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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Fall 2014 - Spider Lift = Safety

Fall 2014 - Spider Lift = Safety By: Brent Kahn, ISA Certified Arborist #WI-0302A      Safety is always our top focus here at Wachtel Tree Science.  We are always looking for the newest tools, techniques, and equipment to work in the safest manner possible. Our recent addition of a self-propelled tracked lift, or “spider lift” as we like to call it, allows us to do this.      Our spider lift is a 70’ tall portable man lift and will go where other lifts just can’t go.  It operates on rubber tracks that allow the machine to maneuver over delicate turf and pavement without the impact of a heavier truck mounted lift.  This machine is also only 2’10.5” wide, allowing it access through a 36” wide gate. We can now get to trees that would have been impossible to get to in the past.  Safe Certified Arborists - Professional Tree Care   Climbing trees with a rope and saddle is physically demandin...

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Fall 2014 - Fall into Planting

By: Jean Ferdinandsen Certified Arborist WI-0149A Spring often excites us, especially in northern climates. It brings the promise of new growth and life, plus warmer temperatures.  But spring is not the only time to plant new trees and shrubs. Today’s  nursery market offers a large selection of plant material that has been dug at the proper time and held for planting,  either balled and burlaped  or  in containers. The number of trees and shrubs available in containers or pots has definitely increased. These are often easier to handle due to their size and weight than balled and burlaped (B&B) material. Both types can be planted at virtually any time during the growing season. Many trees and shrubs are also dug in the late summer and fall and are readily available at that time. The late summer and fall period can offer cooler temperatures and more regular rainfall which will help you get new plantings established. Deciduous trees and shrubs (those ...

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Spring 2014 - Back to the Future - Predictions Sure to Go Wrong

By Jake KubisiakISA Certified Arborist What can we expect for the 2014 season?  The stronger starting rotation should ease the burden on the bullpen.  Still need a first baseman and lead-off hitter……  Oh sorry this is the Wachtel TREE Science article.  What predictions can be made regarding this year’s tree and landscape issues?  What insect, disease or other issues are more likely to affect your trees this year?  Are there ways to avoid issues? The best indicator of future events is past behavior.  Although this might not help when it comes to the natural world there are a few items to consider when trying to predict a future event. Weather – What is the recent history? Trends – Have certain insects or disease becoming more common issues? Genetics - Is your tree of a susceptible variety? Pre-disposed? How healthy has the individual tree been over the last year or several years? Are there over-riding...

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Spring 2014 - Protect Your Landscape with Diversity

Spring 2014 - Protect Your Landscape with Diversity By Bill ReichenbachISA Certified Arborist WI-0188A ‘Diversity’ tends to be a hot-button topic in many circles these days.Diversity is defined as ‘The quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, ect.’Synonyms include ‘assortment’, ‘variety’ and ‘distinct’. So why are we talking about diversity in ‘The Plant Doctor’s Seasonal Report? Having a diverse selection of trees in your landscape plays an important role in the long-term stability of your property’s ‘ecosystem’. When an area has a high diversity of tree species, it is less likely to suffer catastrophic loss from diseases or pests. Forest stewards are lucky in the sense that most tree pests are specialists, they often show a preference for a single genus and in many cases a single species. Some examples of this include the specificity of butternut canker disease to butte...

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Spring 2014 - The Wachtel Team is Growing

Spring 2014 - The Wachtel Team is Growing! We are happy to announce that since June of 2013, we have added six outstanding people to our team including five arborists and one Client Service Representative.  Holly Zart and Cody Austin are both ISA Certified Arborists.  Holly comes to us from Mid-State Tech with a degree in Urban Forestry and Cody carries a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UW-Platteville.  Our arborist trainees Alec Schuppel, Luke Volbrecht and Troy Olson, continue to learn each day and are working towards their ISA Certification.  Alec joined our team from The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts/Photography.  Don’t be fooled by his lack of degree in the green industry.  Alec has proven to be an outstanding arborist!  Luke Volbrecht came to us from Gateway Technical College with a degree in Landscape Management, and Troy is a graduate of the Wildlife Ecology Research & Management program at UW Stevens Point.   Our newest te...

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Spring 2014-TCIA Safety Award

Spring 2014 - Wachtel Field Crew is Recognized Nationally for Safety Actions We are very proud of our safety and training programs.  On February 4th one of our crews was recognized by the Tree Care Industry Association for its actions in helping a member of the public.  The crew received an award for their actions at the national convention of the association on February 4th of this year.  This is the second time our staff has been recognized nationally for its actions that have involved the public. Here is the description of event that occurred last fall: The Wachtel Tree Science crew of Ryan Rodefer, Nathan Schuettpelz and Cody Austin were about to depart their first job of the day when a Fed-Ex truck backed into the neighbor’s driveway. Ryan and Nate heard something and saw the Fed-Ex employee, Shane, rolling on the ground in front of his truck. The victim told them that he thought he broke his leg and, in fact, he had a compound fracture of his lower leg. While Ryan called 91...

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Spring 2014 - Flowering Crabapples

Spring 2014 - Flowering Crabapples By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B Everyone is familiar with the gorgeous display crabapples have with  their overwhelming production of flowers in spring – what can warm us up after a long, long, winter better than these? I think we deserve this to look forward to after shoveling a hundred times and constantly freeing up our cars from winter’s icy grip! Crabapples should be beautiful even after they flower. They contribute interesting form and branch architecture, pleasing shades of green or colored foliage, fruit displays, and often fall color to the landscape. They frequently fill spaces in our gardens that uniquely suit crabapples. However, many types of crabapples begin to lose their beauty soon after flowering.  The spores of a fungus called apple scab infect the leaves as they are unfurling. The spores are carried long distances by the wind. Once the spores successfully infect the leaves, the fungus grows into oliv...

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Summer 2013-Pruning as Treatment (Why Tree Doctors Should Perform the Surgery)

Summer 2013-Pruning as Treatment (Why Tree Doctors Should Perform the Surgery) By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B Wachtel Tree Science has a well-deserved reputation for saving trees and solving complex tree problems. Not every tree can or even should be saved, given its condition, age, prognosis, remaining expected lifespan, risk of failure, or ability to fulfill its purpose in the landscape. However, when it is reasonable to pursue a course of action, utilizing the various treatment regimes at our disposal, Wachtel has a proven track record that is well known. Prospects and customers usually readily agree with this assessment of Wachtel, as we are known to have the most Certified Arborists in the State, most having degrees in Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resources or related fields. They put their trust in us to perform a wide variety of treatments to regain or sustain their trees’ health. I am surprise...

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Summer 2013-Got the Colorado Blues'?

Summer 2013-Got the Colorado Blues'? by:Bill Reichenbach Certified Arborist WI-0188A Over the past few years we have been seeing hundreds of Colorado spruce succumbing to various fungal disease organisms. White spruce and its variety ‘Black Hills’ are also problematic. Additionally, Austrian pine and Scots pine are suffering from disease and insect pressure. Though we can have a positive impact in managing many of these issues with timely pesticide sprays and fertilization programs, that is not the intent with this article. Rather the emphasis here is to suggest that we have other evergreens to consider planting. In some cases planting a new different tree, is better than treating an old one. One important point to make is that often we are putting these evergreens (conifers) in a bad position when we plant them. For the most part, spruce and pine perform best when planted in full sun with good air movement and good soil drainage. Too often they are planted in par...

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Summer 2013-Fungus Weather with an Update on Spruce

Summer 2013-Fungus Weather with an Update on Spruce By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board Certified Master Arborist We’ve had it again. The kind of weather that delayed summer, put a damper on many outdoor activities this spring, and made the mood a little bit more somber. Cool, wet weather has been prevalent for the first half of the 2013 growing season. Fungi love this weather and evidence of this fact is everywhere to be seen. We all know that familiar fungi like mold and mildew do best in cool, moist environments. It is the same with the fungi that bother trees. There are several kinds of fungi causing visible manifestations of their damage on many different species of trees. Many fungi form leafspots or lesions on the leaves of deciduous trees. These lesions start when spores land on wet or moist leaves in spring, and are too small to be seen at first. Over time, the fungus grows into a bigger and bigger spot, feeding on the leaf tissue as a parasite. Eventually, th...

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