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What is a Burl?

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We cover what a burl is, what it’s made out of, how it’s formed, which trees are more likely to grow burls, and what you should (and shouldn’t!) do if you find a burl in one of your trees.

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Rejuvenation or Renewal Pruning to Restore Overgrown Shrubs

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One of the things you might want to consider doing this spring is rejuvenation pruning (basically, cutting shrubs down to the ground). Done every three to five years, this extreme method of pruning can rejuvenate an overgrown or unsightly shrub. But, to be successful, it should be done at the right time, in the right way, and to the right shrubs.

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Why Are Woodpeckers Making Holes in My Trees?

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If woodpeckers are drilling holes in your trees it’s likely to indicate a much bigger problem, such as an insect infestation or dying tree. For example, it’s often the first visible sign of EAB infestation in ash trees. Find out why and how woodpeckers peck trees and what you can do about it.

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Removing Dead Ash Trees: Not a DIY Job!

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The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been infesting and killing ash trees in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania for several years, leaving behind acres of dead and dying trees. These dangerous trees should be removed ASAP. Here’s what you should know about how to do that safely, quickly and cost-effectively.

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6 Worst DIY Tree Pruning Mistakes

It doesn’t take a trained tree expert to spot a bad pruning job but it does take one to do the job right.

Unfortunately, we’re often called in to fix a DIY pruning job gone wrong – and sometimes we even have to remove the tree entirely because it can’t be saved.

If you plan to do some tree pruning around your property (or hire someone to do it for you), here’s a list of the top 6 tree pruning mistakes and how you can avoid making them.

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Best Spring-Flowering Trees for Central NJ & PA

When it comes to curb appeal, nothing beats the landscape statement of spring-flowering trees. Not only do they embrace spring with a profusion of gorgeous blooms, many are highly fragrant and provide food for pollinators. The best offer multi-seasonal interest in addition to their early flowers.

Our top picks for spring-flowering trees are resilient, beautiful, easy to maintain, and just right for growing in central New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They include regional natives, as well as well-behaved non-native trees with impressive spring flowers.

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