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Tree Care Tip #361

You can learn to identify the overall health of your trees by paying attention to some simple details.

Above: Here Bob is showing a maple stem with 3 years of growth. (click the images to enlarge)

Above: Notice the ring shaped marks on the stem? This is Terminal Bud Scarring. It shows where a tree stopped growing in a season.

Above: This maple stem is showing 2 years of growth. The reddish colored top half is the newest growth.


By looking at Terminal Bud Scarring, Arborists can give you solid information about the health of your tree, including good years of growth, and poor ones. And they can advise you to the best form or fertilization or pruning that may be needed.

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Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, Brandon, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce, Davisburg, Drayton Plains, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Independance Township, Keego Harbor, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Milford, Northville, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Southfield, South Lyon, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Union Lake, Walled Lake, White Lake, Wixom, West Bloomfield, Wolverine Lake


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