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Vine Identification: What’s Growing On Your Trees?

Vines may look beautiful growing up the side of a house or trellis, but vines can actually do a lot of harm to your trees if left untreated. As they climb the tree, vines add extra weight to limbs, can catch more wind in a storm, and can girdle or strangle the tree. If the vine reaches and spreads over the canopy, it can shade out the tree and deprive it of sunlight. Before you go in and start ripping down vines you should know what kinds of vines you are dealing with. Here are a few vine identification tips to help you with your tree maintenance.

Virginia CreeperVirginia creeper has dark blue berries in the fall, making vine identification easy for this Bloomfield Hills, MI vine.

Probably the most common vine you’ll encounter here in Michigan is Virginia creeper. This deep-rooted vine can grow fast and be difficult to remove once it’s established. Its roots and underground tendrils can stretch several feet. Since it is an aggressive grower, Virginia creeper can cover an entire tree in just a few seasons. It’s important to keep an eye on this vine or it could deprive your trees of sunlight. 

 

As an ornamental vine, Virginia creeper can look quite stunning climbing over a shed or the side of your house. Its clusters of tiny white flowers bloom in the summer and produce dark blue-black berries in the fall which will attract wild birds, make vine identification easy.

 

If Virginia creeper is a problem, the best way to remove it is to find the main vines and clip them. This won’t kill the roots but will kill everything in the tree. When the vine is dead you can pull down the vines by hand or just leave them to fall off naturally. 

Moonseed

Moonseed is usually found in forests and swamps where soils are moist. It grows along the ground and climbs whatever it comes into contact with. Its leaves are roundish and vibrant green, but turn golden yellow in the fall. Its blossoms bloom in June and July and turn into berries in autumn for song birds and mammals to feast on.

 

Poison IvyPoison ivy has three leaves that grow on a vine and can cause a severe allergic reaction, making vine identification very important for this Bloomfield Hills, MI vine.

Poison ivy is actually covered in a substance called urushiol which can trigger a severe allergic reaction in most people. The oil is so potent that you can get it even if you don’t touch the plant directly. Secondary sources include pets, clothes, and smoke. 

 

Poison ivy can grow as a bush or a vine climbing up a tree. They have clusters of three leaves which help tell it apart from other harmless vines. This vine identification is made easy if you remember the old mantra, “leaves of three, let it be.” Shower thoroughly and wash your clothes after working in wooded areas.

 

Symptoms of a poison ivy rash include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Difficulty breathing, if you’ve inhaled the smoke from burning poison ivy

Poison Oak

Poison oak has bright green leaves that also grow in clusters of three, but the leaves of poison oak are more rounded and have a textured surface.  They can grow as a shrub or a vine and can pack the same punch as its cousin, poison ivy.

Riverbank Grape

Another very common vine that you will encounter, especially if you have overgrown or wooded areas, is riverbank grape. It can grow almost anywhere and it’s not uncommon to find riverbank grape growing in flower beds or around your deck, thanks to birds. Grape vines can grow thick over several years making them very hard to remove without cutting them and letting them die.

 

The riverbank grape leaves are large and glossy and can provide a lot of shade for a garden or porch. This vine is sometimes a nuisance as it can grow fast and completely cover the canopy of a mature tree. With its thick vines and large leaves, it adds a lot of weight and strain on the tree which can result in broken limbs or a toppled tree during the next strong winds. Its fruits are tart but edible and make great juice, wine, or jelly.

At PPM Tree Care we provide tree trimming, pruning, and tree cabling services to help your trees grow up to be the best they can be. You can ask about our wide range of services here or call us at (877) 454-8733.

The Essential Guide to Stump Removal: Which Method is Best?

After you cut the tree down and picked up all the logs, twigs, and bark, you’re left with one difficult task: removing the stump. Depending on the size of the tree, stump removal can be done with some hard work and a shovel. For larger trees, it’ll take a little more than elbow grease to remove it. Finding the right stump removal method for you depends on a number of factors. Here are three options to get rid of a stump on your property.

 

Leaving The Stump To Rot

You could just let nature take its course, but It can take over ten years for an average tree stump to completely decompose enough to be easily removed. After the tree is cut, the stump becomes an open invitation for carpenter ants, termites, and other pests. Yes, these insects help speed up the decaying process, but you also have to consider the proximity to your house or other trees that they could invade. Not to mention, a rotting stump isn’t very easy on the eyes. It can throw off the curb appeal of your yard and even decrease your property value

 

If want that stump out of there you have two options; stump grinding or stump removal. We will go over the pros and cons of each so you can make a more informed decision.

 

Stump Removal

One stump removal method is to get your hands dirty and dig it out by hand. It isn't easy.

Stump removal is the removal of the entire stump by either digging by hand, using heavy machinery, or other traditional stump removal methods. No matter which method you choose, stump removal is a tough job when doing it on your own. It’s time consuming, physically demanding, and can get pretty expensive if you’re renting machinery or tools. Not only that, but it leaves a large, gaping hole behind when you’re finished.

 

However, removing stumps also removes much more of the root system. This prevents the tree from growing back and gives you room to plant something new in its place. All-in-all, stump removal is a good option if you’re looking to be as thorough as possible and don’t mind a little hard work.

 

Stump GrindingStump grinding is a quick and efficient stump removal method here in Ypsilanti, MI.

Stump grinding is a much less intensive process of removing stumps. With this method you hire a professional tree care company or rent a stump grinding machine to completely pulverize the stump into small wood chips. Grinding is faster and more efficient than stump removal and leaves behind a nice bed of mulch; much more pleasing to the eye than a rotting stump or a large hole in your yard. On the downside, the machinery only grinds the stump 8-10 inches below the surface, making it difficult to replant something on top of it and there’s always the possibility of the tree re-growing if it was still alive.

 

Both methods have their share of pros and cons so you will have to weigh your options and decide which method best suits you and your yard.

 

Need help with a stump removal project? Call the professionals.

 

If you need help removing your stumps, trees, or pruning call the professionals at PPM Tree & Arbor Care. We have the expertise and experience to get the job done right. Contact us here, or give us a call at (877) 454-8733 to hear about our list of services.

8 Reasons To Mulch This Spring

Mulching is a common landscaping practice that provides an abundance of benefits to any landscape. Now that the weather is warming up and the growing season is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to apply mulch in and around your garden beds. Here are eight reasons why you should mulch this spring and all the benefits that mulch provides!

Natural Weed ControlAdd mulch to your landscape for natural weed control in Canton MI

Weeds are thieves that, when left alone, will steal essential nutrients from your trees and shrubs. Mulch acts as a barrier, preventing weeds from receiving the important nutrients that they need for growth (mainly sunlight, oxygen, and water). Not only can mulch prevent weeds from sprouting, it can also smother them and prevent them from germinating.

Increased Moisture Retention and Regulated Soil Temperature

One of the biggest threats that your trees and shrubs will face this spring and summer is drought. All it takes is a hot and/or windy day to start evaporating the essential moisture from your soil. Mulching is a great way to prevent this evaporation from occurring. By providing shade for the soil and working as an insulator, the soil temperature stays cool and the loss of moisture is significantly reduced. This will keep your trees and shrubs protected and prepared to thrive all season long.

Soil Enrichment and Earthworm AttractionEarth worms feed on decomposing mulch and improve the health of your soil in Livonia MI

When mulch decomposes it deposits organic matter and beneficial nutrients into the soil. This is especially true with plant-based mulch, which is recommended for most landscapes and flowerbeds (as opposed to rock-based).

Along with adding nutrients to the soil, decomposed mulch will also feed earthworms, which are important to the overall health of the soil in your landscape. Earthworms improve the soil in your landscape by ingesting and digesting the soil, depositing rich nutrients to the surrounding soil.

Natural Pest Control

Certain types of mulches contain oils that deter pests from your landscape. It’s a simple, easy, and natural form of pest control. When applying mulch, you will want to be sure to avoid piling the mulch high against the base of your tree or plant, as doing so may result in the reverse effect. It can create an inviting environment for pests like termites to make your landscape their home.

Just be sure to do your research before applying mulch as a form of pest control. We recommend applying no more than 2-4 inches around your trees and shrubs and cedar bark is the best choice of mulch for pest control.

Stronger Roots

By aiding in moisture retention, mulch also allows the plant’s root system to grow deeper and stronger. When the moisture is given more time to infiltrate the soil, it goes deeper into the root systems, picking up nutrients along the way. When the nutrient-rich moisture hits the roots, it results in lush, healthy growth.

Mulch Looks Amazing

The most visible benefit mulch provides to your landscape is its beauty. Mulch adds vibrant color to your landscape while giving it that crisp, clean, natural look that you will love. Over time, the mulch will also result in stronger, healthier plants. If you’re looking to add that curb appeal while increasing the value of your home, mulching is a great way to do just that.

You’ve invested your hard earned time and money into your landscape, trees, and shrubs. Protecting your landscaping should be at the top of your to-do list. At PPM Tree Care, we’re here to help. Our team of professionals has over 10 years of experience in providing a full range of landscaping services, including mulch installation and seasonal bed maintenance.

Contact us here, or give us a call at (877) 454-8733 to hear about our commercial landscape maintenance services. Call us today to request a quote.

 

How To Keep Deer From Damaging Your Trees and Garden

If you are a gardener, then you know the threat that deer pose to your plants and trees. Sure, they are wonderful to look at when they come wandering into your yard, but if you have tender young trees or delicious vegetables, they can make quick work of them.

Damage to trees is most problematic because deer can chomp large amounts of leaves and twigs from young trees, particularly the young shoots of maple and walnut trees.  This can stunt, and potentially kill, the tree if enough foliage is removed. Damaged or weakened branches can be an open invitation to disease and pests.

The best strategy to protect your trees, plants, and gardens is to keep deer guessing and to implement a variety of methods to keep deer away from your trees and plants.

Deer Repellent

Use deer repellents to keep deer away from trees and plants in Ann Arbor, MI

Deer repellents often come in spray bottles and use an assortment of deer (and human) deterring smells to keep deer at bay. Most repellents work by using a combination of smell and taste deterrents. Spray deer repellent on and around the plants you want to protect. The key to deer repellent is being consistent. Deer repellents typically only last a few days or until the rain washes it away. In order to maintain full protection, you’ll need to re-apply regularly.

Scare Them Off

You may have tried every method under the sun to deter deer, such as resorting to pie tins for sound or blank CDs for reflective lights. But these methods don’t work. As soon as the deer realize these things are harmless, they will ignore them while they chomp on your raspberry plants.

Motion activated sprinklers are one of the methods to keep deer from damaging your trees & plants in Livonia, MI

Sprinklers

One method that works is using motion-activated sprinklers. Not only is there an audio deterrent but a physical one that will definitely get the deer’s attention. Move the sprinkler to a new location every few days to keep them on their toes.

Radio

Keeping a radio in your garden at night also works great. Tune in to a talk radio station and the deer will steer clear. Make sure you live in an area where the noise won’t bother your neighbors. To keep the deer guessing, move the radio around and change the station every once in a while. Place a laundry basket upside down over the radio to keep rain and dew off.

Plant Deer Repellent Plants

Deer are very sensitive to smell and taste. That’s why when something tastes good they will eat as much as they can, causing extensive damage. There are a variety of plants and herbs that you can plant around your trees and garden plants to protect them from hungry deer, such as lavender, catmint, garlic, and chives.

Trees are only vulnerable to deer when they are young. Once their leaves and branches are out of reach of hungry deer, they are in the clear.
For help with tree trimming, planting, or removal call the pros at PPM Tree Service at (877) 454-8733 or leave us a message on our site.

A Guide To Spring Tree And Shrub Care

Spring has sprung here in Michigan and now is one of the best times of year to head outside to begin preparing your landscape for a lush, healthy growing season. Your trees and shrubs play a vital role in the health and appearance of your landscape, so protecting and providing them with what they need this spring should be at the top of your to-do list!


Here is your guide to spring tree and shrub care and six things you need to know to provide your trees and shrubs with what they need to thrive this growing season!


Inspect Your Trees And Shrubs

Now is the prime time to head outside and perform a thorough inspection of your trees and shrubs. They’re still (mostly) bare so if there are any problems, they will stand out and be significantly easier to identify. The three main things you want to look for are deadwood, diseases, and pests. If you find one of these things on your trees and shrubs, you will want to mark them and take the next step.


Prune your trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth in Farmington Hills, MI

Prune And Trim As Needed

Once you’ve identified any dead, diseased, or pest infested areas on your trees and shrubs, it’s time to take the next step: prune and trim as needed. Proper pruning and trimming will put a stop to the spread of any further damage caused by diseases or pests, all while promoting good, healthy growth. It even improves the aesthetics of your landscape!

Add Mulch

Mulch works as a security blanket, protecting the important organic matter trees need beneath the soil. Mulch also protects your trees and shrubs from weeds which, if allowed to grow, can steal essential nutrients from the plant’s root systems. The mulch will prevent the weeds from receiving sunlight and water, smothering them and keeping them below the surface. Lastly, mulch aids in moisture conservation, which is critical for your trees and shrubs once the weather warms up and drought season draws near.

Properly watering trees and shrubs is essential for their development in Ann Arbor MI


Water Properly

If the spring has been a dry one, you will want to water your trees and shrubs deeply and you’ll want to do so as needed. If you’ve mulched around the plants, you will be able to tell how dry the soil is based on how dry the mulch is. Proper watering is essential for the development of the root system, leaves, and shoots, so be sure to check if watering is needed early and often.


Keep It Clean

No matter the season, you will always want to ensure that the landscaped beds and areas around your trees and shrubs are clean and clear of leaves, weeds, and debris. This will protect your trees and shrubs while providing them with room to receive the important nutrients that are critical to their growth and development.


Call The Professionals

The best thing you can do for your trees and shrubs this spring is to call the professionals at PPM. Our team of experts has over 10 years of experience in providing a full range of tree and shrub care services. We have what it takes to provide your landscape with everything it needs to thrive this growing season.


Contact us here, or give us a call at (877) 454-8733 to hear more about our tree and shrub care services. We can help! Call us today!

5 Benefits To Spring Tree Trimming

tree trimming service in michiganYour trees play a vital role in the beauty of your landscape and, in doing so, they add value to your home. Your trees also require consistent maintenance to stay healthy and attractive. One of the most beneficial maintenance tasks you can provide for your trees this spring is trimming. Tree trimming is the process of removing dead, dying, or diseased wood from large, “landmark” trees. Trimming provides a plethora of benefits to the tree. Benefits such as…

Improved Health

Trimming can significantly improve the health of your trees. One portion of trimming involves removing any dead, dying, or diseased branches and stems, known as deadwood. This will stop the diseases from spreading and ultimately stop any unhealthy growth, resulting in improved health both now and in the future.

Improved Appearance

Trimming also improves the overall appearance of the tree itself and your landscape as a whole. If you have a tree that is overgrown or has grown in a way that doesn’t flow well with the rest of your landscape, trimming allows you to change that. Not only does it immediately change the appearance and shape of the tree, but it also directs future growth, which is instrumental in the future appearance of your landscape. By trimming your trees now, you are preparing them to look better and cleaner by the end of the summer!

Improved Safety

Trimming your trees can make your home a safer place to be. Think about how many times you’ve driven through your neighborhood after a storm and seen large branches and trees that have collapsed. It’s a real possibility that this could happen to your home. If you have large tree branches that hang over (or near) your home, driveway, or vehicles, trimming those branches down will provide safety for your home and family. It’s also good to identify and trim cracked or weak branches, which may fall in the midst of a storm.

tree trimming branch for healthy growthImproved Exposure To Essential Nutrients

In order for trees to manufacture food, they need energy from sunlight, carbon dioxide (air), and water. Two out of three of those nutrients are better accessed when the trees have been trimmed, and any excess/unhealthy branches have been removed. Simply put, trimming will allow both sunlight and air to permeate your trees, better preparing them to grow big, healthy, and strong.

Improved Property Value

Tree trimming will keep your property looking clean, crisp, and attractive to potential buyers. It can also make your house more visible from the outside looking in, and vice versa, which is another huge plus to buyers. Especially if your home is one with a view! If you need help trimming, pruning, or if you simply need advice on what to do with one of your trees, give the professionals at PPM a call. Our team of tree trimming specialists will come to your property and advise you on what we would think is best for your trees.

 

Contact us here, or give us a call at (877) 454-8733 to hear more about our tree trimming services and how we can help you improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees this year!

The Oldest Trees in the World

Trees are one of our most important natural resources. They not only help us clean the air, provide building material, and shade for our yards, but they also stand as a testament to time. These natural wonders, if left undisturbed, can reach ages that are truly hard to comprehend. That’s why at PPM we are dedicating this blog to all the tree lovers out there that appreciate these gentle giants of the forest. This is a list of the oldest trees in the world. Trees that have had a front row seat to the most significant historical events on our planet.

 

7. The Angel Oak

Our first tree on the list of oldest trees in the world starts with the Angel Oak located in South Carolina. This majestic-looking southern live oak is estimated to be between 400 and 500 years old. For historical reference, this tree was sprouting back before the colonization of North America, during the time Cortes was finishing up his conquest of the Aztecs and the first English version of the Bible was being printed on a printing press. It’s amazing to imagine the historic events that this tree has lived through and if it had eyes, the changes it has seen take place around it. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the oldest trees in the world.

 

6. The General Sherman

Discovered and named in 1879 by James Wolverton, the General Sherman is a giant sequoia located in Sequoia National Park in California. This mammoth of a tree is estimated to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old and at 274 feet it’s one of the tallest trees in the world. Just to get an idea of how big this tree is, its largest branch is six feet in diameter. That’s larger than most trees over 50 years of age! The General Sherman is so old that it has seen the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. To put that into terms we can understand, that means that when Christopher Columbus discovered America 500 years ago this tree was still around 2,000 years old.

 

5. The Senator

oldest living tree, senator, tree trimming serviceLocated in Florida, The Senator was one of the biggest and oldest bald cypress trees in the world at 3,500 years. But a string of bad luck led to the demise of this gentle giant. In 1925 a hurricane broke off the top portion of the tree, reducing its height significantly. Then in 2012 a careless tourist climbed The Senator, smoked a cigarette, and started a fire inside the tree. Sadly, the fire destroyed this ancient tree but, fortunately, the tree was cloned back in the 90s. The clone’s name? The Phoenix. How’s that for poetic justice?

 

4. Gran Abuelo

Spanish for great grandfather, the Gran Abuelo comes in at 3,622 years of age when it was last checked in 1993. That means this tree germinated around 1,500 BC, making it older than the city of Athens, Greece. It resides in the Alerce Costero National Park in Chile where there are several other ancient trees around the same age. Unfortunately, older ones were cut down for lumber long ago.

 

3. Methuselah

If you venture deep in the Inyo National Forest in California you’ll find many ancient Great Basin bristlecone pines and if you’re lucky you’ll come across Methuselah, the oldest living individual tree in the world. This tree is a heavily guarded secret among the United States Forest Service who seek to preserve this archaic tree that makes the neighboring General Sherman look like a baby in comparison. We would have to travel back in time centuries before the construction of the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the year  2832 BC, making this tree nearly 5000 years old! Who knew that something so old was living on the side of a rocky mountain in California? The employees of the Forest Service are the only ones who know the exact location of the tree to protect it from loggers or careless tourists.

 

2. Old Tjikko

If you thought trees couldn’t get any older, think again. We are only on number 2 here folks. While Methuselah may be the oldest individual tree there is another category of trees that make it look like a sapling in comparison. Clonal trees can be a single tree or multiple trees that grow from the same root system. While the visible tree on the surface may not be very old, it’s the roots that hold the record for the oldest living organisms on the planet.  If you want to visit this primeval tree you’ll have to go hiking on Sweden’s Fulufjallet Mountain where one of the oldest living things on the planet calls home. Old Tijkko is an impressive 9,550 years old! Back when Old Tjikko was Young Tjikko it may have seen Wooly Mammoths roaming around and the last glaciers of the ice age receding.

 

1. Pando

Back when the number one tree on our list was working its way out of the ground the world was in the Middle Paleolithic era. Yes, that is correct, there is a tree, or rather a forest, that is so old that it is older than Stonehenge and even older than human civilization. Every historical figure and event that you know is still not as old as Pando, a clonal colony of quaking aspens in the southern part of Utah, of all places. Can you take a stab at how old this incredibly ancient colony of trees is? Not 20,000. Not 50,000, Not even 70,000. Are you sitting down? This colony is over 80,000 years old! Back then, modern humans were just reaching Europe for the first time and still shared the planet with Neanderthals.

 

Trees are amazing yet fragile lifeforms that are eye-witnesses to the most significant events in human history. That’s why they need to be respected and protected to ensure that they continue to live and be enjoyed by generations to come.

 

At PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care we have an awesome respect for trees and the joy that they bring to people. If you need help pruning, trimming, or planting trees in your yard, then call the professionals at PPM.

 

Just call (877) 454-8733 for more information or leave us a message on our site.

Best Flowering Trees to Plant in Your Yard

flowering treesWith spring around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to plant this year. If you are looking for trees that do more than just making a mess at the end of the year then try planting a flowering tree. There are many types of flowering trees out there but they all can add a little interest and color to your landscape. Luckily, I have compiled a list of some eye-popping flowering trees to make your search a little easier.

 

Higan Cherry

Cherry trees are beautiful no matter what kind you get, but the Higan cherry is special. It’s a quick growing tree that has many possibilities as an ornamental tree for your landscape. Higan cherry is cherished for its grand display of pink buds and white flowers that form during the early spring. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to plant one of these versatile trees in your yard the Higan cherry also blooms again on warm autumn days offering a rare treat of flowers in fall.

 

Eastern Redbud

The eastern redbud is a great choice for those with limited planting space. What it lacks in size it makes up for in spectacle. In early spring, the eastern redbud’s branches explode in a show of bright pink flowers that resemble a Fourth of July firework. If you really want to dazzle passersby add the eastern redbud to your spring tree collection.

 

white dogwood tree and shrubWhite Dogwood

If you are searching for a flowering tree that really puts on a show in the spring then get ready to be wowed by the flowering spectacle that is the white dogwood. It’s snowy-white flowers announce the arrival of spring by turning its bare branches into a jaw-dropping flourish of beauty. In the fall its leaves transform into colorful reds and purples and its ruby-red fruit is a favorite of winter songbirds who will frequent your yard throughout the season. This tree deserves to be front and center in any yard.

 

Flowering Cherry

When you imagine groves of flowering cherries with blossoms gently floating to the ground you think of traditional Japanese gardens. Thankfully this stunning flowering tree was introduced to the United States in 1902 where it found a home in many yards and gardens. Flowering cherries are a sight for sore eyes after a long winter as their warming pink blossoms herald the start of spring. Just one look at this tree in bloom will fill you with the spring spirit.

 

Snowdrift Crabapple

If you are looking for a spectacular looking tree year-round then take a look at the snowdrift crabapple. Beginning in spring, this gorgeous flowering tree puts on a show of flowing white blossoms from April through May. Its glossy green leaves and rounded shape draw the eye in the summer and, in the fall, these leaves turn a stunning yellow. The show this tree puts on in the winter is where it gets its name. The orange-red fruits hang on throughout the winter, attracting overwintering birds for your enjoyment. Snowdrift crabapple trees enjoy sunny locations with wet, acidic, well-drained soil. So add some color to your yard with the snowdrift crabapple.

 

If you need help planting, pruning, or removing a tree on your property just call the experts at PPM at (877) 454-8733 to hear more or leave us a message on our site.

 

Pre-Spring Pruning: Tips and Techniques

tree ladnscapingWhen it comes to preparing your trees and shrubs for spring, one of the best things you can do is prune. For most Michigan landscapes, the best time to prune is March. This is due to the fact that the trees and shrubs are still dormant, and there is a lack of foliage, which gives you the clearest view of which branches need to be removed.

 

Knowing proper pruning techniques is the first step in preparing your trees and shrubs for a successful growing season. So, if you’re looking to have the best landscape on the block, follow these pre-spring pruning tips and techniques!

 

Know The Types Of Cuts

The two types of pruning cuts you can make are called heading cuts, and thinning cuts. Heading cuts are deep cuts, far back on the shoot and just below the buds closest to the dead or diseased branch. The direction in which a heading cut is made determines where the growth will be pointed. These cuts are most commonly used to reduce the height of the tree or shrub while encouraging new growth in a new direction (heading cuts are perfect for re-shaping).

 

Thinning is the more common cut, and it is used for completely removing dead or diseased branches. Thinning cuts go all the way back to the point of origin, which is either the stem or an attached branch. This cut is used to:

  • Improve the overall health of the tree
  • Create a more aesthetically pleasing landscape
  • Create clearance, and remove potentially dangerous “hanging” branches

 

correct way to prune bushes and treesKnow Why You Are Pruning

Before you go outside with your shears and start snipping branches at random, take a minute and ask yourself why you are pruning that tree. Are you pruning dead and diseased branches to thin, giving that tree easier access to sunlight and oxygen? Will you be pruning to reduce the size of the tree or shrub, giving it more room to grow? Are you pruning to shape, to improve the look of your lawn and landscape? Ask yourself these questions, and make sure to do proper research to ensure proper pruning!

 

Know The 1/3 and 1/4 Rule

As a general rule of thumb:

  • Never remove more than 1/3 of the branches on your shrubs and small trees
  • Never remove more than 1/4 of the branches on larger, fully grown trees

Remember, pruning is good in moderation. Over-pruning can cause the tree or shrub to panic, and try to force re-growth when the necessary nutrients aren’t available. This puts them at risk of causing either extensive damage or stunted growth. Just be careful!

 

Know Who To Call

If your trees and shrubs need pruning, or if you want to get some more tips and techniques about how you can prune yourself, give the experts at PPM a call.

 

Through our trimming service, our team of professionals will provide your trees and shrubs with fine, detail-orientated pruning. Ultimately encouraging the health and growth of the tree or shrub, while improving the aesthetics of your landscape. Contact us today at (877) 454-8733 to hear more!

 

Firewood: Everything You Need To Know

 types of unseasoned woodIt’s the time of year when we put down our rakes and shovels, winterize our sprinkler systems, and park our lawn mowers for the winter as we retreat inside. The weather may be cold but nothing beats curling up next to a warm fire with a cup of cocoa.

Before you get comfortable you better make sure you have plenty of firewood on hand. But what is the best type of firewood to burn? Well, it depends on your personal preference and where you live.

Seasoned Wood or Unseasoned Wood

Anyone who’s tried burning unseasoned logs in their fireplace during the winter knows that it’s a bad idea. It’s hard to light and when you finally do get it lit you have to constantly monitor it to make sure it doesn’t go out. To make things worse, unseasoned wood is still full of water which causes a lot of smoke.

Seasoned wood should always be your first choice. Seasoned just means that the wood has been drying for a long time and retains no more moisture. These are the kind of logs that you want to use in your house because they smell great and burn clean.

On the other hand, unseasoned wood is wood that was recently cut and therefore still retains a lot of moisture. It may be easier but you’ll soon learn it’s not ideal.

Unseasoned wood can give off the resin that clings to the walls of your stove, fireplace, and chimney. As the resin builds up it can clog your chimney, causing smoke to fill your house, or even cause chimney fires.

Best Types of Firewood

 oak tree firewood, fireplace woodOak: A slow burner that is probably the most popular wood available. It’s dense and is found throughout the continent. Although it takes longer than usual to season, a fire built with oak logs cannot compare.

Maple: Maple wood produces long steady burns. As with oak, it is abundant and found in almost every corner of the country and is a very popular choice among wood burners.

Birch: Birch logs look beautiful just sitting in a fireplace. The flakey white bark really draws the eye. Even though birch burns quicker than maple or oak but the flame it produces is much more beautiful.

American Elm: Elm is a popular, low heat wood. Perfect for warming your house but not too warm. This is ideal for people who live in milder climates who don’t want to turn their house into a sweat lodge.

Cherry: Cherry wood gives off a wonderful aroma that will fill your house, creating a warm comfortable mood. Cherry does not need to be fully seasoned like most woods to reap its benefits.

At PPM Trees we select and deliver only the best firewood for our customers. Check out our firewood delivery service and keep your house the perfect temperature this winter.

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