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Skyrocket Juniper Trees


If you’re interested in spending more time enjoying your yard and less time caring for it, the low-maintenance Skyrocket Juniper is a perfect choice. This forgiving tree will reward you with hassle-free greenery for years to come.

The stately Skyrocket Juniper columnar evergreen grows rapidly to 20 feet, but rarely exceeds 20 inches in width. Dense, gray-green foliage makes the Skyrocket Juniper an attractive and versatile plant for landscaping your yard.


Gardeners use it in narrow, hard-to-fill spaces but it also does well as a wind-blocking hedge for your yard too. Elegant and easy to care for, the skyrocket juniper needs little from humans but admiration; it is resistant to deer and drought.

Once the Skyrocket Juniper is well-established, it’s extremely drought tolerant, As it will grow beautifully in most conditions with only very occasional watering. It grows best in full sun, although it can tolerate some shade. The Skyrocket Juniper is cold-tolerant, too.

If your ready to add a juniper to your yard, call Arbor Hills Trees and Landscaping. We are located in Omaha, Nebraska.




Thinking Ahead – Anticipatory Tree Planting Information



In a recent article in the Daily Nebraskan, Eric Berg of the Nebraska Forest Service noted, “Nebraska has seen significant tree loss over the last few years. Emerald ash borer (EAB) and other pests, diseases and severe weather will result in even more dramatic loss in coming years.”

Berg recommends what he calls “anticipatory planting” – Meaning, planting a tree years, or decades ahead of the removal of a declining tree due to aging or disease proneness.

Homeowners often plant trees to fill a vacant space or for landscaping a new construction home or building. However, if you have a property with several mature trees, the anticipatory planting method may be something you want to consider.  Berg suggests planting a new tree near one that is anticipated to eventually decline.

There are numerous considerations to make when doing this.  Root space is one factor. Sunlight is another. Your replacement tree must tolerate low levels of light if planted too close to the existing trees canopy. Most species of trees require six hours of direct sunlight in the growing season, but some trees can do less, like certain species of Maples.

The Nebraska Forest Service suggests that the best placement for the new tree is at the current tree’s canopy edge to the east, south or west. A northward planting is likely to cause too much shade for the growing replacement tree.

A resource for successful tree planting can be found from ReTree Nebraska or you can put your planting specifics in the hands of a professional such as Arbor Hills Trees and Arbor Hills Landscaping. We’re happy to guide you through the process, help you devise a planting strategy, and implement your planting needs.  Call us for a quote today at 402.895.3635

Considering a Japanese Maple? Read on for helpful information…




The varieties of the ornamental Japanese Red Maple all with apt names – Bloodgood, Crimson Queen, Red Dragon – will definitely add an eye-catching splash of color to your property in the spring and fall. In the summer its leaves can fade in color or even turn green.

The Bloodgood variety will keep a deep reddish purple leaf throughout the summer.

The Japanese Red Maple offers slow to medium growth and a round-shaped canopy.  Its maximum height is 15 to 25 feet and it grows to a 20 foot spread.

If you want your yard to be your own wildlife sanctuary, the Japanese Red Maple is perfect. Squirrels are fond of maples seeds, which will also attract many songbirds.

The Japanese Red Maple is somewhat drought resistant once established, but prefers moist well-drained soil.

Its leaves spread symmetrically from a central point like fingers from the palm of hand. In fact, the Japanese word “momiji” is sometimes applied to the tree in Japan and has two meanings, one of them being “baby’s hands.” The other meaning is “becomes crimson leaves.”

If you’re considering planting a mature Japanese Red Maple consult with Arbor Hills Tree Farm. We can guide you through the purchase and even implement the planting to complement your current landscaping through Arbor Hills Landscaping.

Caring for an Oak Tree

Bur Oak
Bur Oak

There are many things that homeowners should do when caring for their oak trees. The most important is to know the tree’s exact water, light and nutrient requirements. 

Oak trees require full sun and plenty of room to grow and they are typically able to adapt to most soils.

For young oaks, mulching will feed the soil allowing it to adequately feed the tree. The natural grade around the tree should be properly maintained. This is critical if you wish to preserve the tree’s delicate root system.

When adding nearby plants, it is important to consider their compatibility with your oak tree. Be sure to choose plants that have similar water requirements.

The do’s and don’ts of pruning your trees

Blooming tree and houses

Pruning tips from Arbor Hills – Most pruning should be confined to removal of broken, rubbing, damaged or dead branches. Sometimes pruning is necessary to elevate tree branches over a sidewalk, street, roof, or other structure.

Tree thinning: It is generally not necessary to thin a tree out. Some people believe it is good for the tree because more air passes through the crown. This practice is sometimes known as “lion tailing” and can leave the tree open to stress during the hot Nebraska months.

Trees, more then just beauty! The function of trees and how they can help neutralize our Nebraska weather.

Trees can be more then just ornamental, they can also be a solid solution to Nebraska’s harsh weather conditions. When deciding on the right trees for your yard, take into account what function the trees will be serving.

Windbreaks – Plant evergreen trees, which can serve as protection from the wind, on the west or north sides of the house, approximately 50 feet or more from the house.

Temperature – Plant deciduous (leaf dropping) trees on the south and/or west side of house to cool in the summer and allow sun to enter the house in the winter.

Call the experts at Arbor Hills for more information on which trees will work best for your yard. 402-895.3635

Nebraska Tree Buying! Do your homework to make a sound decision.

Arbor Hills Tree services, based in Omaha, Nebraska can help with your decision when it comes to buying the perfect tree for your yard. If you need to consult with an expert, give Arbor Hills a call today! 402.895.3635

Here is a great article we found for selecting a perfect tree from Better Homes & Gardens online publication:

When it comes to trees, a decision in haste can lead to a lifetime of regret. Many trees grow more beautiful generation after generation. Others have the potential to create decades of trouble, dropping messy fruit or bothersome sticks. So take your time and select the tree that offers the best combination of qualities you will enjoy.

Begin your selection process by asking: Why do I want a tree? For shade? Privacy? Something to look pretty? Or to block the view of the neighbor’s less-than-lovely backyard?

A tree’s growth rate also may have a bearing on your choice. The slower growers are hardwoods and tend to live longer. If it’s important to establish shade or have flowers relatively quickly, choose a fast-growing tree. Typically, they’re smaller, have soft wood, and don’t live as long. Scale trees to their surroundings. Use small- or medium-size varieties for smaller houses and yards. On any site, put smaller trees near the house and taller ones farther out in the yard or near its edge.

Trees and shrubs are either deciduous or evergreen. Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and are bare all winter, though the leaves often give a final show of beautiful colors before they drop. Evergreen trees and shrubs retain their foliage year-round. Some, such as southern magnolia, feature broad leaves. Others, such as pines, have needled foliage.
A small tree is not always a young tree. If it’s small from lack of vigor, the condition of its bark will give it away. A weak one will have thicker bark that’s textured with ridges, furrows, or flakes, rather than the smooth, tender bark of youth.
Certain trees are more tolerant of typical urban conditions, such as atmospheric pollutants from industry and cars, compacted soil, poor drainage, night lighting, and salt spray from snow plows. Typically, city trees have much shorter lifespans than their suburban or country counterparts.