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Year Archives: 2014

Quotes On Trees and Trimming

September 22, 2014 Community

Heartwood's Proprietor and founder, Patrick George, recently discussed trees and tree companies with NorthCarolinaHomes.com

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Trees and Vines

July 16, 2014 Tree Care

Trees and Vines

Many types of climbing vines are found throughout the Charlotte area in managed landscapes and the natural environment.  Some are easy to control and play nice with neighboring plants, while others can be problematic. Regardless of the vine species, there is a limit to how well established it should be allowed to become in and around trees.  

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How to properly water your trees

July 9, 2014 Tree Care

 

The dog days of summer are upon us.  Make sure your trees have enough water to get them through...

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-properly-water-your-trees.htm

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How often should you water your new tree?

July 1, 2014 Tree Care

Poperly watering your newly planted tree is probably the most important thing you can do for it during its first growing season in the ground.  Check out the link below to learn more:

 

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-often-should-i-water-my-new-tree.htm

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Trees and Lightning

June 17, 2014 Bugs and Crud

Learn about whether or not you should install lightning protection in your tree:

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-can-i-protect-my-tree-lighting-strike.htm

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Cottony Camellia Scale

Cottony Camellia Scale

April 29, 2014 Bugs and Crud

Female cottony camellia scales are just beginning to lay eggs on the underside of leaves.  They are commonly found on camellia and hollies (Fosters, Nelly Stevens, Burford, etc).  In a few weeks these creeps will hatch and begin feeding on sugars produced by the leaves. 

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Cankerworms are wreaking havoc

Cankerworms are wreaking havoc

April 21, 2014 Bugs and Crud

If you haven’t noticed cankerworms are everywhere right now.    Our Plant Health Care Trucks are rolling all over the metro area treating for these dastardly leaf munching lepidopteran larval inching conveyers of arboreal destruction. 

Click on the included link to learn all about these foliage chewing silk parachuting menaces of our most exquisite leafy tree resource: https://www.heartwoodtree.com/assets/img/uploads/media/Cankerworm%20Life%20Stages%20and%20Action%20Items.pdf

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Rust Diseases

Rust Diseases

April 1, 2014 Bugs and Crud

Rust diseases are pathogens with an interesting inoculation strategy.  These fungal diseases require 2 hosts to complete their lifecycle.  The first host are eastern red cedars (actually in the juniper family).  In the spring you may notice orange oozing on the branches and foliage of these trees.  The spores are then spread to the leaves of the 2nd host, which include apple, hawthorn, pear and quince species. 

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Cercospora Leaf Spot

Cercospora Leaf Spot

March 25, 2014 Bugs and Crud

Cercospora leaf spot is treatable, but foliar sprays to prevent the fungus must be done before symptoms of the disease are present.  A series of foliar spray treatments in early spring, beginning at leaf expansion, is the optimal time to treat for all foliar diseases.

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Eriophyid Mites

Eriophyid Mites

March 15, 2014 Bugs and Crud

Eriophyid mites are microscopic creeps that like to feed on the foliage of your trees and shrubs.  These little mites (different than spidermite) can distort the foilage of species like Leyland cypress and junipers.  Their feeding can mimic leaf spot diseases on trees such as flowering pear.

These little creeps are early in the early spring months, before it gets too hot.  Now is the time to treat with foilar applied miteicides. 

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Fire Blight

Fire Blight

March 5, 2014 Bugs and Crud

Fire blight is a bacterial disease that most often effects apple, pear, and hawthorn species.  The disease usually begins at the flowers, and moves its way into the branches.  Symptoms of this disease are typifed by; brown shrivled leafs and flower, sunken bleeding areas on stems, and a shepards crook appearance on affected twigs and branches.  

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Flat Headed Apple Tree Borer

Flat Headed Apple Tree Borer

January 18, 2014 Bugs and Crud

By feeding on the tree’s vascular system, this insect disrupts water and nutrient flow within the plant.  This may lead to tree stress, and can contribute to the death of young trees.  Look out for this creep in early spring.

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It's Cold

It's Cold

January 7, 2014 Tree Care

It's cold.  Between the temperatures of 22°F and 4°F plant cells will dehydrate to minimize ice crystal formation.  For trees and shrubs not accustomed to such cold, areas of the plant may desiccate to the point of death.

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