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by Joanne Mead Proper mulching benefits tree health by controlling soil temperature in extreme heat and cold, retaining moisture, reducing competition from grass roots, controlling weeds, and preventing lawn mower and string trimmer damage. However, improper mulching causes irreversible damage to a tree. When mulch is applied properly, only a very thin layer should be… Read more »

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By Caroline Hooks   Landscape integrated pest management (IPM) uses research and common sense to allow mindful, informed decisions for landscape health. It is a holistic approach, taking into account many different variables and biological relationships. Practicing IPM requires knowledge of plant science, plant pathology, and entomology. Using regular monitoring and a preventive approach, treatment… Read more »

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You don’t have to remove light snow on trees and shrubs—it’s the heavy snow that can be damaging. Evergreen trees and shrubs are especially susceptible to having their branches broken after a heavy snowfall, because their foliage allows the branches to collect large amounts of snow. So, if a heavy snowfall has hit your area… Read more »