What’s Growing on My Trees?

Here in Michigan, many things can be found growing on our trees. Most vines are harmless, but if left unchecked, it can become too heavy for your limbs to hold and cause them to break as well as deprive leaves of sunlight.

Common Methods of Stump Removal

There are many ways to remove an unsightly tree stump from your Westland backyard. Learn what they are and which one is the best to remove yours, or contact the professionals at PPM Tree Service and Arbor Care, tree experts working for you.

Fastest Growing Trees in Michigan

Fast-growing trees allow homeowners to realize the benefits of a mature tree sooner. Individuals seem to especially focus on using fast-growing shade trees and fast-growing hedges in their landscape to reap the benefits of these value-added landscape design practices sooner.  


Quaking Aspen quaking aspen trees

The quaking aspen is noted for its elegant white bark, deep green leaves that seem to “quake” in the breeze, and its golden-yellow color in the fall. Quaking aspens have the widest natural range of any tree in North America, spanning from Alaska down to Arizona and New Mexico. It is a fast-growing deciduous tree that usually gets 20 to 50 feet tall with narrow, rounded crowns. Quaking aspens grow from a common underground root system that can be far older than the trees on the surface. For example, Pando, a giant colony of quaking aspen in Utah, is estimated to be over 80,000 years old!


Northern Catalpa

The northern catalpa is a tree that will start a conversation. Its giant heart-shaped leaves provide excellent shade, and it’s tall twisting limbs soar high above making it a great backyard patio tree. The most interesting thing about this tree is its dangling bean-like pods that contain the seeds. The northern catalpa is an interesting tree you don’t see every day and will make a great addition to your landscape.


Red Sunset Maplerow of red maple trees

The red sunset maple can reach heights of 40 to 60 feet and up to 35 feet wide. This tree is often the first to change color in the fall, and it doesn’t disappoint when its leaves turn vibrant shades of orange and red. It produces red clusters of small flowers winter to spring. In the summer, the flowers turn to winged fruit that is enjoyed by birds and squirrels. It’s a stunning color, and fast growth rate makes this tree a great choice for your yard.


Weeping Willow

A weeping willow is sure to draw interest to your yard. These gentle giants can reach heights of over 40 feet and be just as wide in less than 15 years. You’ll love being in the shade of weeping willows and looking up into its sprawling umbrella-like canopy that is an attractive hangout for birds and squirrels. Weeping willows are usually found on edges of bodies of water or in wetlands. This is because these massive trees require large amounts of water, so they are perfect for getting rid of that constant wet area of your yard.


Silver Maple

The silver maple is one of the most popular types of maples in Michigan. The tree gets its name from how the way the white undersides of its leaves create a shimmering effect in the wind. Silver maples make great shade trees and privacy screens due to their thick full foliage. Once established, silver maples can grow from 50 to 70 feet high and up to 45 feet wide. Plant silver maples in areas where they will receive plenty of sun and ample room to grow.


Make PPM Your Trusted Tree Service

If you are looking to improve your landscape with new trees, call the tree care experts at PPM Tree Service and Arbor Care. Our tree care experts can plant your trees and make sure they grow straight and healthy. We have years of experience pruning, cabling, and removing dangerous trees.

Give us a call at (877) 454-8733 or request a quote here. Hear about the latest news and offers from PPM by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to check out the monthly PPM Tree blog for all your tree care tips and tricks.

Tree Cabling: What Is It and Is It Right For You?

Having your home or business property being surrounded and filled with large, century-old trees can be an incredible site to see and add value that you can’t necessarily pay to have. 

But what happens when some of that big, beautiful tree is covering part of your home’s or business’ roof or outdoor space? What happens when the tree is not being preserved correctly and the neighborhood is on its way to losing a natural beauty that has stood for years? When these dangers set in, that’s where tree cabling comes into play. 


What Is Tree Cabling? tree cabling

Starting with the basics, tree cabling is essentially using cables to correct the pattern of a tree’s growth so that there will be no need to cut it down later when it’s growing into the roof of a home or hovers over where you park your car. 

Cabling can contribute to stopping a number of issues before they happen. If cabling is done before it is too late to correct a tree’s growth pattern, it could end up being the reason a landmark is saved instead of chopped down. 

Another way cabling helps is to protect—protect the trees themselves and everyone around it. It can work to preserve the limbs that are too weak to hold themselves over a long period of time that would likely eventually pose a threat to those in the surrounding areas. 


Is Tree Cabling Right For Me? 

Knowing when the appropriate time to invest in tree cabling depends on a variety of factors, but the first step is to ensure you know all of your needs and options. 


How Is Cabling Different from Pruning? man on a roof trimming tree branches

Pruning has its various benefits, it’s always important to recognize that they are different services. When the limbs of your tree are overgrown, it requires pruning. But when the limbs of your tree are the right length, all is well in the pruning world, but you wouldn’t want to let that trick you into thinking your tree’s limbs are stable. That’s where cabling comes in, ensuring that all limbs are in place and stable, preventing any property damage.


Call PPM Tree for Professional Cabling!

Are you worried about your tree’s branches falling and creating damage to your home or property? Our ISA certified arborists are ready for anything that comes our way. We offer a wide range of tree services in addition to tree cabling such as planting, trimming, pruning, stump grinding, and tree removal. 

Whether you’re unsure of what you need or are ready for us to take action, you can request a quote here or give us a call at (877) 454-8733. At PPM Tree, we show off our work on our Facebook page and Twitter thread.

The Emerald Ash Borer

Of all the tree destroying insects in Michigan, there is one that is familiar to nearly all gardeners and homeowners; the emerald ash borer. The emerald ash borer was first detected in Canton, Michigan, in 2002, and since then, it has caused the deaths of over 30 million ash trees in southwestern Michigan and has decimated the ash population in The United States. Since it’s detection, the emerald ash borer has spread across twenty-five states and killed more than fifty million trees. To combat the spread of this destructive insect, many states have placed a ban on the transportation of firewood. emerald ash borers on a flower


Identifying The Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer adults are very small, metallic green beetles. Emerald ash borer beetles are very hard to see because they are about the size of a grain of rice. The larvae are even harder to spot because they dig beneath the bark’s surface, where they cause lethal damage to the tree. The only way to tell for sure that the emerald ash borer is present is when the tree begins to exhibit signs, including yellowing of leaves, defoliation, and bark loss. But by this time, it is already too late for the tree.


Life Cycle

Adult beetles emerge from ash trees in May through mid-July. The adults are most active during warm and sunny days. They feed on the foliage on the tree, but this causes little harm to the tree itself. After mating, female beetles will lay between 60 and 90 eggs, one at a time, in the cracks and folds of ash tree bark. Typical females can live around three to six weeks and lay 40 to 70 eggs. 

Eggs hatch about two weeks later. After hatching, larvae chew through the bark to the inner sensitive workings of the plant, creating long serpentine galleries that disrupt the tree’s ability to send water and nutrients up to the canopy.

After one or two years of feeding under the bark, larvae will create a room for themselves in the tree’s wood. They overwinter in this chamber and pupate in the spring, turning into adults. The new adult beetles emerge from the tree, and the cycle starts all over again.emerald ash borer damage


The Threat to Ash Trees

Because the emerald ash borer is an invasive species not native to our area, there are no predators to keep them in check. Instead, these vicious insects are free to spread across the country, killing millions of ash trees in their wake. After a forest becomes infested, it is expected to lose all of its trees within ten years. Every one of the 8.1 billion ash trees in North America is at risk of being wiped out by these destructive pests. If control measures aren’t put into place, the ash tree could become extinct in North America in the near future.



Unfortunately, control and eradication of the emerald ash borer are not possible. Current programs focus on controlling the movement of the insect to new areas and research into long-term control measures. Currently, the only sure way to control the spread of the insect is to prevent the transport of contaminated firewood and the removal of infected trees.


Your Tree Removal Service

Unfortunately, once an ash tree is infested, there is little chance of saving the tree. The best thing you can do is remove the tree and destroy the wood before the insects can spread to other trees. 

At PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care, we specialize in tree removal, pruning, stump grinding, and tree cabling.

Give us a call at (877) 454-8733 or request a quote here. Hear about the latest news and offers from PPM by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to check out the monthly PPM Tree blog for all your tree care tips and tricks

Common Diseases of Oak Trees in Michigan

Oak trees are one of the most majestic trees in Michigan. These sentinel trees can live for centuries, providing shade, clean air, and can even increase the value of your yard. As indestructible as these trees may seem, they can also catch deadly diseases that can bring them down. Here is a list of some common oak tree diseases and one that may be on its way.oak leaves


Oak Leaf Blister

Oak leaf blister is a foliar fungal disease caused by the fungus Taphrina caerulescens. It appears as round, bumpy areas up to 2 inches in diameter and covers the upper leaf surface. The fungus is most active in cool, wet springs and can affect almost every oak tree species, but the red oak is particularly vulnerable to this disease. Leaves with too many spots may drop prematurely. 


Bur Oak Blight 

Bur oak blight is a slow creeping fungus that affects only the bur oak tree. It remains on leaves that still cling to the trees throughout the winter until the wet, warm weather helps the disease spread to other leaves. Symptoms become apparent in July and August. The infection slowly weakens the tree over the years and makes it susceptible to other tree diseases.

Symptoms of bur oak blight include:

  • Black leaf veins
  • Triangle shaped lesions
  • Leaf drop
  • Leaves remaining on tree over winter

Oak Wilt

Oak wilt is one of the deadliest diseases for red and white oaks in Michigan. It is caused by a fungus imported from Latin America and is carried by beetles that feed on the sap. Like the other oak wiltdeadly tree disease, Dutch elm disease, the fungus disrupts the trees’ vascular system, causing them to wilt and die. A mature oak can succumb to oak wilt in as little as three weeks.

Symptoms include

  • Lead wilt from the crown on down
  • Browning on tips of leaves
  • Rapid defoliation


Anthracnose is a foliar disease and a very common disease among oaks in Michigan. The fungus causes the browning of leaves from the veins outward. Anthracnose affects oaks in the spring and appears to prefer white oaks and red oaks. Affected leaves will drop off, leaving the tree looking sickly. The tree will use more energy to try and regrow more leaves, but as the infection continues, it takes more and more energy for the tree to keep up. The tree then becomes vulnerable to other diseases. Severely infected trees can be treated with an injection in the fall or sprayed in the spring to help control this disease.


Sudden Oak Death

Sudden oak death is caused by a soil-borne fungal disease called Phytophthora ramorum. It can infect over 100 species of plants but is especially deadly in oak trees. Infected oaks can succumb to sudden oak death very quickly. The disease causes bleeding cankers of sap that can attract pests.

Although sudden oak death hasn’t been found in Michigan yet, it can be transported in infected soil and plant materials. Stiff regulations on the transportation of infected wood have prevented the rapid spread of the disease, but if we look at other tree pests and diseases, we will learn that it is not a matter of “if” it comes here, it’s a matter of “when”.


Your Trusted Tree Service

When trees die, they can pose serious risks to people and property. Cutting down a tree can also be extremely dangerous with mature trees. That’s why you should always hire the professionals at PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care. We have years of experience pruning, cabling, and removing dangerous trees.

Give us a call at (877) 454-8733 or request a quote here. Hear about the latest news and offers from PPM by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to check out the monthly PPM Tree blog for all your tree care tips and tricks.

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