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by Tina Graver The first signs of the Eastern Tent Caterpillar emerged just last week: small, silk webs in the branch unions of their favorite tree, the black cherry. The silk webs provide a safe place for the caterpillars to hide in the night and digest all of the cherry leaves they have consumed during… Read more »

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by Tina Graver, ISA Certified Arborist MA-5527A April 2017                                                                                          It is springtime and the landscapes are looking full and lush! Fresh mulch has been put down and the bees are buzzing.  So what is going on with that Nellie Stevens Holly?  It is yellowing on the inside and the fresh mulch is now… Read more »

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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 »