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Author: Tom Morgan

ISA Certified Arborist Sales Manager: Owen Tree Service
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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OWEN TREE ARBORIST PASSES ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST EXAM

OWEN TREE ARBORIST PASSES ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST EXAM

April 14, 2016 Owen Tree Service is pleased to announce that another member of its staff, Calvin Mass, has passed the ISA Certified Arborist examination. The ISA Certified Arborist examination was developed with the input of tree care industry experts from around the world, representing a variety of aspects in the field of arboriculture. By passing the ISA Certified Arborist test Calvin has demonstrated a high level of knowledge on arboricultural practices such as tree biology, tree installation & establishment,…

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TREE PRUNING METHODS/TYPES – IN DETAIL

TREE PRUNING METHODS/TYPES – IN DETAIL

There are seven primary types of tree trimming that arborists use to achieve the desired pruning objective: Crown cleaning Crown thinning Crown raising Crown reduction Crown restoration Espalier pruning Vista pruning Crown cleaning is the most basic level of tree pruning and includes the removal of dead, dying, diseased and broken branches. Most arborists have been trained from the first time they picked up a saw to remove these types of branches without hesitation. An example of a crown cleaning…

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TREE PRUNING – METHODS/TYPES

TREE PRUNING – METHODS/TYPES

Tree pruning is probably the most frequently performed treatment in arboriculture and is done almost without question. While some negative impacts always result from the removal of plant parts, in most cases if you are dealing with a reputable arborist the benefits of tree pruning will more than outweigh any negatives impacts on your tree. A few of the most common reasons for tree pruning and benefits that results from tree pruning are: Clearance pruning for buildings, pedestrians, vehicles or…

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