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  • Pruning Trees and Shrubs in the Fall

      Pruning in August can stimulate new growth that is less hardy during the winter.  But what about pruning at this time of year?  Woody plants move sugars and other materials from the leaves to storage places in the woody portions of the plant...

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  • Fall Colors of Trees

      Part of the allure of fall foliage is color variation. There are trees that turn red, purple, yellow, orange and brown.  Specific plant pigments determine individual colors. Foliage derives its normal green color from chlorophyll, the substance...

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  • Pear Harvest

    Most pear cultivars should not be allowed to ripen on the tree. They should be picked while still firm and ripened after harvest. Tree-ripened fruits are often of poor quality because of the development of grit cells and the browning and...

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  • Fall Colors of Trees

    Part of the allure of fall foliage is color variation. There are trees that turn red, purple, yellow, orange and brown. Specific plant pigments determine individual colors. Foliage derives its normal green color from chlorophyll, the substance that captures...

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  • When Applying Mulch, Trees Need to Breathe

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  • Dogwood: Nature’s Little Show-off

    Few spring scenes are as spectacular as the annual display provided by dogwood trees in the Ozark woodlands. Inconspicuous for most of the year, these diminutive denizens of our forests outdo their towering neighbors by providing a spectacular exhibition...

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  • Don’t prune mid-March through June

    MO Tree Health News: March 9, 2016It's time to stop pruning oak trees! Remember the rule for oaks, “Don’t prune mid-March through June”. Oaks become more susceptible to oak wilt a couple weeks before budbreak occurs in the spring. Fresh wounds...

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  • Bring Spring Inside

    Late winter is a great time to bring some color into your home with branches from your spring-flowering trees and shrubs.  Forcing branches into bloom is easy and this is the perfect time of year to do this simple project.  It can take anywhere from...

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  • Pruning Fruit Trees

    Fruit trees can be pruned from now through March as long as the wood isn’t frozen. Following are some general recommendations on pruning mature fruit trees followed by more specific instructions on each species. If you have young fruit trees, see...

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  • Tree Leaves and Turf

    It's that time of year again. Leaves are rapidly falling from deciduous trees so it's a good time to stop and think about options for handling the litter. Although a scattering of leaves won’t harm the lawn, excessive cover prevents sunlight from reaching...

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