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Boxwood Leafminer: Identification, Damage & Control

February 26, 2018

Boxwood leafminer (Monarthropalpusi flavus) is a common and destructive pest that causes significant damage to boxwoods here in the Dayton area, although the symptoms are often mistaken for winter injury rather than insect infestation.

Since boxwoods are such a popular shrub, it’s important to control leafminers so they don’t spread to neighboring plants and properties.


Rejuvenation Pruning: What, Why & When

January 19, 2018

Though winter might seem like it lasts forever here in Ohio, spring is just around the corner, and early spring is the perfect time to spend some time prepping your shrubs. Every three to five years, some shrubs need a bit of extreme pruning to ensure that they continue to be healthy and produce enough…

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Winter Tree Pruning: Good or Bad?

December 7, 2017

As the temperatures cool, most people stop thinking about tree care. But the reality is that winter and early spring are an excellent time for tree work. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider having tree work done in winter.

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How To Make Leaf Mold, Mulch & Compost To Improve Your Garden Soil For Free

November 15, 2017

When the leaves start to fall in autumn, you’re faced with the question of just what to do with all of those dead brown leaves fluttering around. Many people simply rake and bag them to be tossed in the landfill. But why not turn them into superb sustainable mulch or compost instead? Leaf mulch and compost are free, beautiful, and rich in nutrients and organic matter for your garden.

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How To Properly Plant A Tree

October 17, 2017

Careless or improper planting usually dooms a newly planted tree. If you mess up this step, it doesn’t matter what else you do – the tree is unlikely to survive. Here are our tips and recommendations for how to properly plant a tree so you can enjoy it for the long term.

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5 Best Trees For Fall Color in Southwest Ohio

September 20, 2017

We usually associate fall with the brilliant shades of orange, gold, red, and purple as trees change color all around us. We often get asked to recommend the best landscape trees for fall color in the Dayton area so we’ve put together this list of our favorites. They’re all well-adapted to the southern Ohio climate, many are native to our area, and all reliably put on a spectacular fall show.


Certified Arborists Save You Time and Money

August 1, 2017

Healthy well-maintained trees are one of the most important elements of any landscape. Mature shade or evergreen trees beautify the neighborhood and provide shelter for wildlife, but they have monetary benefits, too. Trees have a positive impact on property values, they help improve air quality, reduce storm water runoff and help with energy savings. So…

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6 Worst Tree Pruning Mistakes You Can Make

June 25, 2017

Unlike a terrible haircut, badly pruned tree branches won’t grow back. When it comes to tree pruning, “take a little off the top” stresses trees leaving them vulnerable to disease and structurally unsafe. It doesn’t take a trained tree expert to spot a bad pruning job. Once those branches are gone, they’re gone for good.…


The Best Spring-Flowering Trees to Plant in Dayton

May 11, 2017

Some of the best blossoms of spring in Dayton come from flowering trees. Their emerging fragrance fills the air and falling petals dance in the wind like spring snow, blanketing the ground in color. These are the landscape trees that you want to brighten the early season, and if they offer further seasonal landscape interest,…