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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...

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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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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...

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What is Tree Scale, and what can homeowners do about it?

You may not have noticed these bizarre little insects on your trees or shrubs until you notice the yellowing leaves or stunted growth…something about your tree just doesn't look right. You flip...

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Phytophthora: Plant Destroyer!

The word phytophthora is Greek, meaning “plant-destroyer!” This pathogen is found in soils all over the world and often destroys plants from the bottom up, starting with the roots.

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Anthracnose: A Tree Disease as bad as it sounds

Anthracnose, even the name sounds bad! This fungal disease affects the leaves and new shoot tips of trees and shrubs. It can severely weaken the plant if left unmanaged and is just plain ugly! In...

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Wood Boring Beetles & Other Tree Bugs to Look Out For

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...