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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Spring 2013 FAQ Crabapple

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

By: Janet Doss Certified Arborist# WI-0179A

Why isn’t mine done?

Applications are made according to geographic areas.  Applications begin in the S. W. starting in Walworth County and move north and east from there. The  last applications take place along the Lake Michigan shoreline  communities where its cooler by the lake and plant growth is behind the western communities.

It rained after you sprayed. 

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Spring 2013 Plant health Care Calendar

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Winter 2013 - Water Elixir

Arborists Newsletter

By: Jean Ferdinandsen, Certified Arborist WI-0149A

Water is the greatest component of most living things. We know how revitalizing a drink of water can be when thirsty. Water has been found to be the most limiting factor for plant growth. The results of lack of water may not show up immediately on large trees, but will be become evident in the next few years.

Tree systems shut down under dry conditions. Water uptake and photosynthesis are reduced. Fine roots desiccate and die. A dangerous spiral of decline starts.

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Winter 2013 - Tree Planting

Arborists Newsletter

By: Bill Reichenbach, Certified Arborist WI-0188A

Planting trees is one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can undertake. The benefits of trees are many!  Planting, nourishing, and watching a tree grow is a very emotionally gratifying experience.

Planting trees the right way insures that your investment thrives and will sustain us in so many ways. At Wachtel, we take great care in using the best techniques when handling and planting trees.

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Winter 2013-Time Machine

Arborists Newsletter

By: Ron Gumz, Certified Arborist MN-0324A

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a time machine that could take you into the future to get a glimpse of what may be coming our way?  People often say of tragedies that if they could have known what was coming, they likely would have handled the events differently.  Well, we are on the cusp of a disaster with our ash tree population due to emerald ash borer (EAB).  Though we do not have a time machine to bring us news from the future, we do have the experience from other areas of the country that provides a very accurate forecast for our area.

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Winter2013-Help4DroughtTrees

Arborists Newsletter

By: Tony Arnoldi, Board Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B

The big concern arborists have is what the extent of reaction to the great heat and drought of 2012 will be. Efforts to mitigate, ease, and compensate this reaction will increase the survival rate and reduce the loss of roots and crown that would occur otherwise.

Pruning is helpful in this effort. In addition to increasing tree health through a carefully considered Crown Cleaning Pruning that a certified arborist can do, this same pruning can reduce the tree’s demand for energy, water and nutrients. Branches that are diseased, infested, damaged, rubbing, etc. necessitates the tree to devote resources to them - detracting from the energy needed by the tree for basic life functions. This energy is even more limiting during drought conditions. Removing these kinds of branches has a lasting beneficial effect for years to come. Healthy branches make food (energy) for the tree and should not be removed during drought.

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Winter 2013-Crystal Ball

Winter 2013- A Crystal Ball for 2013?

A Crystal Ball for 2013?

By: Dave Scharfenberger Board Certified Master Arborist WI-0131

by: Dave Scharfenberger, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0131B I wish I had a crystal ball or the ability to read tea leaves (I guess that really should be tree leaves!). Fact is, no one can predict what will happen this year. Although by reviewing what happened last year we can make some good educated guesses. So here goes:

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Fall 2012-Healthy Soils

Arborists Newsletter 

                                                   Healthy Soils Make Healthy Trees

                                               By: Ron Gumz Certified Arborist MN-0324A

Below the surface of the soil lies a complex soil food web we will likely never see. Without it, much of the plant life we enjoy would not be able to exist. The soil food web consists of many organisms that are beneficial to the health of the soil. This beneficial web is plentiful in an undisturbed forest setting, but can be diminished or lacking in some of the soils we have around our homes where our trees are trying to exist.

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Fall 2012-Drought

Arborists Newsletter

Drought Damage – What is it? Do My Trees Have it? and What Does it Mean for Them?

 By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist

These are the questions on everyone’s mind following the deepest drought on record for southeastern Wisconsin. It is easy to see the problems for annuals, perennials, and turf, but how about the trees? Many look “ok” now – are they?

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Summer2012-Calendar

262-538-1900 www.healthytrees.com wachtel@wachteltree.com   WI-002     © Copyright 2012 – Wachtel Tree Science Drought Alert! Our trees are stressed. WATER, WATER, WATER! Call your Arborist to evaluate your trees. SUMMER & FALL PLANT HEALTH CARE CALENDAR (262) 538-1900 Water Birches, Spruces and new trees if less than 1" rain/week ................... Bark beetle control on evergreens ...................................................................... Treat chlorosis with soil injected iron ................................................................ Protect Elms from Dutch elm disease ............................................................... Protect Oaks from oak wilt................................................................................... Mite control ............................................................................................................ Treat Sycamore anthracnose ....

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