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Tree Diseases

Is Your Root Flare Showing? Problems of an Unexposed Root Flare

One of the most important ways you can take care of the trees in your landscape is to make sure the root flare—also called the root collar or the buttress of the trunk—is exposed to the air. When...

Tree Diseases

Tree Cold Sores: The Seiridium Canker

Seiridium, one of many tree diseases, is a cankerous, fungal disease that is found all over the country, just blowing in the wind. Seiridium canker is a major problem on cypress (Arizona, Italian,...

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About Soil Aeration

My tree roots can’t breathe! The soil in your landscape contains many tiny spaces, a bit like a sponge. These spaces are called soil pores. A good quality soil has many different sized pores to...

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Does my yard need tree fertilizer?

Trees need nutrition, just like we do. When one or more nutrients are deficient, they will not reach their full landscape potential. Poor nutrition can make your trees more susceptible to diseases...

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The Importance of pH Levels in Soil

 

Summer is here! One important task of landscape maintenance is managing your soil pH. The pH of your soil, when managed properly can help you succeed in growing the plants you desire. pH levels...

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How much water does a tree need, and why?

Your lawn and trees need a lot less water than you think. In fact, it's good to let your landscape dry out between irrigating. I know this seems counterintuitive when the goal is to maintain a...

Tree Diseases

Tree Mites (spider mites): Little tree pests

Tree mites are tiny critters related to spiders. Because they are so small and often hide out in the shady spots in your plants like under leaves, they often go unnoticed until their population...