What is mulch? Mulch is a material that is used as a protective covering for soil. Professional gardeners prefer organic mulches, which are often made up of wood chips, bark, straw, cocoa hulls, leaves, and compost mixes, as these decompose, thus improving soil structure and increasing soil fertility. Inorganic mulches, such as gravel, stone chips, river rock, and shredded rubber do not decompose, so cannot provide the same benefits to your plants as organic mulches. …

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The Emerald Ash borer update

Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire The Emerald Ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) continues to present problems for ash trees in North America. We’ve covered the facts about this pest in previous articles – please see: Emerald Ash Borer and 3 Tips to Detect Emerald Ash Borer – but we have some updates about recent advancements in countering this pest. Biocontrol Biocontrol – aka biological control – Is a process by which predators, parasitoids, or pathogens reduce insect …

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Tree and shrub care in summertime

Shrub care Summer brings its own set of challenges for tree and shrub care. It’s an important time in their annual growth cycle, so you want to take steps to do everything possible to care for them. Water, water & water With most of the country experiencing increasingly hot summers, summer tree and shrub care comes down to three major factors: 1. water; 2. water; and 3. water! Check your plants regularly for signs of …

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2023 Tree Care Giveaway

Tree Care Giveaway Help us make the planet a better place to live for everyone and everything. We’re giving away 1400 tree seedlings ASAP at our office located at 5620 Memorial Ave. N. Oak Park Heights, MN 55082. Please contact us at 651-335-9565 BEFORE YOU COME BY, if you’d like to stop by and pick some up. NO LIMIT!!! We have 400 White Pine, 300 Swamp White Oak, 300 White Spruce & 400 Bur Oaks. …

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Landscaping vs tree care Unlike landscaping companies whose specialties lie in caring for lawns, shrubs and gardens, hardscaping, tree care companies specifically specialize in trimming, planting, disease/insect management and removing trees. Because landscaping and tree care companies are so vastly different, it is important that homeowners and property owners realize the many ways that they differ before unknowingly hiring the wrong person for the job. Tree care services and what they provide If you need …

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