Leaf and Twig Galls Oh My!

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There are thousands of leaf and twig galls that impact numerous types of trees and plants. There are more than 500 different galls that impact oak trees alone! In almost all cases, leaf, twig, or any type of gall on a tree or plant is of minimal concern. The variety of galls though is quite […]

Tip of the Week – Winter Activity in the Garden

Winter Dormant Season

Snow falling quietly over trees and shrubs, burying perennials and putting an end to last minute fall season chores. The white blanket gently lies over the garden, putting everything to sleep. The garden appears so quiet and calm. All life is dormant for the winter, or is it? There is plenty of winter garden activity, […]

Arbor Day – Did You Know?

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Arbor Day, a day to celebrate and nurture trees, is fast approaching on April 29th. But what is Arbor Day and what is its significance? Arbor Day celebrations began in the year 1872 in Nebraska as a day set aside to plant trees. Over one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor […]

“Spooky” Landscapes for Halloween

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Get creative this Halloween with landscape decorations that will scare away goblins and ghouls. It’s easy to use what already exists in the yard. Dress up small ornamental trees as ghosts by draping them with ghostly sheets. Boo! Trees also make excellent spots to hang ghosts, bats, crows and other frightening decorations that are sure […]

Tip of the Week – Before You Plant those Fall Bulbs…

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As temperatures begin to cool and summer comes to an end, we enter the optimum time for planting spring blooming bulbs. Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Crocus, plus many others need to be planted now for spring color. But where you decide to plant the bulbs can be a very important decision. Not only do larger bulb […]

Tip of the Week – Tree Watering Techniques

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“How much water does my tree need on a weekly basis?” “What is the best way to water my tree?”  These are questions that KTS receives throughout the growing season. Below are tips to ensure your trees are receiving adequate moisture. Typically, most trees prefer about an inch of water per week, taking into account […]

Tip of the Week – How to Plant near Power Lines

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Trees play an important part in the landscape. When choosing where and what tree to plant there are many factors to consider. While it’s important to look down at the soil, it’s just as important to look up. Utility lines may appear high at the time of initial planting, but keep in mind a tree’s […]

Tip of the Week – When Should You Prune Your Trees?

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This is a common question beginning in early spring. The answer varies, based on the specific tree or shrub and the situation. There are preferred pruning seasons for many trees and shrubs: Many Pine varieties are best pruned after the tree candles have elongated, typically in mid to late June.  Spruce trees can be done […]

Tip of the Week – Prevent Road Salt Damage on Your Parkway Trees

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The hard winter we experienced is almost behind us, but the effects are lingering. While City Crews worked hard this winter to keep the streets free of ice, the road salt used can damage trees and shrubs near the street. Symptoms of salt damage on plants include “leaf scorch” around the leaf margins on a […]

Tip of the Week – Frost Cracking

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Frost cracking occurs when the tree bark separates from the wood. Interestingly, frost cracks are not caused by frost, but due to the tree wood drying and shrinking. This creates splits and openings in the tree, some big enough for a hand to fit through. Unfortunately this also makes the tree more susceptible to cankers […]