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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.

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Why We Don’t Top Trees

November 15, 2018

We are often asked why we do not top trees, so we’ve created a detailed post covering why topping trees costs you more money, makes trees dangerous, and ultimately harms and kills trees.

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Why Do Tree Leaves Change Color In Fall?

October 22, 2018

What causes tree leaves to change color in fall? Why are they yellow, orange, red or purple? What are the best conditions for colorful leaves? We answer those questions and more!

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When to Treat Key Tree Pests & Diseases in Dayton

September 24, 2018

Knowing when these pests and diseases are likely to appear on your trees, and the timing for effective preventive treatment, allows you to maintain a healthy, beautiful landscape with minimal use of potentially toxic chemicals.

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5 Best Trees for Small Spaces in Your Dayton Landscape

August 28, 2018

Large, towering trees are majestic, provide shade, and grow with your family. But sometimes you have a small or narrow area of your yard where a smaller tree would work better. Whether it’s under a window, in a corner, or as a property marker, here are some smaller trees that we recommend for your Dayton landscape.

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Controlling Japanese Beetles in Your Dayton Landscape

July 25, 2018

If the leaves on your shrubs and trees look like Swiss cheese, they’ve probably been attacked by Japanese beetles. Here’s what you can do to control them and limit the damage, as well as which plants to avoid putting in your yard.