How Can We Eradicate The Hemlock Bug?
Like many other pests and parasites that have devastated plant populations in North America and worldwide, the hemlock woolly adelgid did not originate in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not our problem. If left unaddressed, it’s very possible that the hemlock bug could devastate the hemlock tree population here as it has on… more
What Are The Current Threats To Urban Trees?
Many people take trees for granted, but they add so much value and beauty to their surroundings, whether rural or urban. A neighborhood with established trees is much more welcoming and feels far more settled than a new subdivision on cleared land. People who plant trees in their communities report feeling more invested in them and… more
Why Oak Wilt Disease Is An Issue And Common Precautions
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources would like residents in state to watch for any appearance of oak wilt in their trees from April 15 to July 15. Red oak trees are at risk then because oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy trees during this period of time. The disease is carried by sap-feeding… more
How To Handle Beech Bark Disease
Yet another threat to West Michigan's forests and trees is emerging in our area. Beech bark disease results from the relationship between an insect (beech scale) and a combination of species of fungi. Beech scale is an insect that feeds on the sap from the inner bark of a tree's trunk and branches. Though the… more
Which Trees Keep Their Leaves During The Winter?
In late winter, the sky is often gray, and the skyline is a stark outline of bare trees - except for a few trees that keep their leaves during the winter, long after raking and bagging season is over. Have you ever wondered why some of these trees keep their leaves, and why others do… more