Tree Talk

Summer Watering for Trees

One of the most frequent questions people have during the warm summer months is, “How should I be watering my trees?” While every tree is going to have specific considerations (e.g. species, location, soil type, etc.), the following are some general guidelines to keep your trees happy throughout the summer. Typically, a garden hose running at a moderate rate will disperse 5–10 gallons per...

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There’s a Right Way and…

There’s a right way, and a wrong way, to do most things and Tree Care is no exception. Everybody has that friend. You know the type, they’re the friends who will say “You don’t need to hire a professional, we can do that. We just need some tools and… beer!” That may be fine for moving furniture but you’ll definitely want to let professionals handle your...

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Why do Leaves Change Color?

Scientists don’t yet fully understand all of the complicated actions and interactions that produce the spectacular displays of autumn leaf colors that are a highlight of the fall months. Although not fully understood, several factors affect when and how tree leaves change color and the hues they produce. These factors include: Shortening of day length Cooling temperatures Organic pigments in the...

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Trees in Fall…

Trees in fall are in a state of serious change and reorganization. The tree is becoming dormant. A tree heading toward winter will sense the changing temperature and light and obey the dormancy controls built into the leaf. The mechanisms, called “senescence”, tells a tree to close down for coming winter. Trees may look inactive going into winter but the fact is they continue to...

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Cold Month Tree Care

“While your trees seem to be in a state of hibernation in the winter, exposure to the tough conditions can cause them major stress,” says Jim Skiera, Executive Director of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). “Minimize stress by helping your trees through the cold months, a little at a time. If you take care of your trees in the winter, you’ll be rewarded in the spring.”   ISA...

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August is Tree Checkup Month

Is your tree safe from Asian Long-horned Beetle? Similar to undergoing an annual health physical or performing routine maintenance on your car, it’s important to carry out routine tree checks to maintain healthy trees. Trees are susceptible to pest infestation and disease, and if you neglect looking after them the result can be detrimental to the natural habitat. The latest outbreak is the Asian...

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