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Now that California is years into its drought, you may have noticed your trees are a little under the weather. We usually think of trees as big, tough giants that outlast even our lifetimes. They’re there when we’re young and keep going when we’re gone….

Does the term CODIT (pronounced “code it”), mean anything to you? Most likely you’ve never heard of CODIT—most people haven’t. It’s a term used by well-informed arborists to describe how a tree responds to pruning wounds and other physical damage. It’s a concept that should…

Topping is an extreme form of pruning a tree. In topping, the tree’s height is drastically reduced either by cutting the main trunk at a certain height or by removing large limbs. The practice has many practical applications such as coppicing or pollarding, two practices…

Pruning a tree can have many benefits. The first and most important is keeping the people around it safe. A dead branch can fall from a tree at any time, endangering nearby people, buildings, and power lines. Removing dangerous limbs and maintaining a safe tree…

As we know, trees can provide extensive benefits to your home property. In almost all cases, it’s best to keep a tree on your property if at all possible. However, living under or near a large tree also comes with its risks. How can you…

Trees are a deeply important part of our identities as Northern Californians. We feel comforted by their safety, awed by their beauty, and, at times, elementally connected to them. That connection can run very deep and for good reason; we (and countless other species) really…