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This question is being raised in Oakland CA now more than ever. There is the urge among the local population, young and old to see the city lined with oak trees again. The city got its name due to the abundance of oak trees in and around the place. With city development getting priority, the oak trees had to give way to buildings. Pictures of oak trees can be seen only in the museum. There is now a newfound love for the oak tree and hopefully, some years down the line, you may see more oak trees in Oakland.

The History of Oakland’s Oaks

Oakland, with all its oak trees, was called the ‘oak woodlands‘ by the Mexicans who came to settle in these parts. Before them, the area was inhabited by a tribe called Ohlone. They were displaced by the Spanish. Oakland with its current name came into being in 1852. This was done through legislative action in California. Oakland got its railroad and seaports in due course of time. It is only in the early 1900’s that the oak trees began to be removed to make way for habitation and city development. Some oak trees have been preserved and can be seen even today. However, the city of Oakland misses its oak trees.

Many Varieties of Oaks

The oak tree has many varieties, as many as 19. The tree has this unique quality of living for hundreds of years. The activist groups now attempting to replant the oak trees to make Oakland look beautiful again are first trying to educate people on all these facts. Once people are told about the merits of the oak tree, they explain how the oak trees have to be made part of the city’s landscape, never to be removed again. It could be a tall order but once a movement like this gathers momentum, it is difficult to stop it.

They are making and distributing t-shirts and bumper stickers to promote the idea. At least one group has plans to donate oak trees to the residents of the city. The plants are being incubated in plastic buckets and the distribution will be made once they grow big enough. These are long term plans.

Sincere efforts by those in the power in the past could not stop the oak trees from being felled. It is now hoped that these public-driven movements can do what the governments could not do. It does take efforts from such committed individuals to take good work to its logical conclusion. Once the city gets a reasonable number of oak trees back on the streets and the years of homes, they may stay there forever.

Oak Trees Need to be Cared For

If you live in Oakland and get an oak tree in our yard, take adequate care of them. They need to be watered regularly. You must get them trimmed once in 3-5 years. An agency like Bay Tree Removal Service could do the job for you. Contact them to have the tree examined and follow their advice.

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Pine trees have a naturally neat shape, which gives beautiful scenery, and it is always a tough decision to cut it down. However, if your tree is dying, blocking power lines, obstructing a project, or slanting dangerously, you have to get rid of the tree.

Although pine trees are relatively easy to remove since their roots grow in an outward direction rather than downward, you need to know what you are getting into and approach it thoughtfully.

Safety should be your priority; hence ensure you are equipped with the right equipment and safety gear. To remove a pine tree, you need a shovel, chainsaw, ax, work gloves, safety goggles, ladder, ear protection, rope, and stump grinder.

Here are some of the pine tree removal tips.

Cut the tree

Before cutting a tree, you have to establish which direction it will fall. It is also important to measure the tree’s height to understand how much space it will take as you do not want the tree to fall on something valuable, for instance, your car or your neighbor’s house.

The first step you have to cut off protruding branches and then use a chainsaw to make a cut on the side facing the direction it needs to fall. Cut halfway through the trunk, then follow this up with a downward cut, which goes towards the tree’s center, merging with the first cut. Always ensure you get clear of the tree before it falls.

Clear the tree base

When the tree is down, remove the soil at the base of the tree using a shovel. Ensure you dig around the circumference of the tree until the largest roots are exposed. It is advised that you always water the soil around the tree a day before to soften it for easier digging.

Cut the surface roots.

To remove the tree, you have to get rid of the surface roots. Using a chain saw, cut the major roots and detach them from the stump. Do not worry about the minor roots left as they will rot away with time.

Remove the stump

While some homeowners choose to leave the stump, it is recommended you get rid of the stump, too, since it may contain insects and weeds. Stumps can also ruin the beauty of your landscape.

There are three methods which you can use to remove the stump ;

  • Grinding- This is where you cut the stump as close as possible to the ground using a chainsaw and later a stump grinder to chip away the remaining wood entirely.
  • Chemically, you drill holes on the stump and apply potassium nitrate, enabling the wood to rot quickly. Later chop the wood with an ax and burn what remains.
  • Rotting- This is where you let the wood rot after some moths and then remove the softened wood with a shovel.


Pine tree removal is not as straightforward as other DIY jobs like painting your house but is a herculean task that needs to be approached thoughtfully. With the correct equipment, safety gear, and confidence, it’s a simple task.

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Trees, mostly the young and newly planted ones, need to be watered during dry conditions.  Unlike grass and shrubs, trees do not go dormant during summer. They continue thriving to grow.

The amount of water to use while watering depends on the current weather conditions, climate, and tree species. A watering routine that works for a tree specific species in one region can be very catastrophic to the same species in an area with different climatic conditions.

Whether it is too much or little water, they all have effects on the health of a tree. It may look as simple as it sounds, as everyone can do it. But it can be challenging if you do not know how to do it in the right way. Follow this guide on how to water a tree to keep your tree healthy.

Watering a tree

Watering your trees correctly is one of the best ways to maintain healthy trees. Excessive watering is a common mistake that is usually overlooked in most cases. We often forget that too much water could be disastrous for our trees. Sometimes the symptoms of a water-logged tree can be similar to those of a water-starved tree. For instance, a tree could be wilting due to avascular fungal disease in the roots of excessive water. In most cases, you would then respond by watering heavily and even more frequently, which leads to more problems.

Step 1: Choose a watering equipment

For best results, use a soaker hose and coil it around the tree. Alternatively, try a regular hose, place the hose on the ground next to the tree trunk and turn it on.  Adjust the hose so that the water comes out in slow trickles.

Step 2: Water the soil to a depth of about 10 inches.

Most roots are usually concentrated with water at this depth. Thus, watering up to 25 inches (10 cm) ensures that the tree gets enough water.

Step 3: For a newly planted tree, always keep it moist within the first 2 to 3 years

 During the early months, focus on watering the root ball of the tree. Afterward, you can irrigate around the perimeter of the canopy. When the tree is about 2-3 years old, it is well established, reduce the watering frequency.

Step 4: When watering grown trees, water 3 feet or 0.91m outside the drip line (perimeter of the canopy)

 While watering around the drip line of a tree is a good rule, it may not be advisable for a grown tree. Once a tree is established, the roots extend beyond its drip line.

Step 5: Mulch the tree

Apply mulch around the tree to retain moisture. Use organic mulch, like, pine straw and apply it 2 to 3 inches dip and a half meter wide around the tree. Besides preventing evaporation, mulch prevents grass from growing around the tree.


Do not overwater a tree, ensure that the soil is not saturated. While watering, take breaks between irrigation periods to allow absorption of water. If you are uncertain whether the water is enough, dig to ensure that the soil is not soaked.


Trees need water to grow healthy. If the right method is not used while watering, it could affect the growth of the tree negatively.

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