Proper Tree Planting for Arbor Day

Arbor Day is March 7th in California. Celebrate the benefits of trees and make a wise investment by planting a shade tree in your yard, city or school ground. But before you plant please accept this advice to help your tree live a long time. Too often, I see people wasting hundreds of dollars on tre...

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Solano Shade Gains Tree Care Industry Accreditation

Program helps consumers find high-quality tree care companies Tree Care Industry Association Accredited Solano Shade, a commercial and residential tree care company located in Vacaville, California has been accredited under the Tree Care Company Accreditation program administered by the Tree...

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Why is my car sticky?

Coming this spring to Vacaville and Solano County:  Aphids, scales, mealybugs, psyllids, and whiteflies. As a Vacaville tree service, we know that all these insects have one thing in common; mouth parts built like a syringe. They all insert a needle like part into leaves or small twigs, and suc...

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Tree Risks, Hazards and Dangers, Oh My!

Like Dorothys’ dilemma, it’s mostly fantasy. The odds of being killed or injured by a random tree failure are ridiculously small. Actual statistics are hard to parse out because they include accidents that happen to people working on the trees. (Using chainsaws, working at heights and close expo...

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Does your tree need to shape up?

That might seem to be a simple yes or no question, but the answer  depends on the tree and our definition of shaping. Tree shapes are determined first by genetics.  Some  trees may have genetic structural defects such as Co-dominant trunks or could have been pruned previously in such a way as t...

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Selecting a Tree Service Contractor-Part 3

Is Proper Licensing Important To You? California law requires licensing for any tree services over $500. The required license is called a D-49 “Tree Service” license. Hiring a Licensed tree service gives you some protection and recourse should things go very badly. Unfortunately, hiring a licens...

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Selecting a Tree Service Contractor-Part 2

Is Arborist Certification important to You? The International Society of Arboriculture certifies commercial arborists at three primary levels: First is the Certified Tree Worker® which requires an 18 month apprenticeship, a written exam and a practical skills test. Second is the Certified Arborist...

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Selecting A Tree Service Contractor-Part 1

Let's be honest. Tree maintenance and repair is a high hazard industry. People can be hurt and property can get damaged. If the tree service you hire is not properly insured, YOU, the customer can end up paying. First, consider Workers Compensation insurance. All companies are required by law to ...

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What is happening to our Birch trees?

Take a look at the photo. If you pay attention, you'll see birch trees that look like this all over Solano County. Perhaps your tree is starting to look like this. What's going on? Birch trees are native to regions with a "Boreal" climate. Hmm? Boreal is the name of a nearby ski resort. Make ...

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Trees, and the people who care for them

Solano Shade is in the business of helping people and trees live together. In the beginning of my career, it was more about the trees than the people. Like alot of kids, I started college right out of high school. I had little idea what I wanted to do career wise, but I knew I wanted to be outdoors...

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