Trees Improve the Quality of Your Health

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Working in the Tree Industry can be taxing at times, but did you know trees have a positive impact on your health? Trees are a natural restorative: Looking at a tree eases blood pressure, pulse rate slows, and breathing becomes calm.

Living in an area populated with trees help cool down neighborhoods and fight air pollution. Trees naturally provide oxygen and thus improve the quality of the air. That’s why here at Carolina Tree Care we pride ourselves on being tree preservationists; we understand the importance of trees and the social responsibility we have to protect the canopy of the Carolinas.

Hugging a tree

On the Crawl

Posted on: June 16, 2017

Are your pine trees looking sick, and heavy defoliation evident? Your pines could be suffering from a creepy crawler; otherwise known as, the Red Headed Pine Sawfly. The Red Headed Pine Sawfly feeds on both native and exotic pines, but prefers to lay its eggs on hard pines. What does the damage look like? Damage from the Sawfly is first evident on pines when reddish – brown needles start appearing, where once healthy needles once were. Once a larvae becomes older they begin to eat the  needle in its entirety and  will more than likely strip a branch full of foliage before moving to another needle.

Are you looking to stop the Red Headed Pine Sawfly in its track? Consulting a certified Arborist ensures your tree will get the best care when under attack. Pesticides may be recommended as the best course of action. The pesticide chemicals  aid in destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or animals; a perfect match for the Sawfly.

Protect your Pines: Be on the lookout for the Red Headed Pine Sawfly worming around this season.

Take a look at these creepy crawlers we found in Charlotte, NC

Carolina Tree Care Launches New Website

Posted on: May 30, 2017

Concord, NC—Carolina Tree Care (CTC), a leading provider of residential and commercial tree care services throughout the Carolinas, announced today the launch of its new website, The website includes a fresh design, easy-to-navigate functionality and enhanced content—all of which provide visitors with an improved experience for exploring Carolina Tree Care’s premier service offerings.

“Carolina Tree Care has grown and evolved significantly in the last few years. In 2016, we became members of the Lewis family of companies,” stated Jack Guffey, Senior Vice President, Operations. “During this transition, our utility arborists joined forces with Lewis Tree Service, one of the largest providers of utility vegetation management services in North America. And now, Carolina Tree Care, backed by committed Lewis resources, can refocus on our collective passion: taking the best care possible, and maximizing the value, of our customers’ trees and properties.”

Key elements of the redesigned website include:

  • A renewed focus on residential and commercial services
  • Enhanced service-specific pages providing quick access to key information
  • Simplified navigation and improved content
  • Optimization for mobile and smart devices

The Carolina Tree Care website will be updated regularly with news, blog entries, company events and other relevant content.

About Carolina Tree Care: Carolina Tree Care is a team of preservationists who believe that trees are a crucial part of our existence. At CTC, we recognize that trees are of the utmost importance to the canopy and the history of our communities. We understand the value that your trees provide to you and your property emotionally, aesthetically and monetarily—and we partner with you to maximize that value. CTC is fully insured, TCIA accredited and run by an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist who employs a team of ISA-certified arborists and TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professionals. Carolina Tree Care is employee owned and a sister company of Lewis Tree Service, one of the largest utility vegetation management companies in North America. Learn more at

Your trees. Your property. Our passion.

Are You Committing “Crape Murder?”

Posted on: February 25, 2017

Crape Myrtles are a beautiful and very common tree in Charlotte, NC: Crape Myrtles are also known for the pruning that is required to maintain that beauty. The overall goal of pruning the crape myrtles is to shape the overall look of the tree, produce strong branches and showcase the smooth multi-toned bark. However, many individuals commit “crape murder” sometimes without even knowing they’re doing so. Cutting the branches back to thin stubs becomes detrimental to the health of the tree.

How should one avoid “crape murder?” Below are steps listing proper pruning techniques:

  • Prune in late winter. Did you know: February is the ideal time to prune? Now, get to it!
  • As the tree grows, gradually remove all side branches from the main trunks up to a height of 5 feet or so.
  • Cut back to another branch, to just above an outward –facing bud on a branch, or to the branch collar
  • Remove unwanted branches before they get thicker than a pencil.

Need to reverse a butchered crape myrtle? Call Carolina Tree Care today – it’s not too late to save your beloved tree. If the crape myrtle has been cut within a few feet of the ground, it’s best to cut the plant completely to the ground. It will grow back quickly. If the crape myrtle has been rounded off, follow the guidelines above.

Need some New Year’s Resolutions for your yard? We have you covered!

Posted on: January 4, 2017

  • Cable any weak or distressed trees to get ready for winter storms.
  • Prune any dead or diseased branches from trees.
  • Spray dormant oil on your fruit trees to protect from overwintering pests, larvae and eggs.
  • Clean your flower beds in preparation for the spring.
  • The winter is a great time to plant roses & bare root trees before spring arrives.