Tree Diseases Diagnosis and Treatment

Alternate bearing fruit trees

As we are enjoying Spring and seeing the buds and flowers appear on fruit trees, Alternate bearing is a topic you will want to spend a few minutes to learn about. Alternate bearing can be defined as the phenomenon where some crops will produce more fruit than they normally do, only to have the amount […]

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Time for a Checkup: The ins and outs of Tree Inspection

When your tree reaches middle age, it may be time to consider an inspection, usually at least every three years, or more often if recommended by an arborist. Just like you go to the doctor every year to make sure everything is still alright, a visit from the tree doctor can make sure yours is

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Why limbs fall in your yard

Travel around a neighborhood after a storm and you will see tree limbs, large and small, scattered about the ground. Why do some limbs fall in high winds or after storms while others merely bend? Should you worry about that large limb overhanging your driveway? “One reason trees fail is weak branch unions,” says Tchukki

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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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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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Benefits of Trees

The benefits that trees provide from social, communal, environmental, and economic perspectives. Most trees and shrubs in cities or communities are planted to provide beauty or shade. While these are excellent benefits, woody plants serve many other purposes. The benefits of trees can he grouped into social, communal, environmental, and economic categories. Social Benefits Human

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A safer landscape is a phone call away

Hazardous trees pose a danger to people and property. When storms or high winds hit, limbs —and often whole trees — fall to the ground. “Many fatal accidents and millions in property damage can be averted if homeowners heed the warning signs of a hazardous tree,” explains Robert Rouse, staff arborist for the Tree Care

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Select the right tree for each location

Selection of trees depends on the desired effect and the purpose trees will satisfy in the landscape. Will the attract birds to the area? Shade a patio? Screen an unsightly view? Enhance the view of the home? Identify an entrance or exit? Trees should provide contrast and relief from surrounding buildings and create seasonal interest

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Hackberry Woolly Aphid Infestation

A hackberry woolly aphid, sometimes called Asian woolly hackberry aphid, was discovered in California in 2002. It infests hackberry, especially Chinese Hackberry, throughout the state. This aphid was accidentally introduced into the United States in the late 1990s and also occurs from Florida to Texas and northward to at least Tennessee. This aphid is a

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