As I drive around Helena, once condition exists more than
any other, regardless of tree species: drought stress. Many
of the shade trees in Helena are not native to this area.
They come from a climate where water is more plentiful, so
they require more water than they get during a normal year
anyway. In a dry year, this requirement becomes life threatening.
The dead branches you see on the tops of trees around Helena
most certainly indicate drought stress. A sapling should have
at least five gallons a week. Drought affects the very young,
the very old, and stressed trees the most Not all trees require
a professional arborist but they all require adequate moisture.
The single most important thing you can do for your trees
is to water them!
Did you know that Dutch Elm disease has spread from the Midwest
all the way to lovely Montana? The American Elm trees in Great
Falls and Billings are already being devastated by this destructive pathogen.
One truckload of infected wood brought to Helena would release
enough Elm Bark Beetles to being the destruction of the entire
American Elm Forest here as we know it. Elm trees can only
be trimmed during the winter months when the disease is dormant.
Failure to follow this simple principle, combined with improper
disposal of infected wood has contributed to the spread of
this disease. Once an elm is infected only immediate treatment by a competent arborist with extensive experience treating Dutch Elm Disease can save your trees. I can help you save
your trees and make them less vulnerable.
In almost every neighborhood in Helena, you can see trees
that have been "topped." This is an extremely dangerous
practice which ruins your trees, depreciates your property
value, and creates a hazardous condition for years to come.
Once a tree has been topped there it is difficult to restore
it to its natural condition. The new growth which emerges
from the cuts is at most 50% of the strength of the original
wood. Rot, insects, and other pathogens enter the tree. This
continues until the tree has to be removed. A tree which has
been "topped" adds no value to your property and
can even detract from the value of your real estate; trees
topped in the summer are especially vulnerable. Help put an end to this scourge and dont hire tree companies who top trees.
A healthy tree can easily add a thousand or more dollars
to your property value. Let me help you with your trees so
that you can make your yard a better asset for you.