Linden Borer in Minnesota

A few weeks ago, I ran across a pest that I have not seen in years. Our client had concerns about his Basswood trees dying back and issues with flaking bark. It turned out these trees were completely infested with some type of boring insect. So, I made a call to the Minnesota Department of…

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Fall Colors Galore

Today while out on one of our client’s properties in Saint Paul, we performed reduction pruning on a large Autumn Blaze Maple. The tree was suffering from broken limbs due to excessive weight on branch tips. We utilized one of our bucket trucks in order to use the preferred method of pruning to reach small…

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Salt Damage to White Pines

This photograph, taken on a Greenwich, CT property, is a perfect example of the consequences of repeated winter salt accumulation in the soils of landscape plantings. This row of White Pine (Pinus strobus) in our client’s back yard is planted directly against a busy parking lot. The pavement has a slight slope making the salty…

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Bagworm in the Boston Area

In over 20 years, I had never encountered bagworm in the Boston area. This pest is more common to the Mid-Atlantic and coastal regions as far north as Cape Cod.  However, I found it in several locations this summer – including in a public parking lot in Watertown, as seen in these photos. These are…

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