Arborist Updates

September 9, 2020Fungi on willow oak

This week I was called to look at a big willow oak tree we figure is close to 100 years old. Generally the tree appears healthy, but one note of concern is at the base where we saw some fungal fruiting bodies. This decay fungus appears to be Inonotus dryadeus and is one of the “butt rot” fungus pathogens that we need to take seriously. While it doesn’t mean the tree is done for, it does mean the tree will need ongoing monitoring and care for the remainder of its life. Most older trees can live for many years with diseases, and consulting with an ISA Certified Arborist is a good first step towards improving a trees longevity.  Learn more about this fungus here:

September 2, 2020Pine Road trees

This week I was called out to Pine Road to look at trees for a new home building permit. We could clearly see how the street got it’s name, as some pine trees were 100 feet tall on the heavily wooded lot. By walking together and discussing the project with the homeowners, we were able to match up their goals along with tree preservation that makes good sense. Proud to say that we saved over thirty one trees out there! A mix of big pine and hardwood trees will remain, including one of the largest pines on the property at over 32” in diameter! 

August 19, 2020Pete with tree background

The past few weeks we have had some caterpillars eating leaves on oak trees around town. These pests typically cause no lasting harm to the trees, as minor defoliation this late in the season means the tree's leaves have done the bulk of their job and are almost ready for fall. In some cases, particularly with young and small trees, total defoliation may indicate a need for treatment. We have successfully treated and saved a small number of oak trees in Davidson where it was necessary.  You can read more about caterpillars here:

Trey's tree update 2020 08 05August 5, 2020

This past week I worked with a variety of folks from the development community to look at a tree preservation effort led by our own Trey Akers from the Town of Davidson Planning Department.
This large red oak tree is to be saved and protected with a chain link protection fence throughout the construction process. This effort represents an approach consistent with leading industry standards and is a direct result of our improved tree ordinance approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2019. Great news! Great effort all around! Thank you Trey!