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  • Tree Pest (Insect): Black Twig Borer

    Tree Pest (Insect): Black Twig Borer

    Plants commonly affected by Black twig borer (also referred to as black coffee borer or black coffee twig) include black gum, dogwood, Japanese maple, and more. Learn what black twig borer looks...

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  • Best Small Flowering Trees for Your Landscape

    Best Small Flowering Trees for Your Landscape

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  • Do I Have a Pin Oak?

    Do I Have a Pin Oak?

    Pin oak trees are one of the fastest-growing shade trees. Here are some characteristics to help identify if you have a pin oak. Hint, the pin oak tree leaves stand out among other oaks.

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  • How to Get Rid of Thrips: Control & Prevention

    How to Get Rid of Thrips: Control & Prevention

    Learning how to prevent thrips begins with keeping plants moist since thrips are usually drawn to those that are too dry. Early detection and a practice called integrated pest management are also...

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  • When Do Flowering Trees Bloom in Spring, Including Fruit Trees

    When Do Flowering Trees Bloom in Spring, Including Fruit Trees

    Everything you need to know about which fruit or flowering trees bloom in spring. Get a list of trees by growing zones that have pink or yellow flowers, and which flowering trees have the longest...

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  • How to Survive Cicada Season with Netting for Trees

    How to Survive Cicada Season with Netting for Trees

    Learn how to survive cicada season with netting for trees.

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  • Best Trees to Plant Near a Driveway by Zone

    Best Trees to Plant Near a Driveway by Zone

    Here’s a list of the best trees to plant near a driveway for shade, fast-growing, and narrow driveway. All organized by growing zones, growth heights, and things to consider.

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  • Spring Ahead: Schedule a Tree Inspection

    Spring Ahead: Schedule a Tree Inspection

    Regardless of your property's reaction to the beginning of spring, making sure your trees are prepared for the warm season is a vital spring to-do. Those who feel they don't have the eyes for...

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  • Biochar Soil Amendment: Improve Soil Quality for Plant Growth

    Biochar Soil Amendment: Improve Soil Quality for Plant Growth

    Improve soil quality for optimal plant growth with biochar. Biochar helps conserve plant nutrients and holds water like a sponge where plant roots can access it when they need it, learn more.

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  • Do I Have a Juniper Tree?

    Do I Have a Juniper Tree?

    Juniper trees and shrubs can naturally grow in so many different climates and come in about 60 different species. A helpful way to identify a juniper tree is by its pinecones, learn more.

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  • Best Time to Plant New Grass Seed: Pros and Cons for Each Season

    Best Time to Plant New Grass Seed: Pros and Cons for Each Season

    Installing a new lawn can be an overwhelming task for any homeowner. And timing is a crucial component in seeding a yard. Here are the best times to plant new grass seed with the pros and cons for...

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  • Best Low Pollen Trees

    Best Low Pollen Trees

    There are common plants and trees that trigger allergies. Here’s a list of the best and worst trees for allergies.

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  • When to Trim Evergreens

    When to Trim Evergreens

    Different evergreen species have different pruning requirements compared to others and trimming timeframes. Be careful to not over prune the plant and cause additional challenges like inviting...

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  • Do I Have a Deodar Cedar?

    Do I Have a Deodar Cedar?

    Here’s your ultimate guide on how to identify a Deodar Cedar tree. Its name evolves from the word devadaru, which is Sanskrit for “timber of the gods.” And that’s not only in reference to its...

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  • Can You Grow Evergreens in a Container?

    Can You Grow Evergreens in a Container?

    Evergreens grow very well in containers and in most environments! The options are endless, so here's a list of the best evergreens to grow in pots by hardiness and height.

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  • How To Protect Cedar Trees in Winter

    How To Protect Cedar Trees in Winter

    Get all details here! How to best care for your cedar tree during cold, winter months with these tips on watering (how much and how often), when to wrap and unwrap cedar trees, and how to tell if...

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  • Do Spotted Lanternflies Die in Winter?

    Do Spotted Lanternflies Die in Winter?

    Does cold weather kill spotted lanternfly? Yes, but only the grown-ups. The eggs survive the winter and create the whole vicious cycle all over again come springtime. Understanding the SLF life...

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  • How To Protect Newly Planted Trees in Winter

    How To Protect Newly Planted Trees in Winter

    Did you recently plant a new tree this season? Here’s what you need to know about how to properly care for newly planted trees from the harsh winter weather conditions. You will also find details...

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  • Do I Have a White Pine?

    Do I Have a White Pine?

    Learn how to identify a white pine like an expert! Detailed is an easy-to-follow guide on the unique characteristics of white pines: needles, cone shape, and tree bark. Once you identified your...

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  • Diplodia Tip Blight on Pines

    Diplodia Tip Blight on Pines

    Diplodia fungus causes the tips of your pine needles to turn brown and mostly occurs during the growing season from March through October. Ways to treat diplodia tip blight is first by keeping...

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