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Autumn Colors and Maple Trees

Autumn colors are upon many parts of the United States right now. Undoubtedly, leaf peeping is a highlight of the season. Delighted onlookers sometimes travel for miles to take in the incredible autumn colors visible from some of America’s most well-known major thoroughfares, such as Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway or Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Although the glorious colors of autumn vary by region and overall climate, it is possible to bring autumn’s glory to your own backyard. Specific species of trees are known for their colorful displays during autumn. Maple trees are one such species. Adding several variations of maple trees to your landscape can mean a season of merriment come autumn.

Amur maples are perhaps one of the most vibrantly colored among maples and all trees. With appropriate climate conditions, which include exposure to full sunlight throughout the better part of the year coupled with a crisp climate at the onset of autumn, Amur maples will display themselves in a most brilliant shade of red.

Sugar maples are another species that results in a beautiful autumn display. Requiring full to partial exposure to sunlight throughout the majority of the year, variations in fall color include yellow, orange and red.

It is the sugar maple species that is also famous for the production of maple syrup. For the adventurous homeowner, the addition of sugar maples to the landscape can result in the collection of maple sap to make into maple syrup for consumption, thereby making the value of such a tree doubly advantageous.

If you live in Austin, Texas, consult an Austin tree trimming professional to assist you with how best to grow and maintain a sugar maple on your landscape. A knowledgeable professional may also be able to assist you in the process of gathering maple sap to be made into maple syrup. If not, he or she could likely provide you with resources or other points of contact who can assist you in such a unique endeavor.

Norway maple trees can be planted, and adapt well, in areas that are typically more arid. This is beneficial if you live in a location with such a climate. In fact, research indicates that Norway maple trees are often strategically planted for the shade they provide.

Care should be taken to maintain the health of a Norway maple, however, as it is susceptible to several tree diseases, including anthracnose, which can be mistaken for oak wilt, a relatively high-occurrence tree disease in Austin. With proper care and maintenance, available through the assistance of an Austin tree care professional, Norway maples can certainly thrive and, with the onset of autumn, provide a brilliant shade of yellow for your landscape.

Maples are a great asset to any landscape and are perhaps one of the most glorious trees to behold when it comes to fall foliage. Consult an Austin arborist to learn which species of maple tree may best flourish within your regional climate and on your personal 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

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

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

Tree Hammocks

One of the most common reasons for maintaining a landscape is to provide a source of respite, very literally, within one’s own backyard. And one of the best things about home ownership is that the landscape can be made to reflect all those personal touches that make the homeowner unique. One of the qualities many homeowners try to impart within a landscape is tranquility, a means by which to relax and pull away from the stresses of daily life within the confines of home.

From the types of trees that are planted, to planting locations, definitively
yielding desired sun or shade, to the fragrances emanated, each decision made regarding a landscape caters to individual preferences.

One of those unique preferences sometimes added to a landscape is a tree hammock. Hammocks frequently recreate the carefree experiences we recall from swinging as a child. Think of them as an extension of childhood into adulthood!

The most common place from which to hang a hammock is traditionally between two trees. With the development of modern landscapes, however, we now know that this may not always be possible. Since the roots of trees may expand two to three times the circumference of theF canopy, roots can become intertwined or compete for necessary nutrients, sometimes destroying one or more trees in the process. In Austin, Texas, oak wilt can be transmitted from an affected tree to a healthy one through intertwined roots. It’s important to carefully consider these facts and proceed by strategically planting trees.

If you decide to hang a hammock between two trees, it will need to be placed somewhere between six to eight feet high. Based upon the weight that will be applied to it during use, this height should allow sufficient drag space. If specific limbs hinder the ability to hang the hammock at the appropriate height, contact an Austin tree trimming professional to assist with the appropriate trimming of the tree. After all, the last thing you want to do is to apply incorrect cuts and weaken the tree’s ability to support the hammock.

It is often propagated that attaching a hammock using tree hooks will not harm the overall health of a tree. However, if you ever decide at any point to move the hammock to another location or remove it altogether, the hooks will most assuredly leave holes in the trunk of the tree. Consider purchasing a hammock that utilizes straps instead. Straps do not require any invasive cuts or holes in the tree and allow for easier removal of the hammock for relocation or storage.

If you find that you still have concerns over the effects of the straps on the trees’ bark, consult an Austin tree care specialist, who can advise with which stressors trees can best cope and with which they cannot.

And for the especially eco-conscious, there are alternatives to hanging a hammock from your landscaping trees. Consider adding sturdy, concrete-anchored posts or using existing structures, such as a deck or the corners of a home and another adjoining building on the property.

There are several ways to enjoy the relaxation a hammock provides while still maintaining the integrity of your landscaping trees. If you have additional questions or concerns, however, contact an Austin arborist 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

Leaf Scorch and the Winter Connection

Although the effects of leaf scorch are most apparent during the arid summer months, it may be quite surprising for some to learn that there is a leaf scorch connection to winter. Though its effects most often manifest themselves during summer, leaf scorch sometimes originates during the winter.

One winter trigger that later leads to leaf scorch effects during the warmer months is frozen ground. When temperatures cause the ground to freeze, a tree is unable to absorb water for distribution throughout its vascular system, essentially leading to dehydration. When the warmer spring and summer months arrive, the browning, and sometimes brittle, feature that is indicative of leaf scorch becomes apparent.

Similar to the above, yet another winter connection to the eventual effects of leaf scorch is related to watering during freezing temperatures. Although watering during the winter months is just as critical to the vitality of a tree as watering during the warmer months, incorrectly watering a tree during winter can be quite detrimental. Those who are conscientious of this fact should take great care to correctly water trees during the winter months. Timing is imperative!

For instance, it is critical to winter water on days when the air temperature surpasses freezing, as well as to choose a time early enough in the day so that the tree will have sufficient opportunity to absorb the water before freezing
temperatures set back in, typically at nightfall. Water that is not absorbed will freeze with the onset of sub-freezing temperatures, causing ice to form over the roots, thereby suffocating the tree. Unfortunately, any damage done as a result of insufficiently distributed oxygen may not be discovered until the warmer months arrive and the effects of leaf scorch become apparent.

Salts used to de-ice roadways and other thoroughfares may also lead to leaf scorch. Much like the salts used in fertilizer, the salts used in de-icing concoctions may contain a salt content higher than that of the soil of a surrounding tree. If this is the case, the roots of the tree may become scorched by the higher-concentrated salts. Paired with desiccation by the tree’s vascular system, so common during winter months, a tree may easily succumb to leaf scorch caused by attempts to de-ice, the effects of which, however, may not be visible until many months later.

Offering considerably less control toward maintaining a tree’s vitality is the onset of spring blooms followed by a subsequent cold snap. Such a situation not only typically kills these ill-timed blooms, but sometimes ruins any ensuing chances of additional blooms from the affected branches. If they remain bare with no further blooms as the warmer seasons progress, then an Austin tree trimming specialist should be contacted to prune (remove) the branches.

Adequate watering to prevent dehydration is also important. During the winter months, this should include a significant, monthly watering of the entire area containing the feeder roots. This area may extend outwardly from the base of the tree for a considerable distance.

The fact that the onset of leaf scorch could begin so far in advance of the visible effects is quite perplexing. Perhaps it helps to think of the effects of leaf scorch as a type of delayed reaction. If you have questions regarding how best to care for your landscaping trees during the winter months so as to avoid leaf scorch during the summer, an Austin tree care professional is an excellent source for both information and 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

Leaf Scorch

If you’ve ever noticed a prominent section of tree that appears brown or wilted among a backdrop of remaining tree that appears relatively healthy, then you have likely witnessed the presence of leaf scorch.

Leaf scorch occurs when a tree’s root system is unable to absorb enough water to sustain it. Typical signs indicative of leaf scorch include browning and brittleness in the outer margins of affected leaves. The outer margins are the first areas to become water-deprived. Eventually even the tissue most near the veins of affected leaves may appear yellowed or discolored. Over time, the leaves eventually wilt completely and drop. If you’ve ever stepped on leaves that have fallen, specifically during any season other than autumn, chances are those leaves may have suffered from leaf scorch.

When water absorption is inadequate, a tree’s nourishment is inadequate as well. Leaf scorch is a direct result of just such a scenario.

Of all the seasons, there are several reasons why leaf scorch is particularly prevalent during the summer months.

Drought, most common during the summer months, is one reason leaf scorch may occur. A tree whose root system is already at a disadvantage when it comes to water absorption is affected more so when coupled with insufficient amounts of available water for absorption through natural means, such a rainfall.

Often seen hand-in-hand with drought conditions is heat stress. As living things, trees, like humans, are susceptible to damage done by excessive heat and humidity. If transpiration outweighs absorption, the tree will surely suffer imbalance due to heat stress.

Ironically enough, an opposing reason leaf scorch may occur during summer months is excessive amounts of water. If natural sources of water, such as rainfall, or artificial sources, such as sprinkler systems, over-water an area, feeder root expansion may become stunted. This decreases the amount of water, and oxygen, that a tree can effectively absorb and distribute, essentially suffocating the tree.

Poor root expansion may also lead to leaf scorch. Since a tree’s feeder roots tend to expand, or grow outward rather than downward, the inability to do so greatly impedes the tree’s ability to absorb water. Poor root expansion may occur as a result of heavy rocks, such as boulders, the presence of a structure, such as a home or other building, or pavement, such as a sidewalk or a structural foundation.

Yet another reason leaf scorch is typically seen more during the summer months is due to people’s home improvement habits. Outdoor and landscaping work generally increase during the summer.

Because of this, the opportunity for inadvertent damages increases, too. Tree and lawn care tools and equipment can cause injury to a tree, including its roots. If the roots suffer damage, the absorption, and subsequent distribution, of water may be impacted and could lead to leaf scorch.

In many instances, an affected tree initiates a shedding process, of sorts, in an effort to sustain itself. If you notice that signs of leaf scorch are apparent, occurring simultaneously with a tree’s dropping of twigs or branches, contact an Austin tree trimming specialist to assist you. He/she will likely be able to help restore the tree to good health and prevent the onset of other diseases, such as Austin oak wilt.

Although applying fertilizer is quite common, over-application may cause leaf scorch by burning tree roots. Consult an Austin arborist for assistance in the proper application of fertilizer, including an effective, but not excessive amount.

An Austin tree care professional can advise in the prevention or correction of the effects of leaf scorch.

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

Dealing With Exposed Roots

Tree roots typically grow within the first 18 inches of soil. This may come as quite a shock to some individuals, as the size of some trees almost make this a mind boggling fact. It would seem, especially with larger trees, that more depth would be required of the roots for much needed stability. However, this is typically not the case.

Sinker roots typically grow down into the ground and provide anchoring, and lateral roots grow horizontally and function as the lifeline of the tree. It is the lateral roots that are responsible for the provision of water, nutrients, and oxygen.

Occasionally lateral roots can become exposed. These are sometimes referred to as surface roots. This may happen for several reasons. Perhaps the most common reason for this is erosion, or the gradual removal of the soil that once covered the roots. Erosion results from weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall or winds, soil compaction, and the natural growth of the tree. For instance, as the lateral roots grow in strength and circumference, this causes the soil to wear away. Surface roots may also become such because the tree is trying to access more of what may be lacking, such as sunlight or oxygen, to ensure its survival.

Exposed roots have the potential to cause any number of problems.

When roots, including lateral roots, become exposed and are less secure in the ground, there is more potential for a tree to become windblown in high winds. Toppled trees may cause damage to homes, vehicles, power lines, or other property. It would likely require professional assistance to remove a toppled tree with the utmost care in order to avoid other damages in the process. Contact an Austin tree trimming specialist for assistance in such an instance.

Exposed roots also risk being damaged by lawn mowers, edgers, or other lawn care equipment. Over time, repeated damage to the roots in such a manner may weaken the tree or even kill it. This may result from the roots’ inability to continue nourishing the tree or from insect-induced diseases, such as oak wilt.

So what, then, is the best way to deal with exposed roots?

Most research recommends that it is best to use mulch as a cover. The organic materials contained within mulch that breakdown over time only serve to provide continued nourishment to the tree while, dually, providing a cover for the exposed roots.

Attempting to replant grass in the eroded area would likely be unsuccessful, as the any re-growth is almost certain to meet the same fate as that which previously grew there.

The addition of soil is also not recommended. Frequently, those with the best of intentions add so much soil that the exposed roots are no longer able to obtain sufficient amounts of oxygen and, therefore, suffocate as a result.

Additionally, removal of the roots should be ruled out as a consideration. It goes without saying that the removal of even a part of a tree’s lifeline can lead to a disastrous outcome.

If any landscaping trees on your property show signs of surface roots and you have questions or concerns regarding how best to treat them while still maintaining the overall integrity of the tree, consult 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

Heavy Equipment and Trees

Austin homeowners often make use of the warmer summer months to complete home improvement projects. These projects may include the addition of new rooms, expansions of existing rooms, installing a pool, or building new storage units, such as a detached garage. New additions or improvements typically add value to a home. However, a well cared for lawn, including landscaping trees, also adds value to a home.

Whatever the home improvement project, two things are certain. First, there will likely be a need for the use of some heavy equipment to complete the project(s). And second, there must be a balance between the care of the indoor and outdoor components in order to maintain the overall intrinsic value of the property.

If a home addition or improvement project is in your future this summer, here are some things to consider.

Bear in mind that projects or improvements to the home itself may require the use of certain heavy machinery, and this may still indirectly affect surrounding landscaping trees. Depending upon the proximity of the location of the project to the landscaping trees, inadvertent scrapes to the trunk may occur. In places like Austin, Texas, oak wilt disease is not only prevalent, but is also easily transmitted by such incidents. Always exercise caution.

If at all possible, plan to surround the trees with a temporary barrier, such as a mesh or small wooden fence. This is an excellent visual cue to assist in the provision of some distance between your valuable trees and the hired workers, who will be focused on completing the task at hand and will be less familiar with your landscape.

Consider, too, that even if the site of the home addition or improvement project isn’t so proximal to any landscaping trees that it appears any damage could be done, it still may be possible. Depending upon the species of the landscaping trees, it must be remembered that the roots of a tree grow horizontally, often two to three times the circumference of the canopy. This means that the roots of a tree with a 20 foot canopy may extend anywhere from 40 to 60 feet beyond the tree. By all appearances, it may seem that a tree is safe from any possibility of damages when, in fact, it may still be vulnerable.

With this in mind, if the size of your lawn and the spacing between landscaping trees allow, try to establish a walkway/workway that minimizes both foot traffic and the weight of the necessary equipment on areas where roots may be located.

If limbs are in the way of an impending project, contact an Austin tree trimming service to assist with their appropriate removal. Hiring a licensed and reputable professional ensures the continued viability and integrity of the tree.

Additionally, if limbs are in the way of an impending project, but won’t necessarily be problematic once the project is complete, consult an Austin arborist regarding how best to temporarily and safely suspend the limbs until the project is complete.

Home improvement projects may also include changes to the landscape, such as the addition of new trees or aerating the lawn. Before planting or aerating, be mindful of the possibility of roots from nearby trees that may extend toward or into the project area. Also, when aerating, use extra caution when working near the trunks of trees to avoid damaging them.

If there are ever any doubts or concerns as you plan, or even after you’ve begun, home improvement projects, contact an Austin tree care service for assistance and 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

Tree Care Gone Wrong

Countless articles have been written describing the importance of routine care and maintenance of landscaping trees. There is good reason for this. These articles typically address such matters as trees’ chances of thriving being increased when they are tended to with such care, how routine care is a prudent way to protect the overall value of a property, specifically that of a homeowner, and the importance of selecting a professional arborist to assist with any issues that may arise. Of all the articles written about tree care, however, perhaps a rather understated topic is what stands to be lost when a professional arborist is not utilized. Here are some examples of what may go wrong when a licensed, insured professional is not called upon for assistance.

Easily, one of the most foreseeable issues to contend with is property damage. While accidents are possible for any individual completing tree care, the chances are greatly increased when anyone other than a professional arborist is hired to do the job. Throw in the possibility that this non-professional is also unlicensed and uninsured, and the likelihood of a costly mess looms higher than any tree canopy. Personal property that may be damaged includes homes, automobiles, power lines, or, even worse, damage done to any of these on a neighbor’s property. Needless to say, should this last scenario ever come to fruition, legal implications, in addition to any monetary ones, also exist.

Although damages often result from falling limbs, they may also exist from inappropriate actions taken on the ground as well. Consider oak wilt. In Austin, Texas, oak wilt is an unfortunate, but relatively common problem. Since it can be transmitted from a diseased tree to a healthy tree through grafted (intertwined) roots, a common means of preventing its spread is through trenching. However, performed by the wrong person, this action, meant to stop this progressive disease, may instead result in a failure to not only save healthy trees, but may also result in the disruption of septic tanks, underground utilities, water lines, or proximal tree roots, or may even cause foundational damage to a home.

Other sometimes costly inconveniences to consider include privacy fence damage or the disruption or destruction of an underground pet fence. Gone unrepaired or unnoticed, the costs associated with such problems may not only be monetary, but also emotional. Sadly, a small child could easily escape the safe confines of his/her yard or a beloved pet could do the same. Avoid limbs falling onto and damaging privacy fences by contacting a knowledgeable, licensed, and insured Austin tree trimming professional.

While these are not pleasant scenarios to dwell on, the investment made in protecting private property, including loved ones and landscaping trees, should also be of the utmost importance to anyone hired to perform a job. If it is not, or if you sense that someone is merely looking to make a quick profit with little regard for safety or the quality of work, certainly proceed with a buyer beware mindset. Maximize the protection of your property and minimize your risk of liability by consulting only a qualified and experienced Austin tree care expert.

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 Trees and Property Line Issues

Landscaping trees that grow on or near property lines can be quite tricky when it comes to trimming or removal. This scenario can become a little more complicated when it comes to variations in law between states and even between counties or parishes within those states. The primary legal overture, however, appears to be that disagreements regarding trees on property lines are a civil issue and should be handled as such.

Although specifics may vary between locales, most available information suggests that the property upon which a tree’s trunk sits designates the rightful owner of the tree. However, there are considerations for non-owners as well. Consider that tree branches, including their blooms or fruits, that overhang the property of a neighbor not legally designated as the tree’s owner may be trimmed by the non-owner for several reasons. Primarily, a non-owner has the legal right to protect his or her property from any damage that may be incurred from a tree, whether on the ground or within property airspace. This may include such things as weakened limbs that may collapse or heavy limbs that overhang their residence, vehicles, or power lines. These can easily become safety issues, costly financial woes, or legal disputes between the most agreeable of neighbors.

Additionally, most available information also suggests that a non-owner has the right to trim or remove overhanging branches if their presence is deemed a nuisance. For instance, an overhanging branch that hinders the light from a street light may be considered such. In Austin, Texas, contact an highly experienced Austin tree trimming professional to assist you with removing problematic limbs while still maintaining the integrity of the tree.

It is recommended that neighbors work together to determine what courses of action may be taken to amicably resolve property line issues. Unfortunately, however, remaining disputes or lack of resolution may require legal intervention. This may be especially true if the trunk of a tree actually divides properties. In most legal instances, this makes all owners, whose properties are divided by the tree, players in a perplexing and sometimes very complicated legal situation. This makes it important to have at least a rudimentary understanding of the usual legal perspective on the issue.

If you attempt to achieve resolution, but find that a neighbor is obstinate regarding the issue, it is likely in your best interest to seek legal intervention before taking any action on a tree. After all, it is better to have the legal backing and assurances on your side before proceeding with action than to later learn your actions may have been contrary to state or local policies regarding the matter.

There are preventative measures that can be taken to avoid such issues in the future. For instance, a new homeowner whose landscape is not yet developed may choose to plant trees in locations that will not greatly impact neighboring properties. Consider the tree species you’d like to plant on your property and research their average growth. This includes the span of the canopy, the trunk circumference, and the expansion of the roots underground. Also, consider how the roots of trees near property lines may impact you legally should disease, such as Austin oak wilt, become an issue, as the disease may impact a neighbor’s tree, too, if the roots are intertwined.

If questions remain after researching the issue, consult the expertise of an Austin tree care company. They can likely assist you with determining whether or not the species you desire to plant, as well as where you’d like to plant them on your property, will be troublesome in the future.

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