Arborcare / Cultural Practices

Proper Planting

Planting a tree might seem like a simple task, but the ramifications of improper planting may cause a tree to never reach its full potential, or at worse, fail. In addition to correct planting, we can help you with proper timing, location, species selection and mulching to ensure your investment thrives to its full potential.

Guide to Landscape Plants [PDF]
Tree and Shrub Care
Watering New Lawns [PDF]
Watering New Trees and Shrubs [PDF]
Home Landscape Fertilization [PDF]

Air Spade

Working on the most important part of a tree, the root system, could prove to be a difficult and damaging task if not for the use of the air spade. An air spade blows away soil with high-powered compressed air without damaging the root system. With the air spade, we can excavate root flares, de-compress and till compressed soils, and trench safely.


The use of a tree ring or bed of shredded hardwood mulch is not only aesthetically pleasing, but very beneficial provided that it is not placed too high up the trunk and immediate root zone. The proper depth of mulch will retain moisture, provide root and trunk protection from mowers and string trimmers, and moderates soil temperatures.

Watering newly planted trees and shrubs

You've made the investment in your landscape trees and shrubs and we want to make sure that you have all the tools necessary to give them the best care and maintenance. A general rule of thumb is that landscape plants require 1" of water a week, whether from nature or the hose. To prevent foliar fungal problems, water at the plant base instead of overhead watering, and early morning watering is preferred so as to give the moisture time to naturally evaporate or be taken up via plant processes which occur during photosynthesis in the daytime.

Soil Management

Soil health significantly impacts the growth and vigor of your landscape plants. Soil composition, pH, mineral makeup, texture and levels of organic matter influence what nutrients are available and how they are taken up by a plant and will affect its performance in the landscape. To ensure plant health we offer evaluations and soil testing through the University of Wisconsin Soil and Plant Analysis Lab. Once your soil is evaluated, we can address nutrient deficiencies and organic levels through many different avenues. We offer soil injections– compost tea or micronutrient as well as organic amendment suggestions.

University of Wisconsin Soil and Plant Analysis Lab
Soil Management