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  • Maples are one of the most prominent trees in any Midwestern landscape, certainly on our grounds here at The Morton Arboretum.
  • The new Crescendo sugar maple from Chicagoland Grows® could make an excellent replacement for ash trees lost to emerald ash borer.
  • Advance preparation is key to having a tree you can plant outdoors after the holiday.
  • A family-fun trip to the tree farm goes best with this advice.
  • ‘China Snow’ tree lilac shows how long journeys can lead to good trees.
  • Trees brought back from China find a home on the Arboretum’s grounds.
  • Intrepid collectors have brought plants from around the globe to the Arboretum and your garden.
  • The Morton Arboretum's innovative Wetlands Restoration Program is named as 2012 recipient of an American Water Environmental Grant.
  • A layer of mulch can insulate and improve the soil.
  • Wind up this year’s garden and get a start on next year’s.
  • Now, at the end of the growing season, is the best opportunity to assess your garden and plan ahead as you do your last garden chores.
  • By the time symptoms are obvious, borers may have been at work on a tree for months or years and it may be too late to stop them. Treating while an ash tree still seems healthy may forestall an infestation.
  • Where did the emerald ash borer come from? Listen to this podcast on which Andrea Dierich, Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project Coordinator at The Morton Arboretum, explains about the origins and life cycle of this insect and how it destroys ash trees.
  • If you have an ash tree, it’s time to make a decision about whether to try to save it from emerald ash borer infestation with insecticide treatments. The Arboretum has a new brochure for homeowners and a new guide for communities on how to deal with this insect scourge attacking one of our most common trees.
  • See if this is happening to the ash trees on your property.