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Spring Storm Season: Make Sure Your Trees are Prepared

 tree-lightning-parke-company-nashvilleNashville is finally warming up, and we couldn’t be more excited to get rid of all this snow and ice. So what’s next on the agenda for your tree list? Well, if you’ve already taken care of spring preparation for your landscape and trees before things begin to bloom, it might be a good idea to take a look at your trees and branches for potential storm hazards.

With Nashville sunshine comes the possibility of spring showers, including severe storms with lightning, tornadoes and flooding. After a big storm, it’s not uncommon to see a large tree fallen in the middle of the road in Belle Meade, Franklin or other residential areas. This is why it’s important to make sure your trees are in tip-top shape for the season ahead.

Preparation for these storms is pretty simple. Call the Parke Company! They will come out to assess your trees for any necessary services such as crown thinning, preventative work and damage repairs. If some of your branches are dead or heavy, it might be necessary for our team to complete cabling or crown thinning to prevent any fallen branches during unexpected storms.

Lightning can be a major concern, especially with trees. Parke is available for measuring trees for grounding rods and wires. This is a great preventative measure that will avoid headaches throughout the spring and summer seasons. If storms damage branches or threaten your tree’s healthcare, Parke can also clean up branches, assist in emergency tree care situations and try to treat any of the damage.

Tree healthcare is an important part of maintaining a beautiful property. If you’re a homeowner or run a  commercial property, Nashville storms are unavoidable. Be sure to have your trees evaluated to prevent any lightning, wind or tornado damage before it’s too late. For more information about the Parke Company’s services including emergency tree care, contact them today to schedule a consultation. 

Hackberry Woolly Aphids and Nashville Trees

HackberryAphid_MoldJust like with other plants, trees are highly susceptible to invasive species and other pests that can cause annoyance or harm to the trees and the things beneath them. And one pest Nashville has seen frequently is the Hackberry Wooly Aphid, which can cause a lot of problems for trees and the people who enjoy those trees. Just like last year, tree care in late winter and early spring is the best time to address these critters, so check out your property for any possible problems. Here’s some further information to help you determine if the aphids will be a headache in the upcoming months.

What are Hackberry Woolly Aphids? Hackberry Wooly Aphids are small and furry bugs that are about 1/10 inch long. The bug infests Chinese Hackberry trees and can be found all over the U.S. and most of Asia. Blue or gray-toned, the bug also has black wings and secretes a wax or honeydew on the plants.

How do they cause problems? The problem isn’t the bug itself, but the amount of honeydew it releases. Many times, the waxy substance falls beneath the tree, hitting anything under it. From cars to decks, the honeydew can create a big slippery mess, resulting in hazardous conditions. Whether you live in areas like 12 South or East Nashville, this conditions can be a problem. In addition, the dew can form into black mold that is hard to clean.

How can I spot them? Well, there are a few ways you might be able to spot this issue. If the tree is infested, you will notice the furry aphids on the leaves of your trees. In addition, inspect the area underneath the tree or branches. If you see waxy substances or mold present, it’s likely the aphids are the root of the problem.

How do I get rid of them? Because the mess is so hard to clean up, it’s best to call in a professional. The Parke Company is familiar with the Woolly Aphids and can recommend the best way to remove the insects from your trees.

Hackberry Woolly Aphids can be a serious problem if they’re not addressed. The Parke Company recommends treatment around this time of year to avoid future problems down the road. Whether you’re worried about fall/slip prevention or you want to avoid ugly mold on your property, inspect your Hackberry trees and their branches for any signs of these pesky bugs.

Think you’re infested? Call the Parke Company to discuss the next steps in removal. For more information about tree care and services within the Middle Tennessee area, call them today! 

A Celebration of Trees: Cheekwood and Parke Unite

cheekwood-trees-art-celebration-arbor-day-nashvilleIf you’ve ever been to Cheekwood, you know it’s a Nashville treasure. With a variety of events that bring Nashvillians and tourists alike, Cheekwood is a botanical garden and art museum that rivals all other beautiful parks in the country. And this spring is no different. With the help of the Parke Company, Cheekwood is hosting A Celebration of Trees filled with exhibits, tree activities and other events aimed at arborists and the general public.

From February through April, the celebration honors the property’s Level IV Arboretum status, and will tie together Arbor Day and Tu B’Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, or “the New Year for Trees.”  The main exhibit Trees of Myth and Legend will include more than 70 drawings and paintings by legendary landscape artist Charles Brindley. Other activities will include tours of the property, children’s activities and workshops with Brindley throughout the upcoming months.

The celebration will conclude on April 25 with an Arbor Day celebration. Families, friends and arborists can come together for a festive day filled with a variety of tree-related activities such as tree climbing and crafts, along with educational tours promoting landscape tree care.

The Parke Company, along with a variety of other sponsors, has joined forces with Cheekwood to create a lovely event for all of Nashville to enjoy. Not only is this a great way to see what the city has to offer, but it’s also a great way to learn more about Nashville’s history and tree health care. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday (until April 19) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. And be sure to check out Cheekwood’s Arbor Day celebration with your friends at the Parke Company. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Cheekwood today.

Trees of Tennessee Spotlights Parke’s Favorite Trees

parke-company-emergency-services-tree-landscape-irrigation-maintenance-blog-Trees-of-Tennessee-Highlights-Parke-Favorites-Witness-Tree-pageNashville and Middle Tennessee have such a rich culture and history. And we know this through the books we read and the people who remember. But what often times people forget are the trees that witnessed history happen. One of the coolest things about historical trees is their ability to witness so much history and still stand tall and majestic. In many cases, these aged branches are the only living reminiscence of a piece in history, and they can show us glimpses of history we would not know otherwise. Trees like the Witness Tree and the Battle of Nashville Basket Oak Tree are considered to be two of those trees and have since been inducted into the Tennessee Tree Registry for that very reason.

But that’s not the only publicity these two trees have gotten lately. The Witness Tree and Basket Oak are featured in a new book, Trees of Tennessee, which was released within the last few months. This coffee-table style of book is filled with colorful photos of their branches and leaves, and information about the beautiful trees within Tennessee’s state borders.

The Parke Company understands the importance of preserving and raising awareness for heritage and historic trees, which is why they helped create this 128-page book. Covering 68 notable trees, the team at the Parke Company assisted the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council in publishing the book. The Parke Company works hard at caring for these historic trees and the branches and leaves within them.

Interested in purchasing a book? Though you can’t buy the book through the Parke Company, the book is available in a few different places. In addition, proceeds go to TUFC programs for urban forests throughout Tennessee. Want to know about the Parke Company’s effort to support Tennessee’s historic trees and urban forestry or think you might have a tree on your property with historical significance? Contact them today to learn more!

Preparing for Winter Storms in Middle Tennessee

pine-ice-parke-company-emergency-winter-servicesHave you noticed the blocks of ice along sides of I-40, I-65 and 1-440? Just imagine what havoc that ice could cause on trees. Even though trees are bare and brittle during the winter months, it’s important to keep them happy and healthy during their hibernation state. Tree care is vital to the livelihood of your trees all year long. And some people don’t understand how important it is to keep your trees healthy and have proper tree care done even during the bitter, cold months of winter. Even living in Nashville, weather can get bad. Ice, snow and freezing temperatures are all possibilities, so it’s important to prepare your trees for this possible severe weather with a few necessary tree services.

It’s important to note that tree care should be done by professionals. Even though it might cost a bit more money on the front end, you are saving your valuable time and ensuring the job is done correctly to avoid any possible emergency situations. Having a professional by your side to take care of your trees, you’re reducing the risk of property damage, emergency tree service situations or harming yourself and others.

Services to consider when preparing for winter storms or extreme weather include:

  • Remove deadwood and loose branches to create better airflow. Even winter storms can create high winds causing branches to fly off tree and damage property.

  • Pruning trees keep trees strong through any possible ice storms. If trees have too many branches, the trees or branches could break from carrying too much ice. Not only does this damage the tree, but it can also damage property, knock out power lines or cause road hazards.

  • Leaning trees can also be another cause for concern. Just like a summer storm, strong winds, heavy ice or snow could affect the tree’s position. If the trees are leaning toward a home or other type of property, it’s important to contact the Parke Company right away for an evaluation.

Life happens. And if it involves trees, emergency tree services are always available at the Parke Company. Taking these few precautions now can avoid headaches and long-term damage in the future. The Parke Company is always available for free advice and a free estimate if you’re unsure how to begin. For more information about tree care within the Nashville area, visit their website or call them today!