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Seasonal News & Tips

Check back often for seasonal tips about what's going on in our area, updates on local pest and disease outbreaks, weather impacts, and more.

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Spring Tree Care Tips For Northeast Ohio

March marks our transition from winter to spring, and it’s a good time to start taking care of your spring tree care needs. Here are the things you can do each spring to keep your trees healthy, safe and beautiful.

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It’s February: Time To Plan Spring Tree & Shrub Treatments (Yes, Really!)

It may still be winter but spring is just around the corner. And with spring comes insect pests and diseases. February is the time to plan and schedule spring tree & shrub treatments to prevent insect and disease problems. Here’s our treatment schedule for northeast Ohio showing when to treat specific insect pests, fungal issues and diseases.

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The Benefits of Evergreens in the Winter Landscape

During our long Northeast Ohio winters, it can seem like everything outside is hibernating. The trees have lost their leaves, the water is frozen over, and a blanket of snow covers everything. But evergreen trees and shrubs are still alive, colorful, and vibrant during these gray winter months, creating visual interest in the landscape and providing a host of other benefits.

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6 Benefits of Winter Tree Pruning

It’s a common misconception that tree maintenance cannot be done during the winter months. In reality, winter and early spring is a perfect time for many tree care jobs, especially pruning and tree removals.

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Protecting Your Trees During Deer Mating Season

During fall, bucks rub their antlers on young trees, causing considerable damage and even killing the trees. Find out what you can do to protect your trees from deer antler rubbing.

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Fall Planting Guidelines for Northeast Ohio

The autumn season—late August through mid-October—is an ideal time to plant in Northeast Ohio. The key is to plant the right things the right way. Here are our recommendations for what to plant and how to care for it.

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Introducing Our New Operations Manager – Bob Cooley

Meet Bob, an ISA Certified Arborist and our new Operations Manager. He’s here to make sure you get the tree care services you need, when you need them.

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The Effects of Heat Stress on Your Trees

Are your trees suffering from heat stress? Just like people experience heat stress or heat stroke, so do trees. Here are the signs that your trees need help.

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Summer Tree Care in Northeast Ohio: Dos and Don’ts

When summer arrives we’re all excited to enjoy the beautiful, warm-weather season in the Cleveland area. But remember that as the weather changes, so should your tree care and maintenance efforts. Don’t assume that your trees will enjoy the summer season as much as you do unless they get a little bit of extra care and attention.

Here’s a quick list of summer tree care dos and don’ts to keep in mind this summer.

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How to Properly Plant a Tree

“We have seen thousands of fine trees planted with a few dry roots crowded into a little hole scooped out of sod and covered with the same. This is called planting? When will such abomination cease?” – H. Garrison (1875). Illinois State Hort. Soc. 9: 366-371. You may have heard the expression “Plant a $5 tree…

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What's Next?

Things are constantly changing in Northeast Ohio - weather, pests, and tree diseases all affect your landscape. Stay on top of what's going on so you can keep your trees and yard safe, healthy and beautiful.