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Rake your leaves for healthier trees

Rake your leaves for healthier trees

Fall in North Carolina is a beautiful sight.  With red maple, ginkgo, and redbud among the many colorful trees in our state, the diverse forests of North Carolina are a sight to behold each autumn season.  You may not be feeling all the “warm fuzzies” for the fall season if you’re the one responsible for […]

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It’s Pruning Time!

It’s Pruning Time!

Trees may be leaf-less, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re management-free at this time of the year. In fact, for most trees, now is the time to get them into tip-top shape… literally. Shaping, thinning and removing damaged portions from shade trees is best done during these cool winter months before bud […]

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What’s hiding in the leaves?

What’s hiding in the leaves?

Fall is here! It’s time to get excited about cooler temperatures, football and of course, the dreaded raking of leaves from all the beautiful trees surrounding your home. If you need motivation in the task, just think about the attractive trees, flowers and fruits you’ll see next spring and summer. It starts with raking those […]

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Fungus Among Us: High rainfall worsens tree diseases

Fungus Among Us: High rainfall worsens tree diseases

Rain, rain, go away! Usually a children’s song, it’s also been a plea from many North Carolinians this fall. While this season’s excessive rain is eliminating drought statewide, it may also be the source of problems for trees, particularly diseases. It’s no secret that fungi are moisture-loving organisms. The extended wetness from rain creates an […]

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Are my sycamores sick? Are my oaks OK?

The weather has finally gotten more seasonal, but the past few months were anything but typical. Our spring was cold, wet, chilly and damp. If we struggled with wearing jackets in early May, how did our trees handle this indecisive weather? While trees enjoy the soil moisture, they also struggle with certain fungi that infect […]

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