Signs Your Tree Needs Trimming

tree trimming servicesWe all want our yards to look beautiful. However, most of us lead busy days and don’t have much time for yard work. Some things also require certain expertise. Do you know the signs that a tree in your yard needs trimming? If not, watch out for the following. If you notice these signs, call Integrity Tree Care for our tree trimming/pruning services.

Hanging Branches:

Hanging branches can obstruct movement through your yard. On top of that, if they start messing with your houses wiring or fall on top of your roof they can cause a lot of damage. Contact a professional to determine whether they should get cut down.

Dying Branches:

If branches on your tree have started dying, you’ll want to contact an arborist right away, as it can lead to the spreading of disease throughout the tree.

Blocked Sun:

While you definitely want some shade inside, especially in the Texas heat, you want some sunny spots too. If your trees take them all up, you can remedy that with tree trimming services.


Watch out for these in your yard. If you notice these signs, contact Integrity Tree Care for our premium tree trimming/pruning services. To find out more about us, please give us a call at (817) 714-1777 or (214) 971-1618.


Photosynthesis Overview

photosynthesis diagramHumans as we know them have only existed for a little over 10,000 years. Plants on land have existed for about 500 million years. They utilize a process that originated about 3 billion years ago, called photosynthesis. This proves a useful survival technique, as they can convert water, CO2 and sunlight into sugar (for energy) and oxygen (their waste product). We go over the process in a little more detail here.

How it works:

Sunlight acts as the driving force to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) into sugar (6CH2O), which the plant uses for energy, and oxygen (O2), a byproduct of photosynthesis. A chemist would write the equation like this:

6 CO2 + 6 H2O → 6(CH2O) + 6 O2

This process involves taking electrons from water molecules and giving them to carbon dioxide molecules. Chemists call this an “oxidation-reduction” process. Plants do this to create chemical energy from solar energy.


Plants have perfected this amazing evolutionary ability over millions of years. Also, its byproduct oxygen made it possible for human life to exist. If you’d like to have a tree planted in your yard, Integrity Tree Care can help. To learn more about our services, please give us a call at (817) 714-1777 or (214) 971-1618.

What Does “Soil Aeration” Mean?

If you’ve ever tried to plant something, you know a lot goes into making things grow. This holds especially true for trees. If you’ve gotten caught between a conversation between a couple of green thumbs, you may have heard the term “soil aeration”. If you’d like to know more about what this term means, read on:

tree in aerated soil





What it means:

Special equipment gets used to create little air pockets (macropores) in your soil. This greatly improves your trees ability to grow.

What it does:

Your trees’ roots require oxygen to grow, arguably just as much as water for some species. When soil becomes compacted, they can’t get this oxygen and don’t stay healthy. Soil aeration remedies this, giving the roots access to this precious nutrient.


If you think you might need soil aeration to help your trees grow, Integrity Tree Care can help you out. We also offer a host of other services. To find out more, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. You can reach us at (817) 714-1777 or (214) 971-1618.

Organic Fertilizer Overview

When it comes to having a green thumb, fertilizers can make or break your plant’s ability to grow. When it comes to trees, this especially holds true. Synthetic fertilizers can cause a lot of problems, like leeching and toxic buildup. We’ve put together an overview of organic fertilizers and why they prove more beneficial:

picture of a tree





Organic fertilizers generally get made up of 3 things: animal matter, human excreta, or vegetable matter. Synthetic fertilizers get produced from minerals such as phosphate rock or industrially produced chemicals like ammonia.

Peat, the beginning stage of coal, also gets used with organic, not as nutrition, but as an aerator and water absorbent. Plant matter comes in the form of composts, and many byproducts of the meat processing industry get used as animal matter. These offer essential nutrients for plants not available in other types of fertilizers.


Organic fertilizers offer top-quality nutrients for your tree’s soil. If you require organic fertilizing services in Fort Worth, Integrity Tree Care can help. For more information, you can reach one of our representatives at (817) 714-1777 or (214) 971-1618.

Tree Diseases In The United States

Many different diseases exist that can ruin the health of your trees. Unless you qualify as an arborist, you probably can’t identify them on your own. We’ve got professionals to do that for us. However, we’ve listed here some common tree diseases in the United States to watch out for:

tree with disease





American Chestnut Blight:

This disease has almost completely wiped out the American Chestnut tree. As a fungus, it spreads by producing spores. No cure currently exists for it.

Amillaria Root Rot:

Another fungi, this disease occurs in almost every state in the US. It attaches to trees that have already experienced compromising factors (such as competition, severe climate, etc), killing them or making them susceptible to other fungi. Because this disease starts at the root, it often requires a professional to diagnose.


This disease presents itself most commonly as dead blotches on a tree’s leaves. It has attacked hardwood trees most prominently, causing damage in many urban environments.


If you should suspect that your home’s trees have gotten sick, call in a professional to inspect them. Here at Integrity Tree Care, we can happily do that for you. For more information, please give us a call at (817) 714-1777 or (214) 971-1618.

New Zealand arborist loses leg, quickly goes back to tree-climbing

treesfallTalk about a testament of determination and passion that folks in the tree-care industry possess: Mitchell Joynt, a young arborist in New Zealand, lost his leg six months ago after a job-related injury. But that hasn’t kept him from returning to the career he loves.

Joynt told One News in New Zealand that he lost his leg when his foot got caught in a wood chipper.

“It was the end off the day,” he adds. “I sort of casually kicked it in. We were on a gravel road, so my other foot just slipped on the gravel and it just dragged me in.”

His team quickly sprang into action. Because they were in a remote spot, the coworkers were faced with performing the best first-aid they could. They did a wonderful job; despite the loss of his limb, he survived an hour-and-a-half wait before paramedics arrived. The bandage wasn’t removed until leg-amputation surgery was performed the following day.

Joynt has kept a positive attitude throughout: “Obviously, there are some days when I wish I had a leg, but nah, it’s not too bad.”

Six months after the accident, he’s back on the job, climbing trees and caring for them.

The first time he climbed, “I wasn’t even really walking properly yet, and it was just sort of awkward and slow,” he told the news station. Still, “I was stoked to get back to work. I hated being at home doing nothing. There are only so many DVDs to watch.”

We at Integrity Tree Care commend our colleague for his spirit and determination!