Tuesday 2 February 2016
Posted by:  11:24 AM CST

Sitting by the warmth of my wood stove, in January, is an all too real reminder that Wisconsin winters are long and often brutally cold. As a species, humans are incapable of surviving a Wisconsin winter without some form of protection or retreat.

 10:27 AM CST

It may seem far off now, but spring will be here before you know it! It's important to be prepared for the upcoming months and to know how to get your trees from leafless branches to full, beautiful foliage. 

 10:21 AM CST

As the temperatures get cooler and typical sources of food become covered in snow, animals will look for any kind of meal - including trees. To protect your trees and shrubs from animal damage, it's important to implement one or several of the following kinds of barriers. 

 10:09 AM CST

Last issue, we discussed pruning as a way to reduce structural stress on your trees. Cabling and bracing rods (structural support systems) also function as protectors of a tree's structural integrity. When properly installed, cables help to redistribute structural stress and bracing rods can provide support to weak branch attachments.

 9:34 AM CST

There are few things better in winter than a roaring fire. However, if you purchase the wrong type of wood, your evening glow of warmth could be cut disappointingly short. Willow, for example, burns incredibly fast and produces relatively little heat. Instead, you'll want to purchase woods like birch, hickory, maple or oak. These woods have a high BTU/ft3, meaning they'll burn warmer for a longer period of time.

 3:01 PM CST

First Choice's Mark Pinkalla stopped by WJFW's "Up North at 4" to share fall and winter pruning tips. 

 2:29 PM CST

As part of our research commitment to help the study of arboriculture move forward, First Choice is assisting the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with an ash tree leaf study.

 1:57 PM CST

Another important element of fall tree maintenance is fertilization. However, there is more to effective fertilization than making a quick trip to your local home improvement store and picking up a bag of fertilizer. Read on for five fertilization tips. 

 12:45 PM CST

During the autumn months, many homeowners sit back and watch their leaves turn from green to colorful hues, thinking their tree maintenance is done for the year. However, fall – and winter – is important and advantageous time to prune your trees to keep them healthy for next spring.

 12:35 PM CST

It’s important for Wisconsinites to get a “clue” about the significant role they play in the spreading of invasive species and diseases like emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, oak wilt and Dutch elm disease.

 12:28 PM CST

At First Choice Tree Care, our ISA Certified Arborists are the roots of our business. Learn more about how we train our arborists in this article. 

 3:59 PM CST

First Choice Tree Care President Ken Ottman made a home visit to Studio A reporter Brian Kramp's beautiful Glendale backyard to discuss tips for effective and efficient watering, especially with the late summer heat. View the segment here.

 10:57 AM CST

Wisconsinites finally welcome summer in July! During these much-needed hours spent sun-soaking and relaxing outdoors, it is important not to forget about the health of your trees and landscape. Many homeowners are not aware of the proper amount needed to water trees, and instead assume that increased temperatures call for (more)

 3:17 PM CST

First Choice Tree Care President Ken Ottman went out to Brookfield with Fox 6's Laura Langemo to discuss the Emerald Ash Borer - sign of infection, treatment options and the danger it brings to the ash trees of Southeast Wisconsin.

 4:00 PM CST

First Choice Tree Care expands its services to include full scale lawn and garden maintenance services with the recent acquisition of Milwaukee firm "Trees Are For Us."