Estates Tree Service San Diego https://estatestreeservice.com A Tree Trimming and Tree Removal Company Wed, 29 Aug 2018 07:03:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Palm Tree Pruning and Care Quick Tips https://estatestreeservice.com/palm-tree-pruning-tips/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 06:24:09 +0000 https://estatestreeservice.com/?p=30692
Palm Tree Pruning

Palm Trees are perfect for adding a tropical touch around your home and in your garden, but if you’re not keeping up with regular Palm Tree Pruning and other care items your tropical touch may turn in to a tropical nightmare.

We love our Palm Trees in San Diego, they’re up and down the coast, they line the streets, practically everywhere you look you can spot a palm tree. Have you ever noticed that sometimes palm tree’s appear to have a large amount of dangling dead palm fronds? Well, that is a palm tree that’s not being cared for appropriately. So let’s talk about the steps that you can take to keep your palm tree’s looking beautiful.

 

Palm Tree Soil Requirements:

While many species of Palm Tree are native to San Diego, there are also many species which are not, like the very prevalent Mexican fan palm. Each species of Palm Tree will require you to care for it differently, and they’ll have different soil requirements, however, for the most part, you can stick to these guidelines when planting your next palm tree.

In San Diego we are blessed with a warm climate, so you probably don’t need to worry about frost or planting while it is too cold, however, you should avoid planting a palm tree during our dry months, from July – October, instead, aim to plant palm trees during late winter and spring.

To plant your new palm tree, dig a hole around the base that is twice the diameter of the root ball, take extra care while handling the roots, these are essentially the heart of the tree and damage while planting can lead to catastrophe. You’ll want loose, nutrient-rich soil, try to avoid areas with decomposed granite as soil is much more beneficial for the roots of the tree.

Bracing Your Palm Tree:

Bracing generally works better than staking when planting a palm tree, the smooth exterior of the palm tree can lead to your cables sliding down the tree, becoming ineffective.

To Start, take three or four braces of 2x4 lumber, space them equally around the base of the tree, make them long enough that their bottom ends far enough from the palm to allow for supporting the tree if it begins to lean. To fasten the stakes, use burlap to wrap the stakes around the tree, securely tie the braces in place. Now the important part, never nail directly into a tree. Instead, use pieces of 2x4 to connect the upright 2x4’s by nailing them into the upright 2x4’s.

Leave these braces in place for up to 1 year, or until the palm tree has established strong enough roots to remain upright on it’s own.

Pruning Palm Trees:

Removing dead fronds (leaves) and old fruit from the trees will allow your trees to live healthier. Make sure you handle all tree pruning with care, and make sure you only prune your trees in the right conditions.

Once the old fronds have turned completely brown, it’s safe to start your palm tree pruning project, but make sure you wait until there is no green left in the frond. Use a hand pruner for smaller fronds, ensure the cutting edge is sharp and clean, tree’s can get diseases that are contagious and pass these diseases between each other, a common way to pass a disease is with an infected cutting tool, click the link for more information on tree diseases.

When pruning a palm tree, cut the dead frond as close to the trunk as possible. The remaining frond base eventually falls off, but it can take many years. Do not try to strip your tree’s, if you do this before it’s ready you can scar the base of the tree which leads to disease or possibly death.

If you have a large palm tree pruning job that’s going to require more than just a hand shear, we suggest you give us a call at (760) 440-9138. For more information on pruning palm trees take a look at our palm tree trimming information.

Keep Your Palm Trees Pest Free:

Those dead fronds growing on your tree, they’re not just ugly, they’re not just weighing down your tree, they’re a breeding ground for rodents and pests.

Mice, Rats, Spiders, you name it, if you’ve got a palm tree that’s well overdue for palm tree pruning then you should be concerned about the pests and rodents living inside. Mice and rats love to eat the rotting fruit, and while they’re in your tree eating they’ll begin to make their nests. According to Official Pest Pros, dead palm tree fronds are generally a hot spot for mice and rats, if left unkept, your tree’s will become infested quickly.

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Palm Tree Pruning

Tom and company knocked down a big, ugly Jacaranda tree along with trimming some pine branches that were crowding our SDG&E power line. Excellent job and fair price. Especially evident was the clean-up including sweeping the roof which has now never looked so good. Estate Tree Service is highly recommended. Jim S.

El Cajon, Ca

We are so happy with the service!!!!  Not only did they do an excellent job on trimming all of our trees, the bid Tom gave me was the best out of the three places I called. Tom and his crew are experts at what they do. They showed up on time, did a great job on trimming all of the trees and clean up.   I know who to call now next time I need tree service. Thank you so much Estates Tree Service, my yard looks great! Lin W.

San Diego, Ca

View Our License Information By Clicking The Image Below

Our Service Area Includes:
East County Neighborhoods
Alpine
Julian
Jamul
Campo
Ramona
El Cajon
Santee
Lakeside
La Mesa
North County Neighborhoods
Rancho Bernardo
Fallbrook
Escondido
Vista
Poway
Central San Diego Neighborhoods
North Park
Mission Valley
Del Cerro
San Carlos
City of San Diego Neighborhoods
Mira Mesa
Miramar
Kearny Mesa
Linda Vista
Coastal San Diego Neighborhoods
La Jolla
Del Mar
Coronado
Point Loma

Is your neighborhood missing from this list? Don't Worry! We provide our high quality & affordable services throughout the entire County. Contact us today for your FREE estimate.

Estates Tree Service
Ramona, California 92065
(760) 440-9138

Serving All Of San Diego

Open 24 Hours a Day. 7 Days a week.

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Choosing The Right Local Tree Service https://estatestreeservice.com/choosing-the-right-local-tree-service/ Wed, 22 Aug 2018 07:32:07 +0000 https://estatestreeservice.com/?p=30672
Local Tree Service

Choosing The Right Local Tree Service

You’re probably a homeowner and you’re in need of help, but, finding the right contractor to work with on projects around the home that you love can be a daunting task, figuring out what websites are accurate, who’s giving you the best deal, is the best deal the best service? How much does it all cost?

Estates Tree Service believes in putting our customers first, we want all of our clients to be 100% satisfied so that next time a friend asks ‘Do you know a good Tree Service Near Me?’ our clients will gladly refer us. But part of providing the absolute best customer service is helping your customers make an informed decision, we prefer not to force a sale or pressure you into going with Estates Tree Service, but we know if you call us for a Free Tree Trimming estimate you’ll go with us because of the level of knowledge, care, and effort we put into making sure every single customer we meet is satisfied when we leave their home.

With thousands of Local Tree Service Companies in San Diego choosing the right one can surely be difficult, hopefully, the helpful tips below will guide you when you’re looking for a Tree Cutter Near You.

Tips For Choosing The Best Local Tree Service For You:

 

Does The Company Provide Free Estimates?

In Today’s age more and more Local Tree Service Companies in San Diego are beginning to charge customers to go out to their homes or businesses in order to provide an estimate. They claim this is just a small fee to make sure you don’t miss the appointment, but that’s not actually the case.

When you take a deeper look into the psychology of the scenario you will find that by asking for a fee upfront the Local Tree Service Company starts out with the upper hand, if you choose to pay them to come to your home to provide an estimate of how much they’re going to turn around and charge you, you’re opening the door for them to charge you more and pressure you into a sale. The reason it becomes easier for them to make the sale is that you’ve already made a commitment and established a relationship with them. This also opens them up to charging you more, they know you don’t want to throw that money away and they try to make their estimate charge seem like a benefit by subtracting it from their fee, but they’ve marked the fee up 20% because they know you want to make sure your money for the estimate doesn’t go to waste.

Simple enough, if a Local Tree Service company asks you to pay them upfront for an Estimate, say No. Then search “Tree Removal Company Near Me” online and find a company that isn’t going to use a high-pressure sales pitch to try to win your business.

Since 92 Estates Tree Service has been providing 100% Free Tree Trimming, Tree Removal and Tree Care estimate throughout San Diego County including Poway, Ramona, El Cajon, La Mesa and more! Call Today for your FREE Estimate (760) 440-9138.

Is The Local Tree Serice Company Licensed and Insured?

This is CRITICAL. View Our Tree Service Contractors License.

We truly cannot stress this enough, if your local tree service company is not licensed and insured, DO NOT HIRE THEM.

What many homeowners don’t understand is the tree cutting companies license and their insurance doesn’t just protect them, it protects the consumer from liability and from damage to their home due to a job gone wrong.

Estates Tree Service is proudly Licensed, Insured and BBB A+ Rated, we care about our customers, and we care about being the best local tree service company.

Ensuring your Local Tree Service is licensed and insured can protect you from:

  • Being liable in the event of an accident on the job while on your property. If the company is not licensed and insured and the owner of the company disappears when their employee is hurt, that employee is going to be coming to you for money.
  • Damage to your property. The Local Tree Service company will have insurance to protect your property, if they make a mistake, while it’s a terrible thing, at least you’ll be covered.

Choose a Local Tree Service that won’t nickel and dime you.

All business owners are in business to make money, that part is simple. But the way that some companies choose to tack on extra fees to make more money will make the difference between having satisfied clients all the time and upset clients all the time.

When you call a local tree trimming company for your tree care needs, what are they going to include? What are they going to charge extra for?

When you call Estates Tree Service, we will provide you with a 100% free, no obligation written estimate. This estimate is going to outline EXACTLY what is included in our services, so when we do a tree trimming job our client knows that we are going to chip the debris into mulch, which they can choose to keep or have hauled away. Other companies will break this out and when the job is almost done you’ll get a call telling you that they can chip the debris for another $100.

If you call another local tree service, be sure to ask what they include.

Failure To Provide A Written Estimate For Local Tree Service.

Many companies will provide an estimate for free, many companies are licensed and insured, and many local tree service companies will go above and beyond to ensure their clients are 100% satisfied with the work they receive. But another way that Estates Tree Service stands out from the other “Tree Service Companies Near Me” is that we will provide you a WRITTEN estimate.

Well, why does that matter? Local Tree Service is competitive, we are all looking for homeowners that need help with their trees, and all homeowners are looking for great work at a great price. Some companies do it by the book, and they provide a great service, work off of referrals, Yelp Reviews, and returning customers, while some companies will do whatever they can, no matter how unethical it is to win your business.

Infact, we are no secret to these unethical tactics. Many clients have reported being visited by one of our Ramona Tree Service competitors right after we leave, they’ll come to your home, promise to do a better job for less, and in the end, they under deliver. Now, we are not trying to bad mouth anyone, we are simply trying to help you choose the right local tree service, so when looking for the right service, choose one that is confident enough in their service and pricing to leave you a written estimate. This proves that the company has nothing to hide, they’re not fearful of their competitors underbidding to win the job, because a company that is willing to provide a free written local tree service estimate knows their service is superior.

Final Thoughts on selecting the right local tree service:

Estates Tree Service wants to win your business, and we will always over deliver for less cost. We do not consider a job complete unless our customer is 100% satisfied. So when you search for a “tree trimmer near me” search for a company that meets all of the standards we outlined above.

Some more questions to ask the local tree service company that you contact:

  • Do you have the right equipment for the job? (Estates Tree Service does!)
  • Do your employees go through any training? (Ours Do)
  • Do you service all of San Diego County? Including Poway, Ramona, El Cajon, La Mesa, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Coronado and everywhere in between? (We do!)
  • What happens if we are not satisfied with the work when your done? (We make it right!!)
  • Does your crew cleanup? Do they leave my property looking better than when they arrived? (You got it, We Do!)

Do you need a local tree service in San Diego? We serve the entire county. Request your FREE, WRITTEN estimate from a LICENSED, INSURED, BBB A+ Rated company by calling (760) 440-9138 or using the contact form at the top of this page!

Request A Free Estimate.

san diego tree pruning

Tom and company knocked down a big, ugly Jacaranda tree along with trimming some pine branches that were crowding our SDG&E power line. Excellent job and fair price. Especially evident was the clean-up including sweeping the roof which has now never looked so good. Estate Tree Service is highly recommended. Jim S.

El Cajon, Ca

We are so happy with the service!!!!  Not only did they do an excellent job on trimming all of our trees, the bid Tom gave me was the best out of the three places I called. Tom and his crew are experts at what they do. They showed up on time, did a great job on trimming all of the trees and clean up.   I know who to call now next time I need tree service. Thank you so much Estates Tree Service, my yard looks great! Lin W.

San Diego, Ca

View Our License Information By Clicking The Image Below

Our Service Area Includes:
East County Neighborhoods
Alpine
Julian
Jamul
Campo
Ramona
El Cajon
Santee
Lakeside
La Mesa
North County Neighborhoods
Rancho Bernardo
Fallbrook
Escondido
Vista
Poway
Central San Diego Neighborhoods
North Park
Mission Valley
Del Cerro
San Carlos
City of San Diego Neighborhoods
Mira Mesa
Miramar
Kearny Mesa
Linda Vista
Coastal San Diego Neighborhoods
La Jolla
Del Mar
Coronado
Point Loma

Is your neighborhood missing from this list? Don't Worry! We provide our high quality & affordable services throughout the entire County. Contact us today for your FREE estimate.

Estates Tree Service
Ramona, California 92065
(760) 440-9138

Serving All Of San Diego

Open 24 Hours a Day. 7 Days a week.

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When is the right time for Tree Pruning in San Diego? https://estatestreeservice.com/tree-pruning/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 22:17:13 +0000 https://estatestreeservice.com/?p=30632
San Diego Tree Pruning

San Diego Tree Pruning, When is the right time?

San Diego, Ca is known for the always sunny and 72 forecast that all of us residents love, but one thing to consider, especially in rural areas like Ramona, or valleys like El Cajon and Poway is that our temperatures can soar to well over 100 degrees at any point from about March until late November. This can make timing your next tree pruning job rather difficult, if you cut your tree’s too early in the season they may not be ready for the heat waves that we encounter, and if you wait too long to prune your trees, a particularly cold night could cause devastating damage similar to the frostbite a human would encounter.

Estates Tree Service has been in business since 1992, based in Ramona and covering the entire county of San Diego, we are familiar with the in’s and out’s of the extreme climate and microclimates that our customers face, we have helped thousands of residents throughout the county to make sure that their tree pruning was timed perfectly and carried out with expert technique. While we may be partial to the idea of being the company that you call for your next San Diego Tree Pruning job, we hope you’ll find this article helpful if you’ve chosen to take on this daunting task by yourself.

The right time for Tree Pruning depends on the type of tree you have.

The most advantageous time of year for San Diego Tree Pruning will really depend on the type of tree, below we will break down how to time your tree pruning based on the type of tree that you’re working on.

Fruit Tree Pruning

Fruit trees must be pruned every year, the ideal time of year would be during their dormant season. Since San Diego generally has pretty mild winters this can range anywhere from November to February, you’ll want to time your tree pruning towards the end of the winter season as this will encourage a quick regrowth cycle, and in the case of fruit trees you’ll see it produce a higher volume of fruits for you to enjoy if you time your pruning later in the winter season. Don’t hold out too long, if you do your tree may start to bloom and the pruning that you do make actually be removing what would become fruit from your trees.

Avocado Tree Pruning

In Southern California, we absolutely love our Avocados, and San Diego is a hotspot for both home and commercial growers of this delicious fruit! So how can you keep your avocado tree’s healthy and productive?

There are some simple rules you need to follow to make the most of your Avocado trees. First, prune your trees with purpose, avoid over-pruning or under-pruning your trees by being selective in the cuts that you make, remember, the branches will be the future place that your avocados are going to grow, so removing too many will only cause your tree to be less productive. Planning your cuts for the long term will keep your tree healthier and create less work for you, plan out how you want your tree to look in 3, 5, 10 or 15 years, Avocados are generally wide-spreading trees, so planning your tree pruning with room for growth and for the shape that you want will be crucial to the health of your tree, productivity, and appearance.

Another thing to consider, keep your tree pruning tools clean! Just like humans, tree’s get diseases and they can spread them between each other, if you use a pair of pruners on a diseased tree then turn around and use them on a healthy tree you’re asking to spread the disease.

Aim to prune your avocado trees in late winter, this will promote production in the following spring season.

For more great avocado tree pruning tips, check out the California Avocado Commission.

Palm Tree Pruning

Another tree synonymous with Southern California, the Palm Tree. Known for it’s long, skinny body and beautiful green top, the palm tree is a staple nearly every San Diego neighborhood. While many species of palm tree like the Mexican fan palm are not indigenous to the area, they are still cherished and planted throughout the county because of their great looks!

To maintain your palm tree you’re going to need to be very active in pruning the tree, this will help promote the growth of your tree, it’s health, and the appearance.

Great news, you can prune your palm tree whenever they look like they need it, be very careful not to remove too much of the tree, especially if its young, but if there’s a dead frond or frond hanging too low, you can absolutely prune it as long as you take proper care in doing so.

If you’d rather leave it to the team of San Diego Tree Pruning experts, then consider Estates Tree Service, we offer various tree services including palm tree trimming and pruning.

Eucalyptus Tree Pruning

Eucalyptus trees can be extremely dangerous if they’re not maintained properly, ensuring a regular tree pruning schedule for your eucalyptus trees will keep them healthy which in turn keeps them safe. Hundreds of people throughout San Diego are injured each year as a result of a branch from a eucalyptus tree falling and hitting them.

While most would assume that Eucalyptus trees in San Diego would thrive if they’re pruned in late winter or early spring like our fruit trees, that is NOT the case, in-fact, trimming a eucalyptus tree during colder months can be fatal to the tree. Why is this species any different? Consider its origins, the eucalyptus tree comes from Australia where temperatures are regularly over 100, which is why Summer is the best time for your Eucalyptus Tree Pruning in San Diego.

When Not To Prune Trees

Do not trim your trees during fall. According to Irrigators LLC, if you trim your trees during the fall season will promote the growth of fungi which can cause diseases to kill or damage your trees, wound on your tree’s outer layers will take longer to heal, and having open cuts on your tree’s during cold or frosty periods will lead to the decline in your trees health.

Leave it To The San Diego Tree Care Experts

At Estates Tree Service we are the Expert San Diego Tree Pruning and Care service that you need to care for your commercial or residential property. We offer 100% Free on-site and No Obligation Estimates, a Satisfaction Guarantee, and we service all of San Diego County including Poway, Ramona, and La Jolla.

To request your free San Diego Tree Pruning estimate give us a call today at (760) 440-9138.

Request A Free Estimate.

san diego tree pruning

Tom and company knocked down a big, ugly Jacaranda tree along with trimming some pine branches that were crowding our SDG&E power line. Excellent job and fair price. Especially evident was the clean-up including sweeping the roof which has now never looked so good. Estate Tree Service is highly recommended.

Jim S.

El Cajon, Ca

We are so happy with the service!!!!  Not only did they do an excellent job on trimming all of our trees, the bid Tom gave me was the best out of the three places I called. Tom and his crew are experts at what they do. They showed up on time, did a great job on trimming all of the trees and clean up.   I know who to call now next time I need tree service. Thank you so much Estates Tree Service, my yard looks great!

Lin W.

San Diego, Ca

Our Service Area Includes:
East County Neighborhoods
Alpine
Julian
Jamul
Campo
Ramona
El Cajon
Santee
Lakeside
La Mesa
North County Neighborhoods
Rancho Bernardo
Fallbrook
Escondido
Vista
Poway
Central San Diego Neighborhoods
North Park
Mission Valley
Del Cerro
San Carlos
City of San Diego Neighborhoods
Mira Mesa
Miramar
Kearny Mesa
Linda Vista
Coastal San Diego Neighborhoods
La Jolla
Del Mar
Coronado
Point Loma

Is your neighborhood missing from this list? Don't Worry! We provide our high quality & affordable services throughout the entire County. Contact us today for your FREE estimate.

Estates Tree Service
Ramona, California 92065
(760) 440-9138

Serving All Of San Diego

Open 24 Hours a Day. 7 Days a week.

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Sunrise Powerlink https://estatestreeservice.com/sunrise-powerlink/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:36:04 +0000 https://estatestreeservice.com/?p=30538

The Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grants Program

In June 2012, construction of a high voltage powerline almost 120 miles long was completed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). The project was dubbed the Sunrise Powerlink, and it promises to carry thousands of megawatts worth of renewable energy into San Diego County from the Imperial Valley.

Of course, with any powerline construction comes increased chance of fire, and as such, SDG&E has funded a fire mitigation grants program as one of the requirements of building the Sunrise Powerlink. This program seeks to prevent fires around the Powerlink and make it easier for firefighters to suppress fires that do occur.

One grant available from SDG&E under this program is meant to help homeowners afford the materials and labor necessary to create better “defensible space” around their home. This post will go into detail about the Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grants Program to help you decide if it might be right for you.

What Is Defensible Space?

The Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grant will reimburse homeowners for the cost of certain activities that help you create a defensible space around your property. A defensible space is an area that employs well-known strategies to inhibit the spread of fire. This means that SDG&E will foot the bill to keep your land and property safe. 

The primary focus of creating defensible space involves removing or spacing anything that could serve as fuel for a wildfire, such as brush, trees, and dead or dying vegetation. The grant can pay for the removal, reduction, and replacement of such plant matter in order to help you protect your home. The grant, however, does not cover things like home improvement, buying new equipment from miter saw buzz or similar stores, landscape remodeling or anything deemed unnecessary by SDGE for defensible space.

Local fire codes identify two specific proximity-based zones for the creation of defensible space:

Zone 1 includes the area within 50’ of your house. This zone should be completely free of dead vegetation, the trees should be well-trimmed, and the shrubs should be comprised mostly of fire resistant vegetation.

Zone 2 is the area from 50’ to 100’ distant from the house. The trees in this zone should be trimmed properly, and vegetation should be spaced effectively to keep fires from spreading. Brush and plants should cover no more than half of the ground, and the area should be free of dead or dying plant matter.

Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Information

What Does the Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grant Pay For?

The following list provides an overview of the types of expenses that the Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grant will pay for:

  • Rental fees for equipment used to dispose of vegetation (chippers and chainsaws)
  • Purchase of herbicides for weed removal ($200 maximum)
  • Labor and equipment use costs for tree trimming, tree removal, and brush clearing.

What Won’t the Sunrise Powerlink Grant Pay For?

The grant is strictly meant for facilitating fire prevention, so there are many expenses that are explicitly not included in order to prevent abuse:

  • Irrigation, landscaping, hardscaping, and planting
  • Gravel or roadwork
  • Purchase or repair of equipment
  • Stump or grass removal
  • Treatment for pests and insects

Check To See If You Qualify For a Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grant.

 Did You Receive a Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grant from SDG&E?

While the grant can fund equipment rental for getting the job done yourself, grant funds can also be used to pay for labor from a licensed business, such as Estates Tree Service, if you don’t have any tree’s or brush on your property that need attention, you may consider hiring a licensed San Diego Landscaping company to help clear smaller vegetation from around your home.  Unless you really know what you’re doing, it’s probably in your best interest to hire a professional.

Give us a call at (760) 440-9138 or use our simple online contact form to get in touch today. Let us help you make a plan for implementing your Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grant funds to keep your property safe from the dangers of wildfire.

Request A Free Estimate.

Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Information

Tom and company knocked down a big, ugly Jacaranda tree along with trimming some pine branches that were crowding our SDG&E power line. Excellent job and fair price. Especially evident was the clean-up including sweeping the roof which has now never looked so good. Estate Tree Service is highly recommended.

Jim S.

El Cajon, Ca

We are so happy with the service!!!!  Not only did they do an excellent job on trimming all of our trees, the bid Tom gave me was the best out of the three places I called. Tom and his crew are experts at what they do. They showed up on time, did a great job on trimming all of the trees and clean up.   I know who to call now next time I need tree service. Thank you so much Estates Tree Service, my yard looks great!

Lin W.

San Diego, Ca

Sunrise Powerlink Defensible Space Grant Map
Our Service Area Includes:
East County Neighborhoods
Alpine
Julian
Jamul
Campo
Ramona
El Cajon
Santee
Lakeside
La Mesa
North County Neighborhoods
Rancho Bernardo
Fallbrook
Escondido
Vista
Poway
Central San Diego Neighborhoods
North Park
Mission Valley
Del Cerro
San Carlos
City of San Diego Neighborhoods
Mira Mesa
Miramar
Kearny Mesa
Linda Vista
Coastal San Diego Neighborhoods
La Jolla
Del Mar
Coronado
Point Loma

Is your neighborhood missing from this list? Don't Worry! We provide our high quality & affordable services throughout the entire County. Contact us today for your FREE estimate.

Estates Tree Service
Ramona, California 92065
(760) 440-9138

Serving All Of San Diego

Open 24 Hours a Day. 7 Days a week.

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San Diego Tree Care Advice: The Bark Beetle Crisis in San Diego County https://estatestreeservice.com/bark-beetle-san-diego/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:13:27 +0000 https://estatestreeservice.com/?p=30526
Western Pine Bark beetle

The Western Pine Bark Beetle

What is a Bark Beetle and Why You Should Care.

Bark Beetles are very small in stature at under 1/4 inch, with a hard exterior shell, these tiny bugs somewhat resemble and armadillo. Their tough exterior makes them not only tough but perfect for burrowing into pine trees. The Bark beetle will bore it’s way through your tree’s protective outer layer of bark in order to lay their eggs in the inner bark (moist phloem) of the tree, causing death to the tree if treatment is not applied in time.

The Western Pine Bark Beetle

While there are dozens of species of bark beetles known to exist, in San Diego County the Western Bark Beetle is the culprit killing off pine trees throughout the county. As a native to western North American forests, the Western Beetle mainly attacks Ponderosa and Coulter pines.

How does the Western Pine Bark Beetle Affect Your Trees?

Once an adult Bark Beetle has made it’s way through the outer layer of bark it will begin boring through your tree and creating a tiny little infrastructure inside of your tree as it bores around laying eggs. Those eggs then quickly become Bark Beetle Larvae,  which are small, white, legless grubs less than 1/4 inch in length, those larvae, much like adult beetles bore their way through the phloem and turn into the middle bark where they complete their development.

Once these beetle larvae become adults the start to produce and release chemicals called aggregating pheromones that attract other beetles from the area. Eventually, this process of laying eggs, developing, and attracting more beetles to the infected tree will overrun the tree and essentially hollow it out, causing it to become not only unhealthy but also unsafe. These attacks then spill over into nearby trees causing what is known as a “Group Kill” and devastating entire groves of what were once healthy pine trees.

To make matters worse, the Western Bark Beetle has a long lifespan and they develop quickly, starting around late spring and lasting through late October the beetles begin to fly and cause harm to trees, in a single season up to three generations can be born and fully developed.

The USDA has been studying these pests and publishes the Management Guide For Western Pine Beetle which is an informative guide for dealing with these pests.

What Are the Signs That My Tree is Infected?

Early prevention can be the difference between a yard full of healthy trees or you calling around for dead tree removal.

Dead tree removal san diego

Here are some signs that your tree may be infected by the Pine Bark Beetle:

  • Fading Foliage

Trees attached during summer months may begin to fade even before the beetles have emerged. Especially in drought-ridden southern California where trees are already struggling due to limited resources. Trees that are attacked later in the season will have a fungus that develops slowly and you may not see the warning signs until the following spring.

  • Woodpeckers.

These beautiful and sometimes annoying birds may actually help you spot the warning signs. Woodpeckers will chip away at the infested tree in search of food (beetles) exposing the bright orange inner bark, under the bark the pattern of an egg gallery is distinctive.

What can I do to prevent the Bark Beetle from killing my trees?

There are a few options available for saving your pine trees from a pine beetle infestation. According to a pest control expert at Pest Control Pros there are protective injection treatments for bark beetles, which will help to prevent the growth of the colonies within your tree and help to protect trees that have not been infected.

San Diego Tree Care Advice

It’s no secret that the San Diego climate and drought that has spread throughout California over recent years has taken it’s toll on our native tree species, especially in dense forest areas like Alpine, Jamul, Ramona, and Julian.

There are some simple tree care steps you can take to help your trees stay hydrated:

  • Consider using a watering bag around the base of younger trees.
  • Keep the areas directly surrounding the roots of your trees free from water theiving weeds.
  • Consider adding a layer of mulch around the tree’s roots to help insulate the water and prevent evaporation.

Spotting the warning signs before it’s too late.

The number one tree care tip we can provide for preventing an infestation of your pine trees by the Western Pine Bark Beetle is to monitor their health. Make it a habit to regularly check your trees for signs of bark beetle infestation.

Infested Tree and Dead Tree Removal in San Diego

If you have a tree that you suspect may be infected the first thing that you should do is give us a call at (760) 440-9138, we will happily come out to your house and inspect your trees for these pesky beetles. If we find a tree that cannot be saved the best thing to do is to remove the tree to prevent the spread of infestation throughout surrounding trees causing a mass die off. Estates Tree Service has been in business since 1992 and we always provide free estimates for San Diego Tree Removal Services throughout the entire county! We are BBB A+ Rated and we guarantee your satisfaction.

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Tom and company knocked down a big, ugly Jacaranda tree along with trimming some pine branches that were crowding our SDG&E power line. Excellent job and fair price. Especially evident was the clean-up including sweeping the roof which has now never looked so good. Estate Tree Service is highly recommended.

Jim S.

El Cajon, Ca

We are so happy with the service!!!!  Not only did they do an excellent job on trimming all of our trees, the bid Tom gave me was the best out of the three places I called. Tom and his crew are experts at what they do. They showed up on time, did a great job on trimming all of the trees and clean up.   I know who to call now next time I need tree service. Thank you so much Estates Tree Service, my yard looks great!

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San Diego, Ca

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