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Arborist Site Plan Contra Costa County

The Arborist Site Plan documents the location, species, drip line, and trunk diameter of the trees on the property. As a general rule, only the trees with a trunk diameter of 6 inches or greater measured 4 1/2 feet from the ground are documented. The Arborist Site...

Cutting Tree Roots

Questions I hear many times in the field are "will cutting roots kill my tree or how close to the tree can I cut the roots without harming the tree or what percentage of tree roots can be cut without harming the tree heath?" Of course cutting all the tree roots will...

Homeowner tree responsibility with overhanging branches

Homeowner tree responsibility with overhanging branches

What rights does a homeowner have when a neighbor's tree branch hangs over the property line? When a neighbors tree branch is over hanging an adjoining property line, the adjoining property owner has an absolute right to cut the branch up to the property line. Courts...

Tree survival during drought conditions

A general rule for mature trees is to deep water once or twice a month for about 2 hours. This can be done with a slow water flow from a garden hose or a soaker hose. Make sure the soil is absorbing the water and it is not running off the down the street. Place the...

Monterey Pine dieback in the Bay Area

Monterey Pine dieback in the Bay Area

The dieback of  Monterey Pines is caused by the disease Pitch Canker (fungus Fusarium circinatum).  Insects (beetles) carry and transmit the  disease from one tree to another.  The fungus causes infections which obstruct the flow of water and eventually the...