A Tree to Try–Chinese Pistache

Chinese Pistache, Pistacia chinensis Okay, since you’re all wondering… yes, this is technically a pistachio tree but no, it isn’t the pistachio tree. Those delectable green nuts are actually the seeds of Pistacia vera, a close relative. Nonetheless, the Chinese pistache stands on its own merits as a landscape specimen. For starters, this is yet … Continue reading A Tree to Try–Chinese Pistache

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–Trees for Central Washington

Washington is well known for its verdant forestlands; however, the center of our state is very different. The coulees, shrub-steppes and other high desert landscapes of central Washington are tough environments for trees. This leaves cities asking “what can I plant here?” For purposes of this article, we are defining central Washington as Douglas, Lincoln, … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips–Trees for Central Washington

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