At Gruett we have had commercial, governmental and residential clients call us out because they believe a tree from a neighboring property is causing damage to their property or someone else is accusing their trees of causing damage. They need someone to get at the root of the problem for them… You like what we…(Read More)

Imagine you are working on a project and your neighbor’s tree is coming up against your wall, or the roots are coming into your property and you want to put in a pool and or a fence. You might start cutting all the roots on your property or even begin cutting the top of…(Read More)

In Gruettville we recently got an unusual request. New homeowners had moved into a neighborhood and had different ideas about the landscape they wanted at their home. In the end, that meant cutting down a tree that had been long admired and had sentimental value in the neighborhood. Many years before, the former homeowner brought…(Read More)

Manganese and Iron Chlorosis Managing soils effectively to make essential micro-nutrients available for tree health. One character of tree soils that can directly impact tree health is soil pH. The pH of the soil influences its ability to release and or hold onto nutrients that are essential for trees to live and be healthy…(Read More)

Powdery Mildew: Powdery Mildew is a fungal disease that can cause distorted growth of foliage and cause witches brooms on new growth in trees and shrubs. Powdery mildew infections are readily diagnosed by the white to gray powdery growth on leaves and shoots. Causes of powdery mildew are due to a combination of high humidity…(Read More)

Hard Scale (Armored Scale)


Hard or Armored Scales are aphid-like insects that produce a hard waxy shell to protect themselves from predators and environmental conditions. Armored scale females resemble legless bumps and damage plants with their sucking mouthparts. The smaller male scales have wings and while in the nymph stage also feed on plants. Female scale continue to…(Read More)

Boring Insects


Many insects have the potential to devastate a single specimen of tree or a whole stands of trees. However, insects that bore into a tree to feed on living wood tissue are at the top of the list of destructive pests. Almost all trees and shrubs are able to be attacked from boring insects. Healthy…(Read More)

Soft Scale


Soft scales are aphid-like creatures that feed on the nutrient rich sap of trees. Immature scales, called crawlers feed on leaves whereas mature scales will mainly feed on branches. Soft scales also secrete a waxy covering, but unlike armored scale it is an integral part of their body. All soft scales feed on the…(Read More)

Spider Mites


Although related to insects, mites aren’t insects but members of the arachnid class along with spiders and ticks. Spider mites, also called webspinning mites, are the most common mite pests and among the most ubiquitous of all pests in the garden and on the farm. IDENTIFICATION To the naked eye, spider mites look like…(Read More)



Aphids (Aphidoidea) feed on the sap tissue using a proboscis. They produce enormous amounts of honeydew as their waste. Honeydew produces a sticky film on and underneath infested trees. Due to their feeding on sap tissue, they are easily controlled by systemic insecticides. Aphids do not need to mate, and are essentially born pregnant. Because…(Read More)