Dealing With Above-Ground Tree Roots

Tree roots are supposed to stay in the ground, right? They aren’t supposed to be surfacing up in our lawns, ridging partially out, making it difficult to mow. Well, not necessarily. A walk through the woods teaches us to be on the lookout for large horizontal surface roots of old trees, protruding enough to make…
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With Mounting Problems, Should Autumn Blaze Maples Be Planted?

There is one plant about which I’ve receive more emails and questions than any other in the past 38 years. It’s Autumn Blaze maple, and inquiries have far outpaced even questions about the best time to transplant rhubarb. The questions of course don’t address Autumn Blaze maples that are doing wonderfully. They’re about Autumn Blaze that…
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What’s Causing The Bumps On Area Maple Leaves?

Homeowners are finding bumps and tumor-like growths on their maple leaves. Although we see this disorder every year, the problem started earlier than usual this season. The green, reddish-green or red bumps are symptoms of maple leaf gall, caused by the feeding of tiny mites. Adult mites become active as leaf buds open in spring. As mites feed on developing leaves, hormones…
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Japanese Tree Lilac – Great Tree For Small Spaces.

Have you noticed the small trees currently blooming with beautiful billowy white flowers? They’re Japanese tree lilacs. These small-scale trees bloom later than the more-familiar shrub-type lavender lilacs, usually flowering from about mid-June until early July. If you didn’t know better, you might not even recognize them as lilacs. Japanese tree lilacs can be grown as single-trunked…
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How To Tell If A Tree Is Dead Or Still Dormant

Trees and shrubs can sometimes be slow to leaf out in spring. Are they alive, dead, or just stubborn? There are several ways to tell. A little detective work can determine whether the woody plant is dead, in which case we might as well look for a replacement. But if it’s alive, we’ll know to…
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