Boys and Girls Club 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester held their Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on June 2.  Proceeds from the event provide Club scholarships to those youth most at risk, as well as funding for programs in character and leadership development, academic support, physical fitness, swimming, nutrition, arts and career training.  Over 500 kids visit the Club each day to participate in…

Tree Support Systems

It happens. When trees are not properly pruned or trained when they’re young, they can grow in such a way that they simply cannot support their own weight. Mature multi-trunked trees are particularly susceptible to this condition, as are open-canopied trees with limbs that grow horizontally or downward. Additionally, newly-planted trees can sometimes be weak-trunked…

My Favorite Tree, Shrub, and Groundcover

My Favorite Tree: Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus x carnea) Yes, plant a tree, and gain the substantial benefits of its long life. But, instead of planting the same old red maple (Acer rubrum) found on every corner, please consider exceptional alternatives such as native oaks and black gums, or less common trees such as yellowwood or…

The Benefits of Air Spade Treatments

I recently visited a client and noticed that his maple looked like a pole running into the ground and had no protection from the mowers. I recommended an air spade allowing us to expose the root flare and cut any girdling roots. Cutting the girdling roots will prevent the tree from strangling itself in the…

Are Brood X Cicadas on Your Trees?

Brood X cicadas are about 4 years late to the party. In Sterling and Reston, in Virginia, I have been seeing them by the thousands. These cool, creepy insects will not damage your trees. You might see some tips turning brown due to the female laying eggs in the tender young branches but most all…