10 Favorite Evergreens for Mixed Screen Planting

When space permits, we like to screen views with a mixed evergreen planting, rather than a boring arborvitae hedge. Here’s a list of favorite evergreen trees in more compact sizes. All prefer full sun and grow 10’-20’ unless otherwise noted. Abies koreana – Korean Fir Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ – Weeping Alaskan Falsecypress – elegant upright leader with weeping branches; tolerates some light shade Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides’ &  taller C. pisifera cultivars – unusual, thread-like foliage texture…

Preventing Winter Moth Damage

Are your crabapple and maple trees looking like Swiss cheese? Tiny green winter moth caterpillars are the likely culprit. Winter moth caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants, but their favorites include maples (including Japanese maples), oaks, blueberries, apples, linden, ash, and horse chestnut. They also feed on roses and some perennials.  If you have had damage on trees in recent years, it’s important to treat early to prevent weakening the trees. Another benefit…

Asian Long-horned Beetle Update

This summer, I posted about what we’re doing to prevent the spread of Asian Long-horned Beetle infestations, and what homeowners can do.  Now that tree-pruning season is upon us, here’s an update. The City of Boston now has a more complete management strategy, which should save everyone headaches and money: Check to see if you’re in the quarantine zone by entering in your address here. When pruning, have branches* cut to manageable lengths (3′ max.)…

Asian Longhorned Beetle Update

If you’re in the Boston area, you’ve already heard about the discovery at Faulkner Hospital of six trees infested with the Asian Longhorned Beetle.  Yesterday, our managers and crew leaders attended a briefing by the USDA to learn about how the problem is being addressed in the landcare industry. What Can We Do? Our crews will be monitoring the properties we serve throughout the Boston area, and will be contacting the USDA if we see…

Maple Sugaring in the City

Last weekend, I attended Russells’ Winter Fair to educate guests about organic landcare and NOFA.  I shared a table with Natick Community Organic Farm, which is hosting a maple sugaring festival this Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m..  They’ll start out with a pancake breakfast, then demonstrate Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques, as well as offering tours of their modern maple sugaring operation. This year, even city-dwellers seem to be taking note of…

Assessing Tree Hazards

This fall, as you’re scuffing through the leaves, make sure to look up!  Heavy snow loads on branches make winter the most dangerous time of year for trees. Luckily, it’s also a great time to do tree work without damaging tender perennials and lawns. We’re happy to walk your property with you to evaluate potential hazards, but here are a few tips to get you started. Visually inspect the whole tree, including roots, root flare,…