Tree Risk & Hazard Assessment

Did you know...most trees that fall during a storm would have been identified as hazardous if they had been properly evaluated beforehand? Often the tree appears to be strong and stable to an inexperienced or untrained eye.

The best way to protect the value of your home and your landscape from storm damage is through proper year-round tree care. This will help prevent many avoidable situations, by protect your investment and saves you the cost and trouble of cleanup and repairs.

Although it is difficult to protect trees from extreme weather conditions, there are effective precautions you and your arborist can take to minimize the impact. Our certified arborist will assure you that your tree is stable and growing correctly or guide you in the right direction to promote the health of your trees.


Seasonal Weather Effects on Trees:

Extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc on your trees and shrubs. For example, the combination of hot, dry weather can lead to water loss causing stress. Freezing, damp conditions, if abruptly following mild weather, can cause significant stress to even the hardiest of species. Although you cannot prevent these conditions from occurring, there are precautions you can take to help safeguard your trees.

 The following are a few weather conditions that can seriously affect your trees and tips to help you overcome their affects. 


Effects of a Drought
A lack of rain can cause delicate root hairs, which are responsible for the uptake of moisture and nutrients from the soil, to die off. Without these, when rain finally does come, the tree will not be able to absorb the moisture and nutrients it so desperately needs to flourish. If treated promptly and correctly we can promote root growth and heighten stress tolerance so the damage can be reversed.


Weathering Wintered Weather:
Wind, rain, snow and ice can break or weaken trees potentially resulting in fallen or broken trees. Large trees, those in excess of 12" in diameter, are most likely to cause property damage, or even serious injury, if they fail so it’s especially important to keep these trees trimmed and maintained.


Tree Disease Prevention & Treatment:

Tree disease prevention starts with a comprehensive inspection of your landscaping. During this inspection, our team will be able to determine the overall health of your landscaping. We can recommend appropriate treatments, which can improve the condition of your trees and shrubs and preserve the vitality of your property.


Tree Disease Treatment:
Our programs are custom-designed for your property to maximize the health and beauty of your landscape by accounting for site-specific conditions. Tree disease treatment is only effective when targeted for type of tree, specific disease and desired outcome.


Hickory and A & J Tree Service has programs for all diseases that are designed to protect your valuable landscape. Most tree diseases are caused by fungi which thrive during moist, warm weather common at the start of the growing season. Properly timed disease treatments can prevent the production, growth and spread of spores that cause tree diseases. 


Here are a few common tree diseases in our area


Fruit Trees
There are many diseases affecting fruit trees. Although they vary by host and life cycle, the treatments are usually very similar. Blights, scabs, rots, leaf spots and rusts all occur on species of apple, pear, cherry, peach, nectarine and plum. These fruit tree diseases can affect leaves, stems and, of the greatest concern, fruit. For the best outcome, fruit tree diseases must be identified and treated by highly trained technicians at the appropriate time for the best outcome. Our fruit tree treatments follow a protocol developed by several leading universities, utilizing varying products and the minimum number of treatments required to facilitate a productive harvest.


Needle Cast Diseases
Needle cast has become a major tree disease resulting in severe and lasting damage to many varieties of evergreen trees. Caused by several species of fungi, these diseases target Colorado blue spruce (Piceapungens), white spruce (P. glauca), white fir (Abiesconcolor), several species of pine (Pinus spp.), hemlock (Tsuga), Douglas-fir (Pseudotsugamenziesii) and cedar (Cedrus). Wet spring seasons with mild temperatures are favorable to the growth and spread of these tree diseases. Symptoms may first appear on lower, interior branches, where needles will look purple to yellow before browning and dying. Needle cast symptoms will gradually progress from the base of the tree towards the crown and from the interior spread to outer stems. Younger, smaller trees are at higher risk of mortality from these diseases.


Proper watering, nutrition and pruning can help prevent infection. However, once infected needle cast may be managed through treatments including removal of dead or dying limbs and/or appropriate application of technical materials.

Evergreens keep their foliage during the winter. The foliage and bark disscoloratin, are signs that the weather conditons have injured the trees.


Sphaeropsis Tip Blight
Sphaeropsis tip blight, formerly known as Diplodia, is a fungal tree disease most commonly affecting Austrian pines (Pinusnigra), Scotch pine (P. sylvestris), ponderosa pine (P. ponderosa) and mugo pine (P. mugo). This tree disease will occur on well-established plantings and those already under stress.


Symptoms include stunting and browning of current year’s growth, which after several consecutive years will stunt the tree’s entire growth. Initially identified on lower branches, the blight will make its way progressively towards the crown. Proper care and maintenance can help prevent infection. Once afflicted, disease treatments can include removal of dead or dying limbs and/or appropriate application of technical materials.


Sycamore Anthracnose Diseases

Sycamore anthracnose is a common tree disease that results in extensive defoliation, shoot dieback, and twig death of your sycamore trees. This can happen especially when extended periods of cool and wet weather occur in the spring. Since it’s very difficult to control through conventional disease treatments, we use a trunk injection that will prevent infection of your sycamore specimens for 3 years.

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Hickory and A& J Tree Services offers a full range of tree care, tree removal, tree pruning, bucket and crane services, stump grinding along with 24 / 7 emergency storm damage services to the following locations and beyond Sullivan County New York, Orange County New York, Middletown, Walkill, Mount Hope, Otisville, New Jersey, Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Cornwall, Crawford, Deerpark, Florida, Goshen, Greenville, Greenwood Lake, Hamptonburgh, Harriman, Highland Falls, Highlands, Kiryas Joel, Maybrook, Middletown, Minisink, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Hope, Newburgh, New Windsor, Otisville, Port Jervis, South Blooming Grove, Tuxedo Park, Tuxedo, Unionville, Walden, Wallkill, Warwick, Washingtonville, Wawayanda, Woodbury

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