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"Ask The Landscape Professional" is a weekly series by Master Gardener Linda Lillie, AOLCP. Published every Sunday in The Day newspaper, a variety of topics are covered related to Landscape Design and Maintenance, Lawn Care, and Tree Care.

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QUESTION: I have a 9 year old Japanese maple. This year the bark of the trunk is starting to peel. I broke off a piece and saw beetle-like bugs. There weren't a ton of them, they may have been there just for shade? I love my maple. What should I do? Anna  NEW!
QUESTION: These are pictures of my birch tree which seems to be dying branch by branch. The branches with the most growth seem to be doing the worst. What do you advise? Thank you, Kathy  NEW!
QUESTION: I'm wondering what this is. It's nothing I planted, which makes me suspicious, but we have so many glorious trees thank to the squirrels, thought I'd check before pulling. Thank you! Sue  NEW!
QUESTION: A while back you discussed that overall trimming of a Dwarf Alberta Spruce is problematic, perhaps impacting its survival. If I remember correctly, you recommended replacing the tree with a new planting is likely the best approach. What are your thoughts of the tree surviving a single horizontal cut, perhaps removing the top half or top third of the tree. Would the remaining center eventually "fill in" with new green growth, essentially converting the tree to a lower growing shrub? As you can see from the attached photo, these 15-18 year old are very healthy trees, hardly dwarfs any longer, and are beginning to block daylight from the front windows. Thank You in Advance. Mike  NEW!

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