How can I tell if my tree is sick or unhealthy?

General signs of an unhealthy or dying tree include decreased or no leaf growth on all or part of the tree during growing season, missing or brittle bark, and fungal growth such as mushrooms on the trunk. Other signs of an unhealthy tree include dropping leaves,...

Should I prune a mature tree?

When pruning mature trees, always have a purpose for making cuts. Trees recover more easily from smaller wounds than larger ones. That means it’s always better to remove smaller branches. Remember that it’s best to call a certified arborist if you’re...

Should I fertilize a mature tree?

Most mature trees don’t really need to be fertilized unless they are showing a specific sign of deficiency or are growing poorly. Especially fast-growing trees, like Pepper Trees, are better left with little or no fertilizer.

Is there anything I can do to speed up blooming?

Unfortunately, no. Sometimes high-phosphorous “bloom foods” are recommended, but these should not be used unless a soil test shows they’re needed. To help the process, though, don’t prune heavily prior to bloom.

When should I plant a tree?

Generally speaking, fall is the best time to plant a tree, with spring a close second. First, make sure you choose a tree that’s adapted to your climate and the conditions in your yard.