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5 Flowering Shrubs to Make Your Landscaping Pop This Spring

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Looking for a few shrubs that will bring lots of color and beauty to your yard in Charlotte, NC? You're in luck! We've put together a list of a few of our favorite flowering shrubs that you can use to take your outdoor space up a notch.

New Pest to the Southeastern US: Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

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You love your crape myrtles for their impressive blooms. It's also nice that they're pretty low maintenance. Unfortunately, there's a relatively new insect in the Carolinas that can ruin the very same features that make crape myrtles so popular: crape myrtle bark scale.

If you have crape myrtles in your yard, you need to become familiar with this new pest that could affect the health and beauty of your trees.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Topping Your Crape Myrtle

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Your crape myrtle is the crown jewel of your landscape in Concord, NC. Its white, pink, or purple blooms are a sight to behold in the spring. But over the years, your precious crape myrtle has grown a bit big for its space. It may be time for some pruning.

Topping, one of a few ways you can prune crape myrtles, is generally frowned upon in the tree care industry. In fact, topping is often called crape murder! (Cue the dramatic music.)

Why is topping so bad for crape myrtles? We're giving you the top three reasons in this post!

Fraser Firs: An NC Christmas Tree Favorite

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If you love picking up a live Christmas tree to decorate your Concord, NC home for the holiday season, Fraser firs will be among your many options. Many Christmas tree farms and lots have them pre-cut and delivered from the mountains.

According to the Christmas Tree Association, 94% of all the trees grown in the state as Christmas trees are Fraser firs. Why are Fraser firs such a popular choice? Let's break it down.

5 Evergreens You Should Plant for More Privacy

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It's hard to completely relax in your yard if you're afraid the neighbors might be peeking in on you. Fortunately, there are plenty of evergreen trees and shrubs that can obscure the view into your Charlotte, NC property year-round!

We've put together a list of five evergreen trees and shrubs you can add to your property if you want to increase privacy and reduce noise pollution, too.

5 Shade Trees to Add to Your Landscape This Fall

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Think back to the time you spent in your yard this summer. Was it hard to find a good shady spot? Did leaving the shelter of your porch or patio umbrella mean near constant exposure to the scorching sun? Sounds like you could use a few shade trees on your property.

Want to Turn Your Yard into a Pollinator Paradise This Spring?

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Plant these trees and shrubs during autumn to attract more butterflies and hummingbirds

Who doesn't want to watch colorful butterflies and hummingbirds flitter from flower to flower in their yard? Those lovely pollinators can really make a yard or garden come alive, in more ways than one.

If you want to attract more butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to your yard in Charlotte, NC, we've got the tips and plant recommendations that you need!

The 5 Best Flowering Trees for Your NC Landscape This Winter

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Wintertime is right around the corner. As temperatures drop across North Carolina most trees lay bare for the season, but not winter-flowering trees! Something about seeing blooms even on the coldest night makes us hold tight to the hope that spring will be here before we know it. If you are looking to update your yard with trees to bloom this winter, we have a list of the top 5 winter-flowering trees for NC yard. 

Keep Your Landscape Deer Free

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Keep Your Horses Safe and Away From These 6 Trees Considered Toxic

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This week our Plant Health Care Manager and Arborist Representative made a yard visit; where horses were present and tree/plant toxicity was a concern. Most toxicities from trees come from poisons released through leaves after leaf fall. Keep your horses safe and away from trees or tree chips that are considered toxic if ingested. Below, see the list of 6 trees commonly found throughout NC and considered toxic to horses.

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