Springtime is a popular time to plant trees, but before you go to your nearest lawn and garden section and choose the prettiest tree in the lot, make sure you know what you’re doing. Careful planning and strategic selection of trees can maximize the amount of benefits derived from planting them. On the other hand,.. read more →

What is tree pruning? Pruning is the most popular and one of the most important tree care techniques. Pruning can promote the safety, structure, health, and appearance of your tree. Amateur or DIY pruning can cause permanent damage to a tree, and that’s why it is important to leave pruning of your valuable trees to.. read more →

05 Jan 2021
January 5, 2021

Top Tips For Burning Firewood

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What Type Of Firewood Is Best? There are 2 types of firewood: hardwood and softwood. Hardwoods are usually denser than softwoods meaning they burn longer and produce more heat. Hardwoods usually are better for warming your house in your fireplace and cooking food in your stove than softwoods. Some popular types of hardwood firewood for.. read more →

Winter months bring ice, snow, cold temps, and the threat of winter damage to your trees. Even though trees are dormant this time of year, they are not resistant to the stresses of the winter season. Though they are susceptible to injury in the cold months, the effects are often not known until spring. Here.. read more →

Trees require proper nutrients to function and grow. Trees in urban areas are usually growing in modified soils or environments. These conditions do not contain a high enough number of the elements required for good growth and development. Why Do Trees Need Added Nutrition and Fertilization? There are a few reasons that trees may require.. read more →

02 Oct 2020
October 2, 2020

Inspecting Trees After Large Storms

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Iowa’s Derecho Devastated Trees The derecho left thousands in Iowa with damaged trees. Normal weather events are usually not a problem for trees. Trees are biologically engineered to withstand the extra force applied during windy days. However, the extremely unique force of the derecho left many trees injured. What to Look for After Large Storms.. read more →

25 Feb 2020
February 25, 2020

How to Identify and Treat Bagworms

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What are Bagworm Caterpillars? Bagworm caterpillars are commonly seen in the state of Iowa. The caterpillar commonly attacks arborvitae, red cedar, juniper and spruce trees in the Des Moines area. Once the they’ve found a home, they will immediately start eating buds and foliage, causing the tips of branches on the trees to die. Eventually.. read more →

19 Feb 2020
February 19, 2020

How to Prevent and Treat Oak Anthracnose

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What Causes Oak Anthracnose? Oak anthracnose is caused by the fungal pathogen Apiognomonia errabunda. In Iowa, cool wet spring conditions can lead to anthracnose infection in trees. Anthracnose causes browning of the edges and veins of leaves. In severe infections, leaf drop may occur. The disease normally only causes minor damage to oak trees. Mature.. read more →

03 Feb 2020
February 3, 2020

How to Identify and Treat Oak Wilt

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What is Oak Wilt? Oak wilt is a destructive disease that affects many types of oak trees. It is a very serious disease and is responsible for thousands of oak tree deaths in the United States each year. What Causes Oak Wilt? Oak wilt is caused by a fungus called ceratocystis fagacearum. The fungus moves.. read more →

04 Nov 2015
November 4, 2015

Benefits of Deep Root Fertilization

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Deep root fertilization is a process that arborists use to replenish your trees and shrubs with essential nutrients for their health. With deep root fertilization, your trees and shrubs have better resistance to disease and insects. Your trees will flourish longer when they are healthy from root fertilization. Contact The Tree Doctor in for deep.. read more →