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Dead trees = falling debris!

Lombardy poplars are common and cheap—but they easily die and can drop dangerous limbs. Like these pictured tree “skeletons,” you’ll often see them by roads and sidewalks. (Like tree experts say, “Wrong tree. Wrong place.”) If you have dead or dying poplars, please call for a free consultation. These trees are often hazardous to climb.… Continue Reading

Mushrooms. Mushrooms. Everywhere!

With last fall’s warm and super wet weather in Portland and our continuing mild winter throughout the state, we’ve noticed an increase in truly spectacular mushroom blooms. While these mushrooms can be harmless to your lawn, they can signal problems if you find them growing directly at the base of a tree. Often, such a… Continue Reading

Emergency Call: Wind Damage

Recently, our Portland area clients may have noticed the wind blowing upwards of 40 miles per hour… This birch tree is usually vertical. … and a resulting spate of tree breakages around the city. When the storm winds rise – as they have done so regularly over the past week – do you often find… Continue Reading

An Epidemic of Poplar Failures

Around this time last year we talked about the dangers posed by dying poplar trees, and the complications and risks involved in removing them. Considering the astounding number of calls our Portland office has received in recent weeks to have these notoriously problematic trees removed, we feel that it bears mentioning again. Indeed, if you happen to have a… Continue Reading

Diseases in Trees: Soil-borne Fungal Infections

Do you have a tree that’s in a state of catastrophic decline? Is the foliage pale, dying back in large sections, or even throughout the whole tree? More likely than not, the cause of a widespread dieback can be found in the soil — via chemicals, construction damage, poor water or nutrient conditions, or bacterial or fungal infections. Today… Continue Reading

Wrong Tree, Wrong Place: Part 2

Not too long ago we gave a consultation to a gentleman whose backyard was almost entirely surrounded by tall trees: a row of maples leaning over from his neighbor’s yard, a large bushy pine, and a 60-foot sequoia that he had planted 25 years ago. Overhead, the canopies of all these trees formed a nearly-complete dome… Continue Reading

Say Hello to Our Newest Crew Member

Our customers in Medford may already be familiar with our 65-foot bucket lift. But now, our Portland crew is also equipped with a new, 75-foot lift! It’s perfect for all those hard-to-reach places, such as a hazardous dead poplar tree — which as we mentioned in our previous post on Problem Poplars, are generally unsafe… Continue Reading

Winter Tree Protection Tips (For When It’s Barely Winter Outside)

This season has been a winter catastrophe throughout the U.S., with the polar vortex bringing freezing temperatures all the way down to Florida and Mexico, covering the entire nation in ice and — What’s that? It’s a toasty 50 degrees outside? Why, you must be living in sunny Oregon! (And for once, that phrase is… Continue Reading

Mitigating Hazards Before They’re Dangerous

Recently we’ve had several cases where clients called us to have a worrisome dead tree removed, and when our arborist arrived to give an estimate, we’d discover that the tree had been dead for a very long time. The most recent case was a birch tree tucked away in a back yard, surrounded by garden… Continue Reading

Problem Poplars

For today’s topic we’ll be discussing one of the most maligned tree families in the urban environment, a consistent nuisance to homeowners and arbor care professionals alike: The poplar family (consisting of cottonwoods, aspens, Lombardy poplars, etc.) grows in tall, vertical columns, with steep and often weak branch unions and soft, brittle wood. Rows of… Continue Reading