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Crape Murder

At this time of year, especially on commercial sites, I start to notice the removal of 50% or more of the Crape Myrtles foliage.  Due to the regenerative abilities of this plant, removal of major portions of the trees foliage and stems has become commonplace.  While the tree is able to regenerate the growth, it […]

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TOPPING YOUR TREES WILL HARM THEM!

Topping (cutting off the top section of the tree) often removes 50 to 100 percent of the leaf-bearing crown of a tree.  Because leaves are the food factories of a tree, removing them can temporarily starve a tree.  The severity of the pruning triggers a sort of survival mechanism.  The tree activates latent buds, forcing the rapid […]

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Storm Damage

While the recent storms have taken a toll on our trees, we are certainly thankful for the moisture.  If your trees have been affected, now is the time to act to repair the damage. Our Certified Arborists can recommend a plan of action to aid the tree in rehabilitation. Trees will begin to compartmentalize their wounds quickly with […]

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Tree Failure

After severe weather events, many people ask the same question.  Why did my tree fail?  There is very seldom one simple explanation.  Trees are living organisms with strengths and weaknesses. During weather events, weakness is often associated with some type of failure.  Limb breakage, attachment failures, and uprooting are common occurrences.  Some of the more common […]

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Aphids, Honeydew, and You

We have seen an explosion of Aphids over the last two weeks.  The sucking pests are found in Crape Myrtle, Live Oak, Cedar Elm, Pecan, Bur Oak, and several other trees and shrubs.  The Aphid ingests plant juices, absorbs only limited quantities of elements within, and secretes honeydew.  Honeydew is the sticky, sugary, shiny substance that gets […]

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HAIL CANNONS?

I recently traveled to New Mexico where Pecans are farmed in abundance.  It is a sight to see thousands of Pecan trees planted in what amounts to arid desert.  It is Monsoon season there, which is actually a very similar weather pattern to our Spring storms.  Clear and warm in the morning with large thunderstorms occurring in the […]

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Construction Damaged Trees

Many people purchase a house with large, existing shade trees expecting them to live forever.  Other prospective home owners purchase a wooded lot with plans to build a new home among the trees.  During the home construction process, however, many trees are destroyed or injured. The damage that occurs during construction may not at first […]

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Aphids and Mites and Bagworms, OH MY!

This is the time of year we begin to notice all types of tree feeding pests.  Many of them are difficult to see if you don’t know what to look for. Aphids are small green to brown insects that usually live on the under sides of leaves. They feed on a wide array of plant […]

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Are Your Leaves Falling?

We have noticed Oak tree leaves falling recently. Oak tree leaves dying and browning are common when they are planted in poor soil. As long as you supplement the soil with essential plant nutrients, the oak trees will grow well. However, if you fail to add adequate fertilizers, then you will notice development of diseases and symptoms like […]

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Storm Damaged Trees

Some storms may not break the above ground portion of the tree but instead might tip the tree over by breaking some of the roots.  Trees leaning from root breakage usually do not survive for long.  If a tree tips in a storm, it often means the tree had damaged or poorly developed roots prior […]

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