All Present and Accounted For?

Is there an ISA Certified Arborist on site when there is tree work being done? There should be. It isn’t uncommon to come across tree care that is assessed by a Certified Arborist, but the work is completed by a crew that isn’t certified. Anytime you are getting work done, be sure to ask about […]

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Tree of the Week

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) This medium-sized tree is adapted to many soil types and isn’t susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease (unlike the American Elm). It also boasts lustrous, dark green leaves that provide beautiful fall coloration that ranges from yellow to a dark reddish-purple. This along with its attractive, mottled bark make it a great […]

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Weed Barriers

When installed around trees they are more like “life barriers”. At first glance, weed barriers can seem like a pretty simple fix when it comes to preventing unwanted growth from popping up around your trees. However, they don’t just affect weeds. Tree roots need a few things from above ground including oxygen and water. A […]

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Tree of the Week

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) This evergreen boasts feathery green needles and produces a solid, pyramidal form. It works great for screening and hedges due to its ability to withstand heavy pruning and shaping. It also has the unique ability to tolerate both full sun and full shade, greatly expanding its range of usefulness in the […]

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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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