Dennis Tompkins

Goal is to keep trees, shrubs looking natural

Now that the fruit trees have been pruned and are beginning to excite you about the summer and fall harvests, it is time to think about the ornamental shrubs and trees. Most will complete their new growth between now and mid to late June. As a result, some of your landscape plants may need a summer haircut.

 

Mason bee creating a buzz | Evergreen Arborist

There is growing excitement from home gardeners and orchardists around the country about a bug. Yes, a bug.

 

Take care when pruning Japanese maples | Evergreen Arborist

Summer is an excellent time to prune many ornamental trees. Among the more classy species are the numerous varieties of Japanese maples that grace many Puget Sound landscapes.

 

Tree-butchering season is well under way | Evergreen Arborist

Sadly, the annual tree topping or “butchering” season arrives each spring. Realistically, most victimized trees never should have been touched in the first place.

It’s plenty wet, but spring pruning is nearly here | GOING GREEN

The recent snow storms and subfreezing temperatures in the aftermath of Seahawk celebrations mask the fact that the spring pruning season will soon arrive.

Check your trees before the strong winds blow | Go Green

The recent heavy rains and strong winds remind us of what can happen when severe storms strike the Pacific Northwest and cause tree failures. While such an intense storm was a bit earlier than usual, it served as a reminder that trees of concern should be checked out before the arrival of the typical winter weather.

Counting the advantages of a mossy invasion

I realize it is a bit early to address moss removal, but it will not be long before some homeowners may be faced with such a dilemma.

Counting the advantages of a mossy invasion | Evergreen Aborist

Sellers of lawn fertilizers and moss killers are not going to like this story. Why? Because it will give hope to rain-soaked homeowners who suffer from moss-ridden lawns nurtured by our moist Northwest climate. Besides, this is a true story.

Question and answer: Common arbor illnesses and maladies | Evergreen Aborists

Several common maladies in landscapes are coming into their full splendor as the summer progresses.

Time to tackle pruning chores | The Evergreen Arborist

Summer begins June 21! So it is time to grab the pruners, gloves and first aid kits and begin to plan summer pruning chores.

Time to tackle pruning chores | Going Green

At last, summer is here! So it is time to grab the pruners, gloves and first aid kits and begin to plan summer pruning chores.

Proper pruning makes for happy, healthy trees | GOING GREEN

The spring pruning season is just around the corner. So it is nearly time to break out the loppers, clippers and saws. And do not forget the first aid kits.

Not all pruning methods are created equal | The Evergreen Arborist

The spring pruning season is just around the corner. So it is nearly time to break out the loppers, clippers and saws. And do not forget the first aid kits.

How to keep a disputed tree from igniting a neighborhood feud | The Evergreen Arborist

Trees can sometimes create turmoil between neighbors. These concerns often become more frequent as the winter storm season approaches.

Give thought before picking a holiday tree | GO GREEN

Yes, it is a bit early to think about Christmas. The pumpkin season just ended, Thanksgiving is lurking around the corner and plastic trees are already being displayed in stores.

Think about your trees before the bad winds blow | The Evergreen Arborist

The ice and snow event last January was a dramatic conclusion to a storm season that raised havoc with many of our trees and shrubs.

Methods of appraising the value of trees | The Evergreen Arborist

Trees often do have significant value. A large tree in a nice landscape may be worth thousands of dollars.

Sirococcus conigenus fungi could be killing your cedar needles | The Evergreen Arborist

I have received calls regarding tree health, pest problems and neighbor’s trees in recent weeks. The following questions represent typical calls.

Spring pests are awake | The Evergreen Arborist

Cherry and flowering plum blossoms are signaling the arrival of spring. As the blossoms fade and new foliage begins to appear, various pests are lying in wait to begin their annual feasts. The following are signs of some of the more common and highly visible insects and diseases that soon will be visible.

Battling pest as spring begins | The Evergreen Aborist

Cherry and flowering plum blossoms are signaling the arrival of spring. As the blossoms fade and new foliage begins to appear, various pests are lying in wait to begin their annual feasts. The following are signs of some of the more common and highly visible insects and diseases that soon will be visible.