Timely Tree Tips — Assessing Damage After a Winter Storm

Recently, it seems like the whole state was blanketed with winter storm activities, which has now left some parts of Washington experiencing flood risks, avalanche warnings, and post-storm tree damage. When winter storms sweep through, they can leave behind wet, heavy snow or thick layers of ice. If a tree is weak, diseased or previously … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Assessing Damage After a Winter Storm

Timely Tree Tips: Summer Tree Care

Whenever there’s a heatwave like the one we experienced at the end of June, people are warned to stay indoors, drink plenty of fluids and watch for signs of heat stress. These are steps we instinctively take to cope with hotter than normal temperatures. Similarly to ourselves, our trees also just endured numerous days of … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips: Summer Tree Care

August is Tree Check Month

August is Tree Check Month!— have you started to participate? Here are a few simple yet effective steps you can take to be involved:  Like Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) social media pages (click here for Facebook or Twitter), as they provide daily updates on what to lookout for in tree pests.Register for a Pest … Continue reading August is Tree Check Month

Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree dies, but its legacy lives on

This press release was reposted with permission as it originally appeared on the City of Vancouver's website on June 27, 2020. Click here for the original version. It survived the most severe floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, but not 2020. For all practical purposes, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree has died at the age … Continue reading Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree dies, but its legacy lives on

Soil joins list of regulated materials as part of apple maggot quarantine

This news release has been reposted with permission from the Washington State Department of Agriculture The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) finalized a rule change which adds certain soils and growing medium to the list of regulated materials pursuant to the apple maggot quarantine. The updated rule takes effect on July 11. The apple … Continue reading Soil joins list of regulated materials as part of apple maggot quarantine

Timely Tree Tips− So you planted a fruit tree in quarantine

Throughout spring, as the coronavirus emergency altered our daily lives it also exposed the fragility of our society’s reliance on our food systems. This realization inspired gardening as the hobby of the quarantine-moment. By the height of planting season, we kept hearing reports that local garden supply stores could barely keep up with demand, including … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips− So you planted a fruit tree in quarantine

Douglas-fir Damage May Be Caused by Secondary Bark Beetles

Article by Glenn Kohler, DNR Forest Entomologist This spring and summer, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received numerous reports of dead or damaged Douglas-fir trees throughout the state. Symptoms include entirely red crowns in saplings and red tops or scattered red branches in trees. The damage is more common in dry lowland … Continue reading Douglas-fir Damage May Be Caused by Secondary Bark Beetles

From the Field: DuPont Repairs Sidewalks, Saves Trees

The City of DuPont (pop. ~8,200) is a planned community in Pierce County, WA, that was built out between 1994 and 2008. In the course of development, roughly 7,000 trees were installed in 5-foot wide planting strips located between the street and sidewalk, all within the public right of way. In recent years, sidewalks in … Continue reading From the Field: DuPont Repairs Sidewalks, Saves Trees

Timely Tree Tips — Much ado about Mulching

Mulch serves many important functions. Shredded wood chips and other coarse-textured, biodegradable mulches help to build and protect soil, buffer drought conditions, and support healthy tree growth. Mulch: Retains soil moisture Moderates soil temperatures Reduces competition from weeds and grass Minimizes soil compaction Prevents erosion Returns nutrients to the soil as mulches break down slowly … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Much ado about Mulching

Timely Tree Tips — Perils of Early Spring Pruning

Spring is just around the corner, and with that comes the emergence of fresh green leaves and the bright blooms of flowering trees and shrubs. In early spring--that is to say RIGHT NOW--trees are tapping energy reserves from the previous growing season to activate buds throughout the tree canopy. As the tree streams sap (energy) … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Perils of Early Spring Pruning