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Entries tagged with “Organics”

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Think all bugs are bad? Not these bugs!

Friend vs Foe: The Good. The Bad. And the Bug-ly.


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How Does the Soil Food Web Benefit Trees?

The soil food web is a complex food chain that ultimately creates more healthy soil to grow stronger, more beautiful trees.


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Mycorrhizal Fungi: Funny name, big benefits!

When Mycorrhizal Fungi is present in your soil, good things happen!


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Come See Us at Earth Day Texas April 24th-26th!

Eco-friendly Tree Care: Good for your family and the planet! Supporting our community and sharing information about responsible, Eco-friendly tree care is our passion. This weekend during Earth Day Texas you can visit with us one-on-one to find out the best ways to care for your valuable trees. Visit us April 24th-26th from 10am to 6pm in booth 2824 and 2826 to speak with one of our Certified Arborists about the most up-to-date information on tree care.


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Why Go Organic?

People often ask me why I "lean towards an organic approach" when it comes to caring for trees, shrubs and turf. While I am certainly no expert on organic gardening, I think the answer is pretty simple. Common sense! I discuss the reasons an organic tree care plan works.


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Could your trees be the victim of herbicide damage?

Have you noticed your tree, or trees, going into an unreasonable state of decline or seem to be stunted? Do you notice leaf curling or leaves that look cupped? Perhaps leaves are discolored or have brown dead spots? Your trees could be victims of herbicide damage. Even if you keep an organic landscape, your neighbors may not.


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Keep Winter Bugs at Bay with Dormant Oil

If you want to control pests like scale and other spring pests on your trees, hollies and other shrubs, now’s the time to get on our winter schedule.


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Black Ooze...What’s Wrong With My Tree?

When trees have a bacterial infection, you’ll often see the tree go into a state of overall decline combined with open, oozing wounds.


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Fall is for Fruit … Trees that is!

We talk a lot about shade trees here on the PTS blog. But, there are many, many other kinds of trees you should be thinking about adding to your landscape. Small blooming ornamental trees can really brighten up your garden, especially in spring. Fruit trees, however, take it to the next level.


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Urban Forestry: Improving Life through Trees!

What is urban forestry? Understanding how trees improve our lives and how we can document and care for city trees is known as urban forestry. An urban environment filled with healthy trees has better air quality, more beautiful green space, habitat for wildlife and so much more.


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What’s All the Stress About? Could Be Aphids!

This month, we’re noticing many new insect infestations on trees around the DFW area. Because many of our urban trees are stressed from heat, improper watering and lack of fertilization, they are more susceptible to pest problems. Aphids are one of those pests invading trees right now, as seen on the leaves of the post oak (in photo) that we recently inspected.


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Oak Leaf Blister: To Treat or Not to Treat?

Keeping your trees properly pruned, watered and healthy is the best way to avoid pests and diseases. Right now, we are seeing oak leaf blister, a fungal leaf spot disease.


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Not Fertilizing Your Trees? Big Mistake!

Large mature trees can often seem totally self-sufficient; but they can be slowly starving right before your eyes. There are a few ways to make mistakes when it comes to fertilizing trees.


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What's munching on your tree? Could be tent caterpillars!

You love your trees, right? Well so do a lot of leaf-chewing pests! If you look up, and look closely, you might start to noticed some of these critters having your tree for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We are beginning to see tent caterpillars, leaf rollers and bagworms in trees now.


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The caterpillars are coming! Watch out for these leaf chewing critters on your trees.

While it might still be a bit chilly outside, spring has definitely sprung and we're starting to see springtime pests emerge on your trees


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Could You Have Bacterial Leaf Scorch on Your Cedar Elm?

As Cedar Elms begin to leaf out, you may see some rust colored markings around the leaf edges. If so, you could have bacterial leaf scorch.


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Fire Blight: Now is the Time to Prevent!

The photo shows how they are supposed to look right now. Well…the last freeze we had was pretty rough on them and almost all of their blooms were damaged. So you’re probably seeing a lot of “brown” Bradford pears now.


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Should I Fertilize My Trees?

To feed or not to feed my trees? This is a question you may, or may not have, asked yourself at some point during your tenure as a homeowner. If you're not sure of the answer, we'd like to offer up an emphatic "YES!".


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Feed Your Trees!

Did you know that now is the time to schedule your spring tree fertilizations? It can be easy to forget that our urban trees need special care. Large established trees can seem self-sufficient, but even they need a helping hand.


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Preservation Tree Services & Texas Worm Ranch Go Great Together!

We are proud to announce that our Seasons Program’s spring application will now contain Texas Worm Ranch’s organic worm compost. We will incorporate it into our own, local homemade liquid compost extract.


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How New Construction Hurts Wildlife Habitat

We are so fortunate here in north Texas that we have a thriving economy and a slew of new businesses moving into our area. But with all these new businesses also comes the need for more construction. And, while the most eco-friendly building is the one that already exists, sometimes a new structure must be created - and so more homes and offices are being built.


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Tree Tips: Winter Tree Care

Winter can often be a treacherous time for our urban trees. Because we fluctuate so quickly between warm and icy weather, our trees can really take a beating. The last ice storm was a wake up call for a lot of homeowners about the need for regular care and quality tree pruning, before an emergency situation happens. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we officially head into winter today:


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Dormant Oil: Great treatment for scale on trees

Now is the time to plan for applying eco-friendly dormant oil to fruit trees, shade trees & shrubs, roses, and hollies in January


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Time to Feed Your Soil

As part of our Seasons Program, we'll be visitng homes this time of year for the late-fall/early winter application of liquid compost extract to the soil around your trees. While it may seem like it's too cold for us to apply liquid compost, it's actually a good time!


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Friday, November 15th is America Recycles Day!

Tomorrow is America Recycles Day. It’s a day for everyone to pledge to: Learn. I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community at americarecyclesday.org. Act. Reduce my personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, I will recycle more. Share. In the next month, I will encourage one family member or one friend to take the pledge.”


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Beneficial Insect: Parasitic Wasps

Just in time for Halloween!In our landscapes, there are many bad insects that harm our plants and trees. But, in a well-balanced, organic landscape, the good bugs can push out (ie: devour!) the bad. One of those insects is the parasitic wasp.


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Attract Orioles to Your Garden!

One of the reasons we plant trees and continue to keep them in top shape is because they support our local wildlife habitat. Without the singing of birds or surprise of a butterfly, the landscape would more than lacking. With the right plant choices and care, our gardens come alive with the wildlife they attract, including an abundance of bird varieties.


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Urban Forest at The State Fair of Texas!

Have you made it out to the State Fair of Texas yet? If not, be sure to stop by our Urban Forest Garden Room, near the Aquarium. It's a place to hang out and relax in the shade at The Fair, so feel free to grab a tree bench and take a load off! Our "log couch" as been a popular lounging spot so far.


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Fall Webworms are Here

Fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to keep your eyes open for fall webworms. These caterpillars are most often found in pecan, sweetgum, mulberry willow, hickory oak and many other tree species. The caterpillars create webs in clusters than can cover large sections of foliage or even entire branches. Web clusters often reach several feet in diameter.


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Feed Your Trees Liquid Compost to Improve Health!

Serious summer heat is upon us and so you might be wondering what sort of tree maintenance activities can be performed now to improve the health of your trees. While times of high heat are not a good time to apply synthetic high Nitrogen fertilizers, there are organic products you can apply now to help mitigate heat stress and make nutrients more available in the soil. Here at Preservation Tree, we provide foliar feeding and soil drenches for your trees through summer with liquid compost extract.


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Urban Fruit Trees

While companies like ours typically spend most of our time focused on the care of your large shade trees, we also think it’s important to add fruit trees to your urban landscape. Planting even just one fruit tree is a small investment that can result in years of enjoyment. Many fruits are easy to grow in Texas with just a little effort.


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Feed your trees properly year-round

For many, trees seem like self-sufficient, permanent fixtures in the landscape. It's easy to forget that they need to be cared for and fertilized just like smaller ornamentals in your garden. The urban environment can be very tough on our trees. If you have a well-kept yard, neatly mowed and manicured, you probably have hungry trees.


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Preservation Tree Services Chicken Coop!

Read for the Peep at the Coops Tour on May 5th? We are a sponsor! Most people are suckers for their pets. We’re no different here at Preservation Tree. Our office pets just happen to make breakfast for us every day! Did you know we have our very own chicken coop here at our Dallas office? Here is a shot of our owner Harold Spiegel having a chat with “Rochelle” of the Rockets. Think maybe he has a favorite?


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Earth Day Dallas 2013

It's going to be gorgeous weather for Earth Day Dallas this coming weekend! Admission to the event is FREE. Come join Preservation Tree at the event where we will be raffling off some beautiful Japanese Maples AND 5 memberships to the Texas Discovery Gardens each day!


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What is the SEASONS plan?

Preservation Tree’s exclusive SEASONS plan is a proactive approach to tree and shrub health. It provides nutrient management by promoting soil health in a science-based program that uses living organisms tofeed and protect. Healthy soils are a product of soil biology.


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Herbicide Damage to Trees

Herbicides for weed control in lawns have become an integral part of landscape maintenance. Chemical weed control is often perceived as more economical and efficient than hand or mechanical cultivation. Such Weed & Feed products are commonly used by homeowners and if misused, can be very damaging to trees. Most weed control products will affect broad leaf plants, which include trees.


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Why is organic tree care beneficial?

If we can continue to emulate Mother Nature by leaning towards an organic approach, and begin to limit the use of synthetic fertilizers that can lead to the need for fungicides and insecticides, our plants will be healthier.