Plant Doctor's Seasonal Report

The Plant Doctor's Seasonal Report brings you the most important and interesting seasonal Wisconsin tree care information. This is where our Wisconsin Certified Arborists share their experience and passion for all aspects of the tree care industry. From preventative plant health care topics like the Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer epidemic to daily happenings at the Wachtel office, the Plant Doctor's Seasonal Report keeps you informed.

Read below to see the most up to date tree care information from our Wachtel staff of Certified Arborists and Wisconsin tree care specialists. For even more information on important tree care, take a look at our Wisconsin tree care news blog.

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Evergreen Protection

By: Jeffrey P. Hagfors, Certified Arborist

Spring 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format Springtime is here? Actually, you will have washed the salt from your car about twenty times and changed the motor oil twice in the 6 months between now and when the spring sun warms the landscape. But it is not until then that you will notice the damage that winter and the prolonged drought of 2002-2003 has caused to your valuable landscape evergreens.

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Root Power

By: Anthony C. Arnoldi, Certified Arborist

Spring 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format As the root system goes, so goes the health of the tree.” This old adage that many plantsmen of yore lived by, has its basis in strong factual science. This is why a transplanted tree will spend 5 years desperately trying to replace its root system FIRST. A tree will die if there is not a sufficient root system to support its growing top.

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Air Spade

By: Dave Scharfenberger, Certified Arborist

Spring 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format This is a new term that everyone is still getting used to. It is the name of an exciting new tool we use to excavate around the base of trees. The tool uses compressed air to blow away the soil and leaves even fine roots unharmed. What used to be the most tedious job in the company is now one of the most interesting!

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Mitey Arborvitae Wreckers

By: Jean Ferdinandsen, Certified Arborist

Winter 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format Arborvitae or white cedar (Thuja spp.) are a common and valued evergreen in our Wisconsin landscape. They are often used for screening purposes. All arborvitae have evergreen, scale-like leaves arranged in flat sprays and small dried capsules as fruits.

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Wachtel is Professional Arboriculture

By: Jeffrey P. Hagfors, Certified Arborist

Winter 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format It takes great knowledge, thought and experience to properly diagnose and treat complicated tree health problems. At Wachtel we are committed to maintaining the highest level of professional care to trees and shrubs. With thirteen Certified Arborists, and over 260 years of combined experience, we are the leaders in professional arboriculture.

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Dutch Elm Disease An ounce of prevention

By: Jeffrey P. Hagfors, Certified Arborist

Winter 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format Dutch Elm Disease (DED) is a fungus that attacks the vascular system of elm trees. The disruption occurs as the rapidly colonizing fungus quickly outpaces the tree’s natural defenses and the tissue becomes plugged up. The leaves wilt because they no longer get any water from the roots and the tree dies.

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Trunk Injections Yes or No?

By: Paul Markworth, Certified Arborist

Spring 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format The pros and cons of injecting material directly into a tree's trunk.

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Drought Damage

By: Anthony Arnoldi, Certified Arborist

Winter 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format It may seem strange to talk about, but the time we have spent in dry conditions has added up over the past 9-10 months. This trend has actually been going on longer than that and has been bad enough to lower the water level in Lake Michigan! Trees have been inpacted by this as well and we’ll discuss how they react to drought and what can be done to help them.

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What Can Happen To Your Trees If They Are Not Properly Pruned?

By: Jeffrey P. Hagfors, Certified Arborist

Winter 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format The benefits of tree pruning can be better understood when a single question is asked: What can happen to my trees if they are not properly pruned? The response to this question is not one single answer—it is a number of equally important answers. Let’s review the dangers your trees face if they are not properly pruned.

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Award Winning Work

Winter 2003 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format Wachtel wins a National Arborist Association Excellence in Arboriculture Grand Award.

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