Planting a tree, simple as can be?

Just dig a hole and plop it in, right? There’s actually a little more to it than that. Giving a tree the right start is essential and it needs to be handled very carefully. One of the most common problems we see is improper planting depth, too deep or too shallow can be very detrimental. […]

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Screwy Squirrels

Whether you enjoy watching them or are a little annoyed with them raiding your bird feeder, you can’t help but take interest in these charismatic critters. Personally, we’re a little jealous of their climbing skills. When working with trees we prefer to avoid their nests during the breeding seasons. Yes, seasons, squirrels breed twice a […]

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Nicks and Bumps

Now that it’s finally warming up outside it’s time to bust out the lawn mower. As much as you would just like to get the job done, it is important to be careful around your trees. Mechanical damage from mowers and trimmers is one of the most common causes of harm to trees. The small […]

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Staking Mistakes

Staking a newly planted tree can be essential to its survival. This is especially important if the tree is in an open area where it is exposed to a lot of wind. However, it is important to remember that there is such a thing as babying a tree too much. As living creatures, trees adapt […]

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Aeration & Deep Root Feeding

Roots need oxygen! Many people don’t know this important fact because they are always told that trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis. However this only occurs in the canopy, and much of the oxygen created there is used by the leaves and stems. Soil compaction, which is very common in urban […]

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Oak Wilt

This infamous condition is caused by a fungus that enters a tree’s vascular tissue, plugging it up and stopping the circulation of water and nutrients. Red Oaks are the most susceptible to this condition which is identified by sections of the tree’s canopy rapidly turning red or tan or a sudden shedding of foliage. This […]

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Crape What?

Crape “murder”, we can’t tell you how much we dislike that term. It is in reference to the Crape Myrtle tree (Lagerstroemia indica) and a process known as topping it. Normally we would absolutely never recommend topping trees. However, it can be an effective pruning technique for Crape Myrtles if done correctly. At first glance it […]

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Monocultures: Planning for Failure

You know that big, beautiful Ash tree down the street? It’s been there as long as you can remember and has always looked healthy and lush. Suddenly and seemingly for no reason it is now being cut down, what are these people thinking!? To explain this we have to have a little history lesson. The […]

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Climbing Spikes, Use Responsibly

Ahhh climbing spikes, a simple yet incredibly helpful tool for arborists. These can be strapped to your foot and calf and sport a metal spike on the inside of the foot. By digging the spike into a tree, a climber can have a more solid footing and move around in the tree with speed and […]

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ISA Certification

ISA stands for the International Society of Arboriculture which sets the standard for tree care across the globe. One thing we like to stress is the importance of working with an ISA certified arborist for all of your tree care needs, but why? Certification requires at least 2 years of tree care experience, education or […]

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