How Important is Landscaping

How Important is Landscaping

How Important is Landscaping for Your Home   The size and general appearance of course can make this happen. But the look of the yard and property are probably the main things that catch your eye. That’s because you must look past the yard to see the house. Your yard can make or break the first impression of you, your home and your lifestyle. Landscape is a great Investment Quite often,...

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The World’s Oldest Trees

The World’s Oldest Trees

The World’s Oldest Trees   Trees can grow to astoundingly old ages. As a matter of fact, trees (along with certain other plants such as Namibia’s famous Welwitschia) make up some of the oldest known living organisms on the planet. Certain types of trees have attained incredible longevity through a number of unique capabilities, such as the ability to replace lost or damaged organs (above...

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Record Levels of Pollen

Record Levels of Pollen

Record Levels of Pollen in North Carolina   It is hard to decide what caused more accumulation, the blizzard from a few months ago or this year’s bumper crop of tree pollen! In all seriousness, the pollen this year is one for the record books. According to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Natural Resources’ Air Quality Division  (just be glad you do not have to write that...

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Emergency Tree Removal

Emergency Tree Removal

Emergency Tree Removal in Durham   Last week we received a call from a mortgage company that owns a vacant property in Durham where a major section of a willow oak had fallen into the house, causing a considerable amount of damage. Thank goodness the house was vacant, otherwise there may have been injuries! For good reason, they needed us to remove the tree immediately. Once we arrived on...

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Tree Pruning

Tree Pruning

There are three aspects to consider when pruning a tree. Crown cleaning, thinning and raising.   Crown Cleaning This technique is the selective removal of dead, diseased, broken, or weakly attached branches from a tree crown. The is the most common pruning technique for landscape trees. Crown Thinning Thinning includes crown cleaning as well as selective removal of branches to increase...

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Mulching Tips: Organic Landscaping with Woodchips

Mulching Tips: Organic Landscaping with Woodchips

Mulching is a great way to keep moisture in the soil. It is also beneficial because as it decomposes, it will be adding organic matter back into the ground.   How high should I pile the mulch? 3″-4″ of mulch is perfect. However, do not allow the mulch to build up near the trunk. If there is a significant amount of mulch at the trunk, it will encourage root collar rot. If your...

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