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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.

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How to Properly Mulch Trees and Garden Beds

April 18, 2019

When used correctly, mulch can provide many benefits to young trees and gardens. It not only prevents weeds from sprouting, it also retains moisture, prevents soil erosion, and regulates soil temperature. But used incorrectly, it can kill your plants.

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How Maple Syrup is Made

March 15, 2019

A simple explanation of what maple syrup is, which trees it comes from, how sap is tapped and turned into syrup, and what the maple syrup grades mean.

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Scale Insects in Southwest Ohio: Description, Damage & Treatment

February 22, 2019

These tiny, sap-sucking pests are only about 1/8 to ½ inch in size but can be quite destructive. Long-term and/or heavy infestations of scale can be extremely damaging to the plants on which they feed, leading to leaf/needle discoloration, defoliation, stunted growth, limb dieback, vulnerability to other pests and diseases, and even plant death.

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Why Do Trees Make Loud Cracking Noises in Winter?

January 16, 2019

If you hear a loud cracking noise on a cold night, it often means a tree has been damaged by a “frost crack”. Learn what it is, what to look for, and what to do afterward.

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Help Ice-Covered Trees Recover From Damage

December 17, 2018

Freezing rain, ice storms, and heavy, wet snow can strike at any time during the colder months, causing extensive damage to trees, shrubs and landscape plants. While you can’t control the Dayton weather, there are some things you can do to prevent the worst of the damage. And knowing what to do after ice or snow has covered your trees can go a long way in helping them recover.