Tag Archive | trees

Trees Are Renewable Resources

I’ve just finished reading about a trend that leaves me aghast! Robert Hudson Westover, with the USDA Forest Service, wrote a story, entitled “Brown Furniture is the New Green.” In the story, published in the December issue of Tree Care Industry magazine, he describes a trend away from wood furniture by young people. This trend […]

Pruning Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs

Spring’s spectacular display of color is coming to an end. Granted, later blooming plants will continue to show color to some extent but the green curtain will close on trees and shrubs like dogwoods, cherries, rhododendrons and lilacs. They will now be attractive foliage plants until next spring,. Throughout the winter and spring, I’ve been […]

Celebrate Arbor Day

Banks won’t close; government offices and schools won’t close. But Friday, April 26, is a holiday. Most school children will learn about Arbor Day. Many will even bring home a seedling in a paper cup to be planted in your yard. Arbor day was first observed in 1885. In the 104 years between when Arbor […]

Trees & Utility Lines Aren’t Good Companions

Tree trimming is one of an electric utility’s highest maintenance expenses, and you, the ratepayers, foot the bill. There is something homeowners and municipalities can do to rein in those costs. Plant lower growing trees near power lines. Safely providing consistent power is the utilities’ number one priority. So, trees that interfere with utility wires […]

Selecting The Perfect Tree

Winter is a good time to do a little research before the landscape season is upon us, especially if new trees or shrubs are in your plans. When spring arrives and you go to your garden center with your plant list, you’ll be better prepared. The internet is a good place to begin. The site […]

Planting To Save Energy

How you plan your landscape can actually reduce your utility bill. Follow the tips below when planning spring planting and let Mother Nature help you save energy. Strategic placement of trees and shrubs can save you a substantial amount year round. If you plant conifers like spruce and pine to the north and west of […]

What Insects Will We Be Fighting This Season?

Plant Health Care (PHC) professionals are our industry’s doctors. It’s their job to examine plants, diagnose any insect or disease problems and treat the plant in the most environmentally friendly way. This is a pretty tall order, and I thank them for taking on this task. Like doctors who treat humans, PHC professionals have to […]

Still Time To Protect Your Ash Tree(s)

Even though we’re past the mid-point in September, there’s still time to protect your valuable ash trees. Our battle against the emerald ash borer (EAB) doesn’t stop just because we’ve passed the unofficial end of summer. Although trees can be treated until the ground freezes, it’s best if you have them taken care of as […]

Why Fertilize In Fall?

This is a question I get asked quite often. Fertilizing in spring seems logical. After all, plants need energy to flower, leaf out and sustain themselves all through the summer. In the fall, however, they are getting ready for winter dormancy. So, why do they need energy if they’re “going to sleep”? Confusion may have […]

A Tribute To A Majestic Tree

A tree’s days like those of all life are finite. The loss of a tree can evoke many of the same emotions as the death of a human and a beloved pet. Just last week, our arborists had to remove one of the most majestic trees in the Rochester, New York region. Surely you heard […]