Mature trees offer many valuable benefits to personal and commercial property with their vibrant greenery. Sometimes we take mature trees for granted, however, since they need very little help from us to maintain their health. Severe weather such as drought, ice and snow, thunderstorms, and strong winds can affect the health and strength of our trees, but there are steps we can take to ensure our mature trees stay resilient and robust for generations to come.

The Arbor Day Foundation has some great tips on how to maintain the health of your tree population. First, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the trees on your property, and be aware of their particular needs. How much water does your tree need, for inst…

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April 10th, 2017

With spring around the corner, it is time to start thinking about what we can do to prepare our trees for a healthy growing season. Just like our lawns and gardens, trees need care and maintenance to grow and flourish. There are a number of steps you can take to get your trees ready for spring to get and keep them healthy, beautiful, and full of color.

Inspect

Your first step in preparing your trees should involve a careful inspection. From the bottom to the top, look for any damage that may have occurred. Cold weather and freezing temperatures during the winter months can cause new damage or exacerbate existing damage to trees. Small holes in the trunk, cracks, peeling bark, and dead …

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March 6th, 2017

Whether you are landscaping mature trees or new saplings, basic tree care understanding is of huge importance. At Capitol Tree Care in Austin, TX we want to arm you with all the knowledge you need to care for your trees, including the knowledge of when you can do it yourself and when you need to call a professional. Trees are resilient, but one wrong cut can seriously compromise your trees health. Here are some terms our Austin Arborist uses that will get you familiar with common tree care terms and how to maintain healthy trees.

Felling:

Felling is the proper way to cut down a tree safely…

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February 28th, 2017

Trees bring a host of benefits to our yards and property with their beautiful foliage and unique aesthetic. During the winter season our trees get a chance to relax and rest for a while. This dormant season is a time for them to conserve energy and prepare for the active growing season of spring. Sometimes the bare branches and lack of leaves can cause a dormant tree to look like a dead tree. How can you tell if your tree is dormant or dead in winter? There a few simple methods to check for signs of life.

Here’s how to tell the difference between a dormant tree and one that is sick or dying.

  1. The visual test. The most basic test is to simply look at your tree for signs of l…
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    February 9th, 2017

Capitol Tree Care takes pride in being locally owned by an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist.  Gaining this certification requires several steps and is reserved for experienced, knowledgeable professionals in the industry. Our owner and Certified Austin Arborist, James Burtchell, has invested years of his life to learning everything he can about arboriculture to provide the best service to his customers possible.

To be considered for certification, applicants must have at least three years of full time experience in the arboriculture industry. This includes working for tree care companies, landscapers…

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January 31st, 2017

Some limb breakage is inevitable during storms and extreme weather, including snow and ice storms, but pruning is an important precaution homeowners and business owners can take to protect their property values from damage caused by falling tree limbs during winter storms. Since climbing up into a tree and pruning branches can pose a threat to individuals without proper training, hiring a certified arborist

There are other steps you can take in protecting trees from winter storms in Texas. Inspecting your trees for peeling bark, holes or cavities, dead branches, and chips or cracks in the trunks …

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January 24th, 2017

Watering your trees in Texas is extremely important. Trees may look docile and relatively inactive above ground, but beneath the surface they are constantly fighting to grow their roots and gather up the nutrients they need to survive. No matter what time of year, watering is incredibly important. However, different seasons create different watering needs. Other factors that contribute to how you water include, the age of the tree, how long it has been in its environment, and soil composition. Your trusted Austin arborist is here to help make sure your trees are properly watered to keep them lush and healthy!

Summer Tree Watering

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December 28th, 2016

There are a number of questions one should ask before planting a tree in the great state of Texas, with the first being, when is the best time to plant?

Ideally, fall is the perfect season to plant your tree. Planting a new tree in fall allows the tree to take root and flourish in the following winter and spring months. Roots will grow above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is sustainable for a typical Texas winter. Following the heat of summer, the ground is prime for planting trees in fall, setting a tree up for its initial growth period.

But, before you get to that step, first consider these questions …

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December 21st, 2016

Removing a tree is a hard decision to make for most people, as trees are majestic beings that offer aesthetic and practical value. However, when a tree is terminally diseased or a threat to people or property, removal is necessary.

A dead or dying tree can become a dangerous tree, and in some cases not removing it may constitute “willful neglect” by the property owner. If a dead tree damages another’s property or injures a person (either by the fall of the tree, or branches falling), the owner can be held liable.

A dead tree is clearly a case for tree removal. Here are some oth…

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November 14th, 2016

Austin Tree Cabling and Bracing ServicesYou’ve probably seen a tree blown over or a large branch in the street after a big storm. Often these trees and their branches could have been spared the destruction if properly braced and cabled. Some trees can grow in such a manner that they become unstable resulting in broken branches and trunk splits….

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July 20th, 2016

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