Shade Trees on the Playground

Over the last decade or so, educators, parents and doctors have begun strenuously emphasizing the need for children to get outside and play. Often, the driving force is obesity prevention, but children also benefit psychologically from spending time outdoors. The Problem with Good Intentions There is a small problem with this goal. Increased time spent…

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Aphids that Infested Her Birch Trees

Evergreen Arborist Consultants recently received a call from a homeowner regarding aphids that infested her birch trees.  She was very concerned about treating the aphids without harming her pets.  The aphids were damaging the birch tree leaves and staining her concrete from the honeydew.  Honeydew is a sticky black liquid, secreted by aphids as they feed on plant…

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Will Fire Damaged Trees Recover

Will Fire Damaged Trees Recover?

Southern California has been hit by a series of wildfires that have damaged thousands of acres.  The fires have raged uncontrollably, fuelled by drought, high winds, and high temperatures.  What is the long term effect to trees that are damaged by wildfires?  If a tree has been burned and its leaves lost it may not…

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Exotic Beetle Killing Oak Trees

Exotic Beetle Killing Oak Trees

An exotic beetle has invaded Southern California and targeted coast live oaks. The tiny western oak bark beetle has long been a threat to the oaks but this variety brings a fungus with them that is now wreaking havoc on the iconic oaks. These pests are about the size of a grain of rice. Beetle…

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