Aerate With Caution

Lawn aeration is good for only one thing, your lawn. This procedure involves cutting out dime-sized holes throughout the entire area. It should be noted that this can be detrimental to trees. A majority of a trees fine roots, the ones that collect water and nutrients, are close to the surface and can be easily […]

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Tree of the Week

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) This small, ornamental tree is well known for its very early flowering. It produces abundant reddish-pink blossoms, many of which sprout directly off of the trunk and the sides of branches. The large, heart-shaped leaves produce orange and yellow fall coloration. This tree naturally grows in the under-story, beneath much larger […]

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Emerald Ash Borer

Don’t be fooled by the pretty coloration. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native invasive insect that has already killed tens of millions of trees in North America. It lays its eggs in Ash trees and their larva feed on the sapwood beneath the bark. This feeding disrupts the circulation of water and nutrients […]

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The Artist

Many times we will come across trees that have been very stressed and experience significant die back. When it comes to pruning these the best thing we can do is remove all of the dead wood and leave as much live growth as possible. This helps improve the circulation of nutrients, leaves more space for […]

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Coexisting

If you look at a forest or other natural areas, most of the trees seem to be doing perfectly fine without people having to come in and provide any care. So why do the trees in our neighborhoods need so much attention? Human-made, urban environments are very different from what trees are used to and […]

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Mulching Mishaps

Mulching around trees has many benefits, but it is very important to use the right kind. Shredded mulch has the potential to become compacted over time. When this happens it creates a barrier that prevents water and oxygen from getting into the soil. Instead, it is recommended that you use coarse wood chips. These create […]

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Checking Nests

Although we usually have a general idea about when most wildlife in our area are nesting, we know it’s never safe to assume. If we are ever working in a tree with a nest in it we will take the time to cautiously approach it and look for any signs of use. If there are […]

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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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