1. Caring for Mid-Atlantic Trees – An Overview

    Whether you hail from Maryland, Virginia, or somewhere else in the Mid-Atlantic region, you need to pay close attention to tree care. The right care and maintenance will help ensure that your tree lasts for decades, perhaps longer than your own life. However, failure to care for your trees can result in catastrophic repercussions. Whether you’re planting a small tree species like a dogwood or a …Read More

  2. How to Protect Your Trees

    Trees are susceptible to a number of threats, ranging from pests to drought to storms and many, many others. While they might seem largely impermeable, they’re at the mercy of their environment. Trees cannot move themselves to a safer location, nor can they take shelter from high winds or low temperatures. As a homeowner, it’s your job to protect your trees. Not only will that help safeguard t…Read More

  3. 3 Tips to Growing a Healthy Tree

    So, you’ve got your new tree planted, and you’re just waiting for it to grow and flourish, providing you with shade in the summer, a climbing facility for your kids, and just generally something beautiful to look at whenever you happen to wander over to your window or out into your yard. Of course you want it to be healthy, so how are you going to ensure that? Basically, it’s three things …Read More

  4. Why Urban Trees are Under So Much Stress

    Urban tree stress is a term that refers to trees that are seeing shorter life spans due to living in urban environments where growing conditions are less than ideal. Trees that grow in natural settings normally don’t see this type of stress, which is why they often live longer lives and experience fuller growth than their urban counterparts. Urban tree stress is of significant concern to our com…Read More

  5. Identifying and Controlling Dogwood Anthracnose

    Dogwood (discula) anthracnose is a disease that affects flowering dogwood trees. The disease has been reported in many states across the U.S., primarily those on the east and west coasts. The discula species is the culprit of anthracnose, and it favors damp, cool temperatures. Dogwood anthracnose can occur in any season, and it has a higher likelihood when drought and winter injury weaken the tree…Read More

  6. How to Manage Flatheaded Borers

    Flatheaded borers are beetle larvae that live just beneath the bark of tree trunks, branches and roots. They are similar to termites in that they dig out tunnels in the wood, and signs of an infestation include sawdust around the tree as well as loose bark that can be pulled apart. Flatheaded borers are small, approximately one-inch in size, and they are white with no legs. The most common type of…Read More

  7. The Battle Between Trees and Grass

    Grass and trees are fierce competitors for oxygen, nutrients, water and sunlight.  That’s why you seldom see nice healthy trees and grass in close proximity to each other.  Usually one or the other will be dominate. In the urban environment, sod is often placed over the root system of a tree and it generally has the advantage obtaining nutrients and water.  If the grass is thick, these much n…Read More

  8. Roundheaded Borers are in my Tree – What Can I do About Them?

    Roundheaded Borers are in my Tree – What Can I do About Them? Roundheaded borers are pests that tend to attack mostly shade trees. They may also be referred to as long-horned borers. There are more than 1400 species of roundheaded borers, and they attack both hardwood and deciduous trees. These borers may also feast on coniferous trees, and they are especially of concern to shade trees in urban …Read More

  9. A Closer Look at the Various Types of Borers

    Insect borers are structural pests that live in trees and shrubs, causing aesthetic and economic damage. What these tiny, but damaging, pests do is tunnel through the inside of the tree, eating away until the tree becomes vulnerable and weakened. By the time the signs of an infestation are noticed, it may be too late. Trees that have already been weakened by disease are more susceptible to infesta…Read More

  10. Selecting the Right Tree for the Right Location

    Now that Arbor Day has past, people have started thinking more about the importance of planting trees. Trees are wonderful for our planet at large, but they offer many benefits to our own yards and communities that give us additional incentive to keep our yards evolving. If you feel that your yard is lacking something but you’re not sure what, it may be time to plant a few trees. Trees add shade…Read More