Here’s to Your Health… Plant a Tree!

Looking for another reason to promote urban forestry in your community or neighborhood? How about encouraging urban forestry activities as a way of improving peoples’ health?

How to Hire an Arborist

Hiring a tree care specialist deserves all the consideration and caution that goes into selecting a banker or home builder. The right choice can assure health, beauty and longer life for your trees.

Proper Pruning

Pruning is the removal of branches, living or dead, from woody plants. The first rule of pruning is do no cutting without a reason. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last the lifetime of the tree — or even shorten the lifespan of the tree.

The Right Tree for the Right Place

A tree’s requirements to thrive, its form or shape, its size at maturity, and its function in your landscape help determine the best tree to plant.

Ten Stages of the Tree Life Cycle

Excellent tree care requires an appreciation and understanding of the tree system and life cycle. Agood perspective to use when caring for trees is to recognize the phases and stages of a tree’s life cycle.

Tips for Hemlock Tree Owners

If you own a hemlock tree, chances are very high that at some point in the near future, you will have an unwelcome visitor to your landscape. This ‘visitor’ is far from its native Asia and is known as the ‘hemlock woolly adelgid’. The hemlock woolly adelgid is a small but dangerous insect that has the potential to kill a 100-year-old hemlock tree in only four to five years.

Tree Topping Hurts!

Topping is severely cutting limbs larger than 3” in diameter to stubs within the tree’s crown so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.

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