CSI for Bugs, Part 2: Diagnosing Injury Caused by Insects with Chewing Mouthparts

This article is the second in a series by the author designed to help arborists diagnose problems caused by insects and mites on woody landscape plants. The first article, “Basics for Diagnosing Problems Caused by Insects and Mites” (TCI November 2020), focused on the basics of diagnostics. By using clues, signs and symptoms left behind […]

I Can Move That – A Transplanting Triumph

I had scored an end-of-the-season deal on a specimen Japanese stewartia tree (Stewartia pseudocamellia) I’d had my eye on. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I planted it, but apparently did not consider tree growth. The neighboring juvenile littleleaf linden tree (Tilia cordata) was enjoying its undisturbed, wood-chipped root area and expressing itself […]

On Removing Deadwood, Part 1

Last December, we pruned some hazardous deadwood from a large northern red oak that had been hanging over a client’s garage. She was primarily concerned with not having another hole in the roof of the garage from falling deadwood. The customer had told us a tree service condemned the tree. The salesperson took one glance […]

Return of Periodical Cicadas in 2021: Biology, Plant Injury and Management

Natural events often occur in predictable cycles. In temperate North America, we are accustomed to the annual production of the leaves, flowers and seeds of our deciduous oaks and maples. Agave americana, the giant agave native to Mexico and Texas, is commonly known as the century plant due to its enormous periodic bloom of a […]

40 Years of Tree Work and PHC – Part 3: Recordkeeping, Sales and Marketing

This is the third and final part of a series by the author. Part 1, “Musings on Tree Work and Plant Health Care After 40 Years in the Industry,” (TCI, October 2020) covered his getting into the industry, the importance of mentors and the education and training needed for a career in PHC. Part 2, […]

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