Post Thomas Fire Tree Safety Program

The life of Joe Christman is no sticky business. What Mr. Christman does best is identify tree safety issues surrounding properties. As a 25 year veteran certified Arborist, Mr. Christman finds solutions to the toughest of situations. That is why Mr. Christman developed the Fire Tree Safety Program.

Often people self landscape not taking into consideration the distance apart Palm trees need to be planted to insure space for growth and multiplication. As the Palm tree grows proper trimming techniques insure the health of the tree and the safety of the property. With out proper tree trimming knowledge an entire Palm tree could be lost leaving heavy dead wood creating a fire hazard.

High wires climbing through tall Palm Trees are no stranger to potential flames spreading to near by structures. It is imperative to insure there are no branches touching or hanging over structures as this creates a bridge for fire to transfer.

For more information or to speak with a Certified Arborist visit the link below.

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“What the heck happened here? Where’s the gorgeous trees?”

Our once beautiful oasis of California is starting to appear like a wasteland due to the absence of greenery. There is only one solution to the ecosystems in urban Southern California that are being destroyed in large numbers by the infamous polyphagous beetle who loves to spread disease among Sycamore and Willow trees. Cities and homeowners are dealing with the epidemic by removing trees. The problem can be identified and solved early on with a few simple steps.

Identifying your forestry landscaping has a problem is your first step to avoid costly removal charges. If your trees become brittle, fall over, or seem as if they are not getting enough water such as curled leaves it is time for you to be concerned. The more we remove trees the less likely our beautiful state will continue to smell and feel as pleasant as it does today. (“The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast”, 2017) Most people when they notice their trees are struggling contact the least expensive landscaper to quickly remove them before any further property damage happens. With a few simple steps, costly removal charges or emergency extraction can be avoided.

Brittle trees mean there is a problem that may be insect related. The polyphagous shot hole borer beetle leaves tiny holes in the bark of the tree. (Khan, 2014) There will be a powder similar to sawdust surrounding each hole. Stains of sap may also be noticeable. These beetles leave behind bacteria that infects and kills trees. The beetles are moving fast destroying thousands of trees between the Mexican border and Los Angeles (“The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast”, 2017). Residents are quickly being left with little to no shade due to the need to remove trees that have become dangerous due to brittle dead limbs.

The solution is to call in the experts! A professional licensed, bonded, and insured Arborist is able to quickly diagnose your trees illness. At West Coast Tree, we would prefer to save your trees than to cut them down. Yearly examination of your forestry landscaping will ensure the optimal health and pressure the precious shade on your property. If you have exterminated all of your trees on your property it is simple to have them replaced and maintained properly by contacting an Arborist. In the long run, you will save money and the environment by putting the time into the health of your trees.

If we all work together California can become beautiful again. It takes effort on all of our parts to ensure that we educate our future generation on the necessity of maintaining the health of our trees. Here at West Coast Tree, we offer a free annual diagnosis. If you have a tree that is so far gone that it must be removed we offer discounts on replacement trees. We are here to answer all of your questions and continue to work hard to save our ecosystem.beetle tracks

 

Khan, A. (2014, June 05). What to do if the polyphagous shot hole borer attacks your trees. Retrieved March 30, 2018, from http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-beetle-trees-what-to-do-20140529-story.html

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast. (2017, April 19). Retrieved March 30, 2018, from http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-dying-urban-trees-20170403-story.html

Recycle Coffee Grounds

Plants & Shrubs That Like Coffee Grounds

Although coffee grounds are widely believed to be an acidifying agent when added to garden soil, the pH of grounds usually tends to be closer to neutral. That is not to say that coffee grounds are not used in the garden. While they may not increase soil acidity, coffee grounds are a rich source of fatty acids, essential oils, and nutrients that enrich the soil. The types of plants and shrubs that benefit from using coffee grounds in the soil depends on the way the grounds are used.

Why Plants Like Grounds

Although the grounds do not generally alter the soil’s pH, they do improve soil texture and drainage. Additionally, as coffee grounds decompose, they release nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals that support plant growth. Some examples of plants that thrive in a nitrogen-rich planting area include leafy vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes, corn, roses, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. As a bonus, coffee grounds are reputed to have a deterrent effect on garden pests. According to “The New York Times 100 Gardening Questions and Answers,” using coffee grounds as mulch may help repel pests including squirrels and rabbits from damaging vegetables such as beets, broccoli, beans, peas or lettuce.

Work Grounds Into the Soil

Maximize the benefits of the grounds by adding nitrogen fertilizer to the soil at the same time. Coffee grounds release nutrients as the fungi and bacteria in the soil break them down, a process that can take several months. In the meantime, it’s helpful to have a supplemental fertilizer in the planting area to support plant growth while the coffee grounds decompose. “The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers” recommends using no more than 6 pounds of coffee grounds for every 100 square feet of planting area. Coffee bean compost has been found to be a substitute for peat moss when growing anthurium plants.

Use it as Mulch

Although using grounds topically can be helpful in deterring pests from the garden, it can also have a downside. Aside from the potentially repellent odor of decomposing wet coffee grounds, using thick layers of coffee grounds as mulch can act as a barrier to moisture and air movement. Linda Chalker-Scott, an editor of Washington State University’s “MasterGardener,” recommends using no more than 1/2 inch of coffee grounds topped with another type of organic mulch such as wood chips. Mulches and compost made with coffee beans enhanced sugar beet seed germination and improved growth and yield of cabbage and soybeans, she writes.

Add it to Compost

Because of their rich nitrogen content, coffee grounds are ideal for adding to the compost pile. Oregon State University Extension recommends using equal parts of coffee grounds, leaves, and fresh grass clippings to get an optimal balance. Using more than 30 percent coffee grounds can have harmful effects on the compost mixture. Chalker-Scott recommends using 10 to 20 percent coffee grounds to create the ideal compost. Additionally, compost made with coffee grounds may have antimicrobial activity that suppresses certain fungal diseases on vegetable crops such as cucumber, beans, and tomatoes.

Plants That Don’t Like Grounds

Although most plants benefit from the nutrient boost associated with adding coffee grounds to the soil or compost, some plants may be harmed by the addition. Exposure to coffee grounds has caused inhibited seed germination and stunted plant growth in plants including white clover (Trifolium repens), alfalfa (Medicago sativa), Chinese mustard (Brassica juncea), inch plants (Tradescantia Albi-flora), asparagus fern and geraniums.

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WHAT IS A CERTIFIED ARBORIST?

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist is a voluntary process through which individuals can measure their knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care. ISA Certification is not government-sponsored or government-endorsed; it is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture as a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and the industry.

Certification is not a measure of standards of practice. Certification can attest to the tree knowledge of an individual but cannot guarantee or ensure quality performance.

Happy Birthday Joe Christman!

You are only as young as your spirit. Joe loves hiking through the woods and surrounding hills to our beautiful beach coves here in Ventura and Santa Barbara County. He brings his dog Lucy along who is trained to keep Joe safe from rattle snakes. We all love seeing Joe’s photos of his adventures, like below, our Arborist finds himself in-caved with a dead tree.

It reminds us of how quickly we lose trees in these drought seasons. Luckily we received a splash of water last week that freshened up the earth. Joe would tell us to take a good look at tree tops. Shallow roots with tall tops can topple over. New rain can loosen roots causing an emergency tree service call. Preventative measures can reduce risks.

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At the size of a grain of rice, an adult at 3 to 4 mm, this winged insect can decimate fields of citrus trees. Widespread in Western coastal areas the Diaphorina citri also known as the Asian citrus psyllid can cause a serious bacterial disease called “Greening Disease” or HLB (Huanglongbing) among citrus trees. 

Asian citrus psyllid feeds on the veins of citrus tree leaves. At the tips of growing leaf shoots eggs are laid. One female is capable of laying up to 800 eggs per life time. Populations are higher in the warmer months.  An adult life cycle can be up to several months. 

Citrus trees whose leaves start looking strange, malformed fruit, and bitter-tasting fruit there may be a serious problem. Sticky traps can be placed in trees to test for the pest. Trees that are inflected with HLB will die. The only way to treat the disease is to cut the infected trees down before neighboring trees are infected.  

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Fire Prevention / Brush Clearance

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April showers bring May flowers. Along with that, comes a lush green of weeds growing alongside your home. As the heat wave comes in with Summer, the weeds become dry placing your property at risk for fire.

All counties have ordinances involving fire safety. If you reside in Ventura or LA Counties please click the link below for specific details involving your residence. Weed abatement must be done on a yearly basis before July 1st in most areas or the homeowner could be subjected to large fines.

Our calendar will be booking up fast! Contact us early to get your property in for brush clearance before it is too late. You will save money in the long run and enjoy the aesthetics of your property after the job is done.

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April 27th Celebrate Arbor Day!

 

Around the world, people get together to plant trees in honor of spring. Trees create an ecosystem for birds and bugs. They give us fresh air and beautiful shade during the hot summer months. Our planet suffers every time someone decides to cut down a tree. Most people do not understand the value of tree’s on their property or the commitment it takes to keep them healthy. It is imperative that an Arborist examines your trees yearly to ensure the life of your trees. Just like the human body, trees can contract diseases that can lead to death. A good tree doctor can save your trees and your pocketbook from the high costs of emergency tree removal. For a free consultation contact us today!

Season Changes

Spring into Tree Trimming!

Buyer Beware!

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CONTRACTORS AT THOMAS FIRE SITES SCRUTINIZED

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office says investigators from their office and the State of California swept through 44 Thomas Fire disaster sites to make sure the people doing clean up and repair work are in compliance with the law.

The compliance sweep happened a week ago and they contacted 55 business entities working at the 44 sites.

The DA says all but five companies were in compliance.

They say those five were ordered to stop work as a result of violations of contractor license laws or worker’s comp laws.

DA Greg Totten says they’re pleased that the vast majority of companies are operating properly but they will be continually checking to make that the companies are in compliance.

When is the best time to prune fruit trees?

Prune fruit trees when the leaves are off (dormant). It’s easier to see what you are doing and removal of dormant buds (growing points) invigorates the remaining buds. Summer pruning removes leaves (food manufacturer), slows fruit ripening, and exposes fruit to sunburn.

How to Fruit Trees

Winter Fruit Tree Trimming is happening now!

 

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Our Latest Customer Comment!

Joe Christman responded to my request for a quote to remove a fallen tree very quickly.
He came to my home and assessed the fallen tree and gave a quote as well as a quote to trim another tree and a quote for a yard clean up (since my yard was very overgrown) with a promise to complete the work the next day. He gave his personal promise that I would be very happy with the outcome.  I agreed to have the work done and am more than happy with the outcome!! I mean I am on “Cloud Nine” with the work that Joe’s team completed. They were
professional, respectful and worked with a positive attitude and respect for my yard in a way
that I wasn’t expecting.  They even thought the tree trimming was “fun”!!.  The work they completed for me would have taken me months to complete myself.  I am now so relieved that my trees won’t pose a problem with any upcoming winds this fall.  I highly recommend West Coast Tree Company. – Elain C.

 

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