Tree Band-Aids?

The idea of dressing tree wounds in order to protect them is pretty old. It has also been thoroughly debunked by the arborist community. There are plenty of products out there that claim to stop the spread of decay or pathogens. Unfortunately, they do not work, and some can even be detrimental to the tree. […]

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Troublesome Tents

Tent caterpillars, they usually seem pretty cool when you first see them in the woods as a kid. However, when you get older and have trees on your own property they can quickly come across as unwanted guests. Normally, when you see one here and there, they are pretty harmless. It is when you get […]

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Stump Art

Having a tree removed? Instead of cutting the stump down to the ground or bringing in a stump grinder, why not make it a work of art? There are endless possibilities with what can be done using chainsaws, chisels and other cutting/carving tools. It’s also easy to find plenty of inspiration online. And, personally, the […]

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Every Cog and Wheel

It is our top priority to try and preserve as many trees as possible. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who see a tree in poor condition and immediately think of removal and replacement. Proper pruning can help a tree recover from mechanical damage, diseases, pest infestations and structural instability. I’m reminded of one of […]

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Where Have All the Chestnuts Gone?

The American Chestnut was once a dominant species in American forests. It is a beautiful, large spreading tree. It is best known for its edible nuts and lumber used to produce superior furniture. Unfortunately a fungal disease introduced from Asia in 1904 has nearly wiped them off of the map. New trees reach a maximum […]

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Black Knot

This easy to identify disease is the result of a fungal infection. It primarily infects fruit trees, especially cherry and plum. The fungus produces spores in the Spring that are spread by the wind. The spores infect a tree by entering through wounds or young green shoots. Fortunately, infected branches are isolated and won’t kill […]

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One Strike and You’re Out!

Some say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, unfortunately one strike is usually enough to take a tree out of the game. Lightning protection systems are lengths of highly conductive copper wire stapled to the trees bark. The wires reach out to the highest points of the tree and run all the way […]

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Is That a Tree or a Telephone Pole?

One very common problem we come across is a tree being buried too deep, or having mulch piled up onto its trunk. When this occurs it traps moisture up against the trunk, which is very attractive to fungus and other decay agents. Since the circulation of nutrients occurs just beneath the bark, it can be […]

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How Many Snips Does It Take?

Take a guess at how many cuts we made on this Japanese Maple while reading this. One of the services we provide is fine pruning. This involves pruning small ornamental trees that usually serve as center pieces for front entrances, property accents and backyard features. Every single cut is thought out and works toward the […]

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Sawdust Around My Tree?

Have you seen any older trees around your neighborhood with a pile of sawdust around the base? This is actually caused by some very busy carpenters. Carpenter ants that is. They like to build their nests inside dead and decaying wood, the sawdust you see around it is the result of some recent renovations. Knowing […]

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