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Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Spring
posted on 2/7/2018 at 09:00:00

Yes, here comes March, a changeling month if ever there was one. Either it comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb, or it comes in like a lamb and leaves like a lion. 

Or worse! It simply rains for days and in the last week, snows. 


Ice & Snow Damage to Trees
posted on 12/8/2017 at 09:00:00

ice damage on treesWinter Wonderlands are breathtakingly beautiful. What you may also find breathtaking is that gasp one makes when slipping on a thin sheet of ice outside.

Yes, tis’ the season for icy sidewalks – and icy tree branches. This year, when you find yourself slipping and falling flat on your back, be sure to take that opportunity to look up at the trees.

Have Your Branches Begun to Sag and Dip with the Weight of Ice and Snow?

Take note of the trees that are bearing the most weight. You will want to wait until around March to safely perform a more thorough inspection.

You may be wont to shake the limbs to reduce the amount of weight on them. RESIST THAT URGE. Cold branches are much more brittle and likely to break. Salvageable limbs could be lost on the tr

Tree Problem: My Dogwood Tree is Yellowing Early
posted on 11/1/2017 at 09:00:00

Why are the leaves on my dogwood tree turning yellow?

If your dogwood’s leaves are yellowing faster than the trees around it, or during a time of year that they normally wouldn’t, the likely culprit is a condition known as Chlorosis.

What Causes Chlorosis?

Caused by an iron deficiency, chlorosis is the result of your trees inability to absorb enough iron from the soil, making it difficult for it to produce chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the chemical that gives the leaf its green appearance.

There are several reasons chlorosis may occur. If the soil in which your tree is planted in is too alkaline (having a PH above 7.5) then it will be unable to absorb enough iron.


My Neighbor's Tree is Threatening my Property: What Can I Do?
posted on 3/1/2016 at 09:00:00

PROBLEM: "I think my neighbor's tree is going to fall on my house, what can I do?"

Generally, we would hope that our neighbors are thoughtful and considerate people. In most cases, the best remedy for this kind of situation is to point out the potential hazard to your neighbor, and ask them to hire a tree removal expert to trim or remove the tree as necessary. 
Unfortunately, there are those times when we find that a neighbor

Small New Jersey Native Trees for Better Landscaping
posted on 1/1/2016 at 00:00:00


Landscaping Winter Prep List
posted on 11/27/2015 at 00:00:00

Cut back stems of perennials

Remove annuals from their plant beds

Remove all debris that fungi may try to make home for the winter


Small & Large NJ Native Trees for Better Landscaping
posted on 11/1/2015 at 00:00:00


Landscaping with Leaves – Eco-Friendly Leaf Management
posted on 10/27/2015 at 09:45:00

It’s an odd thing to observe as a landscaper. Those who appear to love their lawns the most tend to rob their lawns of one of its greatest benefits: leaves.

Shredding your leaves with a mulcher or a lawn mower, if done frequently enough for the amount of foliage dropping to your lawn, doesn’t have to be an unappealing site. If you shred the leaves while there are still some spikes of grass showing through, the resulting mulch should settle down among the grass in such a way that it will be hardly noticed, and you can keep that great looking lawn. Even better – af

Vampire Trees - The Bloodsucking Jubokko of Japan
posted on 10/13/2015 at 09:00:00

Legend has it that on the blood-soaked grounds of battle in Japan, a strange thing happens to the trees.

As they soak in the blood of fallen soldiers they become more than regular trees. They become JUBOKKO.


A Jubokko Tree looks much like the trees around it. From a distance, there is no way to know that a tree is a Jubokko… but as one draws closer to the tree, close enough to see branches that are mangled in a way that t

posted on 9/18/2015 at 00:00:00


Those of us who are from Warren County, NJ truly understand why New Jersey is known as the "Garden State”. And for locals, it’s no wonder that 8 of the Champion Trees in the Garden State call Warren County their home.

What is a Champion Tree?

A champion tree is the largest recorded tree of its species. Each state has its own registry of champion trees. New Jersey has just over 100 Champion trees currently documented. They are measured using AF Points (American Forest Points) which take into account the trunk circumference, height, and average crown spread of the tree.


The Rowan Tree - Mysticism and Lore
posted on 9/4/2015 at 21:00:00

 The Rowan Tree - Mysticism and Lore

About the Rowan Tree: The Rowan Tree is a favorite of many for its strength and beauty. It is incredibly resilient and can survive in craggy riverbeds, inside other trees, and in other unlikely locations. It is a member of the Rose family and can grow to be about 50 feet tall. It grows naturally throughoutIt grows well even in depleted soil, though they are not common in New Jersey. They thrive in hardiness zones 3-5. New Jersey is made up of 6 in the Northwest and Central South Jersey an

My Tree is Leaning - What Now?
posted on 8/15/2015 at 00:00:00
Most trees have natural bends and leans in them, and often times they grow that way and have enough counter balance in their roots to support the tree. However, if you notice that a tree in your yard has only started to lean… chances are that the root structure has been compromised.

It’s helpful to consult old photographs, if possible, to see if the tree has recently developed the lean, or if you’re simply noticing an existing lean. Any recent change is worthy of assessing for hazards.

In order to assess the health of the root system and the trunk, you will want a certified arborist, or better yet, a certified tree expert, to assess the root system’s structural integrity, however there are some signs to look out for

posted on 8/1/2015 at 00:00:00

Quite a few residential and commercial property owners ask the question – yet it can seem impossible to get a straight-forward answer regarding the costs of tree services. We hope to put the tree service price controversy to rest.

If you have ever shopped around from Tree Company to Tree Company – chances are the price ranges have been as much as 35% apart. So why does this happen?

The unfortunate reality of the matter is that many tree service companies are operating without sufficient insurance. While a savvy consumer generally knows enough

Random Fact: Trees & Air Quality
posted on 7/23/2015 at 00:00:00
A single 30-meter-tall mature tree can absorb as much carbon dioxide it’s lifetime as would be produced by an average car being driven 25,787 miles. The same tree could also produce 5,998.78 pounds of oxygen in a year, which is enough to support at least two people.


The Mystic Meanings of Willow Trees
posted on 5/4/2015 at 00:00:00
Tree Lore is likely as old as humanity itself. Trees as breathe-taking as the Willow Tree spark imaginations throughout the world. 
In Celtic Traditions a Willow Tree was highly revered for its close association to the water, and therefore, with the moon and as it would wax a

Mulching and Tree Care: More Does Not Equal Better
posted on 4/20/2015 at 00:00:00
Proper mulching offers your trees the same benefits that a dense forest floor offers trees in the forest. It is especially important for trees that may be struggling with infestation or disease, or for newly planted trees.
However, when it comes to mulch - more does not equal better. In fact - a large number of "professional" landscapers offer an aesthetically pleasing, yet tree killing method of mulching. We refer to these popular atrocities as "mulch volcanoes"

When to Prune a Tree
posted on 4/6/2015 at 10:33:00

The removal of dead and dying wood on a tree or shrub can be done at any time, however there are other reasons for pruning that require a time and place. 


How to Safely Prune a Tree’s Roots
posted on 3/31/2015 at 00:00:00

Root-pruning may at times be necessary, but it is always risky. Roots that may be interfering with foundations, walkways, or other important features can sometimes be removed without harming the tree. If a tree is already in good health, and the root pruning is done cautiously and correctly, the tree may remain stable enough to survive the pruning.

When to Prune Roots

If it is nece

BEWARE THE BUGS – Common Tree-Killers
posted on 3/16/2015 at 00:00:00
Despite what one’s personal feelings may be about insects – they’re not all nuisances. Some bugs can actually save your trees. Others, however, can wreak havoc through entire forests and tree species.

So which bugs should tree lovers beware?

Gypsy Moth


Getting to the Bottom of Tree Topping
posted on 3/2/2015 at 09:00:00

Tree Topping is a process by which a Tree’s height is reduced either by removing some of the main trunk, or by removing limbs at the top of the tree. Despite its popularity amongst residential homeowners, its application is best utilized by the wood harvesting industry – and rarely suggested for residential trees.

Tree Topping is not a solution for excessive leaf debris. Despite what one may think, after removing a large portion of t

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