Blog Entries - 2009

What about the effects of last years drought on our trees?

Posted on: July 16, 2009

Well, in 2007 we had three major climatic events; the late frost in early April, a major ice storm on February 13/14 and the drought throughout the summer. All of these events affected our trees; We had flowers on our trees in the summer months on trees that

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We had some freezing rain recently, should we be concerned?

Posted on: July 16, 2009

The recent ice storm is nowhere near as bad as the one we had last spring. Most trees have coped quite well. However, ice and snow build up can cause fractures in horizontal branching that may not be visible from the ground. A certified arborist knows what to look for and can inspect for possibly hazardous fissures and cracks.

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Can you remind us about some of the problems we have faced here in Cincinnati over the last 2 years?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Let's start with the drought that was with us through the summer of 2007. What followed was a prolonged cold season - the winter of 07/08. In the spring this year (2008) we had plenty of rain. In terms of average rain fall it almost completely made up for the

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How could we have avoided so much tree damage caused by Hurricane Ike?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

1. Thin out for air and light penetration. This allows wind to blow through instead of against the tree (Pear, Linden, Silver Maple, Sweet Gum, Tulip Poplar and Red Oak are most susceptible to wind damage). 2. Proper irrigation, especially during drought

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I noticed that soon after the winds of Ike hit, the leaves on one of my trees turned brown and fell. What was that all about?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Picture yourself going to the nursery to pick up your prized Maple. It looks beautiful; you paid a lot for that tree. You would do anything to ensure its health. You pick it up in Mason Ohio, drive to your home in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Five hours later you

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OK, I see, but will it die?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

In most cases no, because of it being so late in the season (September). If the wind storm had come much earlier, more trees may have perished. If you want to see if your tree is still alive you can perform a simple scratch test. Take your thumbnail and

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What can I do to make sure my trees stay alive and healthy for the spring of '09?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Provide proper aeration and fertilization with mycorrhizae and micro nutrients together with proper irrigation to help proper root elongation. Have a properly trained, certified arborist give you a free diagnosis in late February to early March (even while the trees have no leaves) to identify problems and solutions for your trees.

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The wind storm came as a complete surprise to us. How can I make sure my trees and I are prepared for any unknown or unexpected problems in the future?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Proper fall fertilization starting in October until the ground freezes. Proper thinning for wind and light penetration. Deadwood removal.

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Many people now have a need to replace their fallen trees with new ones. Does Arborx offer tree planting services?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Yes, Arborx offers tree planting. On average a three inch diameter trunk specimen (with ball and burlap) should cost between $500.00 and $800.00.

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Do you offer advice on what specific variety of trees to plant?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

A properly trained certified arborist will drive through your neighbourhood and inspect street trees and wooded trees to identify what trees are doing best in that area. There is no "one tree fits all" answer. Soil conditions in Mason compared to Delhi and

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What is your outlook for 2009?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Even with severe cicada damage in spring, a second year in a row drought and early leaf drop due to Ike, I predict that our properly cared for trees should remain healthy. Proper preventative steps are the key to maintaining healthy trees. If the trees in the

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April/May 2008 - Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Posted on: July 14, 2009

We are currently seeing infestations of Eastern Tent Caterpillar. They typically show up in Cherry and Apple. They could defoliate your trees. Typically not fatal but certainly not a pretty sight. Contact us if this is a concern for you.

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Generally, what is happening to our trees right now?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Many people think that their trees are asleep right now. While it is true that the part we see (the crown) is currently dormant, that doesn't mean that the whole tree is asleep. Kinda like when we are asleep, things are still going on inside. In the case of the tree, the winter months are when the roots are developing.

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What about the effects of last years drought?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Well, in 2007 we had three major climatic events; the late frost in early April, a major ice storm on February 13/14 and the drought throughout the summer. All of these events affected our trees; We had flowers on our trees in the summer months on trees that

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What can we do to help our trees recover from that?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Because the trees will be using stored energy to recover we can help replenish or minimize the need to "go to the bank" with a good fertilizer. I recomend vertical mulching with a product called Mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae is a fungus that works in a symbiotic

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When should this (vertical mulching) be done?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

The short answer is the sooner the better. Vertical mulching is typically a once a year activity. Usually you would not want to do it in the hot and humid periods of summer but your certified arborist may under certain circumstances advise this. Usually it is best done in the fall or early spring.

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My conifers are browning, can I save them?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Many of our clients with conifers may be experiencing browning and die back. The bad news is that needles that have turned brown are dead and will not be replaced. This sometimes results in the loss of a whole limb or worse yet the whole tree.

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What is the latest on the Emerald Ash Borer?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a real threat to our ash trees. If we do nothing, most likely we will eventually lose all our native ash. A wealth of information can be gleaned from www.emeraldashborer.info or the Department of Agriculture or the Ohio State

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A word about pest control in general

Posted on: July 14, 2009

We at Arborx use a process termed 'Integrated Pest Management' (IPM). Quite simply, IPM considers everything from plant selection and integration, through environmental management to the ultimatequestion 'can we tolerate the effects of this pest without doing

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