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Why Plant Trees?

  • Energy conservation (shade)
  • Property value
  • Air pollution reduction (trees help to clean the air)
  • Water quality and conservation (helps slow surface water, runoff and reduce soil erosion)
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Environmental improvement
  • Research has shown positive emotions and physical benefits to people exposed to trees and green space
  • Healthy tree, healthy people
  • Take care of your trees and they will take care of you
RESOURCES: Native Tree Growing Guide for Louisiana Hallie Dozier, Mills, Bob, Kilpatrick, Ricky L. LSU AgCenter, 8A, 8B, 9A Publication ID: 2926 This guide will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about tree planting in the area. It suggests native and well-adapted trees for our region and describes how to grow them successfully. The Selection, Planting and Care of Urban Trees

Why Do I Need to Prepare for Hurricane Season?

Trees are beautiful, provide shade and are a part of many happy memories including crawfish and crab boils, swim parties and Easter Egg Hunts. We have to take care and maintain our trees so that they remain beneficial to us and do not become a nuisance. ​​If they are neglected, they can become a hazard during high winds and heavy rain that may cause structural failures in trees that are too dense, declining in health or diseased. Dead or dying trees are structurally compromised and need to be removed for the safety of you and your property. IMPORTANT: Please don’t wait to the last minute, when a storm is in the gulf, because we cannot service everyone that will call-in three or four days preceding the storm. It is best to address the trees in the months prior to July and August.

What Can I Do to Prepare for Bad Weather?

  1. Have a licensed and experienced tree company look at and evaluate your tree. No one can see inside of a tree but we can look for signs of disease and rot.
  2. Remove the deadwood from your tree
  3. Reduction in size of the tree if necessary
  4. Balance the tree
  5. Aerate the tree including reduction of suckers
  6. Remove co-dominate branches when necessary
  7. Remove limbs that are touching your house or may touch during periods of high wind and rain

Why Should I Plant a Biodiverse Selection of Trees?

It is important to keep a biodiverse tree representation in your landscaping plans. Clients, who want to plant only one species of tree in their yard, are more susceptible to lose all of their trees if a pest or disease targets that particular tree species. For example, Emerald Ash Borer, which is a beetle that preys on Ash trees, in certain areas of the country whole communities lost almost every Ash tree planted. In the New Orleans area, we have had Citrus Canker and Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale, clients saw their Citrus trees and Crepe Myrtle trees decline because of the spread of these two diseases.

What Are the Signs of a Declining Tree?

  • Horizontal or vertical cracks in the major structure of the tree.
  • Mushrooms or fruiting bodies in the root zone or structure of the tree
  • Lightning strikes
  • Insect infestation
  • Hollow cavities or other evidence of decay
  • Cavities with nesting animals or birds
  • Dead branches at the top of the trees
  • Leaves falling off early
  • Leaf color different for this type of tree
  • Cracking or splitting of bark

How to Avoid Damaging Trees During New Construction and Existing Property Improvement?

First of all, parishes and districts are implementing new rules and guidelines that must be followed regarding trees for new construction or replacing existing structures such as fences, decks, carports, and driveways. How are trees damaged during construction?

  • Cutting too many roots or important roots
  • Physical injury to trunk or crown of tree
  • Changes in root zone such as: mulching, digging, trenching
  • Soil compaction
  • Smothering the roots
What can be done?
  • Seek advice from a professional tree service company
  • Talk to the contractor and go over how the trees will be protected
  • Specific detailed plans of tree location and protection in building plans
  • Erect barriers which are now mandatory in some areas
  • Limit access around the trees
  • Trim the trees and lift the canopy before construction begins so branches are not in the way. If possible, avoid trimming them immediately before construction starts so the trauma to the tree is reduced.