Tree Care Techniques and Tips

Discover tips and techniques to help prune a tree or educate yourself about typical tree maintenance.

Pruning Advice for Fall

Plants to Prune in Fall or Winter Fall pruning usually only involves perennials that die back to the ground. Specific examples include Daylilies, Hostas, and other herbaceous perennials.  When done at the right time, most pull off without using a pruners. As for trees, only Oaks need pruning in the winter months to help prevent oak [...]

Protect Your Trees and Shrubs from Winter Burn

Did you know that trees and shrubs can become dehydrated just like you?  You might have noticed a few evergreens and shrubs turning brown last winter. This damage, called winter burn, can affect many outdoor trees and plants including Arborvitae, Boxwood, Yew, Rhododendron and Holly. Some people believe winter burn is caused by cold temperatures. [...]

2019-10-29T16:53:04-05:00Gardening, Shrubs, Trees|

Why is my Tree turning Yellow?

Wondering why some of the trees in your landscape turn a yellowish- green color in the summer months? The most common cause for this in the Midwest is a lack of micronutrients, or mineral elements. These are essential for the growth of plants, but only needed in very small quantities. Micronutrients include iron, manganese, zinc, [...]


Beware of Cheap Mulch: 4 Things To Know Before Your Next Mulch Purchase

How Box Stores Are Cutting Corners At Your Expense - Many discounters promote mulch at what appears to be bargain prices. While these offers look great and may be hard to resist, there are several things you should know before purchasing.  Loose Labeling Laws:  Regulations regarding how mulch is labelled for content are very weak. [...]

Protect Your Trees from the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle. It was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage, but cause little damage. The larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. The infestation is determined [...]

2019-11-13T22:01:26-05:00Gardening, Trees|

I have a Red Maple tree that is losing its bark. The tree still blooms, but has gotten worse over the last 2 years. Can it be saved?

Hello, Jessica. This looks like sunscald damage(explained below) from a few years ago.  If this is the only damage to the tree; I think it will be fine.  The tree is healing over, but it looks like it will take a few more years to completely heal.  Watch the area to make sure bugs are not eating the [...]

My neighbor cut down their tree, now we have sprouts and weeds. What should we do?

Hello, Lisa. Once the tree was cut down there was a change with the amount of sunlight the area is now getting. Because of this there may be seeds that are now germinating with the new found sun.  Use Earl May Super Brush and Weed Killer.  This provides control of hard-to-kill weeds and will not kill grass [...]

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