Leave a Legacy this Year – Plant a Tree!

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We at Abundant Tree Care are excited to offer a Unique Opportunity for the Louisville area.
We love Kentucky for its beauty and culture and we want to see it grow and thrive. Abundant Tree Care would like to share our passion for trees with the community!

Our goal is to plant 50 trees in the local area starting in November!

With the purchase of a tree, we will come to plant the tree and provide the necessary supplements for a healthy tree, including:

  • Root Enhancer
  • Gator Bag
  • Mulch Ring

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Below is the list of native trees we offer -please Contact Us with any questions you might have!

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Large Shade Trees:

Quercus alba, White Oakwhiteoak

shade-full sun (native)

height:  50-80′

spread:  30-50′

This tree has a special connection to Louisville as its wood is used to make bourbon barrels.  A mature oak can host up to 5,000 different species of invertebrate that will form the basis for a healthy food chain that benefits birds and mammals.

Quercus rubra, Northern Red Oaknorthern-red-oak

full sun (native)

height:  50-80′

spread:  30-40′

This stately oak is valued for its shade and size.  The leaves turn crimson red in the fall.  High salt tolerance, high drought tolerance, long term health usually not affected by pests.

Nyssa sylvatica, Blackgum

shade-full sun (native)

height:  30-60′

width:  20-40′

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Liriodendron tulipfera, Tulip Poplartulip-poplar

full sun (native)

height:  70-90′

spread:  35-50′

The Kentucky State Tree. Tulip poplar has also been called canoe tree because Native Americans used it to make dugouts. The tulip poplar flower has a colorful base that guides bees to the flower’s source of abundant nectar. The nectar, also popular with hummingbirds, is a source of gourmet honey.  Tulip Poplar is in the magnolia family.  It grows tall and straight very quickly.  Rapid growth, pyramidal form, insect & disease resistant, poor salt tolerance and mature size make it a better candidate for off-street plantings with ample room. one of the most amazing fall color displays, turning from a deep green to salmon to deep scarlet.  An under-appreciated urban tree.  Good salt tolerance, high drought tolerance, no known pests, fungi potential problem.

Gymnocladus dioicus (male), Kentucky Coffee Treecoffeetreecoffee-tree

 

full sun (native)

height:  50-70′

spread:  40-50′

With its bold form, contorted branching, unique bark and decorative clusters of large pods rattling in the wind, Kentucky coffeetree is an exceptional winter ornamental.  Early European settlers used these seeds to make a “Pioneer coffee.”  This tree is our State Heritage Tree.  No pests or disease of major concern, ideal shade tree for urban plantings, poor salt tolerance, high drought tolerance.

Aesculus flava, Yellow Buckeyeyellow-buckeye

partial shade-full sun (native)

height:  60-75′

spread:  30′

This tree does not grow well in poor, dry or clay soils. Yet yellow buckeye is more tolerant of urban stresses than other buckeyes.In the appropriate location, it makes a nice shade tree. Yellow buckeye is less susceptible to leaf scorch than other buckeyes. Mildew and lacebugs are not as problematic with this tree as they are with other buckeyes.

Small Shade & Understory

Amelanchier laevis, Serviceberryserviceberry

full sun (native)

height:  20-30′

spread:  15-25′

Attractive, white spring flowers.  Orange fall foliage.  In appalachia, their flowers let everyone know that the roads were passable, which meant that the circuit-riding preachers would be coming soon.  Tolerates shade, moderate drought and salt tolerance, suitable for median and easement plantings, sensitive to or more pests and diseases.

Carpinus caroliniana, Ameamericanhornbeamrican Hornbeam

shade-full sun (native)

height:  30′

spread:  25′

The wood is smooth and appears muscular.  It is one of the hardest woods in our area.  Other common names for this tree are ironwood and blue beech.  This tree is an excellent easement or median tree and tolerates the shade of other trees.

Cladrastis kentukea, Yellowwood

full sun (native)

height:  30-50′Yellowwood

spread:  40-55′

The smooth bark and lime green foliage are both subtle and striking.  The name ‘kentuckea’ is the only tree species name that references our state directly.  And yes, the species name is spelled like that.  Moderate drought tolerance, susceptible to verticillium wilt, usually pest free.

Cercis canadenisis, Eastern Redbudredbud_eastern150

shade-full sun (native)

height:  20-30′

spread:  25-35′

Folk healers used the bark of eastern redbud to treat diarrhea and leukemia. The light magenta flowers are edible and look and taste great on fresh salads.  Redbud has been called the Judas tree because Judas Iscariot, after betraying Christ, was said to have hanged himself on Cercis siliquastrum, a close relative of eastern redbud that grows in Europe and western Asia. The blooms of the tree, originally white, were said to have turned pink with shame or blood.  HIgh drought tolerance, few pests, low salt tolerance.

Cornus florida, White Dogwooddogwood_flowering

partial shade (native)

height:  20-30′

spread:  15-20′

The inner bark of the flowering dogwood root contains the alkaloid cornin. Native Americans used it as a treatment for malaria. They also used the onset of flowering to time the planting of their crops.  Tough and stunning, the Dogwood is an excellent landscape choice in all four seasons. Flowers are showy in spring. Leaves turn red-purple in fall. Glossy red fruits attract winter songbirds. Likes partial shade; moist, well drained soil.

 

Cornus Kousa, Kousa Dogwoodcornuskousa

partial shade (native)

Dogwood trees are widely known for their delicate beauty, and the kousa variety adds a toughness that makes this species an excellent choice for home landscapes and urban areas. The tree also makes a visual contribution year-round.

 

Tree information from: http://www.louisvillegrows.org/learn/finding-the-right-tree/

Image sources: Important Forest Trees of the Eastern United States From: Trees of North America a Golden Field Guide, http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/index.html, pandora-garden.lnwshop.com, wisflora.herbarium.wisc.edu, http://pixgood.com/american-hornbeam-tree.html

 

Should I Remove My Tree?

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That old tree that’s still loved is starting to lean. Mature trees are beautiful but there does come a time when the risk of damage to people and property out weighs the beauty. Despite adding upwards of 10% in value to home a fallen tree can be costly so follow these tips on figuring out when its time to remove an old tree.

How to Inspect Your Trees

No one knows your trees as well as you. So after they leaf out in the spring, lose leaves in the fall or after a big storm, walk around & inspect these beauties. Inspect them top to bottom, noticing particularly changes in foliage, branches, roots, & bark. Here’s a few more tree inspection tips:

  • Inspect all sides of the tree, both up close & from a distance.
  • Check for cuts in the trunk or peeling bark.
  • Use binoculars to inspect the tree’s crown for dead wood & brown leaves.

Leaning Trees

Trees usually don’t grow straight & a little lean is normal. But when your tree starts resembling the ‘Tower of Pisa’ its time to take a closer look. This lean could be the result of poor weight distribution or anchor root damage & is likely unstable. This is a great time to call an arborist.

Tree Leaning Danger Signs

  • Cracked or moving soil at the base, especially on the side opposite the lean.
  • Exposed roots around the base of the tree that weren’t present before.

Tree Leaning Cures

  • Prune branches to distribute weight better on the lean side.
  • Brace the tree trunk with cables attached to stakes on opposite sides of the tree. (Make sure to pad the tree before placing cables around tender bark.)
  • Bind the leaning trunk to the stronger side keeping it stable & avoiding an eventual disaster.

Trees with Multiple Trunks

A tree with multiple trunks or with splits in one trunk can be quite unstable. V-shaped or U-shaped multiple trunks are weak points for mature trees & are another point to consider when evaluating removal. The connective wood where the trunks come together may lose strength & be more likely to split with age and when storms occur. You’ll want to look closely for cracks that extend deeply into the trunk.

An arborist can stabilize split trunks by attaching cables between trunks & branches high in the tree. Cables won’t repair existing damage but can increase the safety, especially in strong winds, extending the life of your tree & protecting your property.

What To Do

If you think your trees are changing or see one of the major warning signs these trees could be “hazard trees” trees likely to fall and destroy what’s near them. This could be your lawn, a car, the neighbor’s car, your home, or worse someone you love.

This is a good time to call a certified arborist. Contact the International Society of Arboriculture which maintains a list of certified arborists or simply do an online search.

An arborist can help save your tree or let you know if it’s beyond help. For example, bacteria or bugs could be harming your tree & an arborist’s inspection can diagnose properly. An arborist also can determine if your tree is decaying internally or something that may not yet be obvious.

Aborists can either fix the problem, or calculate the risk of the tree falling and the likely objects it could damage. That calculation will help you decide if it’s worth spending money to keep the tree alive and upright, remove the tree, or just let nature take its course and topple the tree at will. Before you try to fix a leaning tree yourself save yourself some time, money, and possibly damage by calling a certified arborist first.

Don’t ‘leaf’ the safety of your property to chance.

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The Ultimate Tree Pruning Guide

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Everyone can prune their own trees but the secret is to prune them correctly. If you don’t prune your trees properly the result may be more than poor curb appeal but a dying tree. Use these pruning tips to become more successful in your pruning techniques and sit back and enjoy the view.

General Tree Trimming Tips

  • Not sure if you need to prune your trees?  Read this article on why pruning your trees is important.
  • It’s almost always best to trim or prune a tree during its dormant season. Although you can technically prune a pine tree at any time, it is still better to do so when it is dormant. The only exception is when a hazard exists.
  • Be conscientious about the size of the branch that you are going to remove. If it is less than 2 inches in diameter, removing it is fine. If it is between 2 and 4 inches in diameter, you might not want to do it. If the branch is more than 4 inches in diameter, you should only do so if you have a really good reason and better call a certified arborist.
  • Only trim branches that have weak, V-shaped, narrow angles. Retain branches that have strong, U-shaped angles.
  • Use this article for the best tree pruning tools and be sure you keep them sharp.

Tree Pruning Techniques

There are several general approaches to pruning, each for a specific purpose. Learning the right methods to pruning is the 1st step in keeping your trees healthy and helping them live a long life.

  • Cleaning is removing dead, diseased or weak branches from the crown of a tree.
  • Thinning is removing branches to allow more light to penetrate, reducing stress on heavy limbs and encouraging retention of the tree’s natural shape, removing crossing branches that may rub on each other.
  • Raising is removing lower branches to provide clearings for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians and views.
  • Reduction is cutting back tree limbs to reduce the size of the tree and make room for utility lines.

Making the Cut

arborist tree pruning tipsSelect a spot about 3 inches from the collar of the branch (the thickened, collar-like place where the parent and child limb intersect) and make a cut about 1/3 of the way through the branch. This will prevent the branch, when severed, from tearing through the collar or the parent branch and harming future growth. Make this first cut on the underside of the limb.

Cut slightly beyond this first slice and cut straight through the branch to be removed then make a final cut through the remaining portion of the branch, as near to the collar as possible, without touching the collar itself.

How to Prune a Maple Tree

Maples trimmed at certain times of the year will “bleed” or drip from the pruning cuts. Bleeding is most likely to occur when Maples are prunied in the seasons just before and right after winter. Studies indicate that “bleeding” doesn’t hurt the tree, so it becomes more of a cosmetic issue. If you want to prune Maples without bleeding, it must be pruned when it is fully dormant in the middle of winter or during late spring/summer when it’s leaves are in fully.

How to Prune a Dogwood Tree

If you trim Dogwoods in April or May, it will make them more susceptible to the dogwood borer. This insect severely damages the vascular system of the tree after boring into the trunk.

How to Prune an Oak Tree

Oaks should be not be trimmed from April thru October due to the prevalence of Oak Wilt disease. These pathogens that may be present during those times and a beautiful Oak is one tree you want to keep healthy.

When to Call in an Expert

If you’re inexperienced using the tools needed for the job that must be done it may be time to call a professional arborist. Tree pruning is more about what you can reach from the ground and one fall from a ladder or high up in a tree would be well worth having an arborist take care of the job for you. Give us a call for a free estimate and you might be saving you and your tree from harm.

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Tree Pruning Tools Arborists Use

 

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Pro Tree Pruning Tools

The 1st step of doing great tree trimming is having the right tools. Great tree trimming can’t be done with a pair of scissors or a hack saw because the right tools keep the tree healthy and looking great. The best reason to have the right tools is your safety because you can’t take care of your trees unless you take care of yourself.

Anvil Hand Pruning Shears  These small, hand-held shears have just one blade, which cuts as it closes onto a flat surface. The best time to use these shears is when you have very small, easy-to-reach branches with a diameter of half inch or less. Reserving these shears for cutting smaller, dried & dead twigs or small branches is best.

A less common pruning tool are bypass hand pruning shears. Similar in capabilities to anvil shears the bypass shears have 2 sharp cutting blades used for more precise cutting for those that insist on a clean, sharp cut.

Limb Loppers – Loppers are similar to hand shears, but they have longer handles and bigger blades. These longer handles give you more leverage for larger branches. Most loppers can effectively cut branches up to two inches in diameter.  Use loppers for easy to reach branches that are too thick or a little hard to reach with shears.

Long Pole Saw Pruners Combination – This is a great tree trimming tool as it gives you access to most branches up to 20′ off the ground. The long pole pruner feature allows you to get access to 1/2″ branches then the saw component gives you the ability to cut larger limbs with some patience.

Pruning Saws – Pruning saws are at the top of the arborist’s favorite tools. Pruning saws are similar to traditional hand saws but specifically made for tree pruning. The best time to use pruning saws are when a branch is within reach but loppers can’t handle the job. A pruning saw will aggressively cut through most any size but leave under 2″ to shears and then the sky is the limit. When you get past 6″ though you may find your arm or hands give out and it might be time for a chain saw.

Chain Saws – To trim a tree and do it in a timely fashion a gas powered chain saw can do the work in a lot less time than shears or saws. That being said it’s important to maintain your chain saw, keep it well oiled, and sharpen the blades after every major use to ensure maximum efficiency.

Wood Chippers – Now that you’ve gotten serious about tree trimming you’ve got a lot of limbs and branches to clean up. A wood chipper makes clean up quick and easy how so you don’t have to look at old branches for weeks in your yard.

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Tree Pruning Safety

If you decide to take on trimming your own trees make sure safety is your 1st priority. Here’re some safety tips you should follow before you get out the shears and fire up the chain saw.

  • All tree trimming or removal work within ten feet of a power line must be done by trained and experienced line-clearance tree trimmers.
  • Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
  • Perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.
  • Get trained on proper chain saw us age before you operate one.
  • Do not climb with tools in your hands.
  • If broken trees are under pressure, determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.

These and more tree pruning safety tips from OSHA can be found in this Tree Trimming and Safety Removal Guide.

If pruning your trees is not how you want to spend your weekend then give us a call. We’d love to discuss your trees and shrubs care. At Abundant Tree Care Services we want to help you keep a safe property and sustain your trees so you enjoy them for generations.

 

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Why Should I Save My Tree?

 

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Maybe it was lightning, a storm, disease, or old age that made your wonderful tree get to being not so wonderful. Whatever the reason, you’ve got a tree dying and have to decide if its worth saving. Unfortunately, when someone is asking that question it’s often late in the process of a healthy tree declining, drastic measures have to be taken, and maybe with some patience you can save the old girl. After you read these facts on all that trees do for us that tree you’re thinking about saving may save your life. 

 

Can My Tree Change the World?

If everyone saved their dying trees the world would most definitely be a better place. It can be quite obvious a tree is not easily replaced. Trees provide protection from the elements, improved cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. Best of all trees offer a beautification of your property no stone wall, new planted tree, or bushes can accomplish. Towering upwards of 40, 50 or even 100 ft in the air a mature tree is an absolute worth saving endeavor.

You may not realize it but your tree, that one your thinking about saving can do more than make your property or increase value. A mature tree can be around for generations and do some pretty amazing things for our world.

Trees clean the air

Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.”

Trees save water

Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.

Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds – where children spend hours outdoors.

Trees heal

Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature.

Trees reduce violence

Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.

Trees block things

Trees muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.

Trees increase business traffic

Studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.

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Looking for some more ideas on why it’s important to save your tree? Check out this list from TreePeople.com where we got the ideas for this list and you may just be amazed.

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