Entries by Andy Johnson

Cat’s Claw Vine, a New Austin Invader

I was on a local property in central Austin this summer, when I was introduced to a new invader to our town. At first I had no way to identify this vine. No one knew about it, and there were no seedpods or flowers to help identify it. Local inquiries amongst my peers led me nowhere, so I […]

Indian Sign Trees

I was recently on a property in north central Austin, when I was introduced (by the local homeowner) to a remarkable tree phenomenon I have never been exposed to before. As a local arborist who has been practicing since 1993, I though I was aware of most tree related phenomena, at least in the United States. I am […]

The Bastrop Fires: Assessing the long-term impacts

Since the devastating fires in Bastrop County in September, we have been involved in several fire-related projects in the Bastrop area.  The fires devastated large areas of Bastrop County, and left more than 1,500 people homeless. The effects of the Bastrop fires have been considerable. The pine woods, for which the area is well known, have been […]

Trees and swimming pools

Construction of an in-ground can have severe and often long-lasting negative effects on trees. To minimize stress and long-term damage, protecting trees before construction begins and continuing throughout the entire process is generally necessary. Although there are many things to consider, we always start with the most important factor: how close are the trees to the pool and where […]

Spanish Oaks in decline?

Tell them what you’re going to tell them:  Spanish oaks are decreasing in numbers aroundAustin.  Why does this matter? In and around greater Austin, Spanish oaks can be found growing, especially on rocky slopes and in greenbelt areas. These trees grow in their natural niche among the ash junipers (cedars), native Texas ash trees, occasional […]

Are your Sycamores declining?

Why does the Austin area lose sycamore trees almost every summer? Sycamores, Platanus occidentalis, are on the list of local Austin trees that are much less drought tolerant.  They enjoy cooler, wetter weather, lower temperatures and more water during the summer months. Most healthy sycamores in the Austin area enjoy shaded, mulched root zones, as opposed to exposed roots […]

Is oak wilt treatable and how?

Once oak wilt is diagnosed, many people are at a loss as to what to do.  In the course of my career here in Central Texas, upon being called onto a property, many people have told me that once live oaks get oak wilt, that they are untreatable and that they should just let them […]

Cabling and bracing trees

Central Texas Tree Care has installed hundreds of cables in Austin area trees over the last 10 years and I am very proud of our record. My staff is highly trained and seasoned in this area and we now properly install more cables every year than just about any other local company. The purpose of […]

Fake grass under your trees?

Fake grass. When we think about fake grass, many of us think back to the astroturf in football stadiums, or the cheap fake grass they used to use in the grocery store produce sections or various department stores. The fact is that ‘fake’ or man-made grass has come a long way since then. Stick with me here. […]