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July 20, 2019

Uses Of Well Water Filtration Systems

One of the first things that you need to decide is whether you want to treat all the water coming out of the ground or just treat the water at particular places inside the house. If you want to treat all the water coming out of the ground you would install a whole house system and all the water entering into your house runs through that system but is not treated later (such as at a faucet or sink). If you decide to just work on individual parts of the house, you install a filter everywhere you want to remove contaminants. But this also creates additional problems. The filters that you install at every fixture do not necessarily treat each and every problem in the water. For example, shower filters are excellent at removing chlorine and softening the water. Some fixtures, such as a bathtub faucet do not have filters made for them. So point of use filtration is not a panacea.

The benefit of using point of use filtration is that it is cheaper than a whole house solution. However you cannot filter all the water, you have to change multiple filters, you cannot add chemicals, and you can only subtract contaminants. The benefit of the whole house solution is that you treat all the water at one spot, you only change one filter, and you can both remove contaminants and add chemicals as necessary. However, it is more expensive.More tips here

A well water filtration system is simply a fancy way of saying that we are going to filter and purify water that came out of a well rather than a municipal water supply. When water is processed through a municipal water supply system the water has many contaminants removed but the municipal water supplies also add chemicals such as chlorine as disinfectants. Because well water has not been processed by a municipal system, it still has the contaminants that would have been removed by the municipal system. However, it has not had the chemicals such as chlorine added to it either.

Treating well water means that we are going to remove impurities just as the municipal system did. It also means that we might add some chemicals, though different ones than the municipal folks would have added. If you have done a well water test recently you know both what needs to be removed and what needs to be added to make your well water pristine.

What to Do About a Sick Tree

Let’s face it. Tree health care isn’t on the same level as your primary care physician. Skipping past the fact that it would be unreasonable to expect technology to be on a similar level, the real issue is that trees’ best interests are usually not the primary consideration in the planning in our shared urban environment. Even still there are some fundamental ideas we can work with to improve any tree’s chances for survival. Proper pruning, applying timely treatments, improving soil environments and regimented monitoring are all tools that arborists have to help fight the fight for our green friends.what to look for.

Image result for common tree sickness symptomsLet’s start with pruning. This is the first thing most people think of when they think about helping their trees. As an experienced veteran tree guy, I can tell you that most people get the wrong idea about pruning. With native trees in Austin, like the live oak, pruning is usually done for functional reasons rather than for the tree health. The right idea is to prune the tree in a manner that we can live with it without damaging the tree. Cleaning out deadwood will definitely improve the trees longevity, but cutting off limbs so we can drive under them is not ideal for the tree. Ideal would be moving the road. You can learn more about tree pruning by reading my pruning series. In general, tree pruning is the least impact factor for improving health for sick trees.

The highest impact approach for seeing quick results is implementing a series of timely treatments. Understand, when I say quick results I mean 1-2 years. There are very few scenarios where we can produce visually noticeable improvements for tree disorders in less than a year. Lets look closely at my statement of “implementing a series of timely treatments.” The most common mistake I see made when attempting to fertilize a tree is that people (even many arborists!?) will pump a bunch of nitrogen in the ground at no specific time of the year and then walk away from the tree as if all its problems are solved. The important thing to know here is that timing is CRITICAL. I like to explain this by comparing trees to grass. Grass maintains a constant state of growth; that’s why it has to be cut once a week. You can put fertilizer on turf at any time and get virtually the same response: greener grass and faster growth.

Image result for common tree sickness symptomsTrees are not the same. Trees go through a cycle of defferent growth stages through out the course of the year. Early in the spring the focus is on foliage growth; virtually all trees are producing an entire canopy of leaves. During the bulk of the “growing season” there is very little growth (percentage wise); this is mostly an energy producing time for trees. As late summer and fall approach the trees’ focus shifts to root growth. Sixty to seventy percent of a tree’s root growth for the year takes place in the fall. So, depending on what time of year it is, the treatment is going to have a different affect on the tree. It is mission critical that you put the right stuff on the tree at the right time of year.

Improving the soil environment is a relatively new technique being used by arborists here in Austin, and a very good one. What I’m talking about here is basically air-tilling the soil and mixing in organic matter. Our native “soils” are heavy clays with very little, if any, organic matter. Mixing in organic matter improves water penetration, aeration and microbe activity among other benefits. The new development that is making this popular is the use of an airspade. In the past there was no good way to till up the soil without destroying the inhabiting roots. An airspade is a high powered air compressor tool that blows apart the clay chunks. This breaks up the soil and doesn’t damage vital tree roots. Although not necessary in every situation, this is an important technique in our arsenal of tools.

Every sick tree is going to be a different scenario. There is not a template you can apply to every tree. The foundation for any successful recovery is diligent monitoring and keeping good notes. My company policy is to keep a map showing the location of every tree on a property and taking a photo(s) and notes on every inspection; 4 times per year as a minimum. The trees condition will be constantly changing.