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  • Tree Care Checklist: How to Keep Trees Healthy This Summer

    Tree Care Checklist: How to Keep Trees Healthy This Summer

    Proper summer tree care can ensure your trees stand strong through heat, drought, storms, and stress. From summer tree pruning to dealing with summer leaf yellowing to tree fertilization to...

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  • Why Are Shade Trees Important & The Benefits

    Why Are Shade Trees Important & The Benefits

    Learn why shade trees are important and how you can maximize the many benefits of shade trees in your home landscape. 

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  • Tree Identification: Do I Have a Magnolia Tree?

    Tree Identification: Do I Have a Magnolia Tree?

    Learn more about magnolia tree flowers, magnolia tree leaves, types of magnolia trees, choosing a magnolia tree variety, and how to care for your magnolia tree.

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  • How to Help Restore Trees Burned by Wildfires

    How to Help Restore Trees Burned by Wildfires

    Following proper tree care after a wildfire can help restore your fire-damaged trees.

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  • Is It Safe to Cut Pine Roots Growing Close to My House?

    Is It Safe to Cut Pine Roots Growing Close to My House?

    When pine tree roots grow near your home foundation, you might wonder whether or not you can cut the roots of a tree without killing it. We provide answers to the question: Can you cut pine tree...

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  • How to Cleanup Your Landscape After a Snowy Winter

    How to Cleanup Your Landscape After a Snowy Winter

    Clean up your home landscape after a snowy and icy winter with these expert tips to help prepare your yard for a better spring. 

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  • How to Prepare Your Soil for Spring Gardening

    How to Prepare Your Soil for Spring Gardening

    Learn how to improve soil quality in your home landscape with important soil preparation steps, including how to conduct a soil test and how to prepare your soil for spring. 

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  • Tree Care Checklist: How to Keep Trees Healthy This Spring

    Tree Care Checklist: How to Keep Trees Healthy This Spring

    Keep your trees healthy with a spring tree care checklist to guide you on spring cleanup, tree trimming, lightning protection, soil care, and lawn care so your home landscape is ready for the season.

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  • Spring Tree Care: Tree Fertilizer to Replenish Nutrients

    Spring Tree Care: Tree Fertilizer to Replenish Nutrients

    Learn the best time to fertilize trees in spring and why fertilizing trees in spring is important to overall tree health, strength, and appearance. 

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  • Benefits of Hiring a Professional Certified Arborist 

    Benefits of Hiring a Professional Certified Arborist 

    Hiring a professional certified arborist to maintain your trees comes with many benefits, including longer tree life, continued curb appeal, and increased value. 

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  • Perennial Gardening Calendar With Bloom Months

    Perennial Gardening Calendar With Bloom Months

    To help plan your garden full of blooms and color year-round, use this extensive list of perennial flower blooms calendar to give your landscape something to boast about.

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  • Why you should start looking for winter tree damage

    Why you should start looking for winter tree damage

    SPRING IS A GREAT TIME TO INSPECT YOUR TREES FOR BOTH OBVIOUS AND NOT-SO-OBVIOUS PROBLEMS.

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  • How Often Can You Transplant the Same Tree?

    How Often Can You Transplant the Same Tree?

    Here's how to successfully transplant a tree and the common tree transplanting mistakes you should avoid. 

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  • Invasive Palm Tree Pest: Palm Weevil Identification, Damage, & Management Methods

    Invasive Palm Tree Pest: Palm Weevil Identification, Damage, & Management Methods

    Palm weevils are invasive beetle species that pose a fairly serious threat to palm trees. Here’s what you should know about palm weevils, the damage they can cause, as well as treatment solutions. 

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  • Ash Tree Identification: Do I Have an Ash Tree?

    Ash Tree Identification: Do I Have an Ash Tree?

    What does an Ash tree look like? Learn how to identify an Ash tree by these common characteristics: ash tree leaves, bark, and common types of ash trees.

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  • How to Protect Palm Trees in Winter

    How to Protect Palm Trees in Winter

    Being proactive is important for winter palm tree care. Here are winter palm tree care tips on palm fertilization, palm tree mulching, palm tree watering, and palm tree wraps and covers.

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  • When to Fertilize Evergreens: Should You Fertilize Evergreens in the Winter?

    When to Fertilize Evergreens: Should You Fertilize Evergreens in the Winter?

    Slow-release fertilization is so beneficial for your evergreens. The ideal way to determine your fertilizer choice is to conduct a soil test to confirm what nutrients your soil is lacking....

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  • Tree Identification: Do I Have a Leyland Cypress?

    Tree Identification: Do I Have a Leyland Cypress?

    Here are some important facts about the tree and tips for planting Leyland cypress so you can better care for them. 

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  • Winter Tree Pruning: Young Trees, Fruit Trees, Spring Flowering Trees

    Winter Tree Pruning: Young Trees, Fruit Trees, Spring Flowering Trees

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  • How to Protect & Repair Trees from Animals: Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels

    How to Protect & Repair Trees from Animals: Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels

    Your trees are staples in your yard, and while you welcome wildlife, you’d hate to see them destroy these strong, sturdy plants in your yard. Here is how to protect your trees from animals.

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