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June Winner

Congratulations the Tess family&nbsp;of Brookfield. The Tess's are the sixth of our year long monthly contest winners in our 75th Anniversary celebration.&nbsp; Our Plant Health Care applicators were at the Tess property on two occasions during the month of June. &nbsp;&nbsp;Applications were applied to help control Fletcher scale on Arborvitae and Needlecast on Colorado Spruce.&nbsp; We have been helping Mr. and Mrs. Tess care for their property for a number of years and look forward to our next visit to check the progress of our programs. Our prize for the Tess's is a selection of autographed books written by a friend of our company Melinda Myers.&nbsp; Melinda is well known through out Wisconsin and the Midwest as an expert horticulturist that you may have seen on the TV or heard on the radio.&nbsp; Learn more about Melinda on her website. &nbsp; As a reminder; we enter your name in our monthly drawing each time we perform a service at your home during the month. The prize f...

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May Winner

Congratulations to Sarah and Michael Gilman of Mequon. The Gilman’s are the fifth of our year long monthly contest winners in our 75th Anniversary celebration.&nbsp; Our Plant Health Care applicators were at the Gilman’s property on two occasions during the month of May. Wachtel Tree Science has been caring for the Gilman’s trees for a number of years and we look forward to continuing to help keep the property looking great!&nbsp; Our prize for Sarah and Michael is a $75.00 gift certificate to Minor’s Garden Center located at 777 N. 76 St. in Milwaukee. As a reminder; we enter your name in our monthly drawing each time we perform a service at your home during the month. &nbsp;The prize for our June drawing will be a selection of autographed books written by a friend of our company Melinda Myers.&nbsp; Melinda is well known through out Wisconsin and the Midwest as an expert horticulturist that you may have seen on the TV or heard on the radio.&nbsp; Learn more about Melinda at:...

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75th Anniversary Celebration

We are celebrating our 75th year in business with a monthly drawing and have had 5 winners so far this year.&nbsp; To become a winner you must have at least one service performed at you home or business during the month. Your name is then entered in a drawing where we pick a winner at the end of each month.&nbsp; You name is entered every time we are on your property, even if it’s more than one time in a month. You can read more about the winners and the gifts they received at http://blog.healthytrees.com/ . Our contest will continue through the end of 2010…….Good luck! Submitted By: Jeff Wilson:&nbsp;Certified Arborist #IL0099a &nbsp;Wachtel Tree Science

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Interrupting Gypsy Moth Activity with BugBarrier

There may be three opportunities for the BugBarrier Tree Band to stop gypsy moth and interrupt its lifecycle. It can be applied anytime from early spring through mid summer. After Labor Day, however, it should be removed and a new band applied the following spring. 1) BugBarrier Tree Band applied in spring (by late April) &nbsp;&nbsp;is a protective measure to stop young larvae hatched in the lower part of the tree, or in nearby areas, from &nbsp;climbing up to feed on the foliage of uninfested trees. &nbsp;2) In the summer, during their period of peak feeding activity, gypsy moth caterpillars take frequent trips (sometimes daily) down the trunk to spend the heat of &nbsp;&nbsp;the day in the cooler understory. They then crawl back &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;up in the evening. These larvae are able to cross down over BugBarrier Tree Band to reach the ground but cannot cross the band to get back into the canopy, thereby reducing infestation levels and tree defoliation. &nbsp;3) The thir...

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What the Right Tree Can Do for You

You may have heard the phrase “the right tree for the right place.” But why is that important and what does it mean when choosing and planting a tree? &nbsp;Trees are long-term assets to your property. They cannot be easily moved like furniture or painted over when you’re tired of the color. They take many years to mature and removing an undesirable tree can be costly.&nbsp; So it is best to consider and plan carefully. &nbsp;Several factors should be considered with your tree selection. Hardiness assures it will survive our Wisconsin winters. Heat tolerance indicates if trees are acclimated to our hot summers. The two factors together make sure the tree is suitable for our seasons and area. &nbsp;Your tree choice will be influenced by: its mature size; the level of maintenance required; the aesthetic or functional features of the tree and for how many seasons of the year; limiting insect or disease issues; and the life span of the tree (this can vary widely). The initial cost...

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April Winner

Congratulations to Bob Kraus of New Berlin. Bob is the fourth of our year long monthly contest winners in our 75th Anniversary celebration.&nbsp; One of our PHC applicators fertilized two spruce trees in his yard during April as part of a two part program to help control Needlecast, a harmful disease of Spruce trees. Our applicators will also be applying fungicide sprays to the spruces in the spring season as the second part of Bob's program.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; The prize for&nbsp;April was a $75 gift certificate to Johnson's Nursery&nbsp;&nbsp; at W180 N6275 Marcy Rd&nbsp;in Menomonee Falls or to Johnson's Gardens&nbsp;at 8504 Hwy 60&nbsp;in Cedarburg. If you have never been to Johnson's they have a wide selection of trees, shrubs and flowers at both locations. As a reminder; we enter your name in our monthly drawing each time we perform a service at your home during the month.&nbsp;The prize for our May drawing will be a $75 gift certificate for Minor's Garden Cen...

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Staying Power

I read a couple of dozen trade and business journals a month.&nbsp; I also have a file on my computer labeled, “Sayings.”&nbsp; Whenever I read a one or two line quote that I feel has significance with respect to how I would like to manage my personal and/or business life, I add it to my Sayings list. &nbsp;Several months ago I added the following quote of Chris Coswell’s.&nbsp; “With any service-oriented business, length in business is generally synonymous with quality of service:&nbsp; the good companies survive while the bad ones fail.”&nbsp; This struck a chord with me since Wachtel Tree Science &amp; Service was founded in 1935 and is now in its 73rd year. &nbsp;Last week as I was going through some old files I came across a few old Metro-Milwaukee Yellow Pages with notes on prices, ad size, etc.&nbsp; I thought of Coswell’s quote and decided to examine the ads and see who was still in business. &nbsp;Under the heading of Tree Service there were 27 companies listed in the...

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What Does 2010 Hold for Us?

Predicting the potential insect and disease problems for the coming year is a helpful tool that guides us in what to watch for. We pool our collective experiences and take our best guess. Here is what we will be looking for: Insects: Japanese Beetles: Their numbers will continue to increase over time! With all of the attention on EAB, this one will catch many people by surprise. This insect builds rapidly to very high numbers and can be a nuisance to people. In addition, they defoliate a wide range of plants. See our fall ‘08 issue on line at www.healthytrees.com. Watch for lacey looking leaves appearing during the summer. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB): Many more discoveries are sure to come this year. We still could be a year or two away from starting to see a lot of dying ash but it is coming. Two-line Chestnut Borer (oaks) and Ips Bark Beetles (conifers): These pests continue to affect a wide variety of trees. If you have been plagued with these in the past, be sure to keep up...

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Updated Website

We just uploaded numerous newsletter articles&nbsp;that weren't on the website from 2009 &amp; 2010. There are also a couple new groups on the News &amp; Resources page. You can now easily find EAB information, the 75th Anniversary winners, our plant health care calendars, and news updates. Please go and check it out! Reminder: All Wachtel Arborists are Certified!!!!&nbsp; We now have 22 Certified Arborists and 3 Board Certified Master Arborists on staff. That covers all of our production and sales staff!!!

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March Winner

Congratulations to Tom and Vicky Bonesho of Brookfield. They are the third of our year long monthly contest winners in our 75th Anniversary celebration. &nbsp;Our tree crew performed the removal of a Willow tree and pruning of a few other trees.&nbsp; They also had a visit from a Plant Heath Care applicator that fertilized a number of their trees.&nbsp; Tom and Vicky have been clients for many years and Tom was a guest at our Client Focus meeting in 2008.&nbsp;&nbsp; The prize for&nbsp;March is a $75 gift certificate to the Shady Lane Greenhouse in Menomonee Falls.&nbsp; If you have never been to Shady Lane, take the time to visit with our staff at their annual open house on May 4th.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As a reminder; we enter your name in our monthly drawing each time we perform a service at your home during the month.&nbsp;The prize for our April drawing will be a $75 gift certificate for Johnson's Nursery also in Menomonee Falls.

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Why Tree Doctors Should Perform the Surgery

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 surprised, however, how often pruning is relegated to “less competent” arborists. The reasoning given is that our expertise and “brain power” are not needed for mundan...

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February 2010 Winners

February 2010 Congratulations to Tracy Wood of Pewaukee. Tracy is the second of our yearlong monthly contest winners in our 75th Anniversary celebration. The prize for the February drawing was a $75 gift certificate to Applebee's restaurant. Our crews performed pruning of 6 trees, 11 shrubs and removal of a small tree on her property in late February. Did you know that we offer shrub pruning? We do, and winter is an excellent time of the year to prune shrubs. Remember, for every service we do at your property your name will go in for that month's drawing. This month the prize is a gift certificate for $75 at Shady Lane Greenhouse in Menomonee Falls. Shady Lane is an excellent place to purchase flowers and gifts. Wachtel Tree Science will have a booth at Shady Lane's annual open house on May 4th. Let us help you keep your property healthy and beautiful.

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Congratulations to our first Winners!

Winner's Circle Congratulations to Russ &amp; Cindy Szymek of Muskego. They are the first winners in our 75th Anniversary celebration monthly drawing. The prize for January drawing was $100 gift certificate for Kohl's department store. Our crews performed pruning of mature oak trees and removal of dead elms on their property in early January. We are sure they will enjoy how beautiful the trees will be when they leaf out! Remember, for every service we do at your property your name will go in for that monthly drawing. This month the prize is a gift card for $75 to Applebee's restaurant. For more information on how you can win and to let us know how we can help you keep your property healthy and beautiful please visit our website at www.HealthyTrees.com

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Wachtel Tree Science Contest Reminder

This is a reminder that in honor of our 75th year, we'd like to extend a special thank-you offer. All customers that book $750 or more in tree pruning within the first 75 days of 2010 (January 1 - March 17), we be given a voucher for $75 to be used on a future service of any kind. There is no time limit on when the pruning needs to be done, and the voucher will be good through December 31, 2011. Be sure to send us your email through our website contact form to be able to track your chances at a prize.

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Don't Wait...Winter's Great For Pruning!

Winter is an excellent time for&hellip;&hellip; &nbsp; Pruning Analyzing storm damage Identifying defects in structure which may need cabling or bracing Inspecting for gypsy moth egg masses Inspecting for sphaeropsis twig blight on pines Inspecting for cytospora canker on spruce Inspecting for spruce gall adelgids Inspecting for stem and trunk cankers Inspecting for many other insect and disease problems Identifying and remedying crown conflicts between trees For more information the services Wachtel Tree Science provides, see our website at: HealthyTrees.com. So certainly do not hesitate to contact Wachtel Tree Science in winter &ndash; and if we are on your list for spring maintenance or treatments, give us a call now so we can assess your needs and schedule you for the most advantageous time. Disease and damage do not wait until the weather warms up, and at Wachtel Tree Science, neither do we!

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A Special Thank-You to Our Customers

Since 1935 Wachtel Tree Science has been keeping trees healthy and beautiful with the highest quality care .&nbsp; Our staff of&nbsp;3 Board Certified Master Arborists,&nbsp;more than&nbsp;20 Certified Arborists and 1 Municipal Specialist utilize the most advanced technology and best practices which enables us to provide outstanding tree care service in Southeastern Wisconsin including the countes of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Walworth, Jefferson, Racine, Kenosha and more.&nbsp; To&nbsp;find out&nbsp;more about Wachtel Tree Science &amp; Services Inc. visit our website at www.healthytrees.com. To see a list of&nbsp;our Tree Care Services Read our Emerald Ash Borer page.

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Emerald Ash Borer in Wisconsin

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very serious problem that threatens all ash trees in the Midwest. As of 8/5/08 it has been found in Wisconsin and is extensive in northern Illinois. The million dollar question seems to be, "When should I start treatment if I want to protect an ash tree?" One consistent fact is that whenever they have found EAB, they always say it has been there for 3 to 6 years. It is important to keep this in mind as you make your decisions. Another important point to remember - you have time to deal with this! Read the Fact Sheet on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) for more information on the threat to ash trees in Wisconsin. A Certified or Board Certified Master Arborist can give you advice before you take removal, planting or treatment action. Contact Wachtel's experienced staff for help dealing with the emerald ash borer threat to your ash trees.

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Wachtel Tree Service - Practicing the Art and Science of Tree Care

Our people set us apart: We have 3 Board Certified Master Arborists, 14 Certified Arborists and 1 Municipal Specialist on staff (most of any company in Wisconsin). Twenty of twenty-one Arborists have degrees. All told we have 4 Associate degrees, 18 Bachelors and 3 Masters. All together we have a combined experience of 381 years. Furthermore, we have 4 past-presidents of the Wisconsin Arborist Association on staff.&nbsp; Click here to check out our experienced staff. Our work sets us apart: All of our treatments are based on insect or disease life cycles for proper timing rather than a calendar based cover spray (spray everything) approach. Our approach limits spraying and preserves beneficial insects by focusing treatments at the time when control of an insect or disease can be most effective. This is part of an overall approach we use called Plant Health Care (PHC).

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