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Ask an Arborist: How Do I Check for Tree Pests?
Tree health is an important aspect of tree care. There are numerous reasons a tree may look unhealthy including factors such as drought, disease, invasive species, pests, and improper care. Distinguishing the difference between a pest infestation or tree stress can be challenging when many of the symptoms look similar. However, knowing what species your tree is and whether there are known...
Aug 11, 2017 8:15 AM ET
Saucer Magnolia: A Springtime Spectacular
Magnolia x soulangeana  Did you know there are more than 80 species of magnolias that circle the globe? The saucer magnolia outcompetes some 1,000 cultivars derived from the species. A hybrid cousin of America's magnificent...
Aug 9, 2017 8:30 AM ET
How to Identify Tree Ailments
Guest post by Ryan Bridges of Cascade Tree Works. Plant diseases can cause a loss in yield of the crop or damage to the aesthetics of the plant itself. To make matters worse, these issues can also weaken the integrity of a tree. In this instance, hazardous situations may occur in which property damage or even...
Aug 7, 2017 3:00 PM ET
Where Does Your Water Come From?
Clean water is often taken for granted, until we’re faced with a tampered water supply. There are numerous cases in recent years where critical water sources became threatened. Toledo, Ohio shut down its water supply after poisonous algae toxins developed in Lake Erie. In North Carolina, a storage basin failure at a Duke Energy power plant sent more than 35,000 tons of coal ash flowing into...
Aug 4, 2017 12:30 PM ET
Sourwood: A Treat from the Bees
Oxydendrum arboretum A native tree of North America, the sourwood is one of the few endemic trees that is not found on other continents unless planted, and has no related species. The name sourwood is derived from the bitter taste of its leaves. Native Americans and early colonists depended on the...
Aug 2, 2017 8:30 AM ET