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I Want To Plant a Fruit Tree. How Long Do I Have to Wait for It to Produce?

You’ve purchased your fruit trees, transported them home and now they are nestled safely in their designated place in your garden. And now, you wait. Fruit trees do not give the same seemingly instant gratification of many of the vegetables in your garden. By the time you purchase a cutting from a nursery, it has already spent years being nurtured from seed. So how long do you have to wait for to enjoy the fruits of your labor? Let’s take a look at some commonly planted fruit trees and when you can expect a harvest: Apple Nothing signals the beginning…

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Should I Remove Burlap or Wire Baskets When Transplanting a Tree?

You got your new tree safely home for planting, thanks to the burlap and wire protecting the roots. But now what do you do with it? This is probably one of the most debated topics among tree researchers. Some say it is okay to leave both intact, while others claim you need to remove them to keep your tree healthy.   What Is the Purpose of Burlap & Wire Baskets? Burlap and wire baskets are used for the safe transportation of field-grown shrubs and trees. Young trees are dug out with a portion of the root system and wrapped to…

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Why You Should Trim Your Trees

Emerald Ash Borer: What Is It & How Can You Spot It?

The Emerald Ash Borer is a fairly new pest to North America, posing a serious threat to all ash trees. Native to China and East Asia, they are believed to have entered the Detroit area in 2002 on wooden packing materials from China.   What Does It Look Like? Adult Emerald Ash Borers are bright metallic-green beetles about ½”  long and ⅛” wide. They lay their extremely small, reddish-brown eggs in crevices in the bark of ash trees. When they hatch, the flat-headed, cream-colored Emerald Ash Borer larvae start feeding just below the bark, creating S-shaped tunnels and disrupting the…

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What Happens If You Cut Too Many Branches off a Tree?

Uh-oh! Your DIY pruning job was going great – or so you thought. A step back reveals that your cuts left your tree looking a little… thin. What happens now? Is all hope lost? Will it grow back? While over-trimming can result in loss of your tree, it is not always the case. There are a few factors to consider: Are the Branch Collars Intact? The branch collar is the part of the tree where the branch meets the trunk. It typically looks like a swelling or bump. This part of the tree contains specialized cells that help heal the…

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When Is the Best Time of Year to Remove Trees?

You love those gorgeous, big trees along your property line, but you know they’re damaged or diseased and need to come down. While it can never feel like just the right time remove a tree if you hate to see it go, there are a couple of things to consider when timing your tree removal. Is There a “Right” Time of Year to Remove a Tree? The answer to this is a bit complicated. If your tree is leaning, has roots that are heaving up through the ground, or looks as if it may pose a threat to any surrounding…

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5 Tips for Caring for Your Christmas Tree

You’ve finally picked out the perfect Christmas tree. You can’t wait to get it home and decorate it to add some holiday cheer to your home. But that joy can quickly turn to frustration if your tree starts to get dry and drop needles before Christmas. Daily vacuuming of pine needles will hardly put you in the holiday spirit! Did you know that a freshly cut tree can last 4-6 weeks with proper maintenance? That’s plenty of time to cover the entire holiday season! Here are some easy care tips to make your tree last as long as possible: Make…

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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Christmas Tree

Whether it’s an annual headache or a beloved family tradition, it’s the time of year to pick out a Christmas tree to display in your home. If your household prefers the artificial options, then you’re already halfway done! If you’re more the traditional type, however, then you have quite a few options ahead of you. Fortunately, the extra steps needed to set up a genuine tree are all worth it once it’s up for the whole family to gather around. But exactly what kind of tree do you want to bring home? Here are a few tips on scoring the…

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What’s the Best Way to Store My Firewood?

Storing firewood is an art form in and of itself. After chopping it down and splitting it, it’s tempting to just throw it into a pile and call it a day. To get the absolute most out of your firewood, however, it’s important to follow a few guidelines for stacking and storing.  Here are some tips on how to properly store your firewood.   Keep It Outdoors!  On paper, keeping your firewood stored in your house makes a lot of sense. After all, doing so would protect the firewood from the elements, allowing it all to stay dry right up…

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4 Benefits to Trimming and Pruning Your Trees

 A tree can add a lot to the look of a yard, but it can also cause a few minor headaches if not properly tended to. One of the best ways to care for your tree is to trim and prune it, though depending on its size, this can be easier said than done. A lot of tree owners simply decide to save themselves the hassle and never touch their trees. This can lead to frustrating, expensive, and even dangerous problems in the future. Here are some of the biggest benefits to trimming and pruning your trees. Trimming Actually Promotes…

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