Tree and Shrub Care

Maybe you’ve never given them much thought, but trees are everywhere.  They’re in our yards, parks, cemeteries, natural areas, along our streets…yes, everywhere!  And even if you don’t always notice them, we need them.  We need them to clean our air, provide shelter from summer heat and winter winds, and bring beauty to our world. 

We also employ them as guideposts and to mark time.  “Meet me under the oak near the library”, or, “let’s plant a tree to announce the arrival of our new baby girl/boy.”  And have you ever stood next to a really old tree?  Touched it and wondered how it got there?  Who planted it?  Marveled at all of the history seen by its massive trunk and branches? 

I’ll bet there are trees in your town that witnessed early settlers and pioneers heading westward, or remember the day Iowa became the 29th state.  An oft- quoted adage goes something like, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago…and the next best time is today.”  It’s also been said people who plant trees are optimists and confident about the future.  So, to honor trees and those who did and will plant them, do what you can to keep the cycle going. 

Tree Selection

Planting Trees

Care of Trees

Hiring Professional Help

Dealing with Problems in Trees