Arborist Question and Answer: Yellow Poplar and Newly Planted Red Maple

I have a couple of questions for you accompanied by a few photographs about a yellow poplar and a maple in my yard.

Q: The first question is about a yellow poplar that was here when we moved in about three years ago. It was in need of a trimming, so I did so that winter, especially to remove a lower branch that was out of place. I know certain varieties of the species tend to grow straight up and produce a pyramidal crown later, but this tree seems pretty mature to have not done that yet. I’m wondering, is there any special pruning or anything I can do to help it spread out and start producing shade? The tree is about 20-25 feet and about 6-7 inches in diameter at the trunk. Read more…

What’s So Hot About Autumn Blaze?

It’s August now, and I admit that part of me is starting to think about the upcoming fall season. It’s the landscaper part of me that’s looking ahead; the outdoor enthusiast part of me is quite content with the current season and has no desire to rush the summer!

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Deer Resistant Trees and Shrubs = No more Deer Repellent

Deer often cause damage to trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants causing avid gardeners and tree planters to spend money on deer repellents or deer tubes.  No tree or shrub is completely deer proof, but some are more deer resistant than others.  The ratings below are based upon research from Rutgers University Experiment Station in conjunction with nursery and landscape professionals and master gardeners.  Hopefully this new research will help eliminate the need to purchase deer repellent or deer fences. 

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