Talking About Trees

Explore the “Shady” side of Easton

‘Tis Christmas in July! Otherwise known as the time of year you are saying, “It’s way to hot! I cannot wait until Christmas!” And, then Christmas comes and you’re saying…. Well, we all know how that works. Since we can’t do anything to change the scorching temperatures, we may as well embrace them.  There are many ways we humans choose to cool off in the heat of summer: jumping in swimming pools, running through sprinklers, drinking a cold beer,… Continue reading

Ice Storm Damage to Trees

The ice storm’s effects on the urban canopy will last for years as arborist crews face increased care for tens of thousands of damaged trees.

Injuries suffered by trees during the ice storm will increase pruning requirements and leave visible scars on the natural landscape that will outlast any other effects of the storm.

Canopies are lost when thick, heavy layers of ice drag down branches and limbs. A tree that’s been damaged by the storm will need more maintenance… Continue reading

Why Do Trees Change Color?

Do you know why this time of year the leaves on trees change to the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows that we see?  Learn how the diminishing daylight affects the color of leaves in this Scientific American video.

Basics: How to Prune a Tree

Basic pruning includes removing suckers, water sprouts, dead, damages and crossing branches. Winter is an ideal time to prune a tree as there are fewer insects and bacteria present to attack the tree. The following tips will help maintain healthy and happy trees:

  1. Determine your pruning goals in advance so you will know when to prune and how much canopy you should remove.
  2. Work from the bottom up.
  3. For small material and limbs less than 1” in diameter, use… Continue reading

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