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.

Three Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Yard

At Independent Tree, we love the natural green beauty that healthy trees add to a landscape. But perhaps you are looking to complement your trees by adding color to your yard this summer. Whether you are hoping to brighten a dull landscape or extend the color of your garden through summer and into fall, here…
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How to Combat Summer Pests

Late June marks the official start of the summer season, often signaling consistently warm temperatures in Northeast Ohio. Unfortunately, June also marks the arrival of many summer pests. If you see strange markings or abnormalities on your tree, as detailed below, do not ignore them. The following are just a few of the many pests…
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Avoiding Tree Care Scams

Do you need tree work? Are you unsure who can be trusted to care for not only your trees, but for your home and family? Unfortunately, there are many people who pose as tree care specialists, but lack the credentials and knowledge to complete jobs safely. Here are just a few things to keep in…
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Honey Bees and Your Landscape: What You Need to Know

Every landscape is home to a number of insects and creatures, including honey bees. While you might fear a bee sting, it is important to note that a honey bee away from its hive, looking for pollen, is not likely to sting. Rather than considering honey bees to be a pest, consider them an essential…
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Best Practices for Protecting Your Trees from Summer Storms

We all know that summer storms will occur in Northeast Ohio, bringing strong winds, heavy rains, lightning, and even hail. But do we know how our trees and landscape will handle those storms? If your trees are not prepared for high winds, they could become significantly stressed and weakened during a summer storm, putting you…
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Becoming Tree Savvy: How to Assess Your Trees’ Health

We always advise consulting a certified arborist if you have concerns about your trees’ health or need advice regarding plant health care. However, there are some easily recognizable signs that indicate declining tree health. If you pay attention to these signs, you can quickly notify a tree care professional to address your tree’s health—better increasing…
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Apr 15 2015

Common Spring Diseases Affecting Trees in Northeast Ohio

From late April to early May, your trees should be sprayed or injected in order to control and prevent damage from fungal diseases like apple scab, anthracnose and cedar-hawthorn rust.
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Six Signs That It Is Time to Remove a Tree

While it is hard to say goodbye to a tree that has been on your property for years, sometimes the circumstances require a tree to be removed in order to protect your home. The following are some tell-tale signs that a tree should be removed. Of course, when determining whether or not to remove a…
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Five Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day

On Friday, April 24, 2015, you can join with others across Northeast Ohio in celebrating the very special holiday of Arbor Day. Have you made your plans yet? While there are many ways that you and your family can celebrate the day, we have compiled some of our favorite options. 1. Plant a tree! In…
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apple blossoms against blue sky in spring

Mar 16 2015

Why You Should Fertilize Trees in Spring

There are many reasons to consider spring fertilizer applications for your trees and shrubs, especially if they're newly-planted, stressed, growing in poor soil or a tough environment, or have been damaged over the winter.
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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.