February Was Cold, But Was It Enough to Cause Bark Beetle Die-off?

Just how cold does it have to get to kill those pests? Many of us like to look for silver linings, and the shining hope of a frigid winter is that overwintering insects suffered more than we did. If there are fewer harmful creepy-crawlers this summer, then maybe that chilly February was worth it. I …read in detail

Dieback in North Idaho’s Fir Trees Explained

Rampant dieback is evident in area trees, but why? This year, many of us noticed conifer dieback —especially affecting fir trees—on our properties and in our surrounding forests. The flaring out (or reddening) of so many trees is alarming to those of us familiar with bark beetle infestations elsewhere, including those decimating entire hillsides in …read in detail

Wildland Fire is Keeping Our Crew Busy

It’s not all about trees when wildland fire season arrives… Summer has become scary for most of us in the West, with wildland fire surrounding us for much of the summer season—and beyond. Currently, over one million acres are burning nationwide, and upwards of 26,000 firefighters are working to contain those blazes. Sand Creek Tree …read in detail

Mistletoe: There’s Nothing Romantic About It

Mistletoe may be good for those desiring a kiss but not so much for your trees… We see a lot of mistletoe around here. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that love and lingering holiday cheer are in the air, but rather, that the seeds propagating the parasite are soon to be airborne. (And watch out: Mistletoe …read in detail

Why Topping Your Tree Is a Bad Idea

Thinking of topping your trees? Think again… At least once a month, we get a request for topping someone’s trees. The reasons are myriad: The tree is blocking the view, it’s impinging on satellite service, it’s deemed too tall and hazardous, or someone just likes the look. On the surface, topping doesn’t seem like a …read in detail

Proper Pruning Practices

Utilizing proper pruning techniques can save you money down the road… Many of the big, expensive jobs that come our way are the result of improper pruning practices. Though these expensive jobs are good for our bottom line, we’d rather see our town populated with healthy, thriving trees, the result of proper pruning. Why is …read in detail