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  • Do Peach Trees Lose Their Leaves in the Fall?

    Do Peach Trees Lose Their Leaves in the Fall?

    Peach leaf curl is a fungal disease that targets trees during growing season. Once the fungus is in full swing there’s no way to stop it. Your best course of action is to treat the tree with...

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  • How to Identify and Treat Spider Mites

    How to Identify and Treat Spider Mites

    Spider mites are not picky about what they eat, so they can quickly spread. In this post you will learn what visible damage is caused by spider mites, how to get rid of spider mites, and how to...

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  • Landscaping in Rocky Soil

    Landscaping in Rocky Soil

    Planting in rocky soil is possible but takes a little extra prep work. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to prepare rocky soil for planting grass seed and trees.

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  • Do I Have a Crepe Myrtle Tree?

    Do I Have a Crepe Myrtle Tree?

    Learn how to identify a myrtle tree by leaf shape and color, flower characteristics, and bark textures. Also gain insight on how to properly care for a crepe myrtle tree like how much sunlight...

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  • Fast Growing Tree for Privacy: Leyland Cypress

    Fast Growing Tree for Privacy: Leyland Cypress

    A leyland cypress should be planted in hardiness zones 6-10, and the tree needs at least 6 full hours of sunlight every day. It can grow to a height of 50 to 70 feet and should be planted in fall...

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  • The Risk of Using an Uninsured and Unlicensed Arborist

    The Risk of Using an Uninsured and Unlicensed Arborist

    Hiring an uninsured and unlicensed arborist for tree care services come with many risks and dangers to your tree and property. Tree work is a job for trained, certified arborist. Here are the...

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  • Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your Lawn?

    Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your Lawn?

    Get your questions around rain and the affects it has on your lawn answered in this post! You will learn how to protect grass seed from heavy rain, how much rain is too much after fertilizing, and...

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  • Do I Have a Blue Spruce Tree?

    Do I Have a Blue Spruce Tree?

    Learn how to care for Blue Spruce Trees like a professional. The key to a thriving blue spruce tree is good soil drainage. These trees can be planted in zones 2-7 and do well in cold climates....

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  • Signs of Tree Boring Insects

    Signs of Tree Boring Insects

    Common tree borers include the Emerald Ash Borer, Locust Borer, Bronze Birch Borer, and Longhorned Beetles. Learn which types of trees are at risk, where you’ll find these tree borers, common tree...

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  • Do I have a Flowering Dogwood Tree?

    Do I have a Flowering Dogwood Tree?

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  • How to Identify Crabgrass

    How to Identify Crabgrass

    Crabgrass looks like a coarse, yellowish-green clump of grass. There are plenty of Crabgrass look-alikes that can be commonly mistaken as other lawn weeds. Learn the distinguishing factors to help...

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  • What is Considered "Full Sun?"

    What is Considered "Full Sun?"

    Full sun plants need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight every day. Plants require different sun exposure to grow and thrive. Learn the different sun requirements and the best plants for full sun,...

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  • How Does Soil Salinity Affect Plants?

    How Does Soil Salinity Affect Plants?

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  • What Mulch is Best For Repelling Bugs?

    What Mulch is Best For Repelling Bugs?

    What mulch is best for repelling bugs? Try cedar, melaleuca, or plastic mulch! Cedar is known to repel ants, moths, mosquitoes, and carpet beetles. Melaleuca is known to keep away termites....

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  • Thirsty Plants: Which Plants Absorb Excess Water in a Yard?

    Thirsty Plants: Which Plants Absorb Excess Water in a Yard?

    Struggling with standing water in your yard? Here’s a list of the best plants by zones that absorb water. In this post, you will find water-loving trees, shrubs and plants.

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  • It Looks Like The Roots Are Strangling My Tree

    It Looks Like The Roots Are Strangling My Tree

    Tree girdling roots is commonly caused by improper planting, like piling too much mulch up against the tree trunk. To help alleviate girdling roots, a certified arborist will use a special tool...

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  • Best Way to Deal with Stormwater: Rain Gardens

    Best Way to Deal with Stormwater: Rain Gardens

    Rain gardens catch water that would have flowed into the street or flooded your yard. They naturally clean and release water into the soil. Follow these 5 easy steps on how to build your own rain...

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  • Why Didn't My Forsythia Bloom This Year?

    Why Didn't My Forsythia Bloom This Year?

    Here are some issues that can stop forsythia shrubs from flowering: improper pruning, fungal diseases, placement in the yard, harsh winter and well-drained soil. Leaf problems, like discoloration...

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  • Why Is My Tree Covered In Webs?

    Why Is My Tree Covered In Webs?

    Tree webworms spin their webs at very tip of branches, while Eastern tent caterpillars spin their webs in tree “pockets.” Find a short list of common trees these tree pests feed on and how to...

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  • Fact or Fiction: Five Ways You May Be Harming Your Trees

    Fact or Fiction: Five Ways You May Be Harming Your Trees

    Read over these 5 ways you may be harming trees and didn’t know it! In this post, we offer a few common tree care missteps and what you should avoid to ensure your tree’s health and growth.

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