Ornamental Trees

Assessing Tree Health – The Doctor is IN!

A neighbor had an old post oak in their back yard that was precipitously leaning toward the house. I asked Chris Hastings, owner of Arbormedics, to evaluate the tree’s health. Chris has an amazing computer-driven system that allows him to “see” inside...

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Loblolly Pine – Origin of the Name

My friend Dan C. contributes this: Having grown up in Florida, I had certainly heard of a loblolly pine, but never thought about the name. Here’s some interesting/informative information. I was reading a novel (set in the early 19th century)...

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MANY TREES IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

“It sounded like a bunch of popcorn popping in my yard” said my friend Maureen. “I looked out the back window and could see nothing but limbs and leaves!” Her fifty foot tall oak tree fell without warning one afternoon,...

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TO DIAGNOSE PLANT PROBLEMS, CONSIDER ALL THE ANGLES

I should have been a detective. As an adolescent, I devoured books about the Hardy Boys and their crime solving adventures. My friends Marcia White and Kathy Graves loaned me their copies of Nancy Drew. I read every Sherlock Holmes...

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Serviceberry (Juneberry, Shadbush) – Identification

Sometimes I’m asked for my favorite plant. While I have several, one of my favorites is serviceberry. I remember ten years ago that I needed a small tree to put next to my mailbox. I wanted something with more than...

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Yaupon Holly – Make Tea from Leaves

Yaupon holly is a ntive holly often used in urban landscapes. Native Americans also found it useful….but not for making their homes more attractive! Yaupon Tea posted by Geoff This afternoon I made a cup of yaupon tea from the...

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Tree Planted Too Deep – Examples

It’s heartbreaking to have an attractive young tree in your landscape begin to decline. When you examine the trunk, you may see bark at the base peeling off, splitting, or generally looking unhealthy. In my observation, these are symptoms of...

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Acorns – Heavy Crop in 2011

Many gardeners have noted a heavier than normal acorn crop in 2011. They report a constant barrage of nuts falling from white oak, water oak and red oak trees. One even carries an umbrella to protect her head while walking...

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White Mulberry vs Red Mulberry – Identification

I’m often asked to identify “that tree that has lots of blackberries hanging from it!”. Most often it is a white mulberry, Morus alba. The fruit is edible but not exactly dessert quality. The red mulberry, Morus rubra, is less...

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Girdling Tree Roots

When a root closely circles a tree trunk rather than growing outward, it is called a “girdling root”. The situation usually starts when the tree is young. Somehow a root begins circling the trunk. As it grows larger and the...

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Trees – No Tap Roots

Driving to dinner with friends after a big storm, I came upon this. A big tree next to a driveway fell and flipped over the car on the driveway! Notice one particular point – trees growing in our clay soils...

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Tree Pruning

Pruning a tree sometimes invokes more worry than it should. You wonder if removing a tree limb is analogous to cutting off your leg (does it hurt? will I kill it?). Fortunately, if you take your time, pruning can be easily done,...

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Tree Removal Rules – Metro Atlanta

Removing a tree is not as simple as hiring a tree company or buying a chainsaw and seeing a pile of chips the next day. Counties and cities across the Atlanta metro area have adopted tree ordinances that determine whether...

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Crabapples – Resistant to Fireblight

Q: Our favorite crab apple tree has finally succumbed to fireblight. We will be cutting it down and looking to replace it with another tree. Due to the difficulty of getting rid of the blight, is it safe to replace...

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UGA Tree Publications

The following publications are available online from the University of Georgia: Fast Growing Shade Trees Trees for Georgia Watering Trees Pruning Shade Trees Wetland Trees and Shrubs Treehouse Construction Nature Trail Construction Construction Allelopathy in Trees Assessing Construction Damage: Tree...

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Trees – Straightening When Bent

Younger and smaller trees in landscape settings that are bent or leaning can be gently straightened by staking with a guy rope. Do not wrap wire padded by a water hose around the trunk. Nylon strap or cotton cloth more...

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Trees – Recovering from Storm Damage

Trees are well adapted to survive for long periods of time in spite of numerous and severe injuries. The great majority of damaged trees will survive, recover, and continue to provide the shade and screen we ask of them. First,...

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Trees – Planting Correctly

It is said that when you plant a tree you give a gift to future generations. Fall is an excellent time to plant trees in your landscape. The soil is warm, so roots are encouraged to rapidly elongate. Days are...

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