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Tips to Avoid Winter Salt Damage to Trees and Shrubs

February 25, 2020

Melting snow and ice that have been treated with salt or icemelt products can lead to problems (and even death) for your plants. Commonly known as salt damage, it looks very similar to water stress. Learn how to recognize, treat, and prevent it.

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Why Don’t Trees Freeze & Burst In Winter?

January 14, 2020

Water expands as it freezes, so why don’t trees expand (and burst) in winter? Here are 4 ways trees protect themselves from freezing temperatures (although some DO burst!).

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Winter Tree Care Tips for Dayton

December 18, 2019

Winter is an excellent time to catch up on your tree care. In fact, many tasks are better done during dormancy than during the summer growing season. Read on for winter tree care tips to keep your trees healthy, thriving, and ready for spring.

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Why Leaves On Some Deciduous Trees Stay On Through Winter

November 11, 2019

Why do your deciduous tree’s leaves sometimes hang on long after fall is over? Should you worry about leaves that stay on throughout the winter? We look at why deciduous leaves normally drop in fall, why some don’t, and what you should (or shouldn’t) do when tree leaves stay put until spring.

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Creating Privacy in Your Outdoor Space: Best Tree & Shrub Choices, Design Tips & Planting Advice

October 21, 2019

A living privacy screen can be created with trees or shrubs to make a beautiful backdrop that blocks sound, nosy neighbors, unsightly views and more.

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How Much, How Often & How Best to Water Your Trees

September 25, 2019

All about watering trees. How often to water trees, how much water trees need (young vs mature trees), how to ensure your trees get enough water, and more.

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Do Tree Roots Cause Damage to Sidewalks, Foundations & Plumbing?

August 29, 2019

Learn the true causes of tree root damage, how to prevent it, and what to do if trees damage your sidewalk, house foundation, sewer line, driveway, etc.

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Common Crabapple Diseases That Cause Summer Defoliation

July 25, 2019

When your crabapple tree drops its leaves in summer it’s probably due to one of these three common crabapple diseases. Learn to recognize the symptoms, and understand the causes and treatment options.

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Lightning Hit My Tree! What Now?

June 25, 2019

Answers to your biggest questions about lightning damage to trees. What exactly happens when lightning strikes a tree? Can lightning strikes and the associated tree damage be prevented? How do you know if your tree has sustained a lightning strike? What should you do to help your tree if it has been hit by lightning?

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5 Worst Tree Diseases in the Dayton Area

May 24, 2019

While it’s always concerning to see your trees looking “sick,” not all tree diseases are as damaging as these five. It’s important to know which disease is affecting your trees so you can evaluate the treatment options and learn how to prevent a recurrence. In this article, we describe the trees that are infected, the causes, what to look out for, and prevention/treatment options.