Uninvited Visitors

Posted on: October 13, 2017

 

Have you recently noticed small fluffy white pests flying in the air or on trees in your yard?

If you live in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, the answer is more than likely yes! The greater Charlotte area is experiencing large quantities of small flying white pests otherwise known as Woolly Aphids. These tiny critters aren’t actually covered in white fluff rather  strands of wax projecting the fluffy wool-like appearance.

 

Although the Woolly Aphids are not dangerous or poisonous to humans they’re considered a notable nuisance; the irritant itself comes from what the Woolly Aphids produce – honeydew. The Woolly Aphid feeds on certain parts of trees then creates a sticky by product that stays left behind on trees, shrubs, and grass and can quickly become an annoyance, especially for homeowners that have trees in close proximity to walkways or foot trafficked areas.

 

Once Honeydew is created from the Woolly Aphid it then evolves into sooty mold, which is a black, dry coating that adheres to plant leaves. Although not detrimental, sooty mold makes the leaves look diseased and is unappealing in sight. The spread of sooty mold to other plants is rapid, taking hold in just a matter of days.

 

Are Woolly Aphids considered uninvited guests on your property? Say so long! Woolly Aphids are typically controlled with a mild insecticide and treatment is recommended annually.

 

We want to make sure we covered any question you may have regarding Woolly Aphids, if we missed the mark in the article above, feel free to call 704.788.8733 and speak with a certified arborist today!


Carolina Tree Care Prepares for Hurricane Irma

Posted on: September 8, 2017

 

CHARLOTTE, NC – As Hurricane Irma heads towards the US, Carolina Tree Care plans for action. Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida with wind gusts of 100 to 150 mph, at this level of intensity, the winds potential to wreak havoc on power lines and trees is imminent.

 

This week, Carolina Tree Care has prepared crewmembers for storm damage response by conducting storm safety meetings along with the weekly tailgate meetings. Storm damage clean up can be hazardous, and precautions must be taken. Area Managers, General Forman, and crew members discussed the importance of having a detailed plan of action in place before site clean-up occurs. As first responders to storm affected areas, safety is the number one priority.

 

How to prepare your trees before a storm arrives:

· Thin trees with large canopies.
· Avoid removing large limbs unless they are obstructing traffic, pedestrians, or are hazardous.
· Assess hazardous trees with a consulting arborist and plan accordingly before bad weather transpires.

 

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 Tree Care 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 www.carolinatree.com.   Irma Press Release

Your trees. Your property. Our passion.


Fall Is Right Around the Corner: Revamp Your Fall Landscape

Posted on: August 17, 2017

Fall is right around the corner; leaves quickly change colors, crisp air settles in, and autumn crops arrive. There’s no doubt about it, fall is a beautiful time in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Take the upcoming new season as an opportunity to revamp your landscape. Below you’ll find some tips & tricks we’ve found most helpful!

Plant new trees, but don’t forget mulch.
o Mild fall days in Charlotte, NC are a great time to plant new trees this allows them to become established before the cold winter.
o Tip: When planting in the fall, mulch around the base of the trunk to add an extra layer of protection and moisture.
Combat cankerworms you can’t yet see.
o What’s your best defense against cankerworms that emerge in spring all over Charlotte and Concord, NC? Tree banding in late fall.
o Tip: Wait until most leaves have fallen from your tree to apply banding; this way, leaves won’t fall and get stuck to the band itself.
Time to rake those leaves.
o Raking leaves from lying scattered on the ground is very beneficial to the overall health of the trees root system. Raking prevents the roots system from becoming smothered in turn causing long-term injury.
o Tip: Keep an eye out for fallen fruit among fallen leaves; removing fallen fruit off the ground combats against pest infestation.
Finally, say goodbye to pesky fire ant mounds.
o Ants become more active in cooler weather this is one reason why fall is a great time to address those huge ant mounds in your yard.
o Tip: Although more than one fire ant treatment is recommended, make sure to spread each treatment out by a few weeks.
Consider late fall fertilization.
o In late fall, trees and shrubs have lost their foliage for the year and active growth has slowed. The roots of aged trees or shrubs take nutrients from the soil and apply them to their overall health including disease resistance and root development; this is why fertilization is sometimes essential to provide added nutrients to the soil.
o Tip: Fall fertilization is not always recommended for every tree. Consider consulting with an arborist beforehand.
Don’t forget the water.
o Typically, in the fall, you won’t need to water your trees. However, once leaves have fallen, occasionally watering your trees is a good thing! Watering helps trees make it through winter droughts.
o Tip: Right before the ground freezes stop all watering efforts.


Facts on Emerald Ash Borer

Posted on: August 7, 2017

 

My name is John Maurice, and I work as the Residential Division Manager for Carolina Tree Care. Internationally, I represent 1 out of 661 Board Certified Master Arborists and wanted to introduce myself today.

The purpose of this article is to inform the public of an invasive pest currently attacking Ash trees in NC – Emerald Ash Borer. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a serious threat that is currently devastating the Ash populations within this state.
Included are some quick facts about EAB:
· More than 7.5 billion Ash trees are at risk for EAB.
· On June 17, 2013 Emerald Ash Borer was found in NC.
· There are more than 2 million Ash trees currently in NC.
· Once present to the tree host, EAB is always fatal.
· It is required by the state for wood to be quarantined where EAB is present.
· Heavy woodpecker damage on Ash trees may be a sign of infestation.
· Preventative measures can be taken to prevent EAB from spreading.

I am available for any  additional information, regarding the serious issue that North Carolina will continue to face if citizens are not educated on preventable measures available.

Thank you for your time,

John Maurice

Carolina Tree Care
ISA-BCMA SO-5414BT
ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor


Crew Members Undergo Rigorous Training

Posted on: June 29, 2017

Carolina Tree Care’s craft workers are highly skilled in the area of tree care due in part to training opportunities CTC offers employees.  Aerial rescue (AR) training is one outlet for craft workers to gain knowledge and preparedness to evaluate an emergency situation and respond appropriately.

 
One statistic in the tree care industry cites more double fatalities occur due to failed aerial rescue attempts than any other reason. That frightening statistic plays a huge part in why we take aerial rescue preparation so serious. During AR training, craft workers play out various scenarios of emergency situations should rescue of an injured tree worker deem necessary. Aerial rescue training covers rescue concepts, methods and procedure.

 
The Tree Care Industry Association stated, “An emergency could develop any time one of your crews is aloft, and your employees must know how to react.” Here at Carolina Tree Care, we couldn’t agree more.