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Summer 2010Tree_Viewed_From_Below

In This Issue:
Our Paper-Free Newsletter is Here!

Summer Tree Care Tips
Made in The Shade
Tree Fruit Season
Stroll Among the Trees

Our Paper-Free Newsletter is Here!

We are excited to launch our first electronic publication of The Northwest Treebune in an effort to cut back on paper use while continuing to send you relevant seasonal news.  If you ever decide that you are no longer interested in receiving this newsletter, just click 'unsubscribe' at the bottom of this e-mail.

RhododendronSummer Tree Care Tips

Many of your trees and shrubs will have put on a lot of new growth during this last very rainy spring.  For The Love of Trees, LLC provides all of the pruning services recommended below for proper summer care of your trees and shrubs.  Contact us today for a free estimate.


  • Prune spring-blooming ornamentals like rhododendrons, azaleas and lilacs after blooming has ended.
  • Water young trees deeply throughout the dry season to establish a strong root system.
  • Prune flowering and ornamental trees after spring growth.
  • Prune hedges to maintain size and appearance.
  • Visually inspect your trees for dead wood.  Dead wood is easy to spot as it will not have leaves.  Dead wood is a safety hazard and should be removed.

Made in the Shade

Beech Shade TreeWhen our mild Portland temperatures turn hot in late summer, a well-placed shade tree can significantly reduce the temperature of shaded homes.  Shade trees cool by deflecting heat instead of absorbing it and releasing water vapor from the undersides of their leaves.  Follow these general rules for proper shade tree selection and siting to optimize your summer heat relief.


  • Deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter and allow the sunlight through to warm your home. 
  • Broad and oval-shaped trees offer more shade than narrow trees.
  • Planting the shade tree on the south or west side of your home will ensure your home is shaded during the hottest part of the day.
  • Plant the tree far enough away from the home to allow it to reach its full spread. 
  • If planting near a walkway, consider varieties that do not drop a lot of debris.
  • Keep the height requirements of your home in mind as you select the right shade tree.  Taller homes will require a taller tree for maximum shade.   The tall beech tree above shades a tall building in SW Portland effectively.
  • Contact certified arborist Jeremy Fry at For The Love of Trees, LLC for shade tree suggestions for your specific yard.

Tree Fruit Season

Summer is fruit season in the Willamette Valley.  We are known for the variety and quality of the tree fruits that are grown here.  What makes our tree fruit so spectacular?  The winters are cold enough to ensure fruit set, the summers are warm enough to sweeten our fruits, and the long growing season extends the harvest.  So dig out your best fruit crumble recipe and start expecting to see these fruits ripening on a tree near you according to the schedule below.

Summer Tree Fruit Harvest Schedule:
June - cherries
July - apples, blueberries and peaches
August - pears and plums

ARBORIST'S TIP: To increase the harvest size of large tree fruits like apples, pears and peaches, thin small fruit in early summer.

Stroll Among the Trees

Take_A_StrollThe summer months in Portland are the perfect time to take a stroll and learn about some trees you might not have seen before.  This is a great way to check out local trees in full leaf before deciding what to plant in your yard in the fall.  The Hoyt Arboretum near the Oregon Zoo has thousands of trees and plants to enjoy on your stroll.  Many are labeled and arranged by family, which makes comparing subtle differences between family members easier.  Visit the Hoyt Arboretum's website before heading out for more information about the trails and the trees. 

FTLOT LogoFor The Love of Trees, LLC

For The Love of Trees, LLC is a small local tree care business owned and operated by ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist Jeremy Fry.  We specialize in pruning and preserving trees for long-term health, safety and environmental sustainability.  We offer free estimates in the Portland metropolitan area.  Call or e-mail us today!


For The Love of Trees, LLC
(503) 515-9520