Category Archives: Tree Disease

Spring Is Right Around the Corner

Spring is Just Around the Corner

With the exception of a few cold days and a few snow falls this year, the Midwest has had a warmer than usual winter. Hopefully spring is not too far behind!

While it is still too early to start planting, you can prepare your landscape for spring growth.

Late February and March are the ideal time to prune fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Pruning trees and shrubs now while trees are still dormant will promote new growth and allow pruned areas to heal before the tree starts to bloom in spring. Prevent weeds such as crabgrass, foxtail and broadleaf from overtaking your lawn with an early pre-emergent application. A pre-emergent works on the weed seeds that may over winter in your lawn and prohibits them from germinating in the spring. Maintain the health of your ash trees and … Read More »

Dormant Tree Pruning

When is the best time to prune trees?

Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is when there are still leaves in the canopy. In truth, winter is a great time to prune trees.

The benefits of pruning in winter

There are numerous benefits to pruning your trees in the winter such as:

Dead or diseased branches are easily identifiable Cracks or splits in branches are more visible Fungus, cankers or structural defects which can pose a hazard to your property are more observable Pruning trees in the winter also allows the wound site to heal before spring when insects appear Trees with a full canopy can hide imperfections which can cause trouble later on.

Dormant pruning can be beneficial to your trees overall health. By removing dead or diseased limbs, trees can now put their energy into new growth. For younger trees, the Arborist can … Read More »

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Don’t be Caught Off Guard!

What will this winter bring? According to weather forecasters, the Midwest winter should be similar to that of last year, with warmer than normal temperatures. Remember, winter does not mean just snow or ice storms, it can also bring blustery, cold winds that can be strong at times. A seasonal storm is not the time to see how healthy your trees really are. When is the best time to prune my trees? Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is while there are still leaves in the canopy. Actually it is easier for your Certified Arborist to evaluate your trees when there are no leaves. Without the leaves, your Arborist can easily identify dead, cracked or diseased limbs; limbs that could potentially become a liability to your property. During an evaluation, they can also spot possible … Read More »

Iron Chlorosis is on the Rise

Iron Chlorosis:

Have you noticed that the leaves on your oaks or any of your ornamental trees are more yellow than green? Are the veins on the leaves still green? Have you seen any leaf or branch dieback in the tree canopy? If so, your tree may have iron chlorosis.

What causes leaves to turn yellow?

Iron chlorosis is a deficiency of iron in the soil. This is most common in areas where soil is high in clay. It can also occur due to over-watering or lack of water, poor drainage or if the tree roots have sustained any damage. Iron is vital to the tree as it aids in the production of chlorophyll. If trees are lacking in iron, it can affect the growth, make the tree more susceptible to stress and affect the overall health of the tree. In severe cases, … Read More »

Japanese Beetle Feeding Frenzy

What is Eating My Trees?

Japanese Beetles are devastating shrubs and trees in the metro area. Homeowners are noticing that without warning, the foliage of a once healthy tree or shrub is consumed in a matter of days.

Life Cycle

Japanese beetles begin life in the larvae stage. More commonly known to frustrated homeowners as grub worms, these insects are famous for their destruction they cause when feeding on the roots of grass. In late June, grubs will emerge in the form of a beetle. Once they have emerged, they will immediately seek out a food source (namely tree and shrub leaves) and will continue to feed on tree and shrub foliage through September.

Physical Appearance

Japanese beetles are an oval shaped insect with an iridescent head and copper colored body. Once the Japanese beetle starts to feed on plant foliage, the now damaged leaves … Read More »