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Requiem for a Species

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Once Spring kicks into high gear and we see cherry blossoms and forsythia coloring our landscape, sadly we will wonder why so many of our Ash trees are failing to leaf out. Though not the most important of our hardwoods, the Ash is a shade tree with several good features. There are many fine old specimen about and countless more gracing our hedgerows and roadways.

Accidently introduced into northeastern Ulster County years ago, the Emerald Ash Borer (E.A.B.) has been inflicting its damage underneath the bark of the Ash tree unseen by human eyes. As it feeds it quietly completes its life cycle and then moves on to lay hundreds of eggs infecting other Ash trees. Not many people are aware of this and before long there will only be a handful left.

A few of you took us up on our offer to treat your Ash trees and protect them from this deadly menace. Though the jury is still out on some, most of the trees that we treated are still thriving. The key to success, we’ve learned, is to begin treatment before E.A.B. is present in significant numbers and to be timely with annual “booster shots”.

If you believe you have Ash trees that are worthy of being protected or if your trees require a “booster”, the time to act is now. The window of opportunity is closing. Last year we cut down and removed more Ash trees than any other species and sadly that will continue for the next few years. For more information please contact us.

Did you notice how magnificent the Magnolia flowers were this Spring?  You could have missed it because not long after they bloomed we had a freeze which ruined the blossoms.  The trees themselves will survive the cold, but while we’re thinking about flowering trees, please know the best time to prune them is after the flowers have fallen. This allows the trees time to recover, grow, and set flower buds for the next Spring. Thus this is a good opportunity to get your Magnolia or other specimen trees cut back and into good shape and never lose a year’s bloom. Flowering and other ornamental trees are higher maintenance than shade or evergreen trees. More frequent pruning keeps them attractive, healthy, and minimizes leaf disease issues. Please call us for a free estimate.


This wonderful specimen Weeping Cherry has been under our care for 25 years!

Did you know that a well treed landscape can harbor or be home to different forms of wildlife, many of which will actually benefit the eco-system? Squirrels come to mind as they love to climb and nest in the trees. They serve to clean up unwanted seeds or nuts falling on our lawns or driveways. Bats are undervalued co-habitants as they are veritable insect eating machines and go a long way to control insect pests. Owls can be an interesting addition to a country landscape. They love the cover of a stand of trees nearby an open space and are fairly easy to attract. They manage rodent populations better and safer than traps and poisons. Here’s a shot of our climber putting up an Owl house 20’ up in a Maple tree. A tenant in this house will keep moles and mice from overrunning your yard.