Why Prune Trees?

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There are many reasons to prune and many types of pruning. The first thing to know is what you are trying to achieve. Pruning objectives like hazard reduction and maintenance include one or more of the following: Safety Concerns or Risk Reduction Tree Health Management Clearance or Crown Raising from Utility Lines or Structures Vista Pruning to Enhance View or …

Safety First… Man vs. Plants: Ice Melt

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As the winter unleashes on our landscapes and sidewalks we are forced to make an important decision; do we put down de-icing chemical or not? Clearing of the sidewalks, driveways and road by shoveling or plowing alone is not often adequate to ensure safety. There are various ice melt compounds available to aid us. Some can be expensive and others …

A Plug on Aeration

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Core aeration is the removal of quarter sized plugs of soil reaching 2-3 inches deep and 4 inches apart. The plugs are used for top dressing are absorbed back into the lawn after a few rainfalls. Benefits  Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere  Enhanced water intake- Loosing compacted reduces water run-off by more than 50%.  …

Topping: A Hideous Practice

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There is a hideous practice that has been going on for decades and the entire arborist community is trying to stop it. This sad and damaging trend is the negligent topping of trees! Topping can be referred to as hat racking, stubbing off, shearing or murder. The official definition as put forth by the International Society of Arboriculture is “The …

Ewe….. a Hobo Spider

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What is a Hobo spider? This spider was introduced to the Pacific Northwest from Europe. It was given a common name “aggressive house spider”, which has now been changed back to its original name. The hobo spider is of importance because of its ability to cause necrotic spider bites similar to those of the brown recluse. The hobo spider is …

Turf Tips

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What can I do to achieve that award-winning lawn? There are several things to keep in mind when keeping areas planted in grass, or turf, healthy. LawnTech is known for creating the best lawns. Here are a few tips we have learned in our over 30 years of experience in East Idaho. Mowing Lawns should be maintained at a 2 …