Mother Nature Strikes
Sep 13, 2012
Sunday night’s storm whipped through the desert with fierce winds and rain. The storm's aftermath spread throughout the Coachella Valley with an abundance of large, uprooted trees, broken branches and scattered debris. The amount of tree damage throughout the valley was shocking and brings our attention to preventing future damage. Here are a few tips to help preserve the life of your trees.
[singlepic id=11 w=320 h=240 float=left]Preventive or structural pruning is a process that helps build strong attributes in trees making them more resistant to storms. A good tree structure is one that has a single dominant leader or trunk, a balanced canopy with branches that are spaced away from each other, and strong branch unions. The goal of preventive structural pruning is to guide and direct the growth of the tree so it becomes a sustainable structure.
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[singlepic id=9 w=320 h=240 float=right]Roots are an important factor not only for the extraction of needed nutrients from the soil, but to serve as a strong anchor for the tree. Roots normally grow outward to about three times the branch spread of the tree. About 50 percent of a tree’s root system is within what’s called the canopy drip line which is the area from the trunk to the end of the horizontal branches. A small watering radius’ can stifle the lateral development of roots and shallow watering keeps roots from reaching deeper into the soil.
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Large, mature trees enhance the appearance of your property and provide coveted summertime shade. With preventive tree care maintenance your trees can flourish for years to come.