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Celebrate The Trees For Arbor Day in Portland

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Celebrate The Trees For Arbor Day in Portland

There’s no second-guessing Oregon’s dedication to trees. Portland as well as Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Tualatin, Happy Valley, Sherwood, Tigard, Troutdale and Gresham have all been named “Tree City USA.” Our state legally celebrates Arbor Day for entire week, and the whole month of April is filled with fun tree-related activities. History of Arbor Day in the USA In 1854, pioneer, journalist, and tree-lover J. Sterling Morton moved into the Nebraska territory with his wife, and they immediately decided to plant trees and shrubs all around their property. Morton soon became editor of...

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How To Naturally Remove Moss From Trees

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How To Naturally Remove Moss From Trees

If you are not a person who considers moss attractive, you may want to remove it from your trees at the first sign of it. On a tree that gets partial sun, moss might only grow on the northern facing side of the tree. But if its in full shade, moss can grow on any side. No need to panic, however, because most moss plants are epiphyte. This means they are not parasitic and they derive their nutrition from the air, not the tree. Removing Moss from Trees Although moss isn’t usually harmful, if it overtakes your trees it can smother new buds and become a nuisance if you have a lot of...

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Spring-Flowering Trees To Watch For In Portland

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Spring-Flowering Trees To Watch For In Portland

Springtime is here and we are all anxiously waiting for the trees, shrubs and flowers to bloom. You’ve probably already noticed the cherry trees blossoming along with the camellias and daffodils. Wherever you spot them, trees that flower in the Spring are always a welcome sign of changing seasons and warmer temperatures to come (unless, of course, you’re an allergy sufferer). Here are four flowering trees to watch for around town between March and May. Ornamental Cherry The delicate pink and white blossoms of ornamental cherry trees are among the very first to sprout in March The varieties...

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Is Your Tree A Liability?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Is Your Tree A Liability?

Do you have a tree on your property that has you wondering what would happen if it fell in a storm? What if it fell on your neighbor’s house? Would you have to pay for the damages? This question is asked a lot when wind storms are rolling in and out. Below we’ll discuss a few different situations and how to avoid the worst case scenario. A healthy tree on your property falls and causes damage to your neighbor’s home. In this case, your neighbor’s homeowner’s insurance policy would respond to damage and removal of debris. The critical part of this outcome (and that of all the cases we...

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4 of The World’s Deadliest Trees

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

4 of The World’s Deadliest Trees

Most of the time, trees are pretty harmless. We are safe to stand beneath them and marvel at their beauty. The trees on this list, however, could kill you if you get too close. 1. The Manchineel Tree There’s actually a tree holding the Guinness World Record for “World’s Most Dangerous Tree.” It’s the Manchineel Tree and it is found primarily in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The tree’s bark is covered in sap that will cause blindness and blistering of the skin should it come into contact with a person or animal. Even standing under a Manchineel in the rain can result in skin blistering,...

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How To Prepare Your Fruit Trees For Spring

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How To Prepare Your Fruit Trees For Spring

While it may be cold outside, and large parts of the country are still firmly in the grip of the ‘polar vortex,’ Spring is coming – and with it, new growth on your fruit trees. Now is the perfect time to prepare them for warming temperatures, before you have to scramble to get your orchards ready for a productive growing season. Test Your Soil The first step you should take is to get your soil tested and measure it’s pH level. If the soil isn’t at the level it needs to be, you’ll have to make adjustments, and it’s best to do it now rather than later....

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