Category Archives: Tree & Shrub Care

Snow on Your Trees and Shrubs

After a heavy snowfall, have you ever thought about removing heavy snow from the branches of your trees and shrubs? There are two thoughts about this question. We will discuss both of them here. One thought is to leave the snow on the branches. This allows the snow to act as a natural insulator for ..Read More »

Dormant Pruning of Deciduous Trees

A question people often ask us is, when do we prune our trees?  Pruning can be done almost any time of the year, but dormant pruning is typically done late fall till early spring.  It is best done when the leaves are off of deciduous plants and/or growth has slowed to a crawl. When deciding ..Read More »

Spruce Your Yard Up With Some Trees and Shrubs

Fall is for planting. The cooler months provide an optimum time for adding plants to your landscape. With an increase in rainfall and cooler temperatures in the fall, less watering is needed. As shoot growth slows, plants require less water because the days are cooler and shorter and the rate of photosynthesis decreases. Stable air ..Read More »

Powdery Mildew Disease of Dogwoods

Most of us enjoy the spring blooming of the white to pink flowers of dogwood trees. Sadly, many dogwoods are susceptible to a fungal disease called powdery mildew. It can cover the leaves and infect young buds, shoots and flowers, dwarfing developing leaves and blooms, and causing distortion and even death. Because it survives on ..Read More »

What Is That Grayish Green or Sometimes Yellowish Stuff on the Bark of My Trees?

The stuff that is often found on the bark of trees is lichens. They are unique and harmless, but some consider them to be unsightly. So what are lichens and what is the treatment for them. Lichens on trees are a symbolic relationship between fungus and algae. The fungus grows on the tree bark and ..Read More »

What Happens When Trees and Shrubs Bloom Early?

People aren’t the only ones affected by warm temperatures during the winter months, trees and shrubs are too. So what does this mean for our plants long term? Daffodils have been in bloom, and they will be fine in colder temperatures. What if my azaleas or magnolias are in bloom? The buds or blooms can ..Read More »

Blooming Cherry Trees

Almost everyone can agree, you know its spring once you see the cherry tree blooms. There are a couple of types of flowering Cherry trees, but the most common type is the Yoshino. The Prunus serrulata or Yoshino Flowering Cherry Tree is widely used as an ornamental tree; valued for its abundance of soft, pink ..Read More »

How Do Drastic Changes in Temperature Affect My Landscape Plants

In early January, our Richmond temperatures were near zero degrees and then got up in the low eighties near the end of last month.  How do these drastic changes in temperature affect my landscape plants? Cooler temperatures in the fall trigger plants to reduce growth and store energy for the winter.  As temperatures get closer ..Read More »

Dormant Pruning of Deciduous Trees

A question people often ask us is: when do we prune our trees? Pruning can be done almost any time of the year, but dormant pruning is typically done late fall till early spring. It is best done when the leaves are off of deciduous plants and/or growth has slowed to a crawl. When deciding ..Read More »

The Benefits of Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs

Small trees and shrubs are fertilized to stimulate growth and maintain vigor. Most soils not disturbed by construction have plenty of nutrients to help with plant growth. The factors causing most tree and shrub problems are not nutritional but heavy clay soils, poor drainage and incorrect planting. Since most urban environments have been disturbed by ..Read More »

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