating the Ash populations within this state.
Included are some quick facts about EAB:
· More than 7.5 billion Ash trees are at risk for EAB.
· On June 17, 2013 Emerald Ash Borer was found in NC.
· There are more than 2 million Ash trees currently in NC.
· Once present to the tree host, EAB is always fatal.
· It is required by the state for wood to be quarantined where EAB is present.
· Heavy woodpecker damage on Ash trees may be a sign of infestation.
· Preventative measures can be taken to prevent EAB from spreading.

I am available for any  additional information, regarding the serious issue that North Carolina will continue to face if citizens are not educated on preventable measures available.

Thank you for your time,

John Maurice

Carolina Tree Care
ISA-BCMA SO-5414BT
ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor

Crew Members Undergo Rigorous Training

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Carolina Tree Care’s craft workers are highly skilled in the area of tree care due in part to training opportunities CTC offers employees.  Aerial rescue (AR) training is one outlet for craft workers to gain knowledge and preparedness to evaluate an emergency situation and respond appropriately.

 
One statistic in the tree care industry cites more double fatalities occur due to failed aerial rescue attempts than any other reason. That frightening statistic plays a huge part in why we take aerial rescue preparation so serious. During AR training, craft workers play out various scenarios of emergency situations should rescue of an injured tree worker deem necessary. Aerial rescue training covers rescue concepts, methods and procedure.

 
The Tree Care Industry Association stated, “An emergency could develop any time one of your crews is aloft, and your employees must know how to react.” Here at Carolina Tree Care, we couldn’t agree more.

 

Trees Improve the Quality of Your Health

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Working in the Tree Industry can be taxing at times, but did you know trees have a positive impact on your health? Trees are a natural restorative: Looking at a tree eases blood pressure, pulse rate slows, and breathing becomes calm.

Living in an area populated with trees help cool down neighborhoods and fight air pollution. Trees naturally provide oxygen and thus improve the quality of the air. That's why here at Carolina Tree Care we pride ourselves on being tree preservationists; we understand the importance of trees and the social responsibility we have to protect the canopy of the Carolinas.

Hugging a tree

On the Crawl

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Are your pine trees looking sick, and heavy defoliation evident? Your pines could be suffering from a creepy crawler; otherwise known as, the Red Headed Pine Sawfly. The Red Headed Pine Sawfly feeds on both native and exotic pines, but prefers to lay its eggs on hard pines. What does the damage look like? Damage from the Sawfly is first evident on pines when reddish – brown needles start appearing, where once healthy needles once were. Once a larvae becomes older they begin to eat the  needle in its entirety and  will more than likely strip a branch full of foliage before moving to another needle.

Are you looking to stop the Red Headed Pine Sawfly in its track? Consulting a certified Arborist ensures your tree will get the best care when under attack. Pesticides may be recommended as the best course of action. The pesticide chemicals  aid in destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or animals; a perfect match for the Sawfly.

Protect your Pines: Be on the lookout for the Red Headed Pine Sawfly worming around this season.

Take a look at these creepy crawlers we found in Charlotte, NC

Carolina Tree Care Launches New Website

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Concord, NC—Carolina Tree Care (CTC), a leading provider of residential and commercial tree care services throughout the Carolinas, announced today the launch of its new website, www.carolinatree.com. The website includes a fresh design, easy-to-navigate functionality and enhanced content—all of which provide visitors with an improved experience for exploring Carolina Tree Care’s premier service offerings.

“Carolina Tree Care has grown and evolved significantly in the last few years. In 2016, we became members of the Lewis family of companies,” stated Jack Guffey, Senior Vice President, Operations. “During this transition, our utility arborists joined forces with Lewis Tree Service, one of the largest providers of utility vegetation management services in North America. And now, Carolina Tree Care, backed by committed Lewis resources, can refocus on our collective passion: taking the best care possible, and maximizing the value, of our customers’ trees and properties.”

Key elements of the redesigned website include:

  • A renewed focus on residential and commercial services
  • Enhanced service-specific pages providing quick access to key information
  • Simplified navigation and improved content
  • Optimization for mobile and smart devices

The Carolina Tree Care website will be updated regularly with news, blog entries, company events and other relevant content.

About Carolina Tree Care: Carolina Tree Care is a team of preservationists who believe that trees are a crucial part of our existence. At CTC, we recognize that trees are of the utmost importance to the canopy and the history of our communities. We understand the value that your trees provide to you and your property emotionally, aesthetically and monetarily—and we partner with you to maximize that value. CTC is fully insured, TCIA accredited and run by an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist who employs a team of ISA-certified arborists and TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professionals. Carolina Tree Care is employee owned and a sister company of Lewis Tree Service, one of the largest utility vegetation management companies in North America. Learn more at www.carolinatree.com.

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Are You Committing "Crape Murder?"

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Crape Myrtles are a beautiful and very common tree in Charlotte, NC: Crape Myrtles are also known for the pruning that is required to maintain that beauty. The overall goal of pruning the crape myrtles is to shape the overall look of the tree, produce strong branches and showcase the smooth multi-toned bark. However, many individuals commit “crape murder” sometimes without even knowing they’re doing so. Cutting the branches back to thin stubs becomes detrimental to the health of the tree.

How should one avoid “crape murder?” Below are steps listing proper pruning techniques:

  • Prune in late winter. Did you know: February is the ideal time to prune? Now, get to it!
  • As the tree grows, gradually remove all side branches from the main trunks up to a height of 5 feet or so.
  • Cut back to another branch, to just above an outward –facing bud on a branch, or to the branch collar
  • Remove unwanted branches before they get thicker than a pencil.

Need to reverse a butchered crape myrtle? Call Carolina Tree Care today - it’s not too late to save your beloved tree. If the crape myrtle has been cut within a few feet of the ground, it’s best to cut the plant completely to the ground. It will grow back quickly. If the crape myrtle has been rounded off, follow the guidelines above.

Need some New Year’s Resolutions for your yard? We have you covered!

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  • Cable any weak or distressed trees to get ready for winter storms.
  • Prune any dead or diseased branches from trees.
  • Spray dormant oil on your fruit trees to protect from overwintering pests, larvae and eggs.
  • Clean your flower beds in preparation for the spring.
  • The winter is a great time to plant roses & bare root trees before spring arrives.

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