Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tree Removal

Tree Removal Q & A

Does this tree need to be removed?
Why should I remove this tree?
How much is it going to cost to remove this tree?
I”m so sick of this doggone mess! We should get rid of this tree!
What is involved in tree removal?

All these and more are common expressions of people questioning whether and why to remove a tree.

In this and perhaps a few more posts I’ll address some of these questions and concerns and attempt to give some helpful insights regarding the how and why’s of tree removal.

Let’s start with some of the WHY’s-

One of the most common complaints here in the Vegas valley is the mess associated with various tree species; African sumac, Shoestring Acacia, some of the Mesquites or Palo Verdes and also pines are common offenders that people get fed up with and just want the mess to go away!

The other major concern is root problems. Invasive roots or swelling roots can create many problems. lifting walkways, driveways, patios, pool decks etc. Block walls can crack or lean due to root pressures. and of course, there are always concerns about roots affecting sewer or other water lines, underground utilities or foundations. Common culprits for these problems are Ash trees, palms, pines and mesquites.  If you have concerns about whether roots are affecting your plumbing system contact a qualified plumber like: www.redcarpetplumbing.com

View, property line encroachment and solar panel installation are other reasons for consideration for removing a tree that interferes with any of these.  Sometimes reduction (i.e. lowering the height with pruning cuts back to a lateral branch to re-direct growth as opposed to  “topping’- which is the indiscriminate ‘whacking’ of that top of a tree to cut it back severely), can work to mitigate some of these problems, but more often than not, it still comes back to removal to eliminate the constant maintenance involved in maintaining one of these mitigation techniques.

The root problem, (pardon the pun…), generally comes back to the general problem at the core of so many tree related concerns- “right tree, right location”.  Inasmuch as the average yard size here is quite small and the desire for greenery here in the desert is high, there is a tendency to put in many, or fast growing large trees and to locate them too close to walls, walkways, houses, pools, property lines etc…  All of this adds up to avoidable issues that could have been addressed if proper early planning had been done, however, the common practicality is that many of us did not have a hand in the planning or planting of the trees nor the proper consultation regarding the ultimate growth habit or characteristics of the selected trees.  Thus , the enduring challenges faced by so many homeowners now trying to remedy the current challenges faced by their existing trees.

Blocked views, leaf, needle or seed litter are obviously issues that just have to be evaluated and decided upon your personal tolerance level.  Root concerns however, have more nuance involved in determining their relative impact on determining the removal consideration when evaluating a tree.  I could go on, but I think I’d rather go into more detail in another post when I have more time to expound on these matters and keep it fresh and short, talk to you soon.

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Palm Season

It’s palm season! i.e. Summer! Yes palms are summer creatures, they are evergreen in that they never go dormant and keep their green fronds year round. In fact our cold frosts are one of the biggest dangers to them, so depending on the species some protective actions may be needed to protect them from the cold. For now though, the Summer is growing season so new growth and flowers are are actively pushing out.

The most common are the Washingtonia’s- Robust and Filifera (Mexican & CA fan palm), with their profuse flowering and the subsequent mess as the tiny flowers fall, demand for trimming peaks.  If they have been kept with year after year it’s a fairly simple process to remove a few of the dry dead fronds and raise some of the green fronds and remove seed heads (inflorescences).  Good paln trimming keeps the head semi-full: about to the 10 & 2 position for Mexicans (robusta) and closer to 9 & 3 for California’s (filifera).

Date palms are the next major category of those the common ones are the Canary island date (phoenix canariensis) or the “Phoenix” date palm (Phoenix dactylifera)- which is actual a food production date that has gone into retirement here in our communities.  The date palm without the presence of a male nearby for fertilization produces fruit that doesn’t mature and ripe so the fruits that come of are generally not edible.  The date farms sell only older female palms so people can’t grow their own and compete with them for fruit production (which is good for decorative palms so ripening fruit doesn’t attract and feed growing rodent populations).  The Canary palm is commonly called a “pineapple” palm, at least when it is shorter and the shape resembles a pineapple.  Either of these palms should be pruned to keep the fronds full (9-3), over-pruning causes narrowing of the trunk and hurts the health of the palm.  These are commonly over-pruned simply for speed- it may seem you’re getting more ‘value’ becasue they are removing more but actually they are hurting your palm and doing the fast work of just whacking away more fronds instead of the challenging and dangerous work of getting inside the full head to remove the dates (these guys are very spiny and extremely sharp!).

More details later, if you have questions please contact us for more information.

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