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An Ounce of Prevention for Crabapples and Pines

Fungal diseases of trees can be sneaky. Infection of leaves or needles takes place in the spring and early summer as new growth emerges and expands. This new growth is softer, more delicate, and more susceptible to infections.

Symptoms of infection may not be obvious until later in the growing season. An example is crabapple leaves that are turning olive brown and falling prematurely. Another example is pine needles that have failed to reach full size and begin to brown in their first season, leaving dead tips. The culprits in these cases are often apple scab on the crabapples or sphaeropsis/diplodia shoot blight on the pines.

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Where Do We Find Our Employees?

We love our employees too!

After we are finished working on a property we often get asked “Where do you get your staff from” or “where did you learn all that tree stuff”, and we also have a few parents ask “are you hiring? My son or daughter needs a job!” 

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Tree Doctors Still Make House Calls

When you call Wachtel Tree Science and Service to look at your tree, a Certified Arborist will come to provide a thorough assessment of it. You may have some idea regarding how your doctor assesses your health, but what does a Certified Arborist look at when determining your tree’s health or condition?

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"Life Below Ground"

When thinking about trees and tree health, we should be more aware of what is below ground. Healthy root systems are vital to the health and longevity of trees. A vigorous expanding root system is supported by healthy soils. Often times when the trees crown appears stressed - thin canopy, small or chlorotic leaves, branch dieback - it is the root system and corresponding soils that are the real issue.

Roots obtain water, and essential elements from the soil. Abundant oxygen in the soil is critical for respiration. A good root system anchors the tree in place. Roots also store carbohydrates for growth and tree defense.

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