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Common Winter Time Tree Damages & Preventative Measures You Can Take
During the winter months, conditions for trees can be harsh. When trees start to decline it’s not normally due to one thing, but rather a combination of things. These different elements put the tree under stress. A tree under stress is more susceptible to disease, pests, and keeps it from effectively transporting nutrients. The cold temperatures, snow/ice accumulation, salt being spread on roads, and sun scalding can be detrimental or even fatal to your trees. These damages may be seen immediately, but in a lot of cases the damage won’t be easily noticed until a...

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Fall Lawn Care - October and November Tips
Cool Season Grasses (Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, and Fine Fescue): Mow at regular heights until growth stops. Apply lime if soil test indicates need. Fertilize moderately after cool days slow leaf growth (1 to 1 ½ pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft.) Nutrients at this time will encourage root growth and thickening of turf. Soluble nitrogen fertilizers are used more efficiently by turf in late fall; aerate now if needed. Late September is the best time for broadleaf herbicides, especially for perennial broadleaf weeds. Keep leav...

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Fall Tree & Shrub Care

Posted on September 27, 2017 in: General News

Fall Tree & Shrub Care
Fall is the perfect time of year to prepare your trees for the upcoming winter months as well as preparing them for the upcoming spring season. We recommend the following for your trees and shrubs: Clean up trees and shrubs in anticipation of winter and to allow for optimal spring growth by keeping beds and turf areas free from leaves, debris, etc. It is also important to prune plants free of dead, diseased, or branches that might be considered a safety risk. Now is also a great time to consider structural pruning as the metabolic processes within trees begins to slow...

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Fall Planting Season is Here

Posted on September 27, 2017 in: General News

Fall Planting Season is Here
The best time to plant trees and shrubs is, in our opinion, mid-September through late-October. There are several reasons as to why this time period is preferred to spring including (1) moderate to cool temperatures, which reduces heat stress risk, and also encourages root growth as air temperatures drop below soil temperatures, (2) fall moisture helps to establish root systems, and (3) transpiration is typically low, which increases the potential for root generation. The result is a strong, established root system that will be ready for spring when plants begin to grow....

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Oak Wilt in Pin Oaks

Posted on March 08, 2017 in: General News, Education

Oak Wilt in Pin Oaks
Pin Oaks are one of the most prolific trees in the Saint Louis area. They grow very rapidly and provide deep shade, quickly. Recently, many oak trees across town have been infected with Oak Wilt and suddenly die within six weeks of showing signs of outward infection. Pin Oaks and other oak trees should NOT be pruned in the Spring (March through June). Clipper begins scheduling Oak prunings in July after the danger of spreading disease. Trees at risk for infection include: In the vicinity of other Oaks that have recently died suddenly impro...

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Emerald Ash Borer is Here!

Posted on March 08, 2017 in: General News

Emerald Ash Borer is Here!
The Ash trees planted along our streets, in our parks, neighborhoods to replace the ill-fated American Elm are now themselves at risk. The borer will likely destroy ninety five percent of Ash trees in the next five years; only treated trees will survive. If you have an Ash tree that you would like to keep, Clipper Tree Service is able to inject your tree and inoculate it against insect attack.

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Up In A Tree!

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: General News

Up In A Tree!
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird...It's a plane... It's Martha Langill, our Arborist Apprentice!! Martha joined the ranks of our Clipper Tree climbers by spending her first day in the trees. We continue to be impressed with her and are proud to call her one of our own. Keep up the good work!! --Your Clipper Colleagues  

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What's Galling You?

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: General News, Education

"Galls cause worry for tree owners each year, but in truth, most of these odd-shaped growths are more of a curiosity than concern. Galls have long been a part of tree life in Missouri and elsewhere in the central U.S. Some galls are small, pea-size growths on leaves. Others appear on twigs or stems and are persimmon-size and sometimes larger. Discover nature and learn more about galls with MDC and the Springfield News-Leader below." -- Lucas@MDC Read the full article from the Missouri Department of Conservation

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Tree Watering Instructions

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: Education

How and when should you water your trees? The Missouri Department of Conservation provides the answers in the link below. http://mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/tree-care/watering-shade-trees

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Planting trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants makes your yard attractive to both you and your wildlife friends. Check out this link for informative tips

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Calming Trees

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: General News, Education

A recent study found a positive relationship between seeing more urban tree coverage and lower levels of stress. Get out there and plant some more trees for your mental well being! Read more here

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Trees Fighting Urban Heat

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: Education

Fight the urban heat island effect by planting more trees! Did you know that trees "can help reduce peak summer temperatures by 2–9°F"? Check out this link to read more  

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Emerald Ash Borers and a fungus causing Ash Die Back Disease are wreaking havoc on Britian's ash trees. However, scientists are recruiting community members to monitor ash trees. This will help inform decisions on which trees to remove and which trees to save. Read more

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Common Tree Problems

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: Education

Are your trees suffering from any of these maladies  common in our region? Follow the link to the Missouri Botanical Garden's website to read more about the "Top 10 Disease and Environmental Problems of Trees in the Lower Midwest".

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EAB Discovered in Chesterfield, MO Infected ash trees have been found at the intersection of White Rd. and Appalachian Trail (near Conway Rd). See photos below courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation and Metropolitan Forestry Services. Larvae and Pupae have been sent to Missouri Department of Conservation for confirmation.

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"Adults of the EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) will start emerging about the time that black locust trees bloom in late April or early May. EAB adults are metallic green, bullet-shaped and about a half-inch long. ...Where EAB infestations exist, adult emergence is expected to start after April 20 in southern Missouri, during the last week of April across the middle of the state, and in early May in northern Missouri. EAB adults then will be around through July." Want to protect your trees? Contact Clipper for information about systemic injections. [Excerpt from MO Dept. of Conservation - Tree Health News: April ]...

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The Root of the Problem

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: Education

"One of the major causes of tree failure is root damage. When a tree’s root system has been extensively damaged, the whole tree can fall to the ground...or onto your house." Follow the link to read The Tree Care Industry's blog post about indicators and causes of root issues.

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A recent study found that women with more greenery around their homes had a lower mortality rate than those living near less greenery. Researchers found "the associations within urban areas as well as rural areas. Any increased vegetation — more street  trees, for example — seems to decrease mortality rates." Follow the link to read more!

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Nor only do trees improve air quality, lower energy costs, and increase property values, a recent study found that in urban areas, " the greener the surroundings, the fewer the number of crimes that occurred." Follow this link to read more!

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Topping is Bad for Trees

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: Education

"Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice...Learn why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and discover recommended alternatives." ~International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/resources/whytoppinghurts.pdf

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Plant Health Care (PHC)

Posted on June 21, 2016 in: Education

"A Plant Health Care (PHC) program offers a proactive and holistic approach to maintaining tree and shrub health." Follow the link to read the Tree Care Industry Association's blog post. http://tcia.org/blog/business/health-insurance-your-trees-and-shrubs

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EAB Detected in More Missouri Counties
Emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations have been detected for the first time in 12 Missouri counties this spring. In southeastern Missouri, EAB was detected in Carter, Dent, Iron, Phelps, Ripley, Shannon, Stoddard, St. Francois, St. Genevieve, and Texas counties. A total of 27 counties are now known to have EAB infestations across Missouri. You can prepare for EAB’s arrival by knowing the signs of an EAB infestation. Report EAB suspects if they’re in a new county where EAB has not yet been found. And start planning how you can manage EAB infestations when ...

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