Trees contribute so much to improve the quality of our lives. The oxygen the trees produce is essential to life. Wood has been an important building material through the ages. Fruit and nut trees feed wildlife and us. These are just a few of the important roles trees play in our lives.
More than just aesthetic beauty, landscape trees can serve many functional roles improving the quality of our lives.
Wisconsin Humane Society announces
“50K Community Cares Challenge”
Paul Markworth, Consulting Arborist
Over the past two years, southeast Wisconsin’s precipitation has been many inches below normal. We are in a drought and this drought is beginning to take its toll on our trees.
National Hospitality Supply Inc. is nearly doubling the size of its Mequon distribution center.
The company began construction last week after the Plan Commission approved a 31,415-square-foot addition to its 33,625-square-foot building at 10660 N Executive Court. The project is to be completed within five months, said company owner Michael Hans.
by: Anthony C. Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B
Trees have had had their share of problems this year.
- They have had to suffer from diminishing root systems during the last2 and a half years of the long, accumulating drought,
- wood boring insect numbers have risen to extremely high levels and are attacking various tree species,
- chlorosis (yellowing due to decreased chlorophyll levels in the leaves) has begun or intensified on susceptible trees,
- needle diseases and needle drop of evergreens are commonly visible,
- fungal leaf spot diseases of deciduous trees are noticeably high and causing defoliation,
- root rots have affected many root systems to some degree,
- dieback and decline has started on a lot of trees because of these problems, and
- bad “pruning” from storms, well-intentioned homeowners or unschooled arborists has added injury to insult.
Oaks trees are native to our area and can live 200 to 300 years. Oaks have been the subject of story, song, and legend. They cannot be replaced with in our or our children’s lifetime.
Mature oaks create a dimension in the landscape that is often taken for granted, because they have been there so long. They may appear indestructible because we see only the toughest part of the tree that is above ground. However the most sensitive portion of a mature tree is the root system.
Nearly 100 dogs available at the Wisconsin Humane Society
The Wisconsin Humane Society reports that there are nearly 100 dogs and puppies available for adoption at their Milwaukee and Ozaukee campuses, making this the largest number of dogs they’ve had at one time all year. With four additional transfers scheduled to arrive next week, the organization expects their number of available dogs to remain high in days to come.