Articles by Laura Firszt


What Is An Arborist?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 20, 2017

What’s an arborist? If you notice the similarity to Arbor Day, you can figure out the word has something to do with trees. But what does an arborist do exactly and what’s...

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Yard Clean Up – 11 Things to Get Rid of Right Now

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 19, 2017

“Declutter,” “tidy up,” and “get rid of stuff” are mantras that many modern homeowners live by. But in your passion to organize your house (and...

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Soil Test and Amendment Guide

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 18, 2017

A soil test is a way of finding out more about the nature of your property’s soil, so you can choose appropriate species to plant, as well as the right amendments – remedies...

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Tree Disease Treatment for the Amateur Arborist

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 17, 2017

Are your trees looking less than their best? They may be suffering from some form of tree disease or insect infestation. Here is a guide to common tree problems, with suggestions...

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Tree Care – DIY Or Call A Pro?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 16, 2017

Did you know that – just like human beings -- trees can feel stress? Newly planted young saplings or any trees growing in an urban setting are especially vulnerable. And a stressed-out...

Tree Removal: Homeowners Step-By-Step Guide

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 13, 2017

We love trees! Healthy trees are a beautiful part of the landscape and the crowning touch to your yard. But sometimes a tree is no longer in the best of health and may even be hazardous....

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Landscape Design: Beautiful Yards Blend Hardscape and Softscape

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 12, 2017

Are you designing – or redesigning – your yard? It's important for you to know there are two basic components to landscape design: hardscape and softscape. Blended thoughtfully,...


How To Find The Best Professional Lawn Care Service

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 09, 2017

Okay, time to finally admit it. Your lawn needs more TLC than you can personally give right now and you’re ready for a little help. You’ve tried googling “lawn maintenance...

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AC Not Cooling? Try This Handy AC Troubleshooting Guide

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 09, 2017

It always seems to happen this way – you come home after a long hot summer day working, commuting, and maybe picking up something quick for dinner. You switch on the air conditioner,...


Your Summer Home Maintenance Checklist To Take Care Of Now

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 04, 2017

ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS! Summer vacation is interrupted to bring you this public service announcement: Your home needs you. While you’re relaxing and having fun, your house is...