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 2012 - In Person Diagnoses

Fall 2012 - The Importance of In- Person Tree Diagnoses We hear this question all the time: “Can you tell me what’s wrong with my tree over the phone?” Asking for a tree care diagnosis over the phone may seem plausible, but it would be much like calling your doctor and asking for a physical over the phone. While an arborist may be able to recognize some of the symptoms you’re describing, the real tree problem may not be immediately noticeable. In order to effectively assess a tree’s condition and its needs, your Certified Arborist should be onsite to view the tree. Fall and winter are great times to look at trees! Call our office to arrange a property tour with your Certified Arborist.

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Fall 2012 -Train Pruning

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

 By: Jean Ferdinandsen, Certified Arborist WI-0149A

The primary objective of pruning young trees is to develop a framework of sturdy, well spaced branches on a strong trunk. Good branch structure, proper form, and tree strength all develop with training pruning.

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Summer 2012 - Spruce Balance

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

 By: Anthony C. Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B 

Many spruce are deteriorating rapidly. Only a short drive around the neighborhood will reveal how prevalent the condition is. Their needles are browning on the inside portions of the branches, causing the trees to thin more and more.

The problem is a fungus that attacks the needles – Rhizosphaera Needlecast.  Since so many spruce have become infected, it is imperative that it be mentioned again.

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Summer 2012 - Wrong Way Roots

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

 By: Ron Gumz, Certified Arborist MN-0324A

Sometimes things you cannot see can be a problem.  Certainly this is the case with most root problems of trees.  Stem girdling roots are one type of root issue that can cause big troubles for a tree without ever being seen.

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Summer 2012 - Construction

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

By: Jean Ferdinandsen, Certified Arborist WI-0149A

Trees are a large component of a home site.  Retaining trees in good condition is worth the effort, especially during a construction project.

In order to give your trees their best chance of survival during, and after, construction.  Get a Certified Arborist involved early in the process.  Develop and follow a tree preservation plan before starting any work.

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Spring 2012 - EAB Lessons

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

 

By: John Gall, Municipal Specialist WI-0249AM, & Ron Gumz, Certified Arborist MN-0324A 

Sometimes when we are faced with a new challenge such as emerald ash borer (EAB), it can be less stressful if we can learn from others who have had similar experiences.  Many common interest network groups are based on this premise.  Thankfully, here in southeast Wisconsin, we have experience and knowledge gained from many other communities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan who have been dealing with EAB much longer than we have.  This network of tree care professionals has given us many insights on how to deal with the impending rise in numbers of EAB in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Spring 2012 - EAB Lessons

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

 

By: John Gall, Municipal Specialist WI-0249AM, & Ron Gumz, Certified Arborist MN-0324A 

Sometimes when we are faced with a new challenge such as emerald ash borer (EAB), it can be less stressful if we can learn from others who have had similar experiences.  Many common interest network groups are based on this premise.  Thankfully, here in southeast Wisconsin, we have experience and knowledge gained from many other communities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan who have been dealing with EAB much longer than we have.  This network of tree care professionals has given us many insights on how to deal with the impending rise in numbers of EAB in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Spring 2012 - Mosquitos

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

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

In the daytime, they are only seldom seen, because they hide and avoid the sunlight. But their strength returns once the sun goes down. Then, when an unsuspecting victim wanders too near their haunts, they are able to make their move. They try to be silent, only the slight sound of their flapping wings might give them away. Then they find a vulnerable victim, and withdraw the life-giving blood.

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Spring 2012 - Needlecast

Fall 2010 Newsletter in Adobe PDF format

 By: Jeff Hagfors, Certified Arborist WI-0181A

As I drive around the “Badger” state, I am noticing many Colorado Spruce trees that look thin or transparent. In most cases the cause for this is Rhizosphaera needle cast. This is a fungal disease on the needles that flourishes during cool wet springs as the new needle growth is taking place. The cool wet spring will increase the duration and severity of the incubation period, causing the disease to be worse. We have seen the past 5 years with unusually cool wet springs. Rhizosphaera needle cast can also be found on Douglas fir, White Spruce and Black Hills Spruce.

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