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Trees in the News | Benicia Trees

Trees in the News

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Why is my Oak Dripping Sap?

September 29, 2021

It could be the bacterium Erwinia quercina, causing what is called “drippy nut disease”.

Native oak trees were here before California was settled by Native Americans.  They are iconic, hardy and long-lived trees, but they can get diseases and pests that are a nuisance.  Click here to read this article from Traverso Tree Service that explains what might be bothering your native oak tree,

Ancient Trees on East Coast in Peril

September 20, 2021

A 2,624-year-old bald cypress could teach us how to fight climate change – if it doesn’t drown first

Mulching Your Tree Can Save Water

August 31, 2021

A local arborist describes how to effectively use mulch around your trees.

 The Benicia Tree Foundation uses organic mulch in all our planting projects for the following reasons:

 

Avoid Tree Planting Errors

August 28, 2021

Advice from UC Master Gardeners

Problems with Tree Planting Campaigns

July 1, 2021

Tree planting campaigns often fall short of their goals.

Bloomberg CityLab offers this article evaluating the outcomes of several municipal tree planting campaigns.  Why some work and some don't.  Click here to read more.

Managing Trees in a Drought

July 1, 2021

A local arborist provides advice on how to water a mature tree during a drought.

With drought declared for the western U.S., Traverso Tree Service in Martinez developed some suggestions to consider if you have a large tree in your yard.  This advice is particularly important if you have a lawn tree and you decide to stop watering that lawn.  Click here to read more.

Disease Outbreak Killing Bay Area Trees

June 11, 2021

A mass tree die back has spread into the East Bay and Peninsula recently, killing native and non-native trees.

Though plants of all kinds in California are showing the stress of an extremely dry winter, in at least one tree species, the blackwood acacia, the dieback seems to be the work of fungal pathogens, said UC Berkeley forest pathologist Matteo Garbelotto.  This was reported in Bay Nature magazine.  Click here to read more.

Is Mistletoe Harmful to My Tree?

May 11, 2021

A local arborist provides advice on what to do if you find mistletoe growing in your tree.

Traverso Tree Service in Martinez developed a pamphlet on things to consider when you observe mistletoe growing in your tree.  Once mistletoe infests your tree, you can't eradicate it, but you can control it.  Trees with extensive infestations of misletoe become become weak and eventually die.  Click here to read more.

Miami Beach Replacing Palms with Shade Trees

March 3, 2021

City to plant shadier trees to preserve its environment, keep people cool, reduce urban warming and improve air quality.

The Guardian reports that Miami Beach has become a world leader in mitigating the effects of sea-level rise. Now the subtropical Florida city is cutting back on its famous swaying palm trees as it seeks shadier alternatives to preserve its environment and try to keep residents and visitors cool.  Click here to read more.

Tree Pruning and Bird Safety

February 24, 2021

Many Birds Nest between March 1 and August 31.