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 3 years of tree care experience, education or […]

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Girdling

You’ve probably seen it more than you realize. Girdling is the removal of the outer and inner bark all of the way around a tree’s trunk. It can also be caused by something up against the tree that it is forced to grow around. Any part of a tree beyond the point of girdling has […]

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Frost Cracking and Sun Scald

The beauty of a sunny winter day can be hard to beat; unfortunately these conditions can be harmful to trees. Sunlight can significantly warm a trees bark and outer wood, causing it to expand. When the sunlight is blocked by clouds or lost at nightfall the tree quickly cools, causing its bark and outer wood […]

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Winter Damage

Winter can be a harsh time for trees. Biting winds, piling snow and built up ice can many times prove to be too much for a tree to handle. This along with the fact that since most trees lose their leaves, they provide less of a windbreak for the neighboring trees, leaving them more exposed. […]

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