This beautiful tree hides a devilish nature

The old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover seems incredibly appropriate when discussing Ailanthus altissima – a tree native to China and first introduced to the United States some 240 years ago. To the untrained eye, the tree is pure beauty with delicate green leaves in the shape of a quill, bark…

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Regulations No Longer in Effect

According to a new press release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), quarantine regulations pertaining to the containment of emerald ash borer (EAB) have now been removed.   The ruling comes after years of tracking data across North America, which confirmed that quarantine regulations are ineffective in containing…

The copper beech tree provides a visual impact but it does have its problems

The copper beech tree (Fagus sylvatica), more commonly known as the European beech tree, creates a larger-than-life visual impact in home landscapes, parks and communities. SavATree Commercial and Consulting Arborist Jean Zimmerman recently shared a personal experience which closely explains that “visual impact” quite well. “When I was growing up, we gathered beneath “The Elephant…

Japanese barberry – an invasive plant which also encourages the spread of Lyme disease

While shopping at a local garden center or nursery searching for a shade, drought tolerant, low-maintenance shrub that’s also deer resistant, you might find Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) at the top of the list of options. For the novice gardener who didn’t spend enough time doing their homework before heading to the garden center, this…

Adjusting your lawn fertilization based on environmental conditions

June 20 marked the official start of summer. Though for much of the United States, from coast-to-coast, summer’s arrival seemed to occur several weeks prior as unseasonably warm temperatures have been recorded throughout much of the country. Tom Di Liberto, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says, “It’s virtually certain that…