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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TREE PRUNING STANDARDS

TREE PRUNING STANDARDS

Pruning standards are the tree care industry’s effort to encourage all tree pruning arborists to produce results conducive the natural patterns of normal/ typical tree growth habits. Industry standards play a critical role in addressing the difficulty in promoting proper tree management over the, hopefully, long life of the tree, with possibly long intervals between each pruning. Over their lifetime, trees may be trimmed by different arborists with widely varying tree pruning philosophies, or maybe no philosophy at all. However,…

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Healthy Lawns for Homeowners

Healthy Lawns for Homeowners

OWEN LAWN CARE vs. DO IT YOURSELF That picturesque deep green healthy lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood is the result of a lot of work, time and care. It requires the right species of grass for our climate and soil type along with proper watering and mowing. A healthy, green lawn also requires the correct amount of nutrients, applied at timely intervals throughout the growing season. Some lawns might require weed control treatments and a few will…

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4 COMMON EVERGREEN TREE DISEASES IN GRAND BLANC

4 COMMON EVERGREEN TREE DISEASES IN GRAND BLANC

Diplodia Tip Blight Diplodia causes tip blight and dieback of Austrian pine, Scotch pine and white pines. These are three of the most common evergreen trees used in many landscapes in Grand Blanc. Only the expanding candle, the current year’s growth tip is killed in tip blight. The candle turns brown and the needles will only partially be expanded. The symptoms of Diplodia tip blight occur after infection; the only effective time to use tree disease control sprays is during…

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TRANSPORTING AND PLANTING ORNAMENTALS

TRANSPORTING AND PLANTING ORNAMENTALS

As we approach another growing season a lot of homeowners will be planting new trees and shrubs in their landscape or moving trees or shrubs from one location in their yard to another. To give your plants the best chance at surviving the move to their new home keep these pointers in mind. Keep plant roots moist. This is especially true if you are transplanting a tree or shrub in your yard and most of the soil has fallen off…

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OWEN TREE ARBORIST EARNS CERTIFICATION

OWEN TREE ARBORIST EARNS CERTIFICATION

September 9, 2015 Owen Tree Service would like to congratulate David Scott who, along with being an MDA Certified Applicator, is now an ISA Certified Arborist. The ISA Certified Arborist examination verifies an individual’s knowledge on a variety of different topics in the field of arboriculture. By passing the test David has demonstrated a thorough knowledge on tree care topics such as soil management, tree identification, tree pruning and tree problem diagnosis. This voluntary certification program gives David the peer…

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Randy Owen Heads National Organization

Randy Owen Heads National Organization

Randy Owen of Owen Tree Service has been elected as the chairman of the board of directors of the Tree Care Industry Association. Randy takes over the chairmanship with 37 years of experience working in the tree care industry and has served as a TCIA board member for the past 7 years. Additionally, Randy serves on the United Way board of directors in Lapeer County and was also the past president of the Michigan Forestry & Parks Association. Randy began…

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