Is your tree losing its needles?

Garpiel StaffNews, The "Tree Man" Report

Needlecast is a very common, yet deadly, disease that affects spruce trees throughout the region. It is easily identified as it thins spruce trees out from the middle, leaving only very little growth, if any, just at the ends of the branches. It generally starts near the bottom of the trees and slowly works its way up, killing off branches … Read More

Apple Scab

Garpiel StaffNews, The "Tree Man" Report

Apple scab is a common fungus that attacks most varieties of apple and crabapple trees. Its unsightly fruiting bodies can be spotted from far away on the leaves and fruit. As it grows, the healthy green leaves turn a sickly yellow shade causing them to fall off the tree early, sometimes beginning in early July! The good news is that … Read More

Establishing Roots – Why fertilization is important for the health of your trees and shrubs.

Garpiel StaffNews, The "Tree Man" Report

Trees and shrubs rely on nutrients in the soil for crown development, root growth, and health. In the forest, the plants get these nutrients from decaying organic matter on the forest floor. In urban settings, however, the debris is commonly removed before it has a chance to decay and enrich the soil, often times depriving plants of the nutrients they … Read More

Let us help you plant trees in the right spot

Garpiel StaffNews, The "Tree Man" Report

Trees get big.  That is one of their main objectives in life.  They want to get as big as they possibly can so they can soak up as much sun as possible and grow even bigger.  Some tree species get bigger than others. A Japanese Maple isn’t going to tower over a Red Oak. Regardless of the species, they all … Read More

Proud of our 2018 Outstanding Small Business Award

Garpiel StaffNews

Garpiel Group is proud to have received the 2018 Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Small Business Award. The Outstanding Small Business Award recognizes a Saginaw County for-profit small business (employing between three and 50 full-time employees) that displays a visible commitment to good business practices and demonstrates good vision and management in growth and marketability, innovative systems or products … Read More

Garpiel Group Continues to Invest in Team

Garpiel StaffNews

Garpiel Group prides itself on providing a quality service that is performed by professional craftsmen. But how do you maintain a consistent team of professional craftsmen with an ever-changing economy and the daily challenge of operating a grounds services company (in Michigan), which requires detail-oriented, manual labor? Our company must remain competitive in not only the way we compensate team … Read More

Gardenscape Getaway Receives Statewide Award

Garpiel StaffNews

By Rob Garpiel In February, Garpiel Group was awarded an Industry Award by the Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) for a landscaping project we designed and built, entitled “Gardenscape Getaway.” The project was constructed for a family of three generations who all live on a 400-acre estate. It was important for our client to have a gathering place for … Read More

Garpiel Group Partners with Great Lakes Loons

Garpiel StaffNews

As the season changes and the temperature begins to warm, we all start dreaming of warm, sunny days. We think of vacation or a favorite summer sport like golf or baseball. Speaking of baseball – picture this: The weather outside is 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky. You and your family are watching your favorite baseball team compete … Read More

Don Churchill Becomes Board Certified Master Arborist

Garpiel StaffNews

By Don Churchill This winter I was able to achieve a higher certification level through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). I have maintained my ISA Certified Arborist certification for the past 15 years by attending numerous seminars and training classes. Every three years, I am required to attend at least 30 hours of training, either through seminars and classes, … Read More