Oak Wilt is an increasing concern for us West Michigan and Grand Rapids residents. Oak Wilt is a nasty disease that is spread by sap sucking beetles. One way to keep Oak Wilt from further spreading is to refrain from trimming Oak Trees during the summer months. Learn more about Oak Wilt Disease in West Michigan
Many times West Michigan homeowners will ask about alternative ways to remove stumps. This can help them save on cost by avoiding stump grinding. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to go about removing stump other than excavating or stump grinding. One way to remove a stump is with a chemical stump remover. Learn more about removing stumps in Grand Rapids with safe stump removal chemicals.
With the abundance of trees in West Michigan, it helps when Grand Rapids residence mark the specific trees they'd like removed or pruned. However, sometimes homeowners change their minds on which trees they'd like removed of pruned. If a tree has been spray painted for tree removal, and the homeowner decides they'd like to keep it, the spray paint can be quite an eye sore. One simple way to avoid this is marking trees with tape or ribbons. If the tree was marked with paint, there are still ways to remove it other than time. A combination of mineral spirits and a biodegradable water bases solvent should remove the paint from the bark without damaging the tree. Learn more about removing paint from trees.
Throughout Grand Rapids we see many trees that appear overall healthy, but they still have dead limbs. Many homeowners do not know what to make of this: "is this normal or bad." In many cases, its completely normal for a tree to have dead wood, especially in the inner canopy. However, some cases may suggest disease or insects. Learn more about what might be causing dead wood in your West Michigan tree.
Many trees in West Michigan bleed sap, but most of us never take the time to actually understand why a tree is behaving in such a manner. This bleeding can be a cause for concern or it may be nothing. Learn more about tree bleeding, so we can better understand our Grand Rapids trees.
Being Grand Rapids residents, we see Oak trees everywhere. They are one of the most abundant trees in West Michigan. From these Oak trees, we can find our yards, driveways, and streets littered with acorns. Did you know, a properly planted acorn can produce a nice, mature Oak tree. Learn more about properly planting acorns to produce tall mature Oaks.
West Michigan is abundant with mature Oak Trees. Oaks (along with Maples) are a very large part of the Michigan forests. Many Grand Rapids homeowners are already aware of the Oak Wilt disease, but not many know the deadlines for cutting Oak Trees. The cut off date for cutting Oaks is April 1st, and you may start cutting them again in November. If trees must be pruned, then a protective paint layer is required to seal the wound. If the tree is to be removed, then the stump must be ground or a protective paint layer painted over the stump. Learn more about cutting oak trees in Michigan.
Trees in West Michigan, specifically Grand Rapids, are subject to extreme weather. This extreme weather can stress the tree and create broken limbs and tree cavities. Many homeowners take it upon themselves to repair these cavities with homemade remedies (foam, cement, etc). This is not a good idea for a number of reasons. It usually worsens the citation to the point of requiring a tree removal. Proper tree pruning and tree trimming can help prevent tree cavities and broken limbs. Learn more about what to do when you find a tree cavity.
In West Michigan we see many co dominant and included bark trees. These types of trees (along with a number of other factors) may require some sort of cabling and bracing. Sometimes these trees present to much liability to be cabled and may require a tree removal. Learn more about tree cabling and bracing.
Co dominant trees are every where in West Michigan, especially Grand Rapids Area. Many homeowners don't realize that co dominant stems are actually a pretty serious issue. Depending on the size and age of the tree, a simple pruning could fix the issue. Howvever, if the tree is older or larger, a tree removal might be necessary. Learn more about co dominant stems and the steps you can take to fix them.