Timely Tree Tips — Perils of Early Spring Pruning

Spring is just around the corner, and with that comes the emergence of fresh green leaves and the bright blooms of flowering trees and shrubs. In early spring--that is to say RIGHT NOW--trees are tapping energy reserves from the previous growing season to activate buds throughout the tree canopy. As the tree streams sap (energy) … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Perils of Early Spring Pruning

A Tribute to Cass Turnbull

The following article was reprinted with permission as it originally appeared in the Seattle Times on January 30, 2017. Plant Amnesty Founder Cass Turnbull, author and lover of open spaces, dies By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times environment reporter A real-life Lorax, Cass Turnbull spoke for the trees. A staunch defender of trees and open space, … Continue reading A Tribute to Cass Turnbull

Timely Tree Tips — Overcoming the Popular Voodoo of Tree Planting

...because "The Simple Act of Planting a Tree" is hardly so simple. Most of us recognize that any weekend warrior who has jammed a tree into their front yard and managed not to kill it immediately is hardly a tree planting expert. Even the pros, however, will sometimes disagree on the best way to properly plant … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Overcoming the Popular Voodoo of Tree Planting

Timely Tree Tips — Clearance Pruning for Sidewalks, Streets, Signals, Signs & Lighting

Clearance Pruning Tips - Raise tree canopies along with your program's credibility As suggested in last month's installment of Timely Tree Tips, winter is a great time to prune trees. While you're out there pruning, it's also a good time to evaluate trees in high-traffic areas, such as downtown, commercial zones, or arterial streets and boulevards, for … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Clearance Pruning for Sidewalks, Streets, Signals, Signs & Lighting

The High Costs of Deferred Tree Pruning

by Micki McNaughton, Urban Forestry Special Projects Coordinator Investing in care for young trees is a low-cost way to reduce future costs—and future risk. Proper planting, watering, mulching, and pruning ensures that trees grow to maturity in good health and sound structure. Let’s take a look at pruning in particular, the most common service purchased … Continue reading The High Costs of Deferred Tree Pruning

Coordinator’s Corner – Preparing for Storms

Washington is no stranger to winter storms, but early winter storms (late fall, really) are particularly devastating. Leaves are still on trees means added stress, when full canopies mix with heavy wind and rain. Proactively, good structural pruning of young trees will eliminate most of the common failures we see during winter storms; defects like … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner – Preparing for Storms