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”
September is here and soon it will feel like fall. I like to have plants in my yard that give nice fall color because after summer is over and flowers are mostly done blooming, I miss the color they offered. There are flowers you can buy (mums, ornamental kale, etc), but why not add some shrubs to you landscape that also give fall color? Here's a few that are beautiful in the fall:
Red/Orange: American Cranberry Viburnum, Barberry, Burning Bush (a personal favorite), Koreanspice Viburnum (their spring flowers smell wonderful too!), Sumac, any Spirea variety, Serviceberry.
Some of you may remember this story, in which (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Son, Mitten, grabbed a foul ball away from Poor Timmy at a Brewers game, which caused a domino effect in its wake.
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.
Recently, a friend of mine had her home broken into during the day while no one was home. Fortunately, an observant and smart neighbor figured that something was wrong and contacted the police. The burgler was caught and my friend got everything back, as did some other neighbors who had also had their homes broken into.
Here are some "tips" from a burgler that I found on a blog I read:
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.
It is the simple things in life most people take for granted. On September 10th, 30 families in St. Francis lost almost everything in a terrible fire. Though everyone was able to get out, it is only partial consolation for the memories and cherished, personal belongings lost, which cannot be replaced. I have a message to share from a very good friend of mine, Tim, a Milwaukee firefighter who knows all too well the devastation and loss brought on by fires. He has taken a leading role in organizing donations.
"Everyone has probably heard about the apartment fire in St. Francis last week. One of our friends was one of the families, who lost most of their possessions, and some families lost everything! (over 30 families total) I am asking people to go through there households and see, if there is anything that they would like to donate to our friend and the other families!
As a business owner or manager, you can take every reasonable safety precaution to try and prevent the bad things from happening. That still won’t thwart an act of violence from an irrational employee or customer; “acts of God” like heart attacks and hurricanes; or random accidents like the ones that happen every day in companies just like yours. Do you realize that, if left unchecked, the aftermath of a critical incident could also cause your business to suffer?
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.
Within a womb, a developing fetus receives nutrition. Positive or negative, the new creation thrives on whatever he or she receives from his birth mother.
After delivery each child requires so much more than simple cravings. He or she is now placed into the arms of the parent or parents who may or may not have been prepared for this blessing.
Residents may place yard waste materials such as flowers, vines, weeds, thatch, garden debris and leaves into the curb line of the street for collection from Sunday, September 16, through Sunday, November 11, 2012. Do not place materials in the curb line at any other time.
·Do not place materials for collection in drainage ditches, alleys, refuse containers, ash boxes or piles in your yard or driveway. Rake them into the street along the curb line forming a windrow (long low pile).
September 27, 2012
By Erik Reader – BBB Business Relations Specialist
What is it about "Arsenic and Old Lace"? When you hear or see this title, I’ll bet for many of you, an image of old ladies in black dresses, with shawls and "funny hats", comes to mind. Why? Probably because you remember seeing the movie by the same title, starring Cary Grant, in which he plays a drama critic with two aunts who put their lonely lodgers out of their misery by poisoning them. This movie was one of Grant’s many comedic hits, and, one which, in my opinion, has stood the test of (funny) time. The stage play, which preceded the film, has also stood the test of time, as it is continually being performed.
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.