Confused About Reno’s Temperamental Weather? So Are Your Plants and Trees.

 

Snow Covered Forsythia

Snow-laden Forsythia

March 28, 2016—Yesterday, you had on shorts and your flowers were starting to bloom.  Today, you have on snow boots.  Confused?  So are your plants and trees.

Reno’s temperamental weather can “confuse” trees, making them want to shut down their systems or go dormant again.  But, they won’t really have the required lack of light and the longer periods of colder temperatures to do that again, until the next winter season (hence the confusion).  This will have ramifications with trees that were in bloom and those about to bud.

Many fruit-bearing trees were not able to set their blossoms before this latest storm.  The result may be lost fruit production.  Unfortunately, there is nothing to do about that, except wait until next season and try again.

The delayed blossoming of non-fruit bearing trees will be mostly that—delayed.  Still, some new growth may be lost at the tips of these trees.  This will require non-dormant season pruning of the tips to remove the dead wood.  The good news is that it should not be a major problem, but in an area like Northern Nevada, we never like to lose any new growth as trees struggle to survive our climate every year, so they grow slower here than other moderate climates.

Another side effect of this storm that we are already seeing is that there are broken tree limbs due to the amount of moisture in the snow and the weight of the snow.

The first day of spring this year was on March 20, but no one seemed to tell Northern Nevada’s weather that.

Here’s the good news, we have an arbor department with ISA certified arborists.  So, just cozy up inside and let us take care of your trees (775-857-4333).

Tips on How to Avoid a Tree Trimming Scam

Tips from a certified arborist. 

Flowers are starting to bloom and so are the numbers of tree-trimming and other home maintenance scams.  Jeff Richardson, our ISA Certified Arborist shares his tips on how to avoid a scam and make sure you are dealing with a legitimate arborist.

 
  • Look for a professional tree service company that is licensed, bonded and insured (you can confirm that a contractor is licensed with the Nevada State Contractors Board).
  • A great way to correctly identify a legitimate arborist is to ask for identification (arborist ID, business card with business license, drivers license, etc.).   Look for an ISA Certified Arborist credential (International Society of Arboriculture).
  • Require a written contract agreement.
  • Do not pay cash.  Walk in or call the office and pay with your credit card or a check. 
  • Check for proper equipment that appears well-maintained and a truck identified with their logo and contact information.

It is rare that a legitimate tree trimmer will just happen to knock on a door for work.  Be aware of anyone offering their service door to door that doesn’t have any printed materials or offers an unusually low price and only accepts cash.  If you aren’t sure what a fair price is, get multiple estimates from reputable companies.

Also, being pressured to say yes to the service in a hurry can also indicate that you are being scammed.  Take the time to do your research.  Quality is important when it comes to tree service.  A poor pruning or trimming can damage your trees.

“Hiring a certified arborist will protect your trees and your money,” says Richardson.

Again, do your research (check with the Better Business Bureau and/or company website).

If you have thoughts or concerns on how best care for your trees this spring, call Jeff at Signature to receive a free consultation on steps to take.

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Gearing Up for Growth, Celtic Lawn & Landscape Merges with Signature Landscapes

 

Celtic Lawn and Landscape officially merged with Signature Landscapes on January 28, 2016 to better serve the Carson City, Dayton, Minden and Gardnerville area and prepare for Northern Nevada’s anticipated growth.  The newly expanded landscaping company will operate under the Signature Landscapes banner.

“We are excited to have Jay and the Celtic team join the Signature family here in the Carson area,” said Lebo Newman, managing partner and CEO of Signature Landscapes.  “With all of the growth we and the area are experiencing, it’s nice to add additional professional folks to the staff!  We look forward to serving all of the Celtic clients.”

Combining assets and operational skills ensures that Signature Landscapes can provide the best possible services.  Signature Landscapes brings an extensive horticultural background, knowledge, manpower and much deeper resources to Celtic’s already talented team for both landscape management and installation.

“Like Celtic, Signature Landscapes has been a part of the landscaping industry in our community for many years,” said Jay Graham, owner of Celtic Lawn and Landscape.  “We are similar in our values and operations.  It makes sense for our companies to combine so that we’re able to offer even more exceptional service to our current and potential customers.”

The merger provides upgraded equipment, new trucks, more crews, improved customer support and expanded services.  Jay Graham, Celtic’s owner, is still involved in a new capacity at Signature Landscapes and is available to Celtic’s customers to assist in the transition.

Signature Landscapes will serve their current Carson City area base along with Celtic’s customers out of their Minden yard and office at 3180 Highway 395 to be central to all sites.