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Tree Care Tips

What You Need to Know about Trees & Retaining Walls

Upgrading the landscaping in your yard can be a fun project. You get to choose which plants and trees to add, and where you’ll plant everything.  If you’re thinking of adding a retaining wall to your current landscaping, or if you want to plant a tree near an existing wall, there are some things you need to consider before making this move. Can I Build a Retaining Wall near a Tree? Before you build, take care that whatever plan you have won’t interfere with existing roots. You cannot lay concrete or add bricks and blocks over the roots your tree…

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Can You Repair or Stop a Tree Trunk from Rotting at the Base?

The trees around your home suffer many unintentional attacks from your lawn mower, storms, improper pruning, insects, and animals. Unfortunately, this leaves wounds that are susceptible to disease that can cause tree rot. Tree rot occurs when wounds penetrate the bark, leaving exposed wood underneath. Fungi and bacteria makes their way into the wounds, causing wood decay inside. So what can you do to repair the damaged area and prevent the rot from spreading? It’s not recommended to try to repair it yourself. Many commercial options, such as tree paint, actually do more harm than good, as they do not…

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Should I Mulch Around My Trees in Spring, Fall, or Before Winter?

What Time of Year You Should Mulch

There are many benefits to mulching around the base of your trees.  Mulch prevents weed growth, retains soil moisture, decrease soil erosion, and regulates soil temperature. Organic mulch has the added benefit of adding nutrients to the soil. All of these things can result in nearly doubled growth rate for your tree! So, when should you mulch? Well, that depends on your specific goals and schedule. Below are some reasons for mulching during different times of the year: Mulching in Spring Spring has sprung, the sun is out, and it’s thrive season for your trees. It’s also thrive season for…

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

How Long until A Fruit Tree Produces Fruit

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?

Propper Way to Transplant 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?

Spotting an Emerald Ash Borer

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?

Tree Trimming & Pruning in Maryland

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?

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

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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