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April 15 2014
AS A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR, you know how to feed, water, trim and otherwise nurture the turf, shrubs and flowers on your clients’ properties. But when it comes to those big, tall, woody things in ...
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April 16 2013
Be glad you’re not a male emerald ash borer out looking for a mate. If one of them could sit down next to you on a barstool and talk, he might complain about the artificiality of today’s ...
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April 19 2012
Turn off the engine of your pickup truck, silence your cell phone, tell your crew chiefs not to bother you, and take five minutes to go to a magical landscape land of what-if. What if there was a new ...
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May 18 2011
After a particularly rough winter in many parts of our country, Mother Nature has finally awakened from her long winter nap and spring is in full swing ...
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April 19 2010
To most laymen, trees are just “there.” Year after year, they sprout leaves, get flowers and fruits, go dormant . . . and then repeat the cycle in the spring ...
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April 16 2009
A landscape maintenance contractor has just finished work on a residential yard. The homeowner asks the contractor to take a look at one of her trees while he’s there. Several large branches are ...
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March 1 2006
THE SECRETS TO KEEPING A TREE healthy are proper feeding, adequate water, low stress, pest and disease treatments, when necessary, and occasional health checks, along with a good dose of sunshine ...
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Feb. 1 2006
In the 1930s, when William Arthur Roach was researching his pioneer study on “Plant Injection as a Physiological Method,” he reported that Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was, apparently, the ...
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May 1 2005
Of all the living creatures in the care of a landscape contractor, trees can be the most unforgiving. Much like a child, how they are disciplined in their youth will determine how they grow up ...
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April 1 2005
They’re a source of inspiration for all who gaze at their majesty. Poets have waxed philosophically, writers have pondered metaphorically -- artists study every bough, leaf and limb ...
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June 1 2004
There is money in tree care. It isn’t your eyes playing tricks on you; those trees really can grow dollar bills. It’s common knowledge that trees can appreciate the value of a home by most ...
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June 1 2004
Weapon of choice There are all kinds of ?enemies? lurking about, ready to bring down a transplanted tree or stop another from growing ...
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May 1 2004
Nature is quite proficient growing plants by herself. Unfortunately, man stepped in and introduced a variety of environmental assaults to hinder that ...
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Feb. 1 2004
A very ancient group of plants, cycads existed in the Permian era, more than 200 million years ago, even before the dinosaurs roamed the earth ...
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Nov. 1 2003
Shirl McMayon was enjoying her stay in Europe. As Director of Natural Resources (which includes all landscaping) for the Chicago Parks District, she was attending Nations in Bloom, an annual competition ...
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March 1 2003
Everyone knows that trees add value to a landscape. A mature specimen tree, twenty years old or more, can have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the American Nursery & Landscape ...
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Jan. 1 2003
If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it, does that mean it needed maintenance? Probably not. Unless it was one of Mother Natures early culls, the tree probably reached a ripe old ...
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Nov. 1 2002
Its a beautiful day, and you decide to take advantage of the sunshine and fresh air by taking a walk, maybe just in your neighborhood, or in a nearby park ...
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July 1 2002
Whether or not you?re an art connoisseur, you would quickly know something was amiss if you strolled into a gallery and saw paintings strung haphazardly on crumbling, unattractive walls or placed within ...
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May 1 2002
Think of leaves as food factories for trees. Within them, light energy is utilized to manufacture sugars that the plant will use for development. Chewing insects, by devouring foliage, can cause a great ...
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