“Failing to plan is planning to fail” I was recently called by a homeowner named Marilyn who was very distressed saying, “My landscape was beautiful when they installed it five years ago, but now it looks horrible.” I said, “How is it that after five years you are just now unhappy with your landscape?” Marilyn… continue reading »

Finishing Well

I was at a new client’s house yesterday inspecting the finishing touches on a pond that we had just installed in his back yard. It was a beautiful pond designed to look very natural with aspen and native plantings surrounding a brook that cascaded down through wild flowers finally spilling out into a wonderful pond…. continue reading »

Ash Borers

In the Casper area, the Ash Borers attack green or white Ash trees, European Mountain Ash, and Lilacs. The larvae bore into the wood of the host plant, creating holes in the trunk and main crotch area leading to swelling and cracking of the bark. Die-back of specific branches are then observed mid-summer or the… continue reading »

August Water

I am always amazed at how hot and dry the summers are here in Casper. People are continually calling our irrigation specialists wondering why their lawns have “brown spots.” Last year in August it was so hot and windy that the leaves of some trees were actually scorching, drying, and falling off because they couldn’t… continue reading »


Cankers are a fungus disease caused by a number of different pathogens and attack many varieties of trees; the following are general diagnosis and treatment practices. SYMPTOMS The disease is not usually conspicuous at first but once it gets started it first kills scattered twigs and then proceeds rapidly. Cankers form in all sizes and… continue reading »

Tree Care Information from Aaron!

Fifteen years ago I found myself mowing 70 of the most beautiful homes in the city of Casper each week. I am certain that I enjoyed these amazing landscapes even more than the people that lived in them. The smell of freshly cut grass, surrounded by breeze rustled leaves of every kind, with the sights… continue reading »


Aphids are insects that attack a wide variety of trees and shrubs. Aphids are commonly found on Ash, Elm, Walnut, Willow, Cottonwood, Aspen, Apple, Linden, Snowball bushes, and many other ornamental trees and shrubs. Aphids first start to appear in spring to early summer, and can reproduce quickly depending on environmental conditions. An aphid population… continue reading »