Tree of the Week

Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) This small, ornamental tree has a lot to offer. A wide spread canopy produces brilliant white flowers and large, red berries which are edible (the rind and the seeds are usually discarded). This dogwood also has beautiful, exfoliating bark. Kousa Dogwood  

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Tree of the Week

Red Maple (Acer saccharum) A great, all purpose, urban tree. Red Maples tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, are fast growers and can be pruned to fit into most landscape situations. There are also many cultivars to chose from for specific growth patterns and colors. Beautiful fall coloration and plenty of shade in the […]

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Tree of the Week

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) My personal favorite. These trees have the potential to grow tall and produce a dense canopy, deeply fissured, ropy looking bark and large flower clusters that are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Also, being a legume, they provide nitrogen to the soil, which is a key nutrient desired by plants. […]

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Tree of the Week

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) This is a very popular small to medium-sized tree. Its multiple trunks have camouflage-like, exfoliating bark and it produces flowers throughout the summer months. There are also many different flower colors available. One of the best features of this tree is how much it can be customized. Tall and thin, short […]

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Watering 101

Ideally we recommend soaker hoses for watering trees (see “Super Soaker”). If you don’t have access to one, you could use a regular garden hose without a nozzle on it. This can be placed on the ground and left running for 5 minutes. This should be done in 4-5 spots around the tree, but can […]

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What’s a “Drip Line”?

You may come across this term a lot when looking into tree care (watering, fertilizing, mulching etc.). A tree’s drip line refers to the circumference of the outermost reaching branches. Walk around your tree following the very tips of the branches, that’s your drip line. Between the drip line and the trunk of the tree […]

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Tree of the Week

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) This tree ranges from dwarf (great as a garden accent or in limited space), to a medium-sized tree. The interesting, wavy branching habit can come in a variety of colors and patterns. It also has vibrant fall coloration. Japanese Maple

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Tree of the Week

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) A small ornamental tree that comes in dozens of different varieties. This tree is best known for its abundance of beautiful flowers and striking fall coloration. Given the diversity of the varieties, it’s best to take the time to look at as many different kinds as possible before choosing one. Flowering […]

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Tree Preservation

Trees can be seen as undesirable for many reasons: damaged or diseased, becoming too large, growing into structures, dying back, unattractive form, pest issues, etc. In these cases it can be easy to quickly consider removal and replacement. However, we implore you to to discuss it with a certified arborist first. Pruning can address most […]

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Tree of the Week

American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) If you are looking for a large, spreading shade tree then this is a perfect specimen. The American Sycamore is especially known for its beautiful, exfoliating bark, making it an attention getter even when it sheds its leaves. It should be noted that this tree does produce a lot of pollen, […]

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