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Restoring the Environment

Our trees, shrubs and gardens, and the creatures that inhabit them are our own refuge on this living blue-green planet. Proper care, natural target pruning and root zone management will preserve and enhance the beauty and bio diversity of our oasis, enabling us to appreciate it more deeply. Madrono Tree Services approaches their work from the stand point that bio diversity promotes a healthy environment. We tend to get caught up in tidy yards and perfectly pruned bushes and forget the frogs, insects, butterflies, reptiles, dragonflies, spiders, small mammals and birds that are beneficial and dependent on the natural environment for their very existence. Remember that the overuse or misuse of pesticides (including organic ones) can have a negative effect on beneficial insects and disease organisms as well as birds, mammals - and our children and pets! George G. WIlliams, Curator of Ornithology, Houston Museum of Natural Science, wrote an article entitled "Birds on the Farm" in the April 1945 issue of Organic Gardening. These principles can be applied today and equally as well to our commercial and residential properties...
 
"There are about 1400 species and varieties of birds in North America. Of this number, over half are of distinct economic value as insect eaters; and this figure does not account for those numerous additional species whose food is largely made up of noxious weed seeds...The familiar Meadowlark, Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, Cuckoo, Robin, Thrushes, Orioles, native Sparrows, Kingbird and other species do invaluable work. The agriculturist can't go wrong in protecting and encouraging them! He should let native vines and shrubs grow along his fences for bird cover and bird food; he should leave cover for ground nesting birds, and if possible protect them from the trampling's of cattle; he should plant mulberry trees to attract the fruit eaters; he should use native plants as ornaments about his home for the birds to nest and seek cover in; he should provide water in the hot summer months and in spring build a few birdhouses to take the place of the hollow trees and dead branches that civilization has eliminated; and in winter he can have much pleasure and satisfaction by having a feeding tray for the birds."
 
Three Common Practices That Injure Trees Are-

1) Over Thinning Tree food is produced in the leaves. Removing too many branches compromises a tree's ability to convert sunlight to energy. When too many interior branches are removed, the structural integrity of the tree is vulnerable.
 
2) Over Mulching Mulch and soil should not be piled against the trunk of the tree and it should not be mounded up over the buttress root flares. Over mulching will make a tree or shrub susceptible to borers, beetles and many other insect and disease organisms. It can also interfere with adequate movement of water into the root zone. The 'volcano ' cones of mulch and soil that are the vogue of the landscaping industry are simply wrong and are not accepted practice among tree care professionals.
 
3) Over Fertilization Fertilizers are not tree food. Excessive fertilization will promote vigorous, weak growth that is attractive to insects and disease. It can also create a build up of salts in the soil which will prevent plants from absorbing water even though water is present. The fertilizers we recommend promote soil health, not vigorous plant growth.
 

Alternative Landscaping or 'Naturescaping'

 
A naturescape utilizes both native plants, and compatible ornamentals to create a landscape that is more suited to its location than the typical "cookie cutter, new home" style of landscaping. Utilizing his knowledge as an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist (#PN-0100A), and his experience as a volunteer at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Phil can design utilizing the elements that exist naturally on your land or in your yard. 
The ISA has helped establish standards of care within the tree industry. It also funds ongoing research to expand our understanding of how trees function in the urban landscape. The ISA was founded in 1924. Phil acquired his certification in 1989 (He is a graduate of Texas A & M College Station, Class of 1983). The beauty of the ISA certification program is it's continuing education component. Arborists must complete a specified number of CE Units (CEUs) or his/her certification will lapse.
 
Please review our site and available links - Can you identify the problem with this tree? Send your answer to Phil's email. If you are correct, you'll receive our site review for FREE!!
 
The Greatest Achievement..
 
....of our flight to the moon is the picture of earth, a living planet whirling in the dark endless void of space, and the realization the this is home. - Sigurd F. Olson, Reflections from the North Country
  
 

 Baby Tree in a Tree
 

 
Texas Treasures
 
 
High Country Reflections

Orange and Golden pendants, flaming in the sun, their quiet chatter barely perceptible amid the melancholy sighs of the pines standing watch, high on the ridge above... but wait, excitement is in the air. A rush of ethereal winds stir them into a raucous chorus, and the sound of rushing waters and boisterous cascades fill the depths of the canyon. A refreshing coolness follows, and as the winds take their leave, a quiet hush descends amid the now somber hues of the rugged escarpment that lies below the pine-clad ridge. Time to look for a campsite, and make ready for the coming night ..." High Country " in Texas?
And trees with orange and golden pendants too? You Betcha!!!While Texas mountains are not as high as the Colorado Rockies, they do have ridges that tower 4000'-6000' above the deserts and hills below them. In the canyons, and on talus slopes that are nestled among these ridges grow relict stands of one of America's most beloved trees- the Trembling, or Quaking Aspen. They are beautiful, with a bark that is almost white on younger trees, accented with striking black markings as they mature. And in their mountain haunts in Texas, as in Colorado, they develop beautiful fall color. To see them requires some work though. You have to hike the trails of Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks, or the paths and old ranch roads of the Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountains Preserve- all in the Trans-Pecos region of far west Texas.I encourage you to do so. The visual and audio delights that the aspens provide are well worth the effort.