Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a pest infestation that has become a major problem in the U.S. over the last 10 years. The outbreak of these tree pests has forced a quarantine to be placed on Ramsey, Hennepin, Houston and Winona counties, as cases of EAB have been found in areas close to Woodbury, Minnesota,…
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When it comes to adding new trees to your landscape, including those with an abundance of shade is a great decision. These trees not only shield the sun from us while we’re outside, but also shade and cool our homes. This natural air conditioning system can cut down on cooling costs during particularly warm months.…
While trees are an overall low-maintenance addition to your landscape, tree disease is an unfortunate and common occurrence. Bur Oak Blight (BOB), discovered by Dr. Tom Harrington of Iowa State University, has recently been reported in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. Cases of BOB have been found in Wayzata, Minnesota, among other cities. It is important…
Helpful Tips for Spring Tree Care Spring has officially begun in Minneapolis and now is the perfect opportunity to address your post-winter tree care needs. Spring is the optimal time to give your existing trees the care they need to stay radiant throughout the warmer seasons. Plus, reviewing and updating your landscape will improve…
If you’ve been looking for some new, unique trees to add to your tree-centric landscaping, you’re in luck. Below are several varieties of the ever popular Maple Tree that will fit nicely into many Minnesota landscapes.
Autumn Blaze Maple Tree
The Autumn Blaze Maple is a beautiful combination of the red maple tree and the silver maple tree. The colors explode in the fall to a gorgeous orange-red color. The tree itself is quite dense and makes for an excellent focal point in your yard. This tree is known for its unparalleled growth speed that keeps it safe from many insects and diseases that other trees are prone to. Because they are stronger than their Silver Maple counterpart, they are much less susceptible to storm damage as well. Over time this particular tree will grow to 50-60 feet in height and have a full spread of 30-40 feet, making it an excellent choice for expansive yards.
Knowing what to look for and plan for in each season is key to keeping your trees healthy. Below are a few tips for each season to help you plan the care of your yard or property.
• Is your tree behind when it breaks bud? Is your tree only half leafed out? These are both red flags in terms of your tree’s health.
• This is the best time to treat for leaf diseases including: apple scab, powdery mildew, rusts, needle diseases of pine and spruce, and anthracnose.
• Insects to look for include: plant bugs, leaf hoppers, tent caterpillars, pine sawfly.
• This is one of the best times to plant trees and shrubs (along with fall) so prepare for new additions to your landscape now.
• Now is an ideal time to treat your Ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer.