Tree Planting Tips

By Nancy Penrose

Purchasing a tree that is a good match for your planting environment is important. Every species of tree has its own needs. Some require soil that retains moisture, while others will grow best in slightly acidic or highly nutritional soil.

To make sure your tree grows healthy and strong, find out your soil’s pH levels before planning. A soil’s pH is a measure of its acidity or alkalinity, on a scale of 1- 14, with 7 as the neutral mark. Anything below 7 is considered acidic, and anything above 7 is considered alkaline.

Most conifers, for example, prefer acidic soil with a pH of around 5.25, while Acer maples grow best at pH 7.5, which is a more neutral/slightly alkaline soil.

Other factors to consider include light and temperature. Trees convert sunlight to sugars and starches to be used as food energy through a process called photosynthesis. Most trees can tolerate up 12 to 14 hours a day of light. Some trees can grow well without any direct sunlight at all.

The climate requirements for a tree can also vary. Some trees grow successfully in a cold environment, while others prefer the heat. Cold hardy trees include the Thuja emerald green and Norway fir. There are even cold-resistant palm trees. When planting a tree, make sure it can tolerate the temperatures in your zone.

Once you purchase a tree, there are several steps that will need to be taken to make sure it is planted correctly, including staking and fertilizing. When a tree isn’t planted right, it can slow growth.

Also keep in mind that rootballs are extremely heavy. Depending on the size of the tree, they can weigh up to 1000 lbs. or more.  Planting a large tree requires knowledge, experience and the right equipment for loading, transporting and installation. When we sell a tree, we also provide professional planting services to make sure the job is done right and the tree will have a long and healthy life.

If you’re planning on buying a new tree, you can get more tree growing tips and advice from a big tree specialists at Big Trees Inc.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Seattle / Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about the care you can receive from our tree specialist at http://bigtreesupply.com/customers-speak/. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEP1vudflm0 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Big Trees Inc. Replaces a Local Chamber of Commerce’s Damaged Holiday Tree

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreessupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was contacted by a local Chamber of Commerce to help address a major seasonal problem.

A local Chamber of Commerce contacted Big Trees because their holiday tree was destroyed in a storm and they wanted more information about the variety of trees Big Trees had available that could be a good replacement. Big Trees fortunately had a number of large 20-foot Fir tree options available.

Eventually, an 18 to 20-foot Able Grandis ‘Grand Fir’ was chosen by the Chamber of Commerce to replace their holiday tree. The tree was delivered and placed in a large wooden box in a central park, to be decorated soon after Thanksgiving.  The tree will be permanently planted in the park, after the holiday season.

Todd Holmes, Operations Manager at Big Trees, commented “There are an awful lot of large holiday trees throughout our region that get lit up and celebrated every December, and it’s fun to go visit the ones we have had a hand in getting planted. When we plant a large, mature holiday tree, the recipients get a 20-year jump ahead, and that can make for an exciting event when the lights get flipped on for that first time.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreessupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

A Series of Small Earthquakes Have Seismologists Worried California’s “Big One” Is Coming

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On Monday, a 4.6 earthquake struck California’s Monterey County. The quake – which happened just four miles from the San Andreas fault line – was followed by nine smaller aftershocks.

When this happens, seismologists call it an “earthquake swarm,” which has led some scientists to believe that activity on the fault is just getting warmed up.

According to a study that was published in a 2006, from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, earthquake activity along the San Andreas fault line has become more predictable.

So predictable, that author Yuri Fialko estimated that the San Andreas fault would experience a massive earthquake within the next 20 years.

The study also found that from 1857-1996, an earthquake of a 6.0 magnitude or higher has occurred along the San Andreas fault every 20 years. Even more interesting, these colossal temblors were preceded by a “swarm” of smaller earthquakes.

The recent swarm of earthquakes along the San Andreas fault line has caused scientists to raise the likelihood of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake or higher striking California in the next 30 years, from a 4.7 percent to a seven percent chance!

As a California resident, it’s important to make sure you’re doing your part to prepare for the next big quake.

If you’ve purchased a home that was built before 1963, you should have your property inspected by a foundation specialist for seismic safety, and if necessary make all earthquake retrofits needed.

In addition to protecting your home, make sure you have an emergency survival kit prepared to sustain each person in your house for at least three days and evacuation routes planned.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be proactive about earthquake preparation and safety.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

Scientists Think 2018 Will Be A Big Year For Earthquakes

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Unlike other types of natural disasters, earthquakes haven’t really be predicted … until now.

Scientists believe that 2018 will be a big year for earthquakes because the rotation of the planet has slowed down, according to a new study.

While seismologists are still working on different methods to predict earthquakes, by studying past events, they’ve found that large earthquakes do share some specific patterns.

By analyzing data of earthquakes occurring in the world at a 7 magnitude or greater since the 1900s, scientists have found that periods where quakes were far more frequent were during years when the earth’s rotation was slowed.

Though this shift is only about a millisecond slower in a 24-hour day, this change creates more pressure in the earth’s core which pushes up into the top layers of the planet’s crust where earthquakes occur.

In just the past few months, we’ve seen devastating earthquakes across the world, like Mexico’s 7.1 temblor that struck Mexico City on Sept. 19 and the 7.3 quake that just shook the Iran-Iraq border on Nov. 12.

In addition to suggesting why we’ll have an upsurge of earthquakes in 2018, the study also mentions where we’ll see the most seismic activity. Scientists are predicting the majority of the earthquakes will happen near the equator.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be proactive about earthquake preparation and safety.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

7 Tips for Earthquake Preparation

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California is due for a massive temblor.

And when the estimated 7.9 or higher magnitude quake hits Los Angeles, you’ll want to make sure you’ve prepared for it.

It’s estimated that 1,500 buildings in Southern California could collapse, while 300,000 structures would face severe damage.

As a homeowner, it’s up to you to make sure your structure is inspected for seismic safety and brought up to code with an earthquake retrofit. And if your home was built before 1963, there’s a good chance its foundation will need reinforcement.

Aside from making sure your structure is seismically safe, you also need to be prepared to sustain life without electricity, water and communication for at least three days.

Here are Julian Construction’s 7 tips for earthquake preparedness:

  1. Make your home safer: Secure large pieces of furniture to your walls and floors with fasteners, and remove any loose items that would be likely to fall and shatter during the shaking of a quake. Keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible area. Know where your home’s electrical panel is, and which switches will turn off power to prevent electrical fires. And have an evacuation plan handy, noting which spaces are safe in your home and which evacuation routes to take.
  2. Keep emergency supplies: In the event of a large earthquake, you’ll want to make sure your family has enough drinking water for each person and pet for at least three days. Keep canned food (with easy open lids or a can opener) stocked, in addition to first aid supplies and family medications.
  3. Make copies of important documents: You’ll want to store your important documents in a safe area – like a safe – in addition to having copies of your home’s deed, birth certificates, passports, ID’s and driver’s licenses. Scanning these items and uploading them on a Google Drive is a great way to ensure they don’t get lost.
  4. Watch for Tsunami warnings: If you live near the coast, it’s especially important that you have access to a wireless radio to listen for tsunami alerts. If one is issued, you’ll want to move to higher ground, at least two miles away.
  5. Plan for your pets: Keep pet carries in your home in case of evacuation and make sure you have pet food and medication handy.
  6. Know your neighbors: If a major earthquake hits, you’ll want to know your neighbors in order to help organize local efforts. You should also keep a list of emergency contacts, and information for local shelters and relief centers in your emergency kit.
  7. Get your home inspected and insured for earthquakes: Have your home inspected by a foundation specialist to make sure it’s up to seismic code. If not, it’s important to have your home retrofitted as soon as possible. In addition to retrofitting measures, consider your insurance policies and see if your home is covered for disasters (flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes and etc.)

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be proactive about earthquake preparation and safety.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

7 Consejos Para La Preparación Del Terremoto

earthquake preparednessCalifornia debe un terremoto masivo.

Y cuando el sismo de magnitud 7.9 o superior estimado llegue a Los Ángeles, querrás asegurarte de que te hayas preparado.

Se estima que 1,500 edificios en el sur de California podrían colapsar, mientras que 300,000 estructuras enfrentarían daños severos.

Como propietario de una casa, depende de usted asegurarse de que su estructura sea inspeccionada en cuanto a la seguridad sísmica y que se actualice el código con una modificación de terremoto. Y si su casa fue construida antes de 1963, hay buenas posibilidades de que su base necesite refuerzo.

Además de asegurarse de que su estructura sea sísmicamente segura, también debe estar preparado para mantener la vida sin electricidad, agua y comunicaciones durante al menos tres días.

Aquí están los 7 consejos de Julian Construction para la preparación ante terremotos:

Haga que su hogar sea más seguro: Asegure los muebles grandes a sus paredes y pisos con sujetadores, y retire los artículos sueltos que puedan caerse y romperse durante el temblor de un terremoto. Mantenga un extintor de incendios en un área de fácil acceso. Sepa dónde está el panel eléctrico de su casa, y qué interruptores apagarán la energía para evitar incendios eléctricos. Y tenga un plan de evacuación a mano, señalando qué espacios son seguros en su hogar y qué rutas de evacuación tomar.

Conserve los suministros de emergencia: En caso de un gran terremoto, querrá asegurarse de que su familia tenga suficiente agua potable para cada persona y mascota durante al menos tres días. Mantenga abastecidos los alimentos enlatados (con tapas abiertas fáciles o un abrelatas), además de suministros de primeros auxilios y medicamentos familiares.

Haga copias de documentos importantes: Deseará guardar sus documentos importantes en un área segura, como una caja fuerte, además de tener copias de la escritura de su hogar, certificados de nacimiento, pasaportes, identificaciones y licencias de conducir. Escanear estos elementos y cargarlos en Google Drive es una excelente manera de garantizar que no se pierdan.

Esté atento a las advertencias de tsunami: Si vive cerca de la costa, es especialmente importante que tenga acceso a una radio inalámbrica para escuchar las alertas de tsunami. Si se emite uno, deberá trasladarse a un terreno más alto, al menos a dos millas de distancia.
Planifique para sus mascotas: mantenga las mascotas en su hogar en caso de evacuación y asegúrese de tener comida para mascotas y medicamentos a mano.

Conozca a sus vecinos: Si ocurre un gran terremoto, querrá conocer a sus vecinos para ayudar a organizar los esfuerzos locales. También debe mantener una lista de contactos de emergencia e información para refugios locales y centros de socorro en su kit de emergencia.

Haga que su casa sea inspeccionada y asegurada ante terremotos: Haga que un especialista de cimentación inspeccione su casa para asegurarse de que esté a la altura del código sísmico. Si no es así, es importante que su casa se reequipará lo antes posible. Además de las medidas de retroadaptación, considere sus pólizas de seguro y vea si su casa está cubierta por desastres (inundaciones, terremotos, huracanes, etc.)

Ahora, más que nunca, es importante ser proactivo en la preparación y seguridad de los terremotos.

Julian De La Torre es un experto en la inspección de la fundación de Los Ángeles, contratistas de cimientos y reparación de cimientos. La compañía de Julian, Julian Construction, ha inspeccionado más de 15,000 estructuras, trabajando con firmas de ingeniería y departamentos locales de construcción y seguridad. La compañía ha realizado más reparaciones de cimientos en Los Ángeles que ninguna otra compañía en el área en los últimos cinco años.

Los Científicos Piensan Que 2018 Será Un Gran Año Para Los Terremotos

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A diferencia de otros tipos de desastres naturales, los terremotos no se han predicho … hasta ahora.

Los científicos creen que 2018 será un gran año para los terremotos porque la rotación del planeta se ha ralentizado, según un nuevo estudio.

Si bien los sismólogos todavía están trabajando en diferentes métodos para predecir los terremotos, al estudiar los eventos pasados, descubrieron que los grandes terremotos comparten algunos patrones específicos.

Al analizar los datos de los terremotos que ocurren en el mundo a una magnitud 7 o superior desde el siglo XX, los científicos han descubierto que los períodos en que los terremotos eran mucho más frecuentes eran durante los años en que la rotación de la Tierra se ralentizaba.

Aunque este cambio es solo un milisegundo más lento en un día de 24 horas, este cambio crea más presión en el núcleo de la tierra que empuja hacia arriba en las capas superiores de la corteza del planeta donde ocurren los terremotos.

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En los últimos meses, hemos visto terremotos devastadores en todo el mundo, como el temblor de México 7.1 que sacudió la ciudad de México el 19 de septiembre y el terremoto de 7.3 que sacudió la frontera entre Irán e Irak el 12 de noviembre.

Además de sugerir por qué tendremos un aumento de los terremotos en 2018, el estudio también menciona dónde veremos la actividad más sísmica. Los científicos predicen que la mayoría de los terremotos ocurrirán cerca del ecuador.

Ahora, más que nunca, es importante ser proactivo en la preparación y seguridad de los terremotos.

Julian De La Torre es un experto en la inspección de la fundación de Los Ángeles, contratistas de cimientos y reparación de cimientos. La compañía de Julian, Julian Construction, ha inspeccionado más de 15,000 estructuras, trabajando con firmas de ingeniería y departamentos locales de construcción y seguridad. La compañía ha realizado más reparaciones de cimientos en Los Ángeles que ninguna otra compañía en el área en los últimos cinco años.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Provides Fireplace Safety Tips When Decorating for the Holidays

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps (http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is providing homeowners with fireplace safety tips as they decorate their homes for the holidays this year.

It’s very common for decorations to be placed on the base and on top of the fireplace; especially hanging stockings, stringing greenery and fixtures. If not careful, these decorations can become a fire hazard when placed close to the fireplace. These safety tips will help you ensure you, your family and your guest’s safety this holiday season:

1. Don’t hang decorations or stockings from the top of the fireplace when the fireplace is lit. Ribbons, greenery and stockings are all flammable and can catch on fire, so be sure to remove them when lighting a fire.
2. Choose fire-resistant decorations to help prevent a fire. Fire-resistant decorations doesn’t mean that they won’t burn, but it does make them less likely to ignite by accident.
3. Use a spark guard to prevent embers from crackling out of your fireplace. A spark guard can help keep your furniture and holiday decorations safe from sparks.
4. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends having a free 3-foot zone around your fireplace to help prevent a fire. This includes everything from furniture to Christmas trees to pillows and blankets.

Dave Lambert, the owner of Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, stated: “If you’re not sure if your fireplace is safe to use call Blue Sky! We’ll do a full safety and maintenance inspection and we’ll also do what’s called a Level II camera inspection of the flue liner (the chimney pipe) to ensure that it has the necessary integrity and is doing its job. This is a vital safety check that needs to be done before using the fireplace.”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

A Common Misunderstanding

by Yasser Sadek, DDS

This is another excerpt from the book A Reason to Smile – Fixing Broken Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry.”

One of the mistakes I see parents make most often is a failure to care for their children’s’ teeth as rigorously as they do their own. Many parents think that because their children’s teeth are relatively new, there’s no possibility of anything being wrong. Or, that because the baby teeth will fall out and be replaced, that proper care isn’t necessary.

Decay is actually much more prevalent in baby teeth because they are softer than adult teeth. The acidity in a child’s mouth is also much higher because they eat more often, which is, as mentioned earlier, the cause of decay. But getting cavities or losing teeth is not the only concern. Baby teeth actually play a very important role in speech and self-confidence. Children start developing phonetics like “s” and “v” sounds around ages 4 and 5 and require the use of their front teeth. If baby front teeth are lost prematurely, the children can develop a lisp or a tongue thrust.

Losing teeth early, having discolored or damaged teeth, or having a speech impediment can have negative psychological consequences on a child. Children are brutally honest and will point out others’ faults. They may mean no harm, but it can still be devastating for the child and affect his or her self-confidence. Having dental problems and undergoing constant treatment can also cause the child to be fearful of the dentist, especially if the problems become severe and the experience is traumatic. All these issues can be avoided if proper care is given to oral hygiene, accompanied by early and frequent visits to a children’s dentist.

Landscaping with Maple Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Maple trees are known for their beautiful autumn leaf colors. There are more than 100 different species of maple trees. Most are native to Asia.

Maples range in height from 33 to 148 feet. The wood of larger maple trees like North America’s sugar maple and Europe’s sycamore maple is used in the manufacturing of bowling pins, butcher’s blocks and pool cue shafts. Some musical instruments like violins, bassoons and cellos are also built with maple wood. Maple syrup, a thick, sweet condiment, is made from the sap of sugar maples, red maples and black maple trees.

The maple tree’s leaves grow opposite each other, and are generally veined and lobed. The seeds of the maple tree are samaras, a type of fruit with a flattened wing of fiber-like tissue. Maple samaras look like the propeller of a helicopter. The tree usually flowers in late winter or early spring. The flowers are red, orange, yellow or green.

Maple trees can live for up to 200 years or longer. They are often planted as ornamentals due to their fall color and fast growth.

Several types of maple trees grow extremely well in the Pacific Northwest, including the Rocky Mountain maple, vine maple, bigleaf maple, autumn blaze maple, crimson sentry Norway maple and paperbark maple.

Rocky Mountain maples are relatively small (less than twelve feet tall) with greenish smooth bark. Vine maples grow up to 20 feet tall, with dark red and white flowers, vibrant leaf colors during the Fall and showy bark.

The bigleaf maple, which grows up to 100 feet tall, has green flowers. In the Fall, the tree’s leaves turn gold and yellow. Autumn blaze maples are a hybrid of the silver maple and red maple, with brilliant orange and red Fall leaves.

The crimson sentry Norway maple has crimson leaves that turn to marron during the summer and gold in autumn. Paperbark maples have smooth, orange-red bark that peels in thin layers. The tree’s leaves are dark green, and its flowers are yellow.

If you’re looking for a maple tree for your landscape, ask one of our big tree experts which is the best tree for your growing environment.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Seattle / Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about the care you can receive from our tree specialist at http://bigtreesupply.com/customers-speak/. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEP1vudflm0 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108