Leave Holiday Lighting to the Pros this Year

Holiday Lighting to the prosDriving around and looking at holiday lighting displays in your neighborhood can be a fun family tradition. But making your own home merry and bright? Not so much. You’re busy enough this time of year — why not give yourself a break and hire a professional lighting service to showcase your holiday cheer? We can give you five good reasons to let the pros handle your outdoor lighting display. 1. Stay Safe on the Ground Ladders and rooftops can be dangerous, particularly in the wintertime. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 41 percent of holiday decorating injuries are falls — and about half of these are from ladders. Thousands of people will be injured working on outdoor holiday lights this year. Leave the climbing to a professional l

Tree Services — When to Hire a Professional

tree-care-professionalCan you handle your own tree services? Or should you hire a tree care professional to take care of your trees? With proper upkeep, trees can enhance your landscape and add value to your property. Though some jobs are best left to a certified arborist, not every tree care task requires expertise. Most homeowners can easily manage the three DIY tree services below. No. 1: Weeding Trees Weeds can impede how your trees grow and develop, as they strip much-needed moisture and nutrients from the soil. Weeding trees is a simple job — just look for unwanted plants near the trunk and pull or dig them up. A post-emergent herbicide can also work to kill the weeds, but you may want to ask a professional before using one. Some products could harm your trees, particularly if they ar

Utah Arborist Advice for Mulching Trees

Utah Arborist Advice for Mulching TreesAsk any certified Utah arborist — mulching is an essential tree care service. Mulching trees boosts the visual appeal of your property. But more importantly, mulch protects trees from hot and cold temperatures, reduces moisture loss in soil and helps keep weeds in check. However, to provide these benefits and avoid potential problems, mulch must be applied correctly. Following tips from our certified arborists will help you get the job done right. Prepare the Base of the Tree When mulching trees, aim to surround them with a circle measuring up to 8 feet in diameter. You don’t always need to cover that large of an area, but certified arborists recommend that you extend the mulch at least out to the edge of the drip line, or the edge of the tree canopy. Prepare

Tree Insect Control: Cracking Down on Cankerworms

Tree Insect Control Cracking Down on CankerwormsUsing a tree insect control service is the best way to keep your trees strong, healthy and beautiful. Here in northern Utah, cankerworms are a particularly pervasive type of pests, as the insects can lay waste to tree leaves. A severe infestation can even lead to complete defoliation, leaving trees stressed and more susceptible to disease or other tree insect attacks. Without treatment, infested trees have a significantly increased risk of death. But cankerworms won’t have any hope of damaging your trees if you have a professional insect control service on your side. What Are Cankerworms? Also known as inchworms, cankerworms can appear in both the fall and spring seasons. Fall cankerworm moths emerge and lay eggs on bark and twigs in the fall after the first hard freeze.

Tree Insect Control: All About Bark Beetles

bark-beetlesTree insect control treatments can keep destructive pests from wreaking havoc on your trees and shrubs. Bark beetles are among the most damaging insects in northern Utah. These pests are a significant cause of tree death, and the problem grows progressively worse each year. If you have any stressed or weakened trees, they could be at risk for infestation. Fortunately, with the help of an expert tree insect control service, bark beetles won’t stand a chance. What Are Bark Beetles? Bark beetles are tiny, cylindrical insects that bore into and feed on a tree’s inner bark. One of these pests on its own can’t do much damage, but these bugs don’t stay alone for long. As they feed, they release chemicals that attract other beetles. Several species of these pests — i