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Whether you spell it "wood boring," wood-boring" or "woodboring," the one thing for certain about these insects is that they're a huge problem for trees across Texas. Their tunnels block water and...

Tree Diseases

Bacterial Leaf Scorch: How to spot it and what to do about it

Bacterial leaf scorch—or BLS—is a disease that affects many different kinds of trees, including several popular shade trees. Also called bacterial leaf spot, it can slowly kill a tree. The...

Tree Diseases

What is Fire Blight? One of the worst pear and apple tree diseases.

Is something not quite right with your pear or apple tree? Do the flowers looks water soaked? Have the twigs turned black, shriveled up, and formed the shape of a shepherd’s crook? Do your once...

Tree Diseases

Oak wilt disease: What you need to know about it

Oak wilt. It's nasty. Highly contagious. Fast-acting. Deadly. A tree disease that's been around for a little over 50 years and is wiping out oak trees across the country.

Tree Lifestyle

New Babies, New trees

Eight years ago our first child was born. We planted a tulip poplar. Liriodendron tulipifera.  We called it his tree. Two years later when our daughter was born, we planted a Shumard oak. Quercus...

Tree Lifestyle

Wendy, Emily, and the Mimosa Tree

Her father tried to mow it over several times but the tree persisted, always raising its head above the lawn to try and realize its full potential, to be a tree!  Finally, her dad gave up his...

Tree Facts

Your trees Matter

According to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, urban trees are 15 times more effective than forest trees at reducing the build-up of carbon dioxide and promoting energy...