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Is it Time for a House Call? (Part 1)

Is it Time for a House Call?

Spring is a great time to consider San Francisco tree and shrub pruning service before the warm weather rush begins. 

Protecting your Trees from Common Spring Diseases

Tree diseases and pests can make an...

A Sucker is Born . . . .

A Sucker is Born...

Epicormic sprouts, also known as "suckers" or "water sprouts," are a growth that appears from dormant buds on an existing tree branch or trunk. 

A tree of nearly any size can break out heavily in epicormic sprouts....

“Nights with White Satin" Moths


Periodically, agriculture and forestry experts in Nevada, Utah and California express concerns about potential infestations of the small, hauntingly beautiful White Satin Moth (Leucoma salicis) that can destroy entire groves of aspen,...

Armillaria Root Rot – Its Bark Glows in the Dark!


With so much media attention focused on our environment, most people are somewhat familiar with pests and diseases that can have a devastating effect on specific trees such as the Emerald Ash Borer and sooty canker. 

However, there is a...

How Deep is Your Love?


Those who cherish trees may not be aware that over eighty percent of the root system of a tree occupies a zone about one foot below the surface of the soil where sufficient oxygen necessary for the tree to survive remains.

The Critical Root...

Get Off the Couch and Get Under a Canopy (of Trees)!

We could not live without trees. Trees clean the air and provide oxygen – Trees conserve energy and cool the streets of the city – Trees save water and prevent water pollution – Trees provide timber and supply food – Trees increase...

Mistletoe - A Parasite with Panache

First . . . the data. Mistletoe is the common name for a parasitic plant with yellowish flowers and glutinous white berries that grow attached to, and within, the vascular system of a tree or shrub. Mistletoe does not normally kill a tree,...

Gutting is for Fish, Not for Trees

Lion’s tailing is the “gutting??? of a tree by removing a large number of the inner branches. The limbs of the tree look like a lion’s tail after pruning. The limbs will appear “long and slender??? with a “puff??? of foliage at the end, like...

Tree Superlatives

People love superlatives. 

We want to know which car is fastest, which athlete is strongest or which CEO is the richest, even though the results have very little bearing on our lives. And of course, who can forget the superlatives section...

Teaching Children About Trees


Many parents seek to educate their children about the natural world and our place in it. While one could argue that virtually any aspect of the natural world – from beetles to mushrooms to plankton – can serve as a good starting point, we are...

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