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Ash Borer

Ash Trees

Susceptible to: Anthracnose – can cause significant defoliation and twig death.  Symptoms include brown areas on leaves, cankers on branches and trunk Ash Yellows – Most commonly found in White and Green Ash trees.  Causes leaves to yellow and develop early fall color. The Ash tree may lose leaves and […]

Planting a tree can be a rewarding investment into your landscape design.

Tree Planting Tips

Select appropriate species for the site.  Different species of trees will require different amounts of moisture, sunlight, soil nutrients and space.  Selecting a tree that matches your chosen location means less maintenance in the future. For safety locate underground utilities before digging.   If the species you have selected grows tall […]

The bloom of the invasive species knapweed, belonging to the genus Centaurea


Knapweed Spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe) is an invasive plant native to Southeastern Europe.  Diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa) is also invasive in Michigan.  Knapweeds are perennials, living two or more years, and beginning flowering in the second year.   Knapweeds invade dry prairies, meadows, and  dunes, as well as agricultural fields and […]

Prunning Cuts

Proper Pruning Cuts

Each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree. You must always have a purpose in mind when making a cut. Proper technique is critical as improperly placed cuts can cause long lasting damage. Trees do not heal in the same way as people, rather a wounded tree walls off the […]