Tree care

Dead, dying tree
Landscaping, Tree care

Zombie Trees: OK on Outside, Dying on Inside

It sounds ominous. However, Jason Grabosky, professor of urban forestry in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, says there’s no cause for alarm. Zombie trees shouldn’t scare you. Yes, a zombie tree that appears to be rooted in the ground can topple […]

Why Tree Pruning Sealer Is a Bad Idea
Tree care

Why Tree Pruning Sealer Is a Bad Idea

For a long time, it was common practice to use a pruning sealer when trimming trees — a practice recommended by trained arborists and nursery workers alike. So it came as a surprise to many that such a sacred tenant in gardening was no longer recommended. This probably caused many […]

Planting and Caring for Fig Trees: A Guide
Tree care

Planting and Caring for Fig Trees: A Guide

Ahhhh … the fabulous fig tree! There’s a handful of reasons these beauties were one of the first fruit trees cultivated in ancient times and why they still remain so popular with homeowners for both their fruits and as an ornamental tree. Besides being a biblical wardrobe choice, fig trees […]

This Holiday, Plant a Live Christmas Tree
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This Holiday, Plant a Live Christmas Tree

The holidays are all about celebrating family, friends and traditions. What better way to elevate those celebrations than by planting a live Christmas tree. “If someone wanted the experience of having a live Christmas tree, it takes a lot of pre-planning in different climates,” says Therese Olson, co-owner of Lowest Creek Tree […]

Espaliered pear tree
Landscaping, Tree care

How to Espalier a Fruit Tree

I’ll admit that at first the idea of backing a tree up against a wall, flattening it into a single plane occupying a mere few inches, and then training branches to grow outward instead of upward seemed rather silly. Why wouldn’t you plant a tree with the intent of having […]