Telltale Tree Rings

Most of us have learned that in order to find the age of a tree, you simply count the rings. The varying thickness can also tell us when the tree put on more or less annual growth. But what causes the alternating light and dark colored rings? In the Spring and Summer, when trees have […]

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Tree of the Week

Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) If you are looking for a large, fast-growing tree that can handle the urban environment, then look no further! The Pin Oak transplants easily in a wide range of soil conditions. It is also tolerant of heat, air pollution, pests and compacted soil. This along with dense shade and beautiful fall […]

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Soil Saturation

One major problem with trees in an urban environment is poor soil drainage. When there is excessive rain over a period of time, it eventually runs out of places to go. This results in the soil becoming saturated which drastically increases a trees chances of being uprooted by high winds. To help understand why, just […]

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Tree of the Week

Smoketree (Cotinus cogitator) Some call it a large shrub, others a small tree. This hardy plant produces fine, wispy blooms of white, cream and pink in abundance. It works great as an accent piece or for borders along short fences. It can be pruned in order to maintain a small, shrubby form or a single […]

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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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