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Meet Jane Evans

During college, I lived in a small, old house. My roommates and I loved it's cozy charm and, for the most part, didn't have any problems. However, one day, we noticed that the carpet in one of the bedrooms was wet--and it couldn't be dried. When we called our landlady and the repairman, they discovered that the shower not only needed to be re-caulked, but there was mold everywhere under the carpet. We had to move out for two weeks while they fixed the problem. Soon, thanks to the contractor (the likes of whom you can read about), we were back at home.


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What's Wrong With Your Aspen Tree?

Aspen trees, also known as poplars, are common throughout North America. Their circular leaves, light green bark, and tall stature make them both stately and beautiful. Aspen trees are strong and hardy, but like all tree species, they are susceptible to some diseases and insect infestations. If your aspen is looking a bit under the weather, follow this guide to determine the cause of the problem.

If your aspen is losing leaves, and the fallen leaves have bite marks...

It is probably infested with tent caterpillars. Look closely at your tree's leaves, and see if you can spot any of these little guys. Most varieties are about an inch long and are greenish brown in color with thin hairs covering their bodies. Mild infestations aren't usually reason to worry, but if your tree is heavily infested, having it sprayed with insecticides will help.

If your tree's leaves are covered in small, brown dots...

A fungal disease called leaf spot is likely to blame. Leaf spot can be caused by a number of fungal species, and its symptoms tend to appear in early summer. It can be controlled by raking fallen leaves promptly in the fall. Since the fungus over-winters in the fallen leaves, if they are removed, the tree should be protected against heavy reinfection in the spring.

If there is a sticky, brown substance on your tree's twigs and small branches...

Your tree is probably infested with aphids. These tiny bugs take up residence on many shade trees, especially in the western United States. They secrete a sweet, sticky substance that may attract ants and other small insects. Generally, you don't have to worry about treating an aphid infestation because, although it is unsightly, it does not harm the tree. If your tree is heavily infested, you can have the worst branches trimmed away, or have it sprayed with insecticides.

If your tree has large, oozing wounds on its trunk...

It is likely suffering from black canker disease. This fungal infection is often deadly, though it may take many years to kill an established tree. Having the infected portion of the trunk trimmed away by an experienced arborist can help extend the tree's life.

Aspen trees look tall and majestic in your backyard. Keep an eye on your tree, and take the time to diagnose any abnormalities you notice. Some conditions, such as aphid infestation, are no reason to worry, while others, like black canker disease, are best treated early. Talk to your local tree experts, such as Mead Tree & Turf Care Inc, for more information.