Erosion and how Trees can help

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It’s no secret that the Lake Michigan coastline has seen some heavy erosion over the past year and a half. Recent numbers show that over 40 million people have been affected by erosion along the southern basin of Lake Michigan alone—although the drought conditions we’ve seen this spring and summer have provided a much-needed reprieve…. Read more »

What to Do During Drought

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Drought is not limited to desert climates, as anyone in the Midwest knows. In fact, even Michigan, with its Humid Continental Climate, has made the list of states experiencing drought this spring. This comes as a welcome relief to many on the lakeshore who lost their homes and property to high water levels last year—but… Read more »

Top 3 Questions for Tree Companies

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Not all tree companies are created equal. In fact, many tree companies are little more than one guy with a chainsaw, and provide little assurance that the job will be completed safely and thoroughly. While there are plenty of ethical one-man gigs out there, it can be difficult to tell the difference between someone who… Read more »

Caring for Arborvitae in the Winter

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Arborvitae populate many lawns in Michigan—favored for their privacy benefits and year-round greenery. But just because these shrubs don’t lose their foliage in the cold doesn’t mean they’re built for the intense winters Michigan brings. As evergreens with a distinct shape and structure, arborvitae face a couple of risks during the winter. For one, there… Read more »

Identifying Tree Disease: when to Call the Doctor

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We all know when flu season comes around and what we can do to protect ourselves against likely infection. We also know the familiar scratchy throat that warns of an oncoming illness. But how do we know when our trees are most susceptible to disease and when they’re trying to tell us they’re sick? Every… Read more »

To Prune or Not to Prune?

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That is the question! And although the task of pruning may seem simple enough to do on your own, you should ask yourself what you hope to achieve by pruning, as any objective comes with a set of caveats. For instance, many homeowners with waterfront property on elevated terrain want to improve their view of… Read more »

Beware the Shady Industry of Logging

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Looking out your window, you notice several trees in your backyard that currently stand between you and the garden of your dreams. The trees aren’t in bad shape—in fact, their wood is bound to be worth something!—but they take up so much space that planting a garden might just start a land war. Why not… Read more »

Tree Care: a Comedy of Errors

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While the idea of tree care might seem pretty straightforward, the fact is there are plenty of ways to go wrong.   Many homeowners run into the pitfalls of either too much or too little intervention regarding the health of their trees. For this reason, our arborists at Treeworks, Inc. have compiled a list of… Read more »