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Author: Tom Morgan

ISA Certified Arborist
Sales Manager: Owen Tree Service

WHAT CAN BE DONE OVER THE WINTER?

WHAT CAN BE DONE OVER THE WINTER?

If you are like me when December arrives the digging shovel gets put away and the snow shovel is placed at the ready. In other words, thoughts of landscape maintenance take second stage to keeping the sidewalk and driveway clear of snow. But in reality, there are several productive landscape-related tasks that can be done over the winter. Extend the usefulness of your Christmas tree. Consider putting your Christmas tree in the garden or in a flower bed over the…

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WINTER STORM SEASON APPROACHING

WINTER STORM SEASON APPROACHING

Whether we like it or not, another winter storm season is quickly approaching. According to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, ice storms routinely cause millions of dollars annually in property damage. While we can’t keep winter away, some advanced preparation now can minimize or even prevent the damage that could occur to your trees over the winter. Ice storms are one of the more devastating weather events Mother Nature can throw at us in the winter. Having properly pruned…

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IMPROVE PLANT HEALTH THROUGH SOIL ENHANCEMENT

IMPROVE PLANT HEALTH THROUGH SOIL ENHANCEMENT

Plant species, planting location and soil conditions are three of the biggest factors that affect the health of your landscape plants, whether it be a tree, shrub, ground cover or flowers. Trees and shrubs in city and suburban landscapes often have to contend with limited space where branches and roots can grow. Your landscape plants are hemmed in by buildings, utilities, sidewalks, driveways, patios, and other landscaped or native plants. Even low areas or gutter downspouts can lead to saturated…

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FOAM ON YOUR PINE TREES?

FOAM ON YOUR PINE TREES?

The pine spittlebug isn’t especially damaging to trees, in most cases, but is an interesting insect to run across. Host plants include Scotch pine, Austrian pine, white pine and all spruce and fir trees. Spittlebug nymphs and adults suck sap from the tree and form a protective covering of froth around themselves. Unless they are exceptionally abundant on a tree, they seldom cause more than a discolored or slightly deformed branch tip. The worst problem is that Diplodia tip blight…

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5 BUGS TO LOOK FOR IN MAY

5 BUGS TO LOOK FOR IN MAY

As our landscapes come out of their winter hibernation so do the insects that like to feed on our trees and shrubs. Here are five common insect pests that our arborists are looking for in the early spring. Euonymus Scale Crawlers start to hatch in mid to late May. A 2nd generation will hatch out in late July to early August. Foliar treatments that target the newly hatched crawlers is one of the most effective methods to control Euonymus Scale….

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PLANTING TO PREVENT STORM DAMAGE

PLANTING TO PREVENT STORM DAMAGE

Perhaps the greatest service an arborist can offer is advice before trees are even selected for planting in your landscape. Choosing plant varieties that can withstand ice and wind, as well as placing them properly in your landscape, can eliminate problems for decades to come. Selecting trees with favorable wood properties is important when you consider the wind and ice storms that Michigan trees are subjected to. Arborists are also able to give the best advice on determining the best…

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Owen Tree Service, Inc. Adheres to Best Industry Practices

Owen Tree Service, Inc. Adheres to Best Industry Practices

Owen Tree Service, Inc., a commercial and residential tree service based in Attica, Michigan, recently renewed their 3-year Residential/Commercial Accreditation in accordance with Tree Care Company Accreditation standards put forth by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), America’s oldest and most respected tree care trade association. Accredited companies must re-apply every three years so that TCIA can verify that the company continues to meet the standards of the accreditation and employs best business practices. TCIA Accreditation is the only program…

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3 REASONS TO PRUNE YOUR TREES DURING WINTER

3 REASONS TO PRUNE YOUR TREES DURING WINTER

For many Michigan homeowners, the last thing on their mind in the winter is doing any type of landscape maintenance. However, there are several valid reasons to schedule your tree trimming for the winter; and in some instances it is the preferred time of the year to prune certain trees. 1) If you need oak trees or elm trees pruned then you should definitely consider having this work done during the dormant season. Beetles spread two deadly diseases to oak…

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Owen Tree arborist wins award

Owen Tree arborist wins award

Our congratulations go out to Kay Sicheneder, our consulting arborist, on receiving the 2017 Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM) Honors Award. The Honors Award is given to one arborist each year for their “dedicated, faithful and honorable service to arboriculture and urban forestry”. In addition to her tree consulting, tree valuation work, court room expert testimony and tree surveying work, Kay gives back to the tree care industry in several ways. Throughout her career Kay has served on state and…

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OAK WILT WORKSHOP

OAK WILT WORKSHOP

Our arborists didn’t spend all winter hibernating. Several Owen Tree Service arborists spent a day with Dr. Dave Roberts of Michigan State University discussing the increasing incidents of oak wilt in southeast Michigan. The seminar took place in the casual, relaxed atmosphere of The Huntsman Club in Metamora. Several examples were presented on successful methods used to control oak wilt, including trunk injections and trenching to prevent the spread of the disease to other oak trees through root grafts. Although…

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