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Willow oakWillow Oak Quercus phellos.  The Willow Oak is probably the most popular tree for urban planting and design. Charlotte NC has over 160,000 street trees; 16% of those are willow oak. Our willow oaks contribute to the beauty and esthetics of our city streets and neighborhoods. Besides their beauty, our willow oaks contribute to the health of our environment. Two mature willow oak trees can annually provide all the oxygen for a family of four while absorbing all the carbon from their two cars. A mature oak can also absorb, transport, and evaporate over 50 gallons of water each day. Willow oak trees are a member of the red oak family and can live well past 100 years old. The willow oaks within the urban areas of Charlotte are now reaching the end of their lifespan. Shrub Doctor Inc, can partner with you to keep your willow oak trees strong and healthy for many years to come. Our certified arborists will evaluate your trees and determine a plan to keep your investments in top condition. Call Shrub Doctor today at 704-920-0290 for more information on how our Save That Tree program can benefit your aging willow oak trees.

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Cold temperatures 1Cold temperatures 2 It was 8 degrees when I left the house this morning. My orphan rhododendron shrub was all curled up and prepared for the cold. Plants are amazing living things. This curl is a natural reaction to the cold. The plant curls its foliage very tight to protect its inner surfaces from the cold and dry winds. This protects the delicate cells from freezing, and keeps the plant from dehydrating.

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Ice stress 2Ice Stress 1 Last night’s storm left a frozen coating to the stalks and foliage of all our plants. Notice my camellia in the second photo. The weight of the ice has caused the limbs to droop and bend. Our first reaction is to shake off the snow and ice to keep our shrubs from breaking down. Shrub Doctor recommends that you refrain from this practice. Yes you may lose a limb or two by the heavy ice, but violent shaking to break off the ice may do more damage to the frozen stems of the plant. A better practice is to cover and support your shrubs prior to a predicted ice storm. (Mark Tally)

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Every visit to Myers Park opens my eyes more to the declining health of our city trees. I noticed this tree today at the corner or Ardsley and Brunswick Ave. Notice the rotting root flare on one side of the tree, and the other cavity on the opposite side. While I was there I made some soundings to the trunk of the tree and found it to be rotting. I love our trees, yet this one may need to be removed. High winds could bring this one down on a car or pedestrian. If you feel concerned about the trees on your property give Shrub Doctor a call. Our ISA Certified Arborists will be glad to provide a free assessment of your tree’s health. Shrub Doctor has many solutions that will help prolong the life of your trees. Give us a call. We’ll be right out to see you.

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gloomy scale picgloomy scale 3 I noticed this maple tree today while taking a walk around inner Charlotte. The small bumps on the bark of this limb are gloomy scale insect shells. Gloomy scale is an invasive insect that attaches itself to the limbs of the tree and feed on the sugary sap just below the bark. In the late spring season, hundreds of scale insect eggs hatch from each existing shell and continue the cycle of infestation. Over time, the scale activity drains the tree of its energy and causes the tree to die. This photo shows a serious case of scale infestation. The black color that you see is mold growing on the excessive sticky sap excreted by the scale. We call this black substance “sooty mold”, due to its sooty black appearance. Many urban maple trees in the Charlotte communities are infested with gloomy scale. Winter is a great time to discover this issue since the trees are free of leaves. If gloomy scale is discovered in time, Shrub Doctor can sucessfully kill the scale infestation, and restore the tree to optimal health. If you find gloomy scale in your landscape, don’t hesitate to give Shrub Doctor a call. We’ll gladly visit your property and give you a free assessment of the condition. Shrub Doctor Inc, has ISA Certified Arborists on staff to diagnose any and all of your trees and plants within your landscape.

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Canker worm 1 Canker worm 2 I went walking on Queens Road in Charlotte today to check the canker worm traps that protect the oaks of Myers Park. I wanted to see how much activity we’ve had in the city, and viewing the tree bands is a great way to see them. All the bands were full of female canker worms. Its amazing to see how well the traps are working. The second photo shows leaves and debris stuck to the bands. This allows the worms to walk right on over the barrier. Even with this issue I still noticed a lot of captured female insects. To learn more about the health of your mature trees, give Shrub Doctor a call. Our ISA Certified Arborists would enjoy the opportunity to help you. Call us today at 704-490-2000.

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Park tree Here’s an example of a stressed tree in a local South Charlotte park. This poor tree is in a very high traffic area and receives little to no fertilization, water, or ability to grow. Shrub Doctor sees examples like this everywhere. In this case the tree should be removed and the area paved. Nothing is going to grow in this area of the park.

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Tree straps 1 Tree straps 2 Tree straps 3 We were treating a new customer’s property the other day and noticed some mature trees with support straps girdling their trunk. The trees had been neglected for so long that the straps were now impossible to remove. We were successful in cutting one strap but the others were too deep to remove. As the tree grows larger, these straps will possibly cut off the flow of moisture and nutrients to the canopy. Over time the trees will decline and possibly die due to this condition. Support straps can usually be removed after a full year past installation, or until the tree develops enough root mass to support itself. Leaving straps on trees for too long can end in a mess. If you have any questions or concerns with the health of your trees, give Shrub Doctor a call. We are ISA certified arborists and will gladly give you a free analysis of any tree within your landscape. Call me personally at 704-920-0290, or email me at mark.tally@shrubdoctor.com

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Myers Park is one of the oldest and most prominent areas of Charlotte, NC. It began development soon after World War I, and many of its trees are almost 100 years old. Charlotte is known for its majestic trees, and now Myers Park is saddled with the challenge of how to save them. As you see in the photos, many of the street lined trees have never had an adequate area to grow, and are now being invaded by roads, driveways, and sidewalks. Shrub Doctor is also seeing the signs of decay in several trees. As a tree ages, it often experiences root rot diseases. As the roots decay, the tree becomes very vulnerable to uprooting in a storm. Attached are photos of fungal conks growing on the root flairs at the tree’s base.. These trees will become more and more dangerous as the decay progresses. In one photo Shrub Doctor identified a huge tree that is slowly declining. Notice in the second photo that its directly in front of a very beautiful home. This is just one of several examples that can be seen while walking in Myers Park. If you see issues with your trees give Shrub Doctor a call. Mark Tally is a certified ISA arborist and will gladly meet with you. He will provide a free evaluation of your trees and provide solutions that can add years of life to your landscape. Give him a call today, 704-920-0290, or contact Mark Tally at mark.tally@shrubdoctor.com /2014/12/myers-park-1.jpg”>Myers Park 1 Myers Park 2 Myers Park 3 Myers Park 4 Myers Park 5 Myers Park 6 Myers Park 7 Myers Park 8

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