Dennis Tompkins

Pests are eyeing the landscapes and yard flora

Spring is finally arriving. As the new leaves begin to expand, various critters will be licking their chops waiting for the feast to begin. The following are symptoms of some of the more common and highly visible insects and disease pests that will soon be eyeing your landscapes.

Trees and shrubs are under attack; right treatment can solve the problem

Spring is finally arriving. As the new leaves begin to expand, various critters will be licking their chops waiting for the feast to begin. Here are symptoms of some of the more common and highly visible insect and disease pests that will soon be eyeing your landscapes.

Aggressive attack is not the answer for trimming trees

The annual tree topping or “butchering” season arrives each spring to the chagrin of professional arborists and tree service companies that discourage such practices.

Pesticides should be used responsibly

Spring is approaching, buds are beginning to swell and insects and diseases will soon begin to flourish.

Pruning fruit trees now helps with summer production

Hopefully, we can put the sandbags and snow shovels away and turn our attention to other tasks around the house – such as our landscapes. Yes, pruning season is upon us. So it is time to break out the pruners, saws and first aid kits.

Most trees will bear brunt of storm | Column

My credentials include being a Certified Arborist, having conducted hundreds of hazard tree assessments and discussing tree problems and questions in “The Arborist” column for more than five years in The News Tribune. Fortunately, the recent storms have not resulted in massive tree failures as in the past few years. Extreme ice and snow events such as the 1995 winter adventure are rare. However, conditions created by heavy rainfall accompanied by high winds are much more common. Unfortunately, severe storms often result in concerned homeowners removing more trees than necessary.