Category Archives: Tree Removal

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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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 »

Emerald Ash Borer on the Move

The Emerald Ash Borer remains one of the most destructive insects attaching residential and commercial properties. Believed to have originated in Asia, it was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, continues its destructive path across the United States. To date, it has been found and destroyed trees in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin and shows no sign of slowing down.

How do I Know if my Ash Tree is infected with the Emerald Ash Borer?

It is important to note that the Emerald Ash Borer only attacks ash trees. While you may not see an Emerald Ash Borer on your trees, there are telltale signs of an infestation:

The adult insect is a bright metallic green and only about ½ long. Thinning or … Read More »

Don’t Prune These Trees in Summer

There are specific guidelines when it comes to tree pruning. While trees require routine maintenance for overall health and safety, there are specific seasons that trees should not be pruned. While you may have an overgrown tree, deadwood or just need general pruning, it is important to note that not all species of tree can be trimmed year round.

Oaks, pine and birch trees should not be trimmed during the hot summer months. Oaks trimmed during extreme heat are susceptible to oak wilt disease which can quickly kill the tree. Oak wilt is transmitted via beetles that carry the disease and dine on open wounds on the tree. The infected tree can transfer the disease to nearby oak trees via beetles and the trees root system if in the trees are in close proximity.

Pine trees should also be on your do … Read More »