Tree of the Week

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) This tree ranges from dwarf (great as a garden accent or in limited space), to a medium-sized tree. The interesting, wavy branching habit can come in a variety of colors and patterns. It also has vibrant fall coloration. Japanese Maple

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Tree of the Week

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) A small ornamental tree that comes in dozens of different varieties. This tree is best known for its abundance of beautiful flowers and striking fall coloration. Given the diversity of the varieties, it’s best to take the time to look at as many different kinds as possible before choosing one. Flowering […]

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Tree Preservation

Trees can be seen as undesirable for many reasons: damaged or diseased, becoming too large, growing into structures, dying back, unattractive form, pest issues, etc. In these cases it can be easy to quickly consider removal and replacement. However, we implore you to to discuss it with a certified arborist first. Pruning can address most […]

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Tree of the Week

American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) If you are looking for a large, spreading shade tree then this is a perfect specimen. The American Sycamore is especially known for its beautiful, exfoliating bark, making it an attention getter even when it sheds its leaves. It should be noted that this tree does produce a lot of pollen, […]

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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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