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Leaves demonstrating the signs of powdery mildew.

Powdery Mildew on Trees & Shrubs: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease that attacks trees, shrubs, and plants in the Hudson Valley. Learn how to recognize the symptoms, the best prevention methods, and most effective treatment options.
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Rows of healthy boxwood shrubs, a popular shrub in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Common Boxwood Pests That Could be Killing Your Shrubs

Boxwoods are popular shrubs but prone to damage, defoliation, and even death from a range of common pest infestations. Learn how to identify, control, and prevent mites, leafminers, and psyllids.
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Spring checklist of an arborist for spring time in Hudson Valley, NY

Spring Tree Care Checklist for the Hudson Valley, NY

Learn how to best care for your trees and property this spring as the weather warms and tree pests and diseases return.
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Hill Treekeepers' team safely removing a large tree from a narrow backyard using specialized equipment and techniques to navigate tight spaces without damaging surroundings.

Difficult Tree Removal: What to Know Before Calling a Tree Service Company

In the Hudson Valley, historic homes, limited access, and varied terrain mean difficult tree removal situations abound. Protect yourself by knowing how to hire the right tree service company to tackle these challenging tree removal jobs.
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A close up photo of a Rhododendron with pink blooms and green leaves.

8 Best Evergreen Shrubs to Plant In New York’s Hudson Valley

Discover the perfect evergreen shrubs for your Hudson Valley landscape! Explore our top 8 picks for year-round beauty and easy maintenance.
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Trees during winter on a ground covered with dead leaves and snow in Hudson Valley, NY

Winter Tree Care Checklist for the Hudson Valley, NY

In New York’s Hudson Valley, our trees are up against a lot during the winter months, including winds, heavy snow, and bitterly cold temperatures. As we gear up for the season, it's important to start taking steps now to care for your trees during these frosty months.
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Green evergreen pine needles.

What Are Evergreen Trees?

Discover the beauty and resilience of evergreen trees. Learn why they stay green all year round and how they can transform your landscape.
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Fall tree care is a crucial step to prepare your trees for the winter as shown by these snow-covered branches against a pale blue winter sky.

Hudson Valley New York Fall Tree Care Checklist

Get your trees ready for autumn in Hudson Valley, NY! Follow our checklist for expert fall tree care tips to keep your trees healthy and vibrant.
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A white-tail doe stands in the forest.

What Are Deer Repellent Sprays and Are They Effective?

Discover the truth about deer repellent sprays. Are they really effective deterrents? Find out now and protect your garden from those pesky Hudson Valley deer!
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Golden yellow apples hand from green-leafed branches against a bright blue sky.

Using a Dormant Oil Spray for Fruit Tree Pest Control

Don't lose your fruit to insect pests! Learn how to use pesticide-free dormant oil spray for fruit tree protection in the Hudson Valley.
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A cluster of red apples grow hang on a branch among green leaves against a partly cloudy sky.

Growing Fruit Trees in the Hudson Valley – An Ideal Choice

Should you grow fruit trees in New York? Discover the reasons growing fruit trees in the Hudson Valley is an excellent choice, which ones grow best, and what to look out for to ensure the best harvest.
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Vibrant yellow, four petaled forsythia flowers bloom in the sunshine. It's important to know when to prune flowering shrubs.

When to Prune Your Ornamental Shrubs for Maximum Flowering

Getting maximum bloom from your shrubs is a matter of timing. See the best time to prune specific blooming ornamentals for a spectacular flower display.
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Maple leaves in shades of green and yellow with black dots known as maple tar spot.

What are Those Spots on My Maple Leaves?

Maple tar spot is a fungal disease that affects the leaves of maple trees and a few other species as well. While not fatal in itself, it looks unhealthy and can be a sign of additional, more serious tree health issues.
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A spongy month caterpillar, with its distinctive rows of blue and red dots, hangs off a leaf.

Are Your Trees Being Destroyed by Gypsy Moth Caterpillars?

Spongy moth (AKA gypsy moth) caterpillars are decimating trees in New York. The moth is here to stay, but there are things you can use to slow their spread.
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Closeup of a hemlock branch with a hemlock wooly adelgid infestation.

Check for Signs of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid on your Trees this Winter

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA) is a pest that is killing many hemlock trees in New York and throughout the Northeast United States. Read this article to know the signs that will help you spot hemlock wooly adelgid in your hemlock tree.
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Signs of tree disease with brown leaf edges in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Trees Can Get Sick, Too – How to Prevent and Treat Tree Pests and Diseases

What's the best way to stop insects and diseases from attacking your trees? Keep your trees healthy! Learn what that means and what you can do to maintain the health of your trees.
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Close-up of a stump grinder grinding out a tree stump on a residential property.

Answers to Your Questions about Tree Stump Grinding

Is that tree stump a problem? What happens if you leave a stump? Find out answers to frequently asked questions about stump grinding here.
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Swarms of adult spotted lanternflies cover a tree branch.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spotted Lanternflies in New York

Spotted Lantern Fly is a serious pest that is now rapidly spreading in New York. Read this article to know how to spot this insect and how you can help stop the spread to the surrounding areas.
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A small, recently-planted evergreen tree with mounds of dirt, a shovel, and other planting tools.

When is the Best Time to Plant Evergreens?

There are many things to consider when it comes to planting evergreens, such as the mature size that a plant or tree will grow to, the amount of sunlight needed, and more. This article discusses things about evergreens and when is the best time to plant them in your Hudson Valley properties.
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A fallen tree during winter season.

Stormy Weather and Your Trees

Stormy weather can cause danger not only to people but also to trees! Damages can be visible as broken branches and downed trees or invisible ones that require the keen eye and skills of a tree care experts. Learn what are those tree damages caused by extreme weather conditions and the danger they pose when left unattended.
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The canopy of a tree that was pruned incorrectly, or topped.

The Real Cost of Cheap Tree Care

Opting to choose cheap tree care services in the hopes of saving some money will only disappoint you. With the cheap tree service often also gives poor quality tree works which will cost you much more than you have imagined. In addition, your trees will suffer. Here's how to decide wisely on choosing tree services.
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Best Time to Prune Trees & Shrubs in the Hudson Valley

Should you prune trees in spring, summer, fall, or winter? It depends! See the pros and cons of each and find the best time to prune your trees.
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Your 5-Step Tree Inspection Guide

Learn the five things to look for that will tell you if your tree is healthy or if it needs professional tree care services.
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Don’t Let Construction or Landscaping Kill Your Trees

Most people don't realize the huge impact that landscaping and construction projects have on nearby trees. So before you start, learn the simple steps that will help eliminate surprises and reduce overall project costs.
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Winter Tree Care Checklist

Help your trees survive winter unscathed with these simple tasks. Learn what to look for and what to do before and after winter weather arrives.
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