Tree Topics - Winter

Tree topping is a method often used to reduce the size or height of a tree. With this method, the top of some or all of the branches from a

Frost cracks are vertical cracks in a tree that are caused by temperature changes. They occur during winter when the daytime sun warms the bark causing tissue expansion. Later, when

We all know the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, but if you see this plant in your trees and shrubs beware. Mistletoes are parasites. These organisms live on trees

Tree fertilization and soil care in autumn dramatically improve growing conditions for your trees and shrubs.  In fact, you might be surprised to learn that soil conditions in urban and

Down a dark path, by a haunted house is a ghastly garden filled with spooky plants for Halloween! While not all of them are native to North America, it’s still

Why is the collaboration between a landscape architect and a Certified Arborist essential? The collaboration between a landscape architect and a Bartlett arborist brings together complementary skills and knowledge, resulting

Caring for Roses

Roses are one of the most popular garden plants in the world. In caring for roses, it’s important to understand the best conditions for growing them. A working knowledge of

Beech leaf disease (BLD) is an emerging disease caused by a nematode, or microscopic worm. We often don’t think of our trees as getting “sick.” However, just as people can

A girdling root is a root that circles around at least one side of the main trunk.  You’ll usually see them at or slightly below the soil surface.  These roots

Plant the right tree in the right place is a common mantra in the tree care industry.  However, how does a homeowner actually go about tree selection and why is

Tree borers and wood boring insects make their homes in the bark, trunks and branches of trees.  Living up to their name, these larvae ‘bore’ in trees, laying eggs and

Every tree we plant makes a difference.  That’s why we established the Bartlett Legacy Tree Program in 2014.  Through this program, Bartlett Tree Experts arborists distribute seedlings in schools, at

When caring for trees, it’s easy to see fungi as the enemy since it often causes disease and decay. However, there are mycorrhizal fungi that help trees. Symbiotic associations between

Mites are tiny arachnids that feed on chlorophyll, the substance that gives plants their lovely green color. They are related to ticks and spiders, but feed on trees and shrubs.

Winter is a good time to prune trees. With the leaves gone, a tree’s structure is clearly visible. This provides a direct sightline to the tree’s interior growth habits. As