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Memories of Love and of Trees

In Tree Poetry, You Can Grow That by Forest Keeper14 Comments

How often have you seen it?  Two sets of initials, and  a heart, carved into a tree. Universal… Just the sight of it brings to mind so many memories; both your own and the unknown memories of the one that left that  timeless inscription. Who were those two faceless lovebirds? Did they ever come back to this place to visit …

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Repairing Damaged Tree Bark

In Plant Health Care by Forest Keeper76 Comments

Sometimes Trees Get Damaged Maybe it’s a careless maneuver with the new lawn mower, or maybe it’s your neighbor  who was busy making a phone call while backing out  of his driveway. Whatever the cause might be, sometimes our trees can incur trunk damage. Damaged tree bark   is not just an aesthetic problem but it can be a pretty serious …

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Repairing a Damaged Cryptomeria Tree

In From the Field by Forest Keeper4 Comments

Damaged Tree Splitting From The Top Down Our friends at the Bluefish Bed and Breakfast in Harwich MA called us the other day with an alarming tree problem. A large Cryptomeria japonica on their property had begun to split down the middle from the top down. It wasn’t  a windy day and we hadn’t had any recent snow fall, but …

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PEST ALERT! Crpyt Gall Wasp.

In Insects by Forest Keeper9 Comments

Early Spring 2012, Oak trees all along  the coastal areas of Falmouth, Yarmouthport and Brewster began showing very serious signs of die-back and stress. It was not very clear at first what was going on with these distressed trees. Perhaps these trees were suffering from the salty blasts of wind they received from Hurricane Irene  the previous year. After all, …

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Eastern White Pine ( Pinus strobus)

In Native Trees of the North East by Forest Keeper2 Comments

Description: Eastern White Pine  ( Pinus strobus) is a hardy and valuable conifer.  The largest of the northeastern conifers, a magnificent evergreen with  straight trunk and  and a crown of horizontal branches: 1 row added each year.  Prized for it’s lumber Eastern White Pine has been used for construction, millwork, trim, and pulpwood. Younger trees have replaced the once seemingly …

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Emerald Ash Borer in Massachusetts

In Insects by Forest KeeperLeave a Comment

Emerald Ash Borer- Perhaps the most destructive insect of this decade Maybe you have heard of the Emerald Ash Borer already. This destructive little insect has been in the news quite a bit over the past few years as it has left tens of millions of dead Ash trees (genus Fraxinus)  in its wake as it has spread across North …

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Strong Root Systems- “You Can Grow That”

In You Can Grow That by Forest Keeper10 Comments

Okay, So here’s the bottom line. Do you want the trees that you’ve planted to be healthy and live a long, fruitful life?  Then you need to be thinking about the parts of the tree that, for the most part, go unnoticed. THE ROOTS!  Healthy roots= healthy trees. Now we could get in to the biology and physiology of trees …

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Northern Red Oak

In Native Trees of the North East by Forest Keeper2 Comments

Description: Northern Red Oak ( Quercus rubra) of the Fagaceae family is a widespread, common Oak of the open woods. It is one of the largest Oaks, occasionally 125′ high. An important lumber species, mostly used for flooring, furniture, millwork, railroad cross ties, fence posts and pilings. A popular and handsome shade tree, with good form and dense foliage. Northern …

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Defects in Trees May Require Tree Removal

In Tree Removal by Forest Keeper9 Comments

Storm Damaged Repair and Tree Removal After a hurricane or nor’ easter, a major cause of property damage and power outages is, of coarse tree failure.  Falling tree limbs and trees up-rooted from high winds or an ice storm can put your property and personal safety a in potential jeopardy.After a storm, we often receive many calls here on Cape …