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Why a “Y” Is Not Good In a Tree

October 25, 2017 by Scott

Trees have an amazing ability to keep themselves upright for years, sometimes 100’s of years.  However, a structural flaw called “co-dominant stems” can cause a tree to prematurely fail.  Co-dominant stems can create a high risk in urban areas where failure can be catastrophic. This is a hackberry with a typical co-dominant stem that has […]


Topiaries Gone Wild!

May 9, 2017 by Scott

Topiaries are not a maintenance free plant!  I see many topiary plants in front of houses that are not maintained and after a few years, they revert to the plant’s original growth form, only not so pretty. Topiaries are woody plants that are pruned to take on a specific shape.  The most common form that […]


The End of Every Bradford Pear

April 19, 2017 by Scott

The Bradford Pear is a cultivar of the Callery Pear which was collected from China in the early 1900’s.   They have been planted widely as yard and roadway trees in Denton County.  There are actually a number of different cultivars of the Callery Pear (Aristocrat, Cleveland) but the Bradford cultivar has been the most popular.  […]


My Ornamental pear has been burned!

April 17, 2017 by Scott

Every few years, we get a lot of Fire Blight in ornamental pears in Denton County.  Here is a picture of a heavily infected tree: Another tree  on the same property, other side of the house had very little infection.  The disease is caused by a bacteria and enters into the tree’s tissues via open […]


High winds? Inspect your cedar elms (and all trees) afterward

April 10, 2017 by Scott

With the recent storms in Flower Mound and Lewisville, it is a important to inspect your trees for limb cracks.  Often a limb may crack in a storm, but not fail completely until a later time, sometimes a few years later.  The cedar elm is very prone to developing longitudinal cracks in the limbs, especially […]


Cedar Elm–a great tree, but prone to splitting

April 4, 2017 by Scott

The Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) is a great tree for Denton County.  It is native and lives well with the other two common native trees – Post Oak (Quercus stellata) and Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica).  It is drought tolerant and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.  At maturity, it is a good medium sized […]


Italian Cypress–Normally a hardy tree, but real problems in the winter/spring of 2017

March 18, 2017 by Scott

The Italian Cypress is a beautiful upright evergreen that grows in a straight column up to 20’-25’ or more.  It thrives in North Texas, but can have real problems if: 1)  planted in heavy clay soils 2) Irrigated too much 3) Experience very wet spring and early summer weather The tree comes from the Eastern […]


Live oak – A wonderful tree, but not always the best choice

March 6, 2017 by Scott

The live oak is not native to Denton County, but thrives exceptionally well in our area.  It is native across the southern gulf coastal plain over into central Texas.  There is a variety (or a separate species, depending on the expert) that is native up the west side of Fort Worth into the National Grasslands […]


The biggest weed in your turf lawn is your…….Trees!

May 31, 2016 by Scott

I try to impress on people that when they are trying to control weeds in their lawn that the largest weed is the trees.  The same chemicals that control dandelions, crabgrass and dallisgrass can also kill your trees.  Red oaks are particularly sensitive to herbicides, especially Metsulfuron.  I have seen numerous trees this spring that […]


Beautiful Post Oak in Flower Mound

September 8, 2015 by Scott

Sometimes developers, the city, and the homeowners get it right.  This park is just south of 1171 on  Regency Park Court.  The “Lone Tree” is a gorgeous post oak that was spared and became the focal point of this park.  The tree is 32.1” dbh (diameter at breast height) and has a great crown and […]