Dennis Tompkins

Observations following the 2012 ice storm | Evergreen Arborist

The bulk of the cleanup from the January ice and snow storm has been accomplished and life is returning to normal. Arborists were not spared as I hauled away four pickup loads of debris from flowering plums, several ornamental cherries and Leyland cypress trees.

Expert advice for dealing with damaged trees

The devastation from January’s ice storm exceeded that of the 1996 ice and snow event. Deciduous trees were impacted much more, although most conifer species fared somewhat better than 18 years ago.

EVERGREEN ARBORIST: Year-end Top 10 list good for New Year, too

This column has addressed many tree issues during the year. To highlight some of the other issues, it seems fitting to create a “Top 10 List” in the spirit of the David Letterman as 2011 draws to a close.

GO GREEN: Christmas tree farmers getting warmed up

Yes, it is a bit early to begin to think about Christmas. The pumpkin season just ended and Thanksgiving is lurking around the corner. But America’s Christmas tree farmers are just beginning to get warmed up.

GO GREEN: Winter is expected to take a toll on trees

Forecasters are predicting more than normal rainfall for November through March and slightly cooler temperatures

GO GREEN: Getting to the root of watering

While many homeowners water their landscapes throughout the summer, they often do not leave the sprinklers on long enough to benefit tree and shrub roots.

Two formulas used to determine tree value

Trees do have value. A large tree in a nice landscape may be worth thousands of dollars. This does not mean a homeowner could sell a tree for these prices, but there are situations where estimated values come into play.

EVERGREEN ARBORIST: Care answers for tree owners

Local arborist Dennis Tompkins answers readers questions.

Weather didn’t wash out insects

Sorry, but the rumor that the record wet spring has drowned all the pests is not true. In fact, as 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.

Weather didn’t wash out insects

Sorry, but the rumor that the record wet spring has drowned all the pests is not true. In fact, as 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.

Northwest experts give a few tree-planting tips

Locally, our weather has experienced La Niña conditions such as record late snows and many days of below-normal temperatures. However, the spring planting season will arrive.

La Niña has an impact on trees

So what is all this talk about La Niña and the bad weather predicted between now and spring?

Christmas tree farms gearing up for another busy season

Yes, it is a bit early to begin to think about Christmas. The pumpkin season just ended and Thanksgiving is lurking around the corner.But America’s… Continue reading

This winter could wreak havoc with trees

Weather forecasters are predicting a severe fall and winter because of the La Niña system developing in the Pacific Ocean. According to a meteorologist with… Continue reading

Trees can bounce back from cool weather

“Everything was normal and then May arrived,” said Jenny Glass, plant diagnostician at the Washington State University plant clinic.

GO GREEN: It’s time to launch into those summer pruning chores

June is a good time to grab the pruners, gloves and first aid kits and launch into the summer pruning chores. By now, many landscape plants have put on most of their new growth.

Tree care not a stormy decision

Between the recent windstorm, a missed call on a hazard evaluation involving a Corliss logging operation and a devastating insect attacking Enumclaw landscapes, it has been an interesting week.

Service to honor Marines

The annual memorial service honoring the 32 Marines who died on Mount Rainier more than 60 years ago is planned for noon Saturday.The event, hosted… Continue reading

Working with neighbors in tree dispute first step

The questions below represent common situations faced by homeowners during the summer months.

Best pruning job makes trees and shrubs look like they’re untouched

June is a good time to grab the pruners, gloves and first aid kits and launch into the summer pruning chores. By now, many landscape plants have put on most of their new growth.