Japanese maple is a spectacular tree suitable for most landscapes. As its name implies, Japanese maple is native to Japan, China and Korea. It was cultivated by the Japanese long before it was introduced into England and the United States in the early 1800’s.

Soil and nutrient management are key aspects of a total plant health care program. This includes the management of water, bulk density, pH, organic matter, nutrient retention capacity as well as nutrients. With proper soil management, trees will develop healthy root systems that will result …

Plant mites are extremely small; ½ mm or less in length, requiring a hand lens or other magnifier to determine their presence, stages and number. Mites have several stages of development, egg stage, several nymphal (immature development) stages and an adult stage.

Mulching provides many benefits for trees and shrubs, including moderating soil temperatures, reducing soil moisture loss and reducing soil compaction. Mulch also provides nutrients, improves soil structure and reduces winter desiccation. These benefits result in more root growth and healthi…

“Few, if any, greater misfortunes have befallen America than the coming of what are known as professional ‘Tree men.’ In all their ignorant and nefarious frauds, nothing equals their (what ought to be) ’criminal’ work of cutting away the tops of trees. Nature does not form those beautiful an…

For a tree to be considered hazardous there must be a structural defect which could predispose it to failure AND a target such as a structure, road, sidewalk, campsite or other area that there is property or people.

The root collar is the area where the trunk and roots come together. It is the location on a tree trunk where the roots begin to grow laterally into the soil, also known as the root flare. On all woody plants, it is critical to keep this area exposed. Exposed meaning not covered with soil or…