"Each generation takes the earth as trustees" - J. Sterling Morton
Arbor Day is almost here. This year, it falls on April 29th. If you’re as excited as we are here at Joshua Tree, you can visit Arbor Day’s official website and follow the official countdown…
Hang in there, everyone. Spring is about to be sprung! Can you believe it’s already time to set those clocks an hour forward (Sunday, March 13th, at 2:00 A.M., to be exact…)? While the members of our household aren’t huge fans of losing an hour of sleep, we are certainly fans of the returning sunlight. And, we aren’t the only ones who appreciate it.
Our crew is already taking note of the emerging leaf and flower buds, and some of you may already have a few blooms in the warmer, sunnier patches of your landscape. For those of us who make a living in the tree and lawn service business, the return of sunlight, buds and blooms are important cues, reminding us it’s time to get to work.
Here at Joshua Tree, we’re getting ready to say, “Goodbye,” to 2015 and “Hello,” to 2016. While there may be some old habits or items you’re willing to say a permanent goodbye to, established trees and shrubs shouldn’t fall into that category. And, with the cold weather that accompanies this time of year, you risk doing just that if you aren’t careful.read more
What’s your favorite part of the winter and holiday season? Is it the gathering of family and friends? The traditions your family has passed down through generations? Maybe it’s the excuse to consume your favorite holiday foods and beverages carte blanche? We bet it’s a combination of all of the above.read more
Beautiful, mature and large-canopied trees are some of Pennsylvania’s most valuable assets. The average yards here have the types of trees that postcards are made of. These trees grow for decades, and often hundreds, of years in order to reach their admirable heights and grow all that gorgeous foliage. Even so, just a single week or so of new construction or property improvements can spell disaster for them.read more
Little bugs can do serious damage to Pennsylvania trees and shrubs, both native and otherwise. One example of this is a group of pests referred to as spider mites. Although mostly invisible to the naked eye (they are that small!), spider mites can do a significant amount of damage to the shrubs, trees and even flowering plants that make your landscape so beautiful.read more
According to the folks at the American Lung Association, most of us take about 20,000 breaths a day, filling our lungs with much needed oxygen. If you were to stop taking those breaths, you would lose consciousness in about a minute or so, and you would die in within a few minutes of losing consciousness. In addition to oxygen, you need water, food and a little space to move around, right?read more