Leave the Leaves!

A classic Autumn tradition, rake up the leaves and get them out of your yard. It is actually best for your trees to leave them be, and better yet, mulch them up with a mower. This helps mimic how trees naturally recycle nutrients in a forest. The leaves fall, decompose and enrich the soil. So […]

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Tree of the Week

Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) This fast growing evergreen produces long, slender needles. It works great for screening and as a windbreak. It also has the potential to grow very large, most people have never personally seen a mature Eastern White Pine. It is also a haven for wildlife, both for food and nesting sites. […]

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The Leaves They Are a Changin’

The splendor of a colorful fall day can be hard to beat. But it’s time to interrupt this tranquil beauty with some science! Why leaves change color: The reason leaves are green is because of chlorophyll which is used for photosynthesis. As trees prepare for their winter dormancy they break down the clorophyll and absorb […]

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Tree of the Week

Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) This hardy, deciduous evergreen grows large and in charge. It’s leaves are thick and leathery with a glossy dark green top and a greenish-burgundy underside. It is also well know for it’s large, brilliant blooms. It should be noted that although it is an evergreen, it does shed its leaves from […]

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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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