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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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Are Your Trees Suffering From Summer Heat Stress?

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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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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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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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Control Spread of Emerald Ash Borer in New Jersey: Remove Ash Trees in Winter

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As of August 2016, emerald ash borer has been found in New Jersey in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties. According to the NJ Department of Agriculture, ALL ash trees in NJ are at high risk for EAB infestation within the next few years. Control the spread of EAB by removing infected ash trees during the winter – it’s an ideal time to take down trees without damaging your lawn.

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