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What to Do When Your Japanese Maple Has Crispy or Brown Leaves
When one of our readers saw her Japanese maple’s leaves rapidly turning brown, she reached out for advice, asking if fertilizer or water could help. Learn why that's happening and what you can do.
Morning (Not Night) is the Best Time to Water Plants in Summer.
How peaceful is it to stand under your towering trees, listen to the falling water and see the morning sun shine? Watering plants and trees in the morning is best for your plants–and good for...
How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles in Summer, Fall and Spring
Frilly foliage is a sure sign that Japanese beetles have been chomping on your flowers and trees. Luckily, there are tons of ways to do away with these leaf-loving pests.
Fireproof Landscapes with Fire Resistant Plants, Trees and Shrubs
Wildfires are scary and can do an incredible amount of damage. Do your best to protect your home by creating a defensible space and planting fire resistant plants, trees and shrubs.
Do Cicadas Damage or Eat Trees?
It's summer, which means the rhythmic (and incessant) chirping of cicadas. If you hear or see cicadas in your yard, are they just annoying, or can they do damage?
Blue Spruce Tree Needles Turning Yellow, Brown, Then Dropping? Check for…
If you see yellow, brown or bare spots on your spruce trees, they may have Rhizosphaera needle cast. Learn more about what this fungus looks like, what it can do and how to control it.
Have Japanese Beetles? Check and Control Lawn Grubs Now!
Japanese beetles lay eggs that turn into grubs and eat your lawn in late summer and again in spring. Then, those grubs turn into Japanese beetles. Control Japanese beetle grubs this year to...
Signs of Underwatering Trees or Overwatering Trees
Trees can’t tell us when they’ve had too much to drink–or when they’re dying of thirst. Instead, trees leave subtle clues that we need to decode. Is your tree getting too much, not enough or just...
The Best Advice on DIY Tree Removal and Cutting
When it comes to DIY improvements, there are some projects you can handle like a pro and others you should leave to a pro. Find out if it’s ever safe and recommended to remove a tree on your own.
DIY Tree Watering with Homemade Tree Watering System
Did you know more than 50 percent of a living tree’s weight is water? That H2O helps trees thrive. You want to water your tree deeply, which you can do easily with one of these tree watering systems.
How to Get Rid of Ants Near Your Trees
Some ants don’t pose a problem at all and others are out to hurt our plants. So how can you tell the difference? Read on to learn everything you need to know about these creeping critters and...
Why Do My Tree and Plant Leaves Look Sunburned or Brown in Summer?
Amelia asked, “My Japanese maple's leaves are turning brown at a fast rate starting on one side of the tree. Is it due to lack of water?” Burnt leaves usually point to a problem called leaf...
Getting Rid of Sweetgum Tree Balls
Ashley recently asked, “Any thoughts about preventing an American sweetgum tree from dropping its spiky balls? I researched online about injections you can give the tree.” Keep reading to learn...
How to Stop Tree Roots from Sprouting in the Lawn
Joy asked, “We have a pear tree. It has sprouted shoots all over the grass. Is there any solution other than removing the tree?” We asked experts why tree roots sprout, how to remove them and if...
Best Trees to Replace Ash (Ash Tree Alternatives by Zone)
If you removed an ash tree because of emerald ash borer (EAB), you likely want to fill the bare spot. Learn about the benefits of diversifying your landscape and find a great ash tree replacement.
Creating a Pollinator Garden (Steps and a Pollinator Plant List)
When planning a garden, include spots and flowers for pollinators. Read on to learn steps to design a pollinator garden along with the best plants for you!
How to Get Rid of Crabgrass in the Summer
If you didn’t apply pre-emergent in spring, your lawn can become overrun by crabgrass. While it is best to stop crabgrass before it sprouts, you can try to get rid of it in summer with these steps!
Why You Should be Removing Ivy from Trees
When tangles of ivy climb your tree’s trunk, you may like the look, but how do trees feel about it? Keep reading to learn how ivy can harm trees as it grows and how to remove ivy from trees.
Why Does My Tree Have No Leaves on Top? (Maple, Birch and Ash)
Spotting twigs and trees with no leaves on top are not just unattractive, they are likely in trouble. Find out why trees, including maple, birch, and ash, experience this and what you should do next.
What Are These Bumps on My Oak Tree Leaves?