If you have ever escaped from blazing hot sun in a shady spot under a tree, you know how these natural air conditioners can make you feel more comfortable. A mature shade tree can block up to 90 percent of solar radiation, which could translate to a significant reduction in your home cooling cost.
How have your trees been lately? Trees don't usually require a large amount of care and attention - perhaps some raking in the fall, and prep before the winter. But as seasons change and your trees continue to grow, they may need some occasional pruning.
The Atlantic hurricane season is a time when most tropical cyclones are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean. It is currently defined as the time frame from June 1 through November 30.
What plans should prudent consumers take with the trees in their landscape?
There are a lot of misconceptions about the appropriateness "tree topping," a very controversial and damaging tree care practice.
For the unfamiliar, tree topping is defined as "the removal of main tree branches to stubs in either a straight-across hedge fashion - or a complete delimbing of the tree, leaving only the main trunk or trunks of a tree."
The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) compiled information on 408 occupational tree care accidents that occurred in the United States over a five year period (2009 – 2013).
“As far as we could determine, the victims – regardless of their professional background, title or employment status – were engaged in tree trimming or removal operations for pay at the time of their demise,” says Peter Gerstenberger, Senior Advisor to the President of TCIA for Safety, Standards and Compliance.