Habitat Harmony

Migration Station In addition to providing oxygen, acting as a carbon dioxide sink, giving shade, contributing building products, reducing energy costs and consumption and imparting aesthetic value trees are also habitat and forage for many species of birds.  Birds roost in trees when undertaking migrations of several thousands of miles as well as nesting and…

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Mother’s Day Merriment

Matriarchal Mythos Mother’s day is celebrated in different ways and on different days worldwide, but the reason for the holiday is universal; honoring all of the hard work, sleepless nights, sacrifices and love that comes with motherhood. There are some historical ties to religious rites honoring goddesses or mother church, but the current incarnation is celebrated…

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The Crux of Fruit Tree Care: Part III-Insects

Critter Concerns Insects like fruit trees for many of the same reasons we like fruit trees, sweet smelling, pollen filled flowers and ripe, juicy fruits and seemingly sweet leaves and bark.  While we want to attract and protect pollinators and beneficial insects, injurious insects can cause serious damage, inhibiting fruit production or fouling fruit, stunting or gnarling…

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The Crux of Fruit Tree Care: Part II-Disease

Blight Breakdown Fruit trees can be a beautiful and productive asset on any landscape; tenacious, sweet smelling blooms provide aesthetic appeal while also attracting pollinators and fruit can be harvested or left as wildlife forage. However, they can be susceptible to diseases which will compromise aesthetic value, growth and fruit production.  Detection, identification, prevention and…

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After a Long and Challenging Winter, Hungry Deer are out and about this Spring

This winter was one of the most severe we’ve seen in 20 years!  Snow accumulations and cold temperatures presented many challenges for our landscapes, but in particular Deer were challenged to find food sources in these difficult conditions.  Heavy snow and cold temperatures reduced deer travel, as deer minimize the use of their stored energy to ensure survival.  The…

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