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Signs of a Sick or Dying Tree

We at TLC By Ken have received one too many calls from homeowners who asked for solutions for their sick tree when it’s already too late. This is why we strongly urge our clients to have their lawn and trees regularly checked and evaluated. If you have a feeling that your tree is undergoing change that is out of the ordinary or if there are signs of infection or disease, please call your local arborists right away.

Here are signs that your tree is no longer healthy and needs professional attention.

Leaves

  • There is discoloration, premature leaf defoliation, and the leaves are already shrivelled before fall season.
  • Excessive dropping of leaves occurs even during spring or summer.

Branches

  • Branches are starting to fall for no apparent reason.
  • They no longer have leaves or bark.
  • Upon closer inspection, branches have rot or insect damage.

Bark

  • The bark has cracks and bald spots.
  • There is mushroom and fungal growth.
  • Unhealthy barks are brittle and flaking, while healthy ones are soft and pliable.
  • Sometimes a rotting smell will start to spread from the bark.

Roots

  • There is discoloration.
  • Roots have become soggy with signs of a growing mold or fungus.
  • Roots have undergone damage from heavy vehicles, lawnmower cuts, floods, and waterlogged.

Trunk

  • An owl hole is already a heavy indicator that your tree might be dying.
  • There are rot spaces, dents, small holes, swelling, and cavities near the base.
  • There is growing fungus or mushroom at the bottom part of the trunk. Insects have also started building nests.

Like what we said earlier, if you suspect that there is something wrong or unnatural with your tree’s appearance or condition, contact professionals right away. We at Trees Hurt Too offer cost-free evaluation for homeowners who need help on Tree Care. Stay tuned for more tips and advice on caring for your lawn and plants.

Signs that Your Soil is Bad

Many arborists and homeowners agree that the secret to a lush, green lawn is a healthy soil. This involves selecting the right kind of Soil Amendments and Fertilizer. Still, before anything else, your soil needs to be 100% healthy and the perfect match for your lawn.

Soil has a wide variety of types based on minerals, nutrients, composition, pH level, and texture. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to overlook the importance of having the right soil that goes with their lawn or plants. Here are signs that your current soil might not be working for your garden.

  • Slow or minimal plant growth – Having soil that lacks minerals that your plants need is a fairly common problem among beginners. If after weeks of seeing that your plants have not grown or do not bear fruit yet, it is best to have your soil tested because its nutrients and vitamins might have been depleted already.
  • Discoloring – Are your plants slowly wilting or showing signs of discoloration? Your soil might be low on nitrogen and need fresh new compost. If they are looking purple, this could also mean that the soil is lacking phosphorus.
  • Difficulty in digging through soil – It is true that there will always be different kinds of soil for various types of gardens, but compacted soil will always be terrible for lawn grass. If you see that your soil has become too dense and it is hard to dig through it, chances are the airspace might not be enough. Make sure that your soil has the right amount of air, moisture, and composition after it went through construction or heavy foot traffic.

There are a lot of arborists in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Texas area, but only a few truly provide a different level of dedication to Lawn Care i.e assuring quality soil like TLC By Ken can. Call us anytime for an obligation-free inspection as well as professional soil testing.

Most Common Tree Diseases in Texas

Many homeowners in Dallas, Fort Worth, & Arlington area take Tree Care very seriously. Unfortunately, trees in Texas are vulnerable to various diseases. Whether it is caused by environmental stress, weather, infection, pests, or human error, it is important to have professional arborists check and diagnose your tree right away.

Here are among the most common Tree Diseases you can encounter.

  • Mildew – Powdery mildew is fairly common in areas with high humidity and hot temperatures, such as Arlington, Texas. This fungal disease is more of a nuisance and does not permanently harm the tree.
  • Anthracnose – Although it does not directly damage your tree, this fungal disease will weaken its health and make it more vulnerable to damage and pests. A common symptom is when the leaves of trees such as oak, maple, and sycamore, start to have brown or tan spots.
  • Bacterial Leaf Scorch – Insects can spread a kind of bacteria to your trees, causing it to block the water flow between roots and leaves. Through time it can slowly kill your tree, and unfortunately, there is still no treatment available.
  • Hypoxylon Canker – Oaks, pecan, sycamore, elm, and other hardwood trees are susceptible to this fungal infection, particularly during drought. It also has no cure, but with the help of your local arborist, it can be prevented or hindered from developing.
  • Fungal Conk – It is a highly infectious disease that contains wood-rotting fungus. If you notice fungus growing on your tree bark, cracks, and old branches, ask for assistance right away.
  • Fire Blight – Fruit trees such as pear and apple are vulnerable to this bacterial disease, which can lay dormant in winter and thrive in spring. Symptoms include blackening of blooms, foliage and branches.
  • Texas Oak Wild – This is the often regarded as the most serious and intense tree disease for oaks in Texas. It spreads via root grafts and can kill your tree if not professionally tended to. It is highly advisable to ask your arborist to prevent the infection developing and spreading.

Prevention is still the best way cure to all these possible diseases. Still, if you suspect that your tree is already showing signs of any disease or infestation, our lines here at TLC by Ken are open to take your call. Our tree disease experts would be happy to conduct a cost-free evaluation of your entire property within the realm of sick trees and tree disease.

Is Your Tree Planted in the Right Place?

We at TLC by Ken always tell our customers in the Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas area that planting their first trees will be all about location, location, location. Trees can give so many benefits to any home when planted in the right place. They can provide shade, privacy, windbreak, and boost in curve appeal. For you to fully enjoy these perks, you need to start looking ahead and see where you envision your trees will grow.

Our tree professionals here at TLC by Ken would be happy to assist you and find that perfect tree to be planted in the right place. For now here are some tips to help get you started.

  • Understand the type of tree you want to plant. Once you have decided on your tree, make sure that it is compatible with your area’s weather/environment and the soil you’re using. From there you can either make adjustments or change the type. A lot of times planting a tree that is not endemic or attuned to your region can result to higher maintenance cost.
  • Watch out for nearby structures, pavement, and underground works. In the future your tree’s branch can pose a risk to utility lines or its leaves can land directly to gutters. If it’s planted too close to the sidewalk, driveway, or patio, it can grow out of hand and leave cracks or damage the foundation. Your tree’s roots can also clog pipes, sewers, or septic tanks.
  • The kind of shade you trying to block also determines the location. Planting your tree on the southeast side provides morning shade, while for afternoon it’s in the southwest.
  • Make sure that your tree’s growth will not become a problem for others in the future. This is a fairly common fault among homeowners. If your tree will grow to a huge size, check if there is any possibility that its roots, branches, or body can reach your neighbor’s property. Also make sure that its leaves won’t be a nuisance to others.
  • Check other trees or plants planted in your lawn or nearby. Not all species of plants go together. In this case it is best to have your surroundings inspected by a local professional.

Please visit our blog again for more tips and insights on Tree Care. Trees Hurt Too also offer cost-free evaluation for homeowners who need professional help on their lawn — from tree disease to pest control solutions, our lines are open to take your call.

Tips for Child-Friendly and Safe Lawn

One of the benefits of having a green and vibrant lawn is having kids running around and exploring its beauty. In the eyes of a toddler, there is so much biodiversity to discover, and nothing can be more rewarding to a parent than seeing their children appreciate their hard work.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your turf a little bit safer and more child-friendly.

  • Safe fertilization is important. Compost and other natural fertilizers are guaranteed safe options, but if you are trying out other types, it is best to check the label. Brands that have “naturally organic” and “slow release” components are a good start. Also, be careful of over-fertilization, which can pollute your waterways and permanently damage your grass.
  • Watch out for your child’s allergic reactions. This is the time when parents learn more about their child’s health condition, i.e. sensitivity and potential allergies. Try not to go crazy with the types of plants at first and slowly add or experiment.
  • Manage lawn mowing according to your child’s safety. Many experts suggest mowing twice instead of once a week. This will improve air quality and help keep your soil moist, greatly beneficial during humid days. Less mowing also means less emissions and less risk for your child to be exposed.
  • Secure all your gardening tools and equipment properly. Keep all of them, especially the sharp ones, in a cool, dry, and locked area where you can only reach and gain access to.
  • Set up a fence if needed. Putting a separation between your plants and kids and pets secures the safety for both parties. It reduces the risk of getting your plants stepped on and your kids going beyond the safely intended area.
  • Does your lawn have enough shade? If your home is in the Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth Texas area, then there are bound to be hot and humid days. Make sure your kids and even guests have enough shade to appreciate the outdoors.
  • Keep your lawn pest free. Do not risk your child’s safety by not immediately addressing and removing harmful pests, i.e. fire ants, rodents, and mosquitoes in your yard. At the same time, make sure that the pest control you are using is safe and properly applied.

Visit our blog again for more tips and advice on Lawn Care. We at TLC by Ken also offer cost-free evaluation for homeowners who need professional help on their lawn — from tree disease to pest control solutions, our lines are open to take your call.

What are those brown patches in my lawn?

What are those brown patches in my lawn?

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What are those brown patches in your lawn?

If you live in a area where hot temperatures and high humidity is common, like Arlington, Texas… You may find your lawn infected with Brown Patch Lawn Disease.

So, what is Brown Patch Lawn Disease?

Brown Patch lawn disease is a pretty common and widespread problem caused by the Rhizoctonia solani fungus. This disease can infect a wide array of turf-grasses, however, the most vulnerable are: perennial rye-grass, tall fescue, and the bent-grasses. Kentucky blue-grasses have also been known to develop this disease in the mid-to-late summer months, during extended periods of high temperature and humidity.

What are the symptoms?

Do you see spotting on your leaf blades? If the answer is “yes”, this is a pretty good sign that Brown Patch is invading your lawn. The more obvious symptoms are circular areas of brown and dead grass surrounded by a thin, dark ring. Depending on the species and characteristics of your grass, Brown patch Lawn Disease may take on different shapes and sizes.

For example, grasses that are closely mown, like some Zoysias, will usually show circular rings of brown patches with an expanding gray ring growing the outer edge. This is most noticeable when the grass is damp, normally in the early morning hours.

High-cut grasses often exhibit circular brown areas, without the visible accents of a gray exterior.

When it comes to the tall fescue varieties, these tall grasses often do not exhibit the characteristic circular patterns mentioned earlier. Rather, the fungus will tend to appear on scattered across the blades of grass, so that the whole lawn may seem a little “off”. So the lawn may appear to have a sickly, tannish shade rather than the vibrant green you want to see.

Why is this showing up now?

Well, one reason may be because, in Arlington, TX… The weather is usually hot and humid! Brown Patch Disease love this type of weather. While, uncommon in the arid regions like Southern California and the Rocky Mountain States, Brown Patch is a problem for yard-lovers in every other part of the country.

Keep in mind, even though this fungus thrives when it’s hot and sticky, it is possible for your yard to become infected during the cooler months of the year. This is because Brown Patch Disease can take hold and develop well below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but doesn’t spread and become apparent to the naked eye until the temps and humidity levels rise. Dew, mist, or rain on leaf blades in these conditions can also contribute to the prevalence of Brown Patch.

How can I get my lawn healthy again?

Proper watering in midday to prevent wet grass at night is a good start, but has limited benefit. Mowing your grass frequently and on a regular basis, is by far the best way to promote air movement and drying of the leaf blades. This is probably the most helpful practice in battling Brown Patch.

More tips for treating:

Be sure to use only moderate amounts of nitrogenous fertilizer. So, don’t over do it. Fungicides are also effective if applied before the onset of the disease, but it’s recommended that you should use these chemicals on high-value rye-grass or bent-grass turfs. Also, don’t over- or under-fertilize your turf, as that can encourage Brown Patch.

Be sure to visit the city of Arlington’s website for more details on the rules and polices for Leaf and Lawn management.

Can I get help from a professional?

If you think your lawn is infected or you’re worried it may become so, give TREES HURT TOO a call. Our certified specialists know exactly what your lawn needs and what changes you’ll need to make in order to achieve the lawn of your dreams.

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

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Are you in need of a Arborist for your Trees and lawn?

Trees are a valuable asset to everyone’s property and their health is very important. A tree doctor or tree professional arborist can help manage those trees for maximum value and benefit to the uses of your property. We start with a consultation on-site with our clients and their tree doctor determine what is necessary for the long term care of the trees. Allow an arborist, or tree surgeon, from our TLC’s office to provide tree service in Fort Worth, and Arlington, TX.

Arlington Lawn and Tree Care Services

Arlington Lawn and Tree Care Services

Our lawn and Tree program utilizes all natural and organic fertilizers and Bio nutrition that not only keeps your lawn beautiful and weed free, it also promotes healthy trees and shrubs. Our program will also save you up to 50% or more on watering. Package includes Fertilization of turf as well as trees and shrubs. We also take care of any disease or insect problems that may arise. For a beautiful and healthy landscape, call the Plant health care Professionals at Trees Hurt Too for a Free Onsite Diagnoses of your lawn and Landscape.