Houston Tree Services
Trees and shrubs play many important parts in our environment and in our lives.
- Animals inhale oxygen, and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants "inhale" carbon dioxide, and exhale "oxygen," which helps keep our environment in balance.
- Woody plants pick up moisture from the ground through their root systems, and deliver it to the leaves. The moisture transpires to the leaf's surface to help cool the leaf tissue. That cooling process also helps lower the temperature of the surrounding air.
- Trees provide shade for groundcover plants which help control soil erosion.
- Trees help reduce home cooling costs by shading a home's roof and walls.
Ability Tree Experts offers a full line of tree care services to help you protect your valuable investment in your property. Maintaining both the health and aesthetics of your trees and shrubs will increase the curb appeal of your property, and your quality of life.
- Tree Planting - Besides adding to the aesthetics of your yard and home, planting a new tree can help reduce your electricity bill, freshen your air, and boost your home's value. There are many factors that go into choosing an appropriate tree, such as its purpose, size, and life expectancy, and Ability Trees will help you turn this complicated decision into a rather simple one.
- Mycorrhizal Treatment - Rhizomes are the tiny fibers of a plant's root system which absorb moisture and nutrients. Mycorrhizae are beneficial fungi which attach to the rhizome and create a symbiotic relationship with the tree's roots. In essence, the mycorrhizal fungi become a secondary root system for the tree. The fungi pass moisture and minerals from the soil to the tree roots, and live off the sugar from the tree roots. An infusion of mycorrhizae will bring new vitality to healthy trees, and can help save a tree which is suffering from a declining root system.
Tree Fertilizing (AKA Deep Root Feeding) - Trees are fertilized in nature by the leaves and droppings on the forest floor which decompose, and deliver nutrients to the root systems. In urban settings, the forest floor is replaced by lawns and manicured ground cover. Fallen leaves and grass clippings are removed, eliminating nature's source of tree fertilization. Further, topical applications of fertilizer must pass the turf roots which extract many of the nutrients before they reach the tree roots. Deep root feeding injects liquid fertilizers under high pressure, directly into the tree's root zone at depths up to 18 inches, bypassing the roots of any groundcover.
Disease and Pest Control - Many tree and shrub problems are the result of bacterial or fungal diseases, or insects in various stages of life. Early detection and treatment of these problems can make the difference between maintaining a tree's health, and having to remove a dead, or dying tree. It is important to have an experienced arborist properly identify the exact nature of the problem so that appropriate treatments can be applied.
- Disease Remediation - It is often the case that, after a tree is treated for an organic infection, the diseased tree will need to have affected tissue removed to offer the greatest chance of full recovery. An experienced tree surgeon will know where, and how much wood can be removed to keep the disease in check, without damaging the tree's life functions.
- Tree Cavity Work - Just like a tooth cavity, a tree cavity is a serious condition that will only get worse if left untreated. Tree cavities are holes, or more specifically neglected bark injuries, that result from improper pruning, mechanical injury, storm damage, and other factors. Fixing this is a complicated process that should involve only an experienced tree professional.
- Tree Spraying and Seasonal Treatments - Just like we get flu shots and other vaccinations to maintain our health, trees benefit from seasonal treatments. Winterizing and spring greening are of particular importance in maintaining a tree's vitality. But summer and fall maintenance should not be ignored.
- Spring Greening - In the springtime, trees are more susceptible to fungal spore diseases and bark infestations which will not become evident until later in the year, after significant damage has been done. Spring Greening should include high pressure spray application of pest control agents to trunk and canopy surfaces. Deep root feeding is also essential as the trees expend large amounts of energy building the new leaves for the season. Adding soil nutrients will assure a rich, healthy canopy. Greening treatments should be done as the daytime temperatures approach 70ºF, just after the new buds begin to break.
- Summer Support - Our sizzling summers can be very hard on trees, espcially trees that are not native to our area. A healthy treee can require as much as 50 gallons of water every day to provide the moisture needed to keep leaf tissue from burning. One of our long, hot, dry spells can send a healthy into stress that can cause it to lose many of its leaves. Deep root feeding will not only add nutrients to help support the tree's summer growth cycle, but will add moisture to restore shrunken, hardened soil. And the holes created by the feeding tool will allow subsequent rainwater or irrigation to reach the tree's roots, past the turfgrass roots.
This is also the time of year that trees fall prey to boring and chewing insects which attack the cambium and sapwood - the parts of the tree that carry moisture and nutrients from the roots to the leaves. High pressure spray application of appropriate pesticides can help prevent the chlorotic yellowing of the leaves caused by internal damage.
- Fall - As trees prepare for their rest cycle, you should be preparing for next spring. Many of the pests which affect trees and shrubs are laying the eggs which will become next spring's pests. Now is the time to treat. Break the life-cycle of these pests with high pressure spray application of dormant oil which suffocates eggs and larvae.
Feeding is also crucial in the fall. A tree's energy is focused on the roots instead of the canopy during the tree's rest period. Deep root application of fertilizers formulated to stimulate root growth will prepare your trees for the demands of next spring's budding cycle.
- Winterizing - Bagworms, webworms, army worms, and a host of other destructive pests overwinter in your trees and shrubs. A late-season application of dormant oil will suffocate these pests in their winter shelter. The high pressure spray drives the dormant oil into the bark's crevices and the borer holes where these pests hide.
Fertilization of trees and shrubs is just as necessary in the winter as it is in other seasons. Below-ground root system activity continues even while we think of a tree as being dormant. This activity depends on the energy the tree has stored during the summer growing season. A deep root feeding formulated to support root zone activity will prepare your trees and shrubs for healthy, vibrant spring budding.
- Construction Remediation - An owner who is developing a piece of property will usually mark some trees for preservation. Construction crews may leave the trees uninjured, but the root zones will usually be severly impacted by heavy machinery which compacts soil and tears small root fibers; trenching equipment which severs entire segments of the root system; and overbuilding which covers portions of the root zone with concrete or asphalt, depriving the roots of water and oxygen. Deep root feeding and watering injects liquids at pressures of up to 750 psi, loosening hard, compacted soil. Mycorrhizal treatments fortify the tree's roots, increasing the roots' ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.
- Tree Trimming- A tree's appearance is important to the aesthetics of a landscape. Trimming is the "haircut" that defines a tree's shape. Trimming includes shaping the canopy, and deadwooding - removing dead limbs and branches.
- Tree Pruning - Wind can be one of the most damaging forces of nature for a tree. The dense foliage of the canopy resists the wind, like the sail on a sailboat. High winds can break limbs, and even uproot trees, causing costly property damage, not to mention the cost of damage to the trees. Pruning selectively removes limbs and branches to allow wind to flow more freely through the canopy; to help direct the tree's shape; and to focus the tree's growth energy on the remaining stock, ensuring a stronger, healthier, more vibrant tree.
- Tree Cabling - We've all seen magnificient old oak trees with huge limbs arching gracefully outward from the trunk, 30 feet, or more. Sadly, stately trees are often in conflict with the modern urban environment because the lower rank of limbs get in the way of people, traffic, and buildings. Removing these limbs can be injurious to the health of the tree, and certainly destroys the beauty and character that only come with age. Cabling is a technique used to retrain the growth of tree limbs to elevate the bottom of the tree's canopy without butchering the tree's appearance.
- Pre-Construction Consultation - You have just purchased a piece of property where you will build your dream home, or an office complex, or other development. One of the attractive features of the property is the existing vegetation, so you want to landscape, not landscrape. Louis Flory can work with you, or your architect to determine which trees and plants should remain on the property. Louis can also direct your construction company on the best means to protect those trees and plants during construction. Only time can replace a 50 year-old tree. Call Louis, and avoid the loss of valuable assets.
- Tree Removal - Tree removal by professional arborists
may be necessary following a storm or to remove unsightly, dead trees.
- Stump Grinding - Today's stump removal equipment ensures the toughest, most stubborn stumps are eliminated quickly and thoroughly.