Tag Archives: tree health

Coast Live Oak Tree Care


In the Santa Barbara area coast live oak trees (Quercus agrifolia) are dominate natives in our yards, our streets, our parks, and the undeveloped areas around us.  The natural habitat of the coast live oak is on the coastal side of the mountains where fog is more common, there is less chance for winter frost […]

Sudden Limb Drop in the Santa Barbara Area


As recently reported in the news about oak trees in the Santa Ynez Valley and around Cachuma Lake (http://www.keyt.com/news/county-arborist-to-assess-droughtstricken-trees-at-cachuma-lake/27515862) Sudden Limb Drop has become yet another issue surrounding the drought and its impact on trees. As outlined in Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines (Harris, Clark, and Matheny 2004) sudden limb drop is generally […]

Coast Live Oak Cabling Installed in Montecito


Mature Oak Tree in Montecito Needs Some Support Branch Out Tree Care installed a second non-invasive cabling system to a tree associated with the original Hixon Ranch established in 1884 making the oak tree at least 130 years old.  The Hixon Ranch was separated into smaller residential houses many retaining their 19th Century style including […]

California Drought Can Still Mean Healthy Trees


For our trees, there is more to the California drought than just lack of water. With hot temperatures and minimal rainfall this past winter, trees undergo stress during the summer months. We commonly think of water stress causing dead leaves and drooping branches. But drought also reduces a tree’s ability to fight off insects and […]

Montecito Pine Tree Removal – Bark beetle causes decline of tree


Tree Removal at new home construction in Montecito Branch Out Tree Care recently started removal of four Monterey pine trees next to a new home construction site in Montecito. The trees were nearing the end of their prime and due to the drought and hot winter had become infected with a bark beetle. The bark […]

Oak Tree Failure in Montecito


Branch Out Tree Care recently removed a large coast live oak from the property of a Montecito resident. The tree has failed at the base of the trunk and damaged a deck. Examination after the fact determined that the failure could have been prevented by removal of the tree. The internal part of the trunk […]

Drought Conditions Tree Health Care


Santa Barbara Drought Conditions Require Change in Tree Care With water being a precious (and costly) commodity this year, how can you keep your trees happy and healthy? For some trees completely removing irrigation will slowly kill the tree. You may not see an immediate change in your tree but slowly over time, even as […]

Santa Barbara Condo Complex Oak Trim


Over the past four years, regular tree trimming maintenance of the 20 or so oak trees and various landscape trees has been the responsibility of Branch Out Tree Care, Inc. and when the annual tree maintenance project came up this year, Branch Out Tree Care was ready for action;  a detailed work proposal was submitted […]