Category Archives: Tree Care

News and information related to trees.

Callus Growth

An example of how allowing new shoots to grow at the margins of a pruning cut help it heal over quicker. Ideally large cuts like this would never have to be made, but sometimes we don’t get around to pruning … Continue reading

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Cherry pruning

I wanted to share a couple photos of a cherry I pruned last week. I started a multi-year process to create more healthy fruiting branches lower in the canopy where fruit can be reached. This first pruning in many years … Continue reading

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Planting Trees

When planting trees it’s important to remove all the soil that it comes with. Besides making sure you’re planting it at the correct depth (very important!) which is very hard to tell without removing the soil, you’re helping the tree … Continue reading

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Kretzschmaria deusta

It may sound like some kind of monster, and in some ways it is, though normally it just appears as in innocuous fungus at the base of hardwood trees. It’s a fungus called Kretzschmaria deusta found in temperate climates worldwide … Continue reading

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Prune in Moderation

Another reason not to prune a lot out of a tree all at once- I was working in Seattle in the upper canopy of a narrow leafed Ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) last week, and noticed the top of a number of … Continue reading

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Mulch Around Trees

Adding wood chip mulch around young trees is one of the best things one can do to assure their success. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, wood chips have a number of benefits. From moderating soil temperature, holding moisture through … Continue reading

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Plum blossoms

It’s flowering time for the plums here in the Seattle area, specifically the Asian type of plum (the European types bloom later). Pruning on these trees can also begin in the next couple of weeks. There are less fungal spores … Continue reading

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Weeping Larch

Larches are a type of conifer that lose their leaves (needles) for the winter. This sometimes causes people not aware of what they are to think they are dying, despite this being a completely normal process. Larix species are native … Continue reading

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Pear Trellis Rust

Pear trellis rust (Gymnosporangium sabinae) is an interesting fungus in that it requires two entirely different plant hosts to complete its life cycle – pear and juniper. Spores produced on junipers only infect pears, and those produced on pear only … Continue reading

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Mulching

Anytime is a good time to mulch your landscape, but fall is especially great. Covering bare soil before we get heavy fall rains and adding another few inches around the trees you mulched last year will really pay off next … Continue reading

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