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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.

Keep Your Oak Trees Healthy and Pest Free in 4 Simple Steps

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North Carolina’s heat has brought bugs and pests out in full force. This summer keep your oak trees healthy, strong, and pest free. Oak trees are known for being sturdy and durable, but still needs protection from pest attacks. One pest typically seen in late August / early September throughout North Carolina oak trees is the Orange Striped Oakworm.  

Protect Your Pines

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The pine tree is our North Carolina's state tree and best known for lush green needles and beautifully straight trunks. This type of tree can be found all throughout NC from the mountains to the coast!

A Gloomy Situation for Maples

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Protect Your Bradford Pear Trees

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Recently we’ve noticed Bradford Pear trees around Concord and Charlotte looking less than healthy. If you’ve noticed ends of Bradford limbs dying off and/ or if the flowers on your Bradford Pear have turned black, your tree could be suffering from Fire Blight.  

Raleigh, NC, the City of Oaks

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Raleigh, NC is widely known for being the Capital of North Carolina. However, here at Carolina Tree Care, we find it equally impressive that Raleigh is also known as the City of Oaks. 

Top 10 Trees Found Across NC Yards

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Updated on: May 17, 2022

Our state is covered in beautiful trees. In our years of service to those trees, we've seen many, many kinds. But some trees are seen more often than others in residential yards.

If you've ever wondered what trees are most common throughout the Piedmont, Triad, and Coastal yards of NC, we have the list for you!

Keep Your Azaleas Happy & Healthy

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Azaleas are in full bloom and a real treat in our southern landscapes. These vibrant shrubs soften the edges of our urban environment and provide incredible color during the spring.

Azaleas are known to be hardy plants but only bloom for a short period of time. While they're in bloom, make sure they are protected from pests.

A primary threat to these beautiful blooms is the lace bug. In this post, we'll share how to spot lace bugs and recommendations on how to treat for this pest. 

Do Your Maples Look Gloomy?

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The maple tree is a beautiful and sturdy tree find across North Carolina. If your maples are looking a little less than spectacular, it is likely caused by an insect called Gloomy Scale.  Below we'll share how to spot Gloomy scale and how to treat your maples if they are showing signs of this scale.

Gloomy Scale is an armored “scale insect” that attaches itself to the bark and sucks out nutrients, water, and sugars from the tree. In heavy infestations the tree will suffer from a lack of nutrition. This is how Gloomy Scale shows up on trees: discolored leaves, cracking of the bark, weak and improper growth patterns and branch dieback. In many cases we've seen across Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, and Raleigh, NC trees end up dying if left untreated. 

Browning Leyland Cypress found in Waxhaw, NC

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Leyland cypress trees are a great landscape addition, and very popular throughout North Carolina. Certified Arborist, Rick Pearce who covers the Greensboro and Raleigh area says, "leyland cypress trees make a beautiful addition to any home, if properly cared for." It's our hope your leyland cypress' stay vibrant and green all year long.

However, the recent wet weather months can leave leyland trees susceptible to disease if not properly treated. We've recently spotted leyland's in Waxhaw, NC showing signs of distress. Below are some common symptoms we see when leyland cypress are experiencing distress: The symptoms we've seen

  1. Needles appear to be browning. The number one sign we see on leyland cypress experiencing stress is the browning of needles. Brown needles is a stress response from the tree. If you're seeing brown needles on your leyland cypress we recommend a certified arborist takes a look at what is going on. 
  2. Needles have noticeably fallen off in spots on tree. A second stress response we see among leyland cypress is bare spots where needles once were. 
  3. Tree seems to have a withered look. Any tree that looks withered could be experiencing too much water or too little water. A withered look to a tree could indicate the soil to water ratio balance is off. 
  4. Other leyland cypress appear to be green and only 1 or 2 are showing signs of decline. If all of your leyland cypress are showing signs of stress too much water or too little water could be the issue. If only 1 or 2 of your leylands are showing stress, a pest attack could be the culprit. 

green Leyland Cypress needles

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