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insurance

22 Oct Choosing a Tree Service: Insurance is a Must!

Rawson Services, Charleston’s premier tree service provider, encourages potential customers to do their homework, including a sharp focus on insurance coverage. This includes liability coverage against damage to your property and Workers' Compensation for tree service employees. Why should you insist on these? Let’s discuss...
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19 Sep Choose a Certified Arborist: There IS a Difference!

arborist Arborist or plain old “Tree Guy”? When it comes to tree care, there IS a difference. In Charleston SC, homeowners and property managers have several options when it comes to tree planting, pruning, and removal. But to do these properly takes training – the kind that comes with certification by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
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mulch

23 Aug Mulch Matters – So Do it Right!

Mulch can be frustrating. As a tool for nourishing your trees, or dressing up your landscape, you can’t beat it. But, as Charleston tree expert Rawson Services often sees, too much is too much. If you mulch your trees improperly, it ultimately can do more harm than good. Mulch giveth, mulch taketh away.
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14 Sep A Deadly Disease of Laurel Oak

LAUREL OAKS As far as landscape trees go, the Laurel Oak (Quercus hemisphaerica) is one of the very best for the Lowcountry. This native oak is semi-evergreen (briefly losing most of its leaves in late winter) and grows to a mature height of 40-60 feet. Laurel Oak is a rapid grower that thrives in well-draining soils. Because it is smaller than Live Oaks and...

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19 Jul Preventing Hurricane Damage to Landscape Trees

The official hurricane season along the Atlantic seaboard extends from June 1 through November 30.  Typically, the chance for damaging storms peaks in August and September in the Carolina Lowcountry.  Large shade trees, like Live Oaks and Laurel Oaks, are able to better withstand the winds that accompany these storms if they have been maintained properly. Plant trees that are well-suited...

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17 Jul Protecting Your Trees From Lighting Damage

In the South Carolina Lowcountry, there are 5o to 70 days with thunderstorms every year. The lighting that is produced during these storms can damage or destroy mature trees in our landscapes. These specimen trees are important components of the gardens, golf courses and parks of Charleston. Well-developed trees, especially Live Oaks, add shade, unmatched beauty and value to a property. In fact, many...

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21 May Southern Red Mites: Cool-Season Pest of Lowcountry Trees and Shrubs

During the cooler months, from November until March, the Southern Red Mite (Oligonychus ilicis) can be a devastating pest of common landscape plants. It prefers broadleaf evergreens like Hollies, Azaleas, Magnolias and Camellias- all of which are favorite plants in Charleston gardens. When infestations become severe, they can damage these plants and cause leaf discoloration, leaf drop and dieback. This mite is tiny...

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24 Mar A Common Reason for Tree Decline: Planting Trees Too Deep

When a tree is in decline, the culprit is often assumed to be either disease, insect or nutrition-related. And while many times this is the reason, poor horticultural practices often allow these other problems to occur. It is comparable to Eastern vs. Western medicine. While Western medicine will often treat "symptoms" like a cough or rash, Eastern medicine tries to find the cause...

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