Renovation Techniques & Tools for Soil Decompaction

We’ve all seen them – victims of urban soil. Trees placed in cut, filled, mixed, contaminated and compacted soils, expected to live and thrive yet struggling merely to survive. What happens to them? More important, is there anything we can do? Roots perform many functions for the tree, including anchoring the tree, absorbing water and […]

Trenching as a Root-Graft Disruption Treatment for Oak Wilt

Most arborists are familiar with oak-wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) ) symptoms and management guidelines. Oak wilt is a fungal vascular disease that is spread through root grafts or by nitidulid beetles carrying fungal spores from an infected oak to an open wound on another oak. Oak wilt affects all oak species, but because oak wilt affects […]

Spotted Lanternfly Updates – Feeding, Hosts, Damage and Controls

By now, most arborists have heard of spotted lanternfly (SLF), yet another pest from Asia recently arrived to our country that is creating economic and environmental problems in the eastern United States. First detected in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014, SLF is not a fl y at all. Spotted lanternfly belongs to a group of […]

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Plant Health Care – Setting Yourself Apart

As the winter months pull away and we start to see plant health care (PHC) back on the horizon, I want to talk a little about the basics of PHC from a client perspective and some simple ways to set yourself apart from others in the industry. In the Greater Boston area, we are fortunate […]

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