Category Archives: Landscaping

Emerald Ash Borer; the War Continues

Meet The Emerald Ash Borer

It has been fourteen years since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the U.S. To date, it has killed over twenty-five million ash trees in twenty-one states and caused millions of dollars in tree loss. Known for its iridescent green body, the Emerald Ash Borer only preys on ash trees.

How do I tell if my Ash Tree is Infected?

The signs of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation are fairly easy to recognize. The distinct signs of an infected tree are:

“D” shaped exit holes Canopy die-back Volunteer growth at the base of the infected ash tree “S” trails left by the Emerald Ash Borer located underneath the bark

Unfortunately by the time these signs are noticed, the Emerald Ash Borer has already caused extensive damage and the health of the tree has been compromised.

How do I Protect my Ash Trees?

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Protecting your Shrubs and Trees from Winter Burn

Protecting your Shrubs and Trees from Winter Burn Laura Peterson, Certified Arborist

I cannot begin to guess what this winter is going to bring; 2 feet of snow covering the ground until March, below zero with high winds and no snow until January or mild 40 degree days with sporadic snowfall and 2 inches of ice covering everything in March. Whatever conditions occur this winter it is bound to be dry for the evergreens. Soil moisture is a factor, but the almost constant winds from November through February are extremely drying and damaging to evergreens.

Drying Winter Harms Trees

Native evergreen trees and shrubs are well adapted to our winters, but the majority of plants in landscapes are not native and don’t have the resources to combat the drying winds.

Plants lose moisture through pores in the leaves. If there is not sufficient soil moisture, … Read More »

Rabbit and Deer Damage

Deer and Rabbits Can Damage your Landscape

Sweet, doe-eyed deer and adorable rabbits are fascinating to watch as they visit your neighborhood. Unfortunately, these adorable animals are also a great source of destruction to trees, shrubs, plants and your grass.  Both deer and rabbits will eat lower, tender branches and bark off trees as well as new growth on bushes, perennials and grass. In addition, deer will scrape their antlers on trees to stake their territory and attract mates. This can cause unsightly and severe damage to the trunks cutting into the protective bark of the tree.

How do I prevent Wild Life from Damaging my Landscape?

Like deer, rabbits will dine on new grass and shrub growth, even taking them back to ground level, leaving little chance for the grass or shrubs to recover. Preventing wildlife from viewing your landscape as an all-you-can eat buffet … Read More »

Preventing Salt Damage to your Landscape

We have already had a few bouts with slick streets this winter making driving a challenge. We rely on the our city snow plows to treat the streets that allow us to drive safely in snow and ice. Unfortunately, the de-icing agents can have a negative affect on your lawn and near-by trees.

The effects of de-icers on your Landscape The de-icing agents can contain excessive salt levels which can leach vital water away from your landscape and be absorbed into the root system of trees, shrubs and your lawn. The excessive salt levels in the soil can cause browning, stunted growth, delayed budding and even dieback. Evergreens are especially vulnerable to salt damage. Sadly, the damage is not visible until the following spring when new growth begins.

Protecting your Landscape from de-icers There are some steps you can take to avoid salt damage … Read More »

Fall is a Great Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

Did you know that fall is a great time to update your landscape with new trees and shrubs? When you planting new trees and shrubs in the fall, it gives them time to establish their root system before cold weather sets in and the trees and shrubs begin their dormant stage.

Which Tree or Shrub is Best for your Landscape?

There are so many trees and shrubs to choose from, it is difficult to know which works best for your landscape and lifestyle. Do you want a fast growing tree? Do you need shade? Does your landscape get a lot of sun or is it mostly shaded? Before you select your new tree or shrub, there are a few rules you must follow in order to give your new landscape additions every opportunity to thrive in their new environment:

Make sure the tree … Read More »