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CT Citizens Urged to Prepare for Disaster as Hurricane Gaston Approaches

Since it is hurricane season, weather is often unpredictable. In Connecticut, we are seeing more severe weather events on the rise, and it is now becoming a normal pattern. With the anticipation of the hurricane Gaston approaching, Connecticut is preparing for a state of emergency.
The incoming hurricane is expected to be just as severe as hurricane Sandy that hit CT in 2012. We now know the force of the hurricanes that can strike, and need to be prepared. The amount of storms due to climate change has been rising. There is a  70 percent chance for 12 to 17 named Atlantic storms (5 -8 hurricanes and 2-4 hurricanes being major). The average from last year was 12 storms, making the number of storms predicted much higher for this year.
The state of Connecticut recommends that people prepare for the storm be doing the following:
 
  • Cutting back trees with CT Tree Removal Services to prevent power failure with falling trees
  • Having a backup power source
  • Have an evacuation plan
  • Emergency kit with food, water, medical equipment and a flashlight
  • Go over tips for preparing for a hurricane on the city of New Haven website
  • Check out the New Haven Register Hurricane Article
Senator Blumenthal urges people to be prepared for the storm. Some towns were hit hard while others were never touched, but it is hard to predict where the hurricane will hit exactly until it happens. Everyone should be ready for disasters, including heavy winds knocking down trees requiring emergency tree removal services. He is telling towns throughout CT to have their own emergency response for impending summer storms.  

Summer Fun at the Durham Fair

The Durham Fair is an annual event in Durham, CT that began in 1916. It attracts fair goers, exhibitors, vendors, musicians and much more! This annual fall tradition is held this year on September 22 -25, for a weekend of excitement. We have a variety of food, live entertainment, games, rides, crafts and so much more! This year our special guest is the band Foreigner, which will guarantee a night of fantastic music. Other entertainment featured from our novelty events includes: marvelous mutts, redneck arena, animal pulls, motorized events and a wine festival. We have fall activities for kids like the annual corn stalk stage, and an area for petting animals. With free parking and shuttle services, it’s a fun event the whole family can enjoy – at a fair price!

Durham-Fair-postcardDuring the fall, it is often a concern to weakened trees losing leaves and trees limbs. While fairs are fun, we want to ensure the safety of all of the fair goers. Analyzing weak or dead trees is the top way to ensure safety and prevent damage to the fairgrounds. Hiring a tree removal service, such as Durham Tree Removal – will provide the safety while the fair provides the family fun!

Tree Diseases in the Summer

Many people worry about damage to trees in the winter, but the Summer is when trees are the most damaged from storms and disease. The structural damage to trees in the summer from different fungus, insects and storms are even more concerning than the ice damage caused in the winter. It’s always good to have your trees checked over to make sure they are in proper condition and health.

 

Many types of trees during the summer are unfortunately affected by the different weather elements during the summer. Birch trees are the most common trees to have stress from the different conditions. During the summer, beetles called Bronze Birch Borer feed below the bark of the tree – where it’s rich in nutrients. They usually attack trees under stress, but most aged birch trees are all under some level of stress. These beetles can be eliminated with insecticides to ensure your tree remains in proper health.

 


July is a common month to start seeing crab apple trees become diseased and lose their leaves prematurely. This is due to Apple Scrab, a fungus that attacks the tree. By the time people notice the trees losing leaves, it may be too late to control the condition. This will not kill the tree, but will damage and reduce the value of the tree. Trees become infected often in early spring, so be sure to take preventative measures before it’s too late.

 

elmAnother disease that will affect trees during the summer is the Dutch Elm Disease which is a fungus that will attack the tree which cause brown streaking in the wood and leaves to turn from yellow to brown.Fungicides injected into the trunk of the tree will prevent the tree from becoming diseased.
It is important to take preventative measures this summer in order to keep your trees in top shape. If your trees become diseased, proper removal may be necessary with a licensed tree removal service in Hamden CT. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (203)466-2400.

How to Prep Your Trees for Summer Storms

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Summer is an important time to keep up with the health and wellness of your trees. One of the first things to do is inspect your landscape for any signs of disease or issues with insects. A visual test is the most basic test. By looking at your tree, does anything strange pop out at you like growing fungus, open wounds or soft spots? Large cracks in wood will make the tree unstable in high winds. Any of these conditions can make a tree more likely to fall and damage your property.

Pruning

Pruning your trees is important for the growth and maintenance of your trees. Some of the healthiest trees come from just keeping up with pruning. By pruning diseased, dead or unsafe branches, you can help maintain the structure of your tree with healthy growth over the years.

 

Removing or Stabilizing Weak Limbs

You can cable or brace weak limbs that you are unable to remove. Ultimately you will want to remove weak limbs so they do not damage anything surrounding the tree. Cabling will make the tree branches stronger, and prevent from limbs suffering further weakening and damaging and ultimately fall. If your tree falls, you should contact us for tree removal in Wallingford CT.

 

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The root of the tree is also important to protect since it holds up the structure of the tree. Having a circle of mulch surrounding the base of the tree will help to prevent lawn mowing equipment from getting too close to the tree. The equipment can hit the roots and cause major damage to the tree. By keeping space for mulch, this will allow for the flow of nutrients and water to drain through the soil. This will also hold up the structure of the tree better in case of an incoming storm.

CT Chestnut Tree Fact (Infographic)

Connecticut is home to a huge variety of trees. Watch our blog for more interesting facts about trees in Connecticut!

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Caring for Trees

Caring for Trees

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Water

Each tree needs 25 gallons of water each week or 1.5 inches of rain

You can prevent water runoff:

  • Including a 25 gallon slow-release watering bag to your maintenance routine. Fill it up once per week.
  • Put a bucket at the bottom of your tree that is can hold 5 gallons of water. Make sure the bucket has holes and fill 5 times per week.
  • Power on a house for a half an hour and place at the bottom of the tree. Turn the water on low to not overflow the tree.

Keep Lawn Equipment Away From Trees

  • Line a trunk guard at the bottom of the tree to keep the water and nutrients inside. This will protect animals and rodents from getting in as well.

Pruning

  • Tools – Make sure to use clean, sanitized tools. Make sure that they are not dull before use.

Timing

  • It’s better to get rid of damaged or diseased trees at the soonest time possible. Do not wait too long
  • Pruning should be done from December to mid-March, because it’s best during dormant season. You can better see the trees structure when the leaves have fallen
  • Trees that flower in the Spring should be pruned after flowering. Other trees that flower, to prevent spread of plant disease, should be pruned in dormant season

Soil

  • Nutrient deficiencies will affect the quality of the soil, so be sure to purchase top quality soil. Soil that is rich in organic matter is the best because it is free of toxins and pesticides that may slow plant growth.
  • Soil quality will affect your landscape. Healthy soil will filter through any pollution to your plans, and give nutrients to your trees
  • Health soil will appear to be darker in color since it is dense with organic matter
  • It should contain: plant and animal activity, worms, and fungi.

In case you tree still fails after all of these tips for the upcoming summer season, let us know so we can help! We will carefully inspect your tree and if needed, we can remove it.  We have specially trained staff who have 5 or more years of experience with handling trees. For tree removal in Hamden CT, contact us at  (203)466-2400 to receive a free quote!

 

Tips for Tree Trimming Safety

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Tree trimming can require very advanced equipment and high climbing. Aerial lifts may be required to reach high branches, along with power tools like trimmers and chainsaws. If you are not trained to do this correctly, you can be at risk for electrocution or falls. It is important if you are not an experienced tree climber to contact someone who is qualified in Tree Removal in Durham CT.

 

  1. Protective Gear – Always wear gloves when trimming trees and branches. Wear leather lineman’s gloves, which are the protection from this type of job. Wear special glasses to protect your eyes from dust, insects, wood particles, etc. Use ear protection from the loud power tools – earplugs would be a good option. Be mindful of fall protection, and don’t forget to wear slip-free shoes.
  2. Carefully Assess Before Performing the Job – Since every tree job in different, it is important to assess any dangers. Check local weather conditions, sharpen tools, put fall protection into place, inspect equipment, secure your ladder, and perform any other safety methods before starting the job.
  3. Mark Off the Area you Are Working On – Use bright caution tape or cones around the tree you are working on. If your work goes into the road, then wear bright clothing so cars passing by can see you.
  4. Working with a Partner –  It’s important for safety reasons to have someone inspect out any safety issues around the area you are working on. If you are climbing a ladder, someone should be on the ground to stabilize the ladder for you.
  5. No Conductive Tools Near Powerlines – Don’t’ use any tools or equipment that can conduct electricity and start a fire. Ladders, pole trimmers, and various other tools will conduct electricity, so be sure to research the correct tools to use. Any power lines that are down still have electricity, which can still be deadly if you get too close.
  6. Keep Distance From Power Lines – Do not get very close to power lines. Do not get to close unless you have to, and do not turn off power to the lines unless you are trained. Always contact the utility company if your job requires you to get close to any power lines.
  7. Check That Your Tree Is Stable Before You Climb – If your trees have cracks or weakness in them, then it is not safe to climb. A tree lift would be necessary when the tree is too weak.  Do not use weak or dead branches for supporting your weight. When climbing, have someone stay on the ground for safety, and use separate tree limbs for your hands and feet when climbing.

When a Tree Should be Removed

Do not hesitate when you see something strange going on with your tree. There are many reasons trees may need to be removed from your property from old age to disease. Trees that are too old become a risk to you and your family’s safety. In this case, the best option is to have your tree removed rather than endanger your household.

 

Some of the signs to look for to call in someone to evaluate your trees are:

 

Examining for any leaning of the trees
Some trees lean naturally, but if this happens to be new with your tree, than your tree can be very unstable. Any tree that is leaning is usually means that it is in danger of dying or is already dead. Contacting us or Tree removal in Hamden CT may be your best option!

Inspect the Tree Trunk
Any cracks or cavities in the trunk can destabilize the structure. Trees should be examined to see if they are structurally sound; this does not necessarily mean they have to be removed. A cavity may be small enough for the tree to handle, or it may be too large for the tree to hold up on its own.

Inspect the Roots
You can get a lot of information on the health of your tree by inspecting its roots. When the roots are damaged or decaying, the tree will not have a good structure to stand on. This means that your tree may have lost its structural support, and can potentially fall. If the base of the tree has space between the tree and the ground, that is also a sign that your tree’s structure is compromised. This can cause tree lean and cause tree damage.

Have a Canopy Inspection Done
A canopy inspection needs to be done by a professional. This will find the hidden and most dangerous branches on the tree. There may be little to no signs that a branch is broken or dead until after the break. Any branch that has bark missing or dead leaves usually means the branch is not being held up by the tree. These are the branches that need to be removed immediately for safety reasons.

How Trees Provide For Us

PCS-bucket-truck3In every town across the United States, trees provide shade, recreation, and fun, whether you are hiking through the woods or enjoying some shade in your backyard. Those who like to hike in Woodbridge, CT may not know of all of the trails and parks that are available for the public to use. Hiking is a great way to teach children about nature, to work off stress, and to stay in shape.

The Race Brook Estates Blue Trail System runs through the heart of Woodbridge, and parking is available at Beecher Road, Marion Drive, and Pease Road. Enjoy nature trails, beautiful waterfalls, and gorgeous trees when hiking these trails. Those who are really adventurous can hike all the way from this trail to nearby West Rock Park in New Haven.
Other nearby trails in Woodbridge include Alice Newton Street Memorial Park, Bishop Estate East, the Newton Road Park Trail System, and Elderslie Reserve Trails. In addition, the Regional Water Authority also has several trails in Woodbridge. Some are open to the public, while other require the Water Authority’s recreation permit.
If you are lucky enough to have trees and shade in your backyard, you can learn about nature without having to trek through the woods. However, when trees rot or become diseased, safety can be a real concern. Those who need tree removal in Woodbridge, CT can look to Precision Cutting Services for any and all tree removal needs.
Summer storms can strike suddenly, and rotting trees can fall easily, damaging property and causing injury. If you have a tree you feel may be unsafe, please call us and we will provide a free estimate for tree removal. In addition to complete tree removal, we also offer branch removal and stump excavation. Call Precision Cutting Services today at (203)466-2400 for a free consultation.

How to Check for Severe Tree Damage

Everyone looks forward to the summer months in New England. Between concerts on the green, barbecues, day trips to the shoreline beaches – there is never a shortage of fun times in Orange, CT

and the surrounding towns. Those lucky enough to have a big backyard can enjoy the shade from their trees, maybe take a dip in the pool, and invite friends over for a barbecue or volleyball.
However, the summer season is also thunderstorm season as well. While it’s possible to have an occasional thunderstorm during the winter months (as Orange actually had one in December, 2015), severe thunderstorms during spring and summer are much more likely to cause damage, from strong winds, hail, and even lightning.

everitt-st-tree-removal (2)Homeowners may not give much thought to this, even if they have trees in their backyard, but in reality, older trees should be checked every year for disease and rot. On June 23, 2015, a large storm swept through the greater New Haven area, causing falling trees and power lines all throughout the county. Luckily, no person or animal was severely injured – however, many trees fell on houses and vehicles, causing a significant amount of damage.

Here at Precision Cutting Services, we are glad to provide you with a myriad of tree removal services in Orange, CT. Cal us today for a free estimate, and we will check all of your trees for disease and rot. Some older trees may not even require removal, as they just need a little bit of TLC and trimming.
We are experts in the entire field of tree removal – from branches, to whole trees, to stump excavating and grinding. To find out more information about keeping your home and property safe this summer, fill out the form on our website, or give Precision Cutting Services a call at (203)466-2400 to speak with a member of our professional staff.