Update: Day Five of 2017 Tour des Trees

Yesterday, Tour des Trees riders navigated the extensive network of trails that make the metro region of Washington D.C. so bikeable. Today they’re cycling 80 miles south to Gainesville, Virginia by way of the Mount Vernon trail and a mix of urban, residential and rural roads. They’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight in Gainesville. Tomorrow…

The Wisdom of Fall Lawn Seeding

We really discourage seeding lawns in the spring. Why? Spring seeding: bad. Spring seeding typically results in very poor germination of the desired grasses, yet leads to excellent germination of crabgrass and other weeds. That’s because spring rains keep the soils cool (especially this year with the heavy spring rainfall across many of our customer…

Current Conditions: Patch Disease

We’ve been encountering a fair amount of “patch disease” on lawns in our customer areas in the past week or so. The term “patch disease” refers to any of a number of fungal diseases that attack the roots of turfgrass. They have the characteristic symptoms of crescent-shaped or circular patches of dead grass surrounding clumps…

2017 STIHL Tour des Trees

SavATree is a proud supporting partner for the fun and fundraising STIHL Tour des Trees — a week-long, 500 to 600-mile (rain or shine!) cycling tour. This Sunday, July 30th, cyclists will saddle up at National Harbor, Maryland to kick off the Tour’s 25th Anniversary event. Each of the full-Tour riders commits to raising a…

SavATree Arborist in Parade in MN

This is the Lumberjack Days parade in the historic town of Stillwater, MN.  Stillwater has a rich heritage, founded as a small logging village on the western banks of the St. Croix River and was the first European settlement in MN.  SavATree has been serving residents of this community for many years, and many of…

ArborKelp®: A Green Product

An important aspect of SavATree’s philosophy and approach to responsible tree, shrub, and lawn care is that we carefully consider the environmental impacts of all aspects of our business. Our standards are high. So when sourcing the raw materials to use in our products, we make it our business to know the details about how…

Signs of Tree Diseases and Problems

A dense, narrow, evergreen shrub or small tree, arborvitae makes a wonderful privacy screen and windbreak. The shape of an arborvitae tree varies depending on cultivar. An American arborvitae tree is full and cone-shaped. The Globe arborvitae tree is broad and spherical while the Pyramidal arborvitae is a taller, thinner variety. Arborvitae can also be…

Common Shrub Diseases

Fire blight is caused by the bacteria Erwinia amylovora, over 130 members of the Rosaceae family are susceptible, including; apple and crabapple, cotoneaster, firethorn, hawthorn, mountain ash, and pear. Infected leaves, stems, twigs and fruits will turn brown to black. Fire blight will blacken the smooth-barked, green branches and affected twigs develop a “shepherd’s crook.” Needle,…