Never Give Up

We had a client last year with a Crabapple tree that was in a pretty rough state. It is hollow, the heartwood is completely rotted out but the outer wood (where the circulation of water and nutrients occurs) is intact. This means the tree is healthy but is lacking in structural integrity. It was also […]

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Tree of the Week

Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) This hardy, small to medium-sized tree makes a great highlight piece to any landscape. It’s glossy, orange-red exfoliating bark provides year-round beauty. The leaves go from bright blue-green in Spring and Summer to shades of red, orange and pink in Autumn.

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Crowd-Pleaser

About a year ago we had the pleasure of working on a Flowering Dogwood that is the centerpiece of the property’s front yard. It is also very popular in the neighborhood, which I learned from the half-dozen people walking by and inquiring as to what I was doing while I was working on it. Six […]

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Tree of the Week

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) Claimed as the state tree to more states than any other species; Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia. The Sugar Maple is best known for producing delicious syrup as well as excellent lumber. It also serves as a great spreading shade tree in the landscape. This along with its vibrant […]

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Tree of the Week

Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) This long-lived specimen produces a beautifully symmetrical, pyramidal form. This along with its silver-blue needles makes for a great landscape focal point. It also produces a deeper root system than most other spruces, making it more wind-resistant than the other species. Blue Spruce

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Pando

One of the largest and oldest known living organisms on the planet is in Fishlake National Forest, Utah. It has an estimated weight of 6,600 tons, covers 107 acres and is about 80,000 years old. What most would see as a forest, is actually a single organism, a Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) to be specific. […]

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Tree of the Week

Willow Oak (Quercus phellos) This handsome and hardy tree is unique in the Oak genus, given it’s willow-like, spear shaped leaves. It transplants much more easily than most other Oaks and produces an upright, oblong form and its acorns are highly attractive to wildife. For these reasons, it’s no wonder it is widely used as […]

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Tree of the Week

Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) This icon of the North Country boasts distinctively white, peeling bark along with vibrant yellow fall coloration.It is also well known for being extremely tolerant of cold (for a broad-leafed tree). The Paper Birch is also renowned for its use as building material for sturdy, lightweight canoes. Paper Birch  

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Tree of the Week

White Oak (Quercus alba) “If oak is the king of trees, as tradition has it, then the white oak, throughout its range, is the king of kings.” -Donald Peattie Quite a bold statement, but this hardy specimen has no problem living up to the reputation. It’s deep taproot and especially strong branches give it superior […]

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Allelo-what?

Allelopathy, when a plant releases biochemicals that hinder the germination, growth or reproduction of other plants. They really take competition to the next level. Usually single specimens don’t have much effect on surrounding trees, but when they start populating an area, they can really take off! Common tree species include: Black Locust, Sugar Maple, Black […]

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