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Are Your Trees and Shrubs Bugged?

This month's Tree Tip was written and researched by Britt Hubbard, Director of Plant Health Care and ISA Certified Arborist #SO-5792A. He may be contacted directly via  email  with questions concerning this article or any tree and shrub issues. Are Your Trees and Shrubs Bugged by Pests or Disease? Trees and shrubs are valuable long-term assets that deserve and require long-term care. Nutrient deficiencies, improper cultural practices, recurring pest and disease issues, and... Read More
Posted by Mark Allen at Dec 27
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Bark Scale on Your Crepe Myrtles?

This month's Tree Tip was written and researched by Chris Hudson, Director of Plant Health Care and ISA Certified Arborist #SO-6915A. He may be contacted directly via  email  with questions concerning this article or any tree and shrub issues. Since 2013, in the city of Germantown, there has been a suspicious decrease in the health and appearance of one of the South’s ubiquitous flowering tree species, the crepe myrtle. If you live in the Mid-South, you most likely have... Read More
Posted by Mark Allen at Dec 27
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Problems with Bagworms?

This month's Tree Tip was written and researched by Britt Hubbard, Director of Plant Health Care and ISA Certified Arborist #SO-5792A. He may be contacted directly via  email  with questions concerning this article or any tree and shrub issues. Bagworms are caterpillars that reside in a protective silk bag and attach plant foliage to the bag for camouflage. The caterpillars move thoughout infested trees feeding on foliage as they grow. Though bagworms can be present... Read More
Posted by Mark Allen at Dec 27
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Are My Trees Healthy?

The most common reason tree owners call us is concern that something is wrong with their tree. Well, that’s really the motivation to call us in the first place. We hear it all the time: “What is that bug?” “I think my dog may have gotten sick in my mulch.” “Why are there holes in my azalea leaves?” “I love my sweetgum, but I hate the gumballs.” “I don’t think my tree is feeling well.” “My tree looks sick.”... Read More
at Dec 27
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Why Green is not Always Good

Ladies and gentlemen, it is indeed a sad day in the world of Tennessee Forestry, but a day we knew was going to happen at some point. Last week it was reported by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) had been discovered near a truck stop in Knoxville. The most likely reason it has shown up here was the transportation of infected firewood from an area where EAB was on the back of a truck, the trucker had to stop to use the facilities, the insects came out of the... Read More
at Dec 27
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Are Your Leaves being Eaten?

Over the past few weeks our office has had several calls about caterpillars chewing up local oak trees. Many of our clients have had small trees defoliated almost overnight and large trees have been defoliated within a few weeks. These caterpillars have damaged the trees, and made a mess of patios, driveways, and swimming pools. The culprit is the Yellowneck Caterpillar. Read More
at Dec 27
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Watering Trees

Tree health and growth are dependent upon an adequate supply of water. Natural rainfall usually supplies enough moisture to sustain trees without artificial watering. Periods of moderate dryness are natural, and can be tolerated by healthy trees. What is water stress? Trees show signs of water stress when they cannot take up enough moisture from the soil to replace water loss from transpiration. Water stress can develop when dry periods are especially long or when severe hot or cold... Read More
Posted by Mark Allen
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Drought Healing

Originally Published November 2010. Welcome to fall! On this side of summer, we have just come through a pretty rough drought (as of October 19 we were in the Severe – Extreme range) and your trees responded to that lack of water. Of course, we’re not necessarily out of the drought just yet, but hopefully we will be soon. What happened? What can we do about it? Is there hope? Read more, We’ll tell you, and Yes. Water. Waaaterrrr… In response to drought, or a... Read More
Posted by Mark Allen
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Drought and Your Trees

Originally Published in September 2007. September has given Memphis and the mid south a much needed break from record setting August temperatures and drought. It is a certainty every summer that we will have some level of drought and extreme heat which will require supplemental watering to our urban and landscape trees. Silent Suffering  A tree’s first damage from drought occurs beneath the soil line in the form of root damage, long before any outward signs of trouble.... Read More
Posted by Mark Allen
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Proper Mulching Techniques

Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a home owner can do for the health of a tree. Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance. Mulch must be applied properly; if it is too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm... Read More
Posted by Mark Allen at May 3
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Winter Cold and Your Trees

Spring is right around the corner, but winter weather still poses a threat to trees and ornamental plants in the mid-south landscape. Extreme cold, drying winds, bright sunlight, and large temperature swings are common causes of winter injury. Actions can be taken to reduce the chance of winter injury and to help trees and ornamental plants recover from damage.  Winter Sunscald This time of year, with bright sunlight during the day and low overnight temperatures, winter sunscald is... Read More
at Jan 4
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