Author: Jodi Helmer

Old oak tree
Home and Garden, Landscaping, Tree care

Taking Care of Aging Trees

The towering oaks and majestic maples that provide shade and offer branches sturdy enough to support a swing require special care. As trees mature, they direct more of their energy toward the maintenance of living tissue and less energy to lengthening limbs and roots or expanding girth,” explains David Mercker, […]

Controlling Cankerworms by Tree Banding
Tree care

Controlling Cankerworms by Tree Banding

As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, amber and gold, creeping, crawling cankerworms are inching their way toward the canopies to destroy the colorful leaves on your favorite trees. “Cankerworms can cause complete defoliation,” says Jeff Hahn, extension entomologist with the University of Minnesota. The insects, which inch their way […]

Dung Deal: Zoos Offer Animal Compost for Lawns, Gardens
Columbus, OH, Environment, Gardening, General Lawn Care, Home and Garden, Kansas City, MO, Miami

Dung Deal: Zoos Offer Animal Compost for Lawns, Gardens

It’s a movement that has swept the nation, with the sweeping taking place behind elephants, giraffes, zebras and hippos: Zoos across the United States gather, compost and sell their animal waste to homeowners to beautify their gardens and lawns. “A lot of people tell us their gardens look amazing because […]