Hey! Don’t Just Walk Away, Post-Planting Care for Trees

Congratulations! You did your research, bought the right tree for the right location, and planted it properly. Too often, however, homeowners forget about their new addition to the landscape as soon as they put their tools away. Post-planting care is absolutely required if your investment in a shade or ornamental tree is to grow for […]

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Tree Planting Tips – Please Don’t Bury Me

Planting a tree?  A hole dug too deep is a sure way to kill a tree Winter and Spring seasons are prime planting season in most areas of the country. Too often, however, consumers waste hundreds of dollars on trees that will die because they were planted too deep. “Proper planting is absolutely essential in

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Dormant Spraying of Fruit Trees in the Garden

The authors are John E. Dibble, Entomologist Emeritus, U.C. Kearny Agricultural Center, and Richard L Coviello, Farm Advisor, Fresno County Dormant sprays allow: a wide period of time for application; a broad range of useable materials; maximum unobstructed spray coverage; multiple pest targets; and because of minimum risk of phytotoxicity and beneficial organism disruption, they

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How to Keep Your Landscape Deer Free

Deer damage to ornamental plants and trees is progressively a suburban area problem. Deer populations in suburban neighborhoods have grown significantly due to uninhibited farms, tighter hunting restrictions and urban sprawl. Deer are very selective feeders that eat leaves and flowers from shrubs and ornamental trees. Damage to larger trees can be found up to 7

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Mature Tree Care

Learn procedures specific to a routine maintenance program for mature tree care, including tree inspection, mulching, fertilization, pruning, and tree removal. Think of tree care as an investment. A healthy tree increases in value with age and pays big dividends by increasing property values, beautifying our surroundings, purifying our air, and saving energy by providing

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Winter Stresses on Trees & Shrubs

Winter’s heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in suburban landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance. What can happen in winter, and how

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Bleeding from Branches of Pruned Trees

Exudation of liquid (“bleeding”) from injured trees is caused by pressures within trees that may be localized in different organs depending on species. Most bleeding is caused by root pressure (as in birch and grape), but some is caused by pressure localized in stems (as in maples and palms). Root Pressure Root pressure develops commonly

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