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Coping With the Weight of Snow and Ice

Although we revel in autumn’s beautiful colors, it is an undeniable indicator that winter is not far behind. And although winter brings with it the delight of the holiday season, crisp air, and, depending upon your geographic location, beautifully driven snow, the effects of often harsh winter weather conditions can certainly take a toll on even well-kept landscaping trees. Even geographic locations, like Austin, Texas, that generally are not subject to such harsh winter conditions, such as heavy snow or ice, may occasionally witness them. Therefore, it’s important to know how to cope with issues such as how to protect your landscaping trees’ limbs from the weight of snow and ice.

Consider two things concurrently: First, the typical winter weather conditions for your region and, second, the species of trees that you would like to grow. This may not always be possible, as, in many cases, property owners must work with existing landscaping trees when a property is purchased.

However, if you are purchasing a property in which you are able to make decisions regarding which trees are planted, you are at an advantage. Planting a landscape from the outset of its development allows you an opportunity to research the types of trees that are best suited to the winter weather conditions customary to your location. Obviously, the hardier the tree, the better able it may be to withstand the weight of ice and snow. Some of the hardiest trees typically include maple, sycamore, elm, and oak.

It may be worth your while to work with an Austin arborist to see which landscaping trees are not only better able to provide function (such as shade) during the summer months, but also better able to maintain their integrity and provide function (such as a windbreak) during uncharacteristic winter weather situations.

Another benefit of working with a professional arborist, and an undeveloped landscape, is that he/she can not only recommend species of trees that are hardiest for typical weather patterns, but can also recommend those species which have less branches or more concealed branches due to flowering. Dense blooms provide a sort of shelter for tree branches. You may find evergreens to be invaluable to your landscape if you reside in an area prone to harsh winters.

It is also quite important to routinely maintain the integrity of your landscaping trees. This may include pruning or the removal of dead, dying, or weakened branches. Trees whose health and integrity are maintained throughout the duration of the other seasons are better able to proliferate during winter, especially when atypical conditions exist within a specific region. Work with a professional Austin tree trimming specialist to maintain your trees and prevent damages due to winter weather.

Any geographic location may become vulnerable to weather conditions that are not necessarily the norm for that particular area. Keeping this in mind can lead to healthy landscaping trees year-round. By consulting the expertise of an Austin tree care authority, you can keep your trees healthy throughout winter, whether typical or not, and beyond.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

What Causes Autumn Leaves to Fall?

Many articles have been written about what causes leaves to change to those vibrant, eye-catching colors we’re accustomed to each year. It is a fascinating process to be sure. But after the appearance of those colors awe us for a time, the limbs become bare and uninviting for a period, too. So, what exactly causes autumn leaves to fall? There are several factors that play a role in this, and unlike the very scientific process that occurs when leaves change color, it may surprise you to learn that some of the causes behind the actual falling of the leaves are actually quite simple, albeit logical.

Perhaps one of the most common reasons leaves fall is wind. As the frequently blustery conditions of autumn and winter set in, leaves succumb to them. Obviously, the more powerful the wind, the more likely the leaves are to fall. If you live in a region that is naturally prone to high winds or blizzards (especially if they occur early in the season), then you are more likely to see the leaves fall earlier than other regions.

Likewise, precipitation may be responsible for causing the leaves to finally drop. This may include heavy rains, hail, snow or ice. Any form of precipitation that either falls heavily or bears significant weight as it accumulates on the tree will likely cause leaves to plunge.

Consider, too, that wildlife may also sometimes be responsible for falling leaves. Particularly, animals of flight and those that climb, such as birds and squirrels, become quite active during autumn as they make preparations for the onset of winter. They scurry about looking for food, shelter and other necessities. In doing so, they may unwittingly become the culprits responsible for finally sending trees’ leaves plummeting to the ground. Contact an Austin arborist or a wildlife specialist for ideas regarding how you can support wildlife during these increasingly sparse months without prematurely compromising the autumnal splendor of your landscaping trees.

The overall health of a landscaping tree is also a factor when it comes to dropping leaves. If a tree is unhealthy or dying, the affected parts are generally isolated from the physiological processes responsible for sustaining it. Certainly a dying branch can neither support itself nor any leaves. If you enjoy autumn’s brilliant colors and desire to prolong their presence on your landscape, contact an Austin tree trimming professional at the first indication of a problem to assist with the proper techniques necessary for dealing with dead or dying branches, thereby increasing the viability of your tree.

While some of the causes of falling leaves are unable to be prevented, some may be combated, even if only for a meager amount of additional time to take in autumn’s grandeur. Speak with an Austin tree care specialist about ways in which you may extend this annual experience in your own backyard.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

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Using Acorns to Assist Wildlife

Oak trees are in abundance across much of the United States. Species of oaks have adorned the American terrain for hundreds of years. Many homeowners choose to add this expansive species to their personal landscape for its beauty, grandeur and function.

Acorns are the nuts borne of oaks. And although they frequently go unnoticed by us, they are quite valuable to wildlife, especially in preparation for winter’s relative cold and barrenness. Varying species of oaks produce acorns with varying amounts of bitter tannins, or polyphenols. In spite of the tannins, acorns are consistently a favorite among such wildlife as birds, squirrels, deer and bears.

If your landscape has oaks that produce acorns, then there are several creative ways you can assist wildlife as they begin their preparations for winter by gathering and storing the sustenance that will sustain them during the long winter months. Consider building collection stations across your landscape from which wildlife can feed on or gather acorns.

This endeavor can be thought of much like a bird feeder for birds, only the completed works are feeders for other wildlife, too.

Online searches or research of woodworking books at a local library are great resources for the design and construction of animal feeders. These are generally quite descriptive as well, providing the approximate dimensions necessary for the average size of the animal that feeds from it. This is a positive as far as planning for the amount of materials that will be necessary and the approximate amount of money you will likely incur to complete the projects. For watchful landscape owners who’ve monitored repeated annual visits to his or her property by wildlife over the years, you may even find that you have enough information to help determine the amount of feeders necessary for each type of wildlife that visits your property.

Certainly, if building such projects is not of interest to you, you can always find a local woodworker to build them for you. Or you may also be able to find pre-built feeders at wildlife or feed and seed stores.

Hang or place them in strategic places across your landscape. Squirrel and bird feeders can be hung from privacy fences or ground posts. Wooden replicas of hanging or tripod deer feeders can be made and filled with an abundance of acorns. This would be especially beneficial to deer that perhaps frequent your property due to a heavy pine tree population on or near your property.

Acorns will generally begin to fall at the onset of autumn. Begin collecting them as soon as the weather begins to turn cooler and the days shorter, as this is the time when wildlife will begin to seek them as well.

If you have an oak tree with a branch that appears unhealthy, contact an Austin tree trimming specialist to assist you with proper pruning techniques. This will not only sustain the tree itself and your property in the long-run, but for environmentally-conscious property owners, doing so will also protect the wildlife that happen across your landscape to forage. Depending upon the level of destruction of a branch requiring trimming, salvaging any acorns still attached may or may not be possible.

Use a beautiful, comfortable autumn weekend to gather acorns and put them in wildlife feeders for their easy access. Encourage neighbors to do the same. And watch for opportunities to give away excess amounts of acorns, perhaps during a masting period, for a good cause, such as increasing the population of or altogether re-populating a wildlife habitat.

Consult an Austin tree care professional, and get to know your oaks better.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

Oak Trees

There are many oak trees in the United States. There are also many varieties of oaks, including white, red, live and pin oaks. Perhaps their heavy presence across miles and miles of the American landscape over hundreds of years is one of the reasons it is considered the national tree.

So, what exactly are some of the advantages of oaks that make it so noteworthy?

First, as already mentioned, they are common across a large portion of American terrain and have been for many years. They are quite a longstanding species of tree, capable of living up to 200 years old.

Second, they are quite hardy. Their existence across such a wide expanse of country, with all the varying regional elements, such as temperatures, precipitation and other relative conditions, clearly speaks to this.

Third, oaks are durable. In fact, wood that is harvested from oak trees is often used in things like hardwood floors and furniture. Given proper care, of course, this makes flooring and furniture projects made using oak able to withstand the passage of time. Compared to other woods frequently used for such projects, like cherry, oak is considerably less expensive, too.

But the durability of oak extends beyond its uses as lumber. Oak trees are not only durable, but are generally also quite expansive. With some careful strategic planning, the overall stature of oak trees makes for a great way to provide comfortable shade during hot summer days or sheltering windbreaks during colder, windier weather. An Austin arborist can help you plan a beautiful, well-maintained but equally effective landscape using any variety of oak you desire to plant. Because of their stature, however, it is always worthy of securing the services of an Austin tree trimming professional for the trimming or pruning of oak trees.

Fourth, oak trees bear fruit in the form of acorns, the production of which is quite ecologically friendly. Many species of animals, including squirrels, deer and bear, feed on the acorns produced by oaks. Because acorns drop from the trees during the fall months, this makes them an especially fortuitous find for the critters foraging the ground or forest floor to store up before winter’s cold sets in or hibernation begins.

Of all the trees that you could choose to plant on your landscape, oak trees are a wonderful addition. If you’re considering adding one or more to your landscape, consult the expertise of an Austin tree care specialist with any questions you may have regarding how well oaks may grow on your landscape’s soil, within your average seasonal temperatures and levels of precipitation, how to care for them as they grow and any advantages or (rarely) disadvantages associated with growing them.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

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Planting Apple Trees

Apples are a delightful fruit anytime of the year, but particularly during spring and fall it seems. Events like fairs, fall festivals and carnivals have done much to preserve the use of apples over the years. Traditional and longstanding games, such as bobbing for apples, and the use of candied apples as Halloween treats are timeless, classic ways to use apples. Likewise, each year many families go to pick-it-yourself apple orchards. Quite simply, festive occasions have made the use of apples synonymous with certain times of the year.

If you’re interested in adding an apple tree, or trees, to your landscape, there are several things to consider.

First, examine what you are trying to accomplish by adding them to your property. Do you want to use them in baking? Do you want to can or make preserves? Do you want to reduce your grocery bill, however minimally, by growing your own apples? Do you want to have children or grandchildren over to pick their own and create family memories?

Second, decide what kinds of apples you want to grow and when you want them to bloom. Do online research or consult a local apple tree orchard to learn the differences in varieties of apples. Some may be better for baking than others, while some may taste better fresh. If you want the trees to produce apples during a particular season, for instance fall, you will need to research which varieties typically produce during that time. A little careful research and forethought can yield wonderful results.

Third, determine which apple trees may grow best in your region. Consider such things as average temperatures and amount of rainfall. Is the soil on your landscape fit for growing and sustaining an apple tree? Will the variety of apple tree that you desire to grow be sustainable in your area? What native wildlife or insects might be problematic or compete for the apples once they bloom?

Fourth, learn how to care for the tree. Perhaps you’ve never planted a fruit tree on your landscape. Is the size of your landscape sufficient for the apple tree at maturity? How big will the variety of apple tree you’ve selected grow to be? This is important to know so as to determine if picking the apples, once they produce, will be too challenging or even dangerous. How much water does the tree require, and how often? Do certain actions promote tree growth, apple size or overall health? In Austin, Texas, consult an arborist to inquire how to best care for your newly planted apple tree, or secure the services of an Austin tree trimming professional to optimize the growth of your apple tree.

Finally, one other consideration you may wish to make is purely aesthetic in nature. What color are the apples when they produce? Color can add an attractive feature to any landscape, no matter how fleeting it may be. An apple tree with pops of colorful apples hanging from the branches can make a great backdrop for a family photo or a homemade calendar.

Never underestimate the value of planting an apple tree on your landscape. If you don’t have previous experience with planting or sustaining fruit trees, contact an Austin tree care specialist for guidance, and enjoy the “fruits” of your labor!

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

Using Your Landscape to Care for Deer

Many homeowners go to great lengths to keep their landscapes well-maintained and healthy. Consulting and working with professional arborists, aligning properties with fences and working to limit, or completely eliminate, wildlife from encroaching upon a property are just a few examples of things that are often done to care for a landscape.

However, what if a homeowner desires to establish a landscape that is aesthetic, but also attracts wildlife, specifically deer? There are ways to make a landscape both attractive to and suitable for deer. Here are a few ideas how.

First, speak with an Austin wildlife specialist or perhaps a hunting club representative. Often, these individuals are quite knowledgeable when it comes to the specifics of deer in Austin. They can most likely address such questions as when do they begin to move, in which conditions do they best thrive and what do they eat. Answers to each of these certainly gives a homeowner desirous of making his/her landscape an environmentally-friendly one a great place to start in establishing such a place.

Second, plant trees, grasses and other sustenance that will attract deer to your landscape. Consider planting oaks, which produce acorns, a favorite for deer, or trees bearing fruit, such as pear, cherry or apple. You might also consider planting a clover patch, another favorite of deer, or adding a salt lick to an area of your property which is well hidden from view. This is because the deer will ardently dig to get to the salt and other minerals found in a salt lick. After several years of this behavior, it is probable that some of the soil will be displaced, and likely an eyesore, due to this manner of excavation.

Bear in mind that it may take some time, perhaps several seasons, before any trees you plant mature enough to achieve the purpose of attracting or feeding deer. Also, be especially cautious as to the proper care of any oak trees you plant, as oak wilt in Austin, although preventable, has become a growing problem in recent years. A licensed Austin tree trimming professional should be contacted immediately for assistance if you suspect that an oak on your property is affected by oak wilt.

Third, you might also consider planting areas of dense shrubbery or pine trees. Shrubs and accumulations of pine needles are preferred sources of bedding for deer.

Finally, be mindful of other animals that may be present on the property, whether welcomed or not. Pets, such as dogs, and other regionally-specific wildlife, such as mountain lions, bobcats, foxes and coyotes, may frighten the deer you set out and put forth such diligent effort to attract. Any natural opposition that exists between them could lead to injury to the animals, unsuspecting individuals or property.

Because a lack of food sources during the colder months could lead to a slow and cruel death through starvation for a species that is frequently overpopulated, these are great ways to help ensure the survival of perhaps one of the most beautiful and graceful of all wild creatures. If you have questions about how you can make your landscaping trees and other plant life both beautiful and provisional for the local deer herd, contact an Austin tree care specialist for guidance.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

Reasons to Plant in Autumn

Spring is often perceived as the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds. Autumn, however, is arguably the best time to do so. There are several reasons why autumn planting should be considered.

First, autumn is an ideal time to plant due to the overall importance of roots. Of course, roots provide stability for the tree through anchoring. But the roots are also instrumental in sustaining the tree through water and oxygen absorption. As the tree’s leaves respond to the onset of shortened days and gradually become dormant, the roots are better able to develop, further stabilizing the tree and becoming ever more adaptable toward the duty of provision of sustenance for the tree.

Second, soil temperature during autumn is yet another reason why autumn planting is a good idea. Even with the simultaneous cooling of the air temperature at the onset of autumn, the soil temperature tends to stay relatively warm. Tree leaves are first responders to autumn’s shortened days and cooler temperatures, which signal dormancy, or a period of inactive growth. When, because of dormancy, the roots are able to slow, and eventually halt, the processes by which they provide sustenance to the most distal areas of the tree, including the leaves, the ability to attend to self-preservation kicks in. This only fosters the above scenario wherein the tree’s roots have time to further develop ahead of winter’s impending cold.

Next, it is also advantageous to plant during autumn because the humidity tends to be slightly higher. Higher humidity means that natural precipitation abounds, keeping newly planted trees and other botanical life consistently nourished. Even if temperatures rebound into above average ranges, as often seen during an Indian summer, there is likely to be little damage done. Transpiration decreases as the effects of autumn settle in.

Finally, because the air temperature cools, too, yet another reason for autumn planting is a more comfortable environment in which to work. Certainly, autumn is a temperate season in which such physical labor, as required in the planting of trees and the maintenance of a landscape, is quite bearable.

Aside from planting, another advantage of autumn includes better visibility. Once deciduous trees drop their leaves, things like a damaged trunk or dead, or dying, limbs are more easily noticed. Consult an Austin tree trimming specialist to assist you with trimming such limbs to better improve the viability, stability, and aesthetic appeal of your landscaping trees.

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding seasonal planting and maintenance of your landscape, an Austin tree care professional can speak to you further about the advantages, or any drawbacks, for each season, including any tasks completed during autumn.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

Protecting Windows and Rooftops

Any season holds the potential for causing damage. And damage can be widespread, including to your home. Because of the overall size and stature of many landscaping trees, even trees that are planted a suitable distance from homes, or other structures, still have the potential to cause damage, especially when they are fully grown. Certain geographic locations are more prone to particular kinds of storms, and their fury, than others. In these areas, preparation is key toward the prevention of damage.

Weak, dying or dead branches are a liability. During spring and summer, they are easily snapped and fall during strong winds. Those that are weighted enough and hang over rooftops have a propensity to fall onto or through them. Even the least weighted of branches have a propensity to remove shingles during a particularly strong storm. Of course, it goes without saying that roof damage that isn’t corrected promptly could lead to more substantial and costly problems for the homeowner in the future.

Consider, too, that most of the summer and fall seasons include hurricane season. Sometimes damage sites may not be the direct result of a hurricane’s landfall, either. Stronger categorical storms may push inland, threatening both life and property well beyond the site of the initial landfall. Unkempt or unhealthy trees, or even outdoor lawn furniture, grills and small boats, can easily become projectiles in volatile, hurricane-force winds. Covering windows with plywood may lessen the chances of resulting window damage during a hurricane, though it’s not an entirely foolproof means of prevention. The high winds hurricanes routinely bring with them are also a means by which many shingles are lost from rooftops each year. Unfortunately, as compared to typical spring and summer rain showers, the rather heavy rainfall that accompanies hurricanes can mean misfortune to a compromised rooftop.

With modern technology, however, advance warning generally allows for several days of preparation ahead of a hurricane. If you live in the Austin, Texas area, contact an Austin tree trimming professional to make your property as safe as possible by removing problem trees or tree branches before a storm hits.

Although hard freezes, ice and heavy snow are quite rare phenomena in some areas of the country, especially in the South, these conditions are not completely unheard of, either. On the rare occasion that any of these conditions occur, they, too, are culprits for potential problems. Tree branches that are weakened by the weight of ice or snow also are easily snapped, compromising anything that may lie beneath them, including roofs and windows. Limbs that are iced over become less pliable and more unyielding. Combined with winter winds, glass windows certainly are no match for such conditions.

These are just several examples of how every season has the potential to cause damage to private property, arguably the most valuable of which is our homes. With a little forethought, however, damage to the most vulnerable of barriers, namely windows and rooftops, may be minimized or avoided altogether. Consult with an Austin tree care service and learn the ways you can prepare and minimize prospective damage of any kind for any season.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

Winter Advantages of Conifers

The foliage that comes with autumn is breathtaking. Vibrant colors make the season a favorite among many of us. But after such colorful beauty drops from the branches, we are often left for several consecutive months of winter’s dreary, colorless and frigid effects.

Such effects are a just cause for the planting of conifers among your landscaping trees. When the beautiful autumnal display has come to an end and the leaves have made their way to the ground below, the branches will remain bare until spring rolls around. On the other hand, conifers continue to produce leaves throughout the year, even during the frequently frigid winter months. There are several advantages to this.

First, the leaves conifers continue to produce provide an element of color to a vastly colorless winter world. Some conifers also produce cones or colorful berries. The presence of such textures and vibrancy is often a welcome sight for listless eyes.

Because conifers produce such items as cones, needles and berries, it is quite common to catch glimpses of wildlife, such as birds and deer. Wildlife are often found in close proximity to coniferous trees. Not only does planting conifers produce color by way of its blooms, but it also facilitates color through the wildlife that seek out its blooms. The beauty of a brightly-colored cardinal on a snow-covered branch easily parallels the magnificence of autumn’s bold, rich colors.

Since conifers continue to produce throughout the year, they are largely responsible for supporting wildlife during the frequent scarcity of winter. Berries, nuts, cones and even needles are essential to wildlife. Not only do conifers produce sources of food for wildlife, but they also support them by producing shelter. Leaves or needles provide a degree of protection from winter’s chill. Birds take refuge among the needles still affixed to a pine’s branches, while those needles that have been shed make great bedding, and provide warmth and protection, for wildlife such as deer. And it goes without saying that, as wildlife are enjoying the sustenance conifers provide during winter, we enjoy such things as bird watching and tracking deer.

If you notice any branches on your landscaping conifers which appear to be unable to support wildlife, or may even appear to put wildlife into danger, contact an Austin tree trimming specialist immediately for assistance in appropriately pruning the branches.

And just as conifers provide a means of protection for wildlife, they also provide a level of protection for us, too. This is because, planted in groups or within close proximity of one another, they serve as a windbreak. By blocking winds, not only is winter’s cold lessened, but heating bills may be reduced, too.

If you have questions, concerns or other ideas relative to planting and making conifers a part of your landscape, an Austin tree care professional can certainly speak to the advantages of conifers, particularly during the winter months.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

Landscaping Rock Gardens

A growing trend in landscaping is the addition of alternative gardens, including rock gardens. Using a little bit of creativity, rock gardens are a beautiful addition to any landscape and can serve many purposes.

An environmentally-conscious homeowner may choose to add a rock garden to help conserve water and lower his/her average water bill. This is because rock gardens are an excellent means by which to conserve water. As with other types of landscaping mulch, rocks, too, retain moisture. Whether water is applied naturally, such as through rainfall, or manually, such as through sprinkling systems, the water retention it supplies helps to reduce the overall amount of water needed. In regions where rainfall may be naturally or circumstantially minimal, such as in a drought-stricken area, the required applications of water will decrease when rock gardens are added.

Rock gardens are a creative way to add natural elements to a landscape to improve aesthetics. If the landscape lacks color, consider adding some through the choice of rock. Red rock is a great way to add some beauty to a healthy, but perhaps slightly mundane landscape. If the landscape is sufficiently colored and you believe the addition of more color may lessen its already aesthetically pleasing qualities, then a neutral-colored rock is a great choice. Browns, tans and blacks add a natural, earthy element to a rock garden that generally complements rather than negates.

Rock gardens also make great use of a naturally organic material to improve trouble areas within a landscape. Some homeowners may choose to add rock gardens to bare areas in the landscape while others may choose to add rock gardens to areas that tend to retain too much water. Most realize that either extreme can do great harm to a landscape, and since most work hard to maintain the health of their landscape, treating trouble areas is an important step to maintaining health.

For bare areas, rock gardens may facilitate both the provision of water and the subsequent moisture retention the area needs to improve health. By contrast, strategically placed rocks of various sizes and textures may facilitate water runoff that not only prevents a single area from being water-logged, but also allows the water to perhaps disburse (runoff) to other areas that may be lacking. If attempts to correct bare or water-logged areas within your landscape have been unsuccessful and you’re considering the addition of a rock garden, you can always contact an Austin tree trimming specialist, who is also knowledgeable in the improvement or maintenance of landscape health through the uses of rock gardens and other methods.

Lastly, and again using strategically placed rocks of various sizes and textures, rock gardens may be used as a creative way to change the natural slope of a landscape. For areas beneath the grade of a landscape, perhaps such as the site of a removed tree stump, the addition of a rock garden may serve to fill in and raise the grade to ground level. By contrast, for areas of the landscape a homeowner desires to be above grade level, the addition of a rock garden may serve to present a more alpine appearance.

If you are considering the addition of a rock garden to your landscape, contact an Austin tree care professional for assistance and guidance. His or her experience likely includes many ways to use rock gardens to improve the overall health and appearance of any Austin landscape.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit