Tree & Shrub Care

On this page, you'll find everything from the best trees for specific conditions to DIY tree care techniques, common tree problems, seasonal issues, how to reduce tree hazards, and much more.

5 Best Trees for Fall Color in Central NJ and PA

Fall is a great time of year for many trees, especially those with gorgeous fall color. We share our favorite trees with the best fall colors that do well in the eastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey areas.
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winter pruning

Benefits of Winter Pruning (For Your Trees & Your Wallet)

Did you know that pruning trees in winter has many benefits? In some cases, it's the only time of year to prune safely. Here are the details ...
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dead ash tree

Removing Dead Ash Trees: Not a DIY Job!

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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Top 18 Benefits of Trees

18 reasons why you should plant a tree today! Learn the social, health, economic, and environmental benefits of trees in urban and suburban communities.
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summer heat stress affects trees

Are Your Trees Suffering From Summer Heat Stress?

During the summer, trees sometimes suffer from heat stress. In this article, we go over what exactly it is, how you can spot it, and how you can keep your trees healthy and stress-free throughout the worst of the summer heat.
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woodpecker

Why Are Woodpeckers Making Holes in My Trees?

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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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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When and Why To Prune Fruit Trees in Central NJ/PA

Do your fruit trees have a lot of fruit each year, or are there just a few here and there? Are they healthy, or do they need constant spraying to keep disease and insects at bay? Fruit trees, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and others, need regular pruning to stay healthy and provide you with plentiful fruit. And believe it or not, that pruning is best done in late winter or early spring.
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Autumn Shrub Care Tips

Many shrubs, especially broadleaf evergreens like hollies, boxwood, laurels and rhododendrons, can be easily damaged by brutal winter weather. Instead of lush green leaves, you end up with crispy brown ones. So we're sharing these autumn shrub care tips to help you protect your valuable shrubs from severe winter conditions.
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Why is My Tree Dying? What’s Killing My Tree?

New customers often want to know why their tree is dying - and the answer is often the same... You've probably seen many cases of a mulching technique called "mulch volcanoes". You may have even done it yourself. But did you know that it could be the reason why your tree is dying?
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Why Tree Limbs Fall In Your Yard

              Trees can develop improperly formed limbs because of disease, insect, injury or poor pruning practices.  And, the growth patterns of certain tree species are just more inclined to do so.  The following article, sent from the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) to its members, helps you understand why…
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