Treating Tree Diseases
What is Sudden Limb Drop?
Limbs can fail due to heavy and unnecessary loads of foliage or genetic defect, but there is another cause happening all around the Bay Area. It is called “sudden limb drop phenomena,” or sometimes referred to as “sudden branch drop.” The phenomena causes limbs to break commonly on hot and windless days, with no obvious…Read More
Common Tree Insects for the South Bay Area
Arbortek’s certified arborists not only work here in the South Bay are, but live here as well. They see and treat numerous native tree insects day in, and day out. Here are a few common tree insects you can watch out for yourself. If you see these little critters, it’s time to call Arbortek Trees.…Read More
Honeydew and You – How to Treat Tree Aphids
Is there a tree dripping sap on your property – possibly staining sidewalks or other areas with sticky residue? Unfortunately, that is generally a sign of tree aphids. There are thousands of types of aphids who live in relatively temperate climates worldwide. They can cause severe stress to trees and other plants (roses are a…Read More
Fruit Tree Selection Guide
Fresh fruit from your own backyard is everyone’s dream. But many find the idea of planting and successfully growing fruit as a insurmountable task. Not so! Pick the right tree and plant at the right time – and you will be enjoying ripe and healthy snacks straight from the vine in no time! First, what…Read More
The Hard Facts About Growing (and Spraying) Olive Trees
These blooming Mediterranean natives are true beauties, growing up to 30’ tall and spreading out nearly as far. It’s no wonder that olive trees have become California landscape mainstays, thriving in the plentiful sunshine and temperate climate that California offers up. While we never complain about olives in a delicious tapenade or Niçoise salad, unless…Read More
How To Spot Tree Disease, Before It’s Too Late!
Do you know how to spot tree disease? You probably already know many of the benefits of trees: that they’re a crucial part of the environment – providing shade, oxygen, and animal habitats; that they bring beauty and fullness to most any landscape; and of course, that they can add dramatically to both the curb…Read More
How To Be Unpopular in the Tree Trimming World
Poor Rodney Dangerfield. The late “I can’t get no respect” comedian apparently found he wasn’t popular close to home, either. “I looked up my family tree,” he said, “and found out I was the sap.” In the tree-trimming world, nobody cares if you’re the sap in your family: what makes you unpopular has a lot…Read More
Tree Hollows: One Big Myth, One Big Truth Uncovered
The Tree Hollow Myth In our popular imagination, there’s hardly a place as idyllic as the hollow of an old tree – even better if it’s in the middle of a mossy forest, surrounded by chirping birds and squirrels. The romantic association makes sense: Winnie the Pooh, after all, lived in a cozy hollow in…Read More
Why Spraying for Peach Leaf Curl Now, Can Save Fruit & Money Later!
You have probably seen a nearby peach or nectarine tree that is suffering greatly from peach leaf curl…… How does it happen? Peach leaf curl causes leaves of peaches and nectarines to discolor, pucker, distort, and eventually fall off. Peach leaf curl is a fungal disease which overwinters in the tree bark and around the buds. The…Read More