How to Properly Water Your Trees

We have noticed that a lot of people tend to believe that spraying water on and around a tree will water it effectively. This is not the case and will not water your tree effectively. Today we are going to discuss why this method is wrong, and tell you the proper way that a tree is watered to ensure it is getting all the moisture that it needs to grow happy and healthy.

The wrong way to water your tree, and why

When someone waters their tree, they often are only getting the surface of the ground wet. This will make it so it appears that the ground in and around the tree has been watered, and is getting all the water that it requires in order to stay healthy. This is wrong because many do not consider how deep a tree's roots go. When this happens, it is because a lot of water is put on the ground at once, and no time is given to the ground to let the water soak in. This makes it so that most of the water is getting to the grass and plants which the roots reside close to the surface, and not to the tree roots themselves, which reside deep in the ground and can stretch out far from the tree itself.

The right way to water your tree, and why

The right way to water your tree is actually a much longer process than a lot of people follow, and it depends on a large array of different factors which determine what the tree needs and how often it needs it. However, the watering method does not change, only the frequency, and that is wholly dependent on the species of tree you have.

When watering your tree, you should do the opposite to what is typically done when watering smaller plants whose roots do not go deep into the soil. You should allow a slower flow of water to reach the soil, in a large area around the tree. This will allow the water to permeate the soil and the moisture will then travel deep, down to where the tree's roots are actually at. Some of the things which can be utilized in watering a tree properly are sprinklers or drip irrigation. If you elect not to use any of these watering methods, you can water the tree more simply by having a hose running on the soil surface.

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If you have any question regarding how your tree should be taken care of, or how to effectively water your tree, do not hesitate to contact us. We also provide arborist services for healing diseased trees. Feel free to call us at (678)921-8163 or contact us with our online form.

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Caring for Trees: Identifying Diseased and Damaged Trees

We take trees for granted. They do so much for us. Trees produce a large majority of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Trees provide shade for us and cause our home temperatures to go down during the hot summer, which results in lower energy costs and a better quality of life.

This begs the question, what can we do to positively impact our trees? How does one determine when something is wrong with one of our trees? There are many different ways to tell, and characteristics to look for when determining if your tree is getting the care it needs. There are ways to check if your trees see too much watering, or not quite enough. If you know these things, you can effectively cater to your trees needs so it can continue to give back to you. Our experts at Chapman's Tree Service know that taking care of your trees is important and offers professional plant healthcare services to help keep your trees healthier longer. Take a look below to see if your tree is getting what it needs to survive.

Are You Over Or Under Watering Your Trees?

Too Much:

  • If the ground the tree resides in is wet or damp all the time, this is a good indicator that the tree has been receiving to much water.
  • If the leaves appear green and healthy, but they appear to be fragile to the touch, this could be an indicator that the trees are in fact being overwatered. It is also noted that the age and size of the tree will determine how much water it requires. It is typical that the young trees require more water, as the root system is still developing, and so it cannot take in as much water as larger trees with lots of roots.

Too little:

  • If the Tree's leaves are wilted, which look like they are brown at the tips or edges.
  • If the leaves yellow when it is not supposed to, ie. Early fall color or the leaves are dropping early.
  • If the leaves appear scorched, this is a surefire indicator that the tree is not receiving the amount of water it is supposed to.

Identifying Sick Trees

There are many things to look out for regarding if your tree is not. As a baseline, it would be good to begin by just looking up and down the tree to find any points of interest. Take a look below to see if you identify any of these signs. If so then you may need to contact our experts at Chapman's Tree Service regarding our tree pruning or tree removal services.

  • Dead branches, which can hang low. It seems as if nothing will ever grow on them
  • Other plants growing off of the trees, particularly fungus. This is bad for the tree because these plants are growing off of the tree, thus sapping its energy and essentially "Draining the life", out of it.
  • Holes in the leaves, if they appear to be wilting, or dead and brown.
  • If the leaves are rust-colored, or just a dramatically different color from the green color they are supposed to be.
  • Cankers in the tree. These are best described as once healthy sections of bark that have since died. This is caused by fungi and different types of bacteria. However, this can first get its beginning by the tree itself becoming injured from a variety of different sources, particularly lawnmowers.
  • The tree can also possibly be sick if it just leans a huge amount, causing the heaviest limbs and branches to hang lower than they should.
  • Holes in leaves- This indicates that insects are in fact feeding off your tree.

If you notice that one of your trees is showing disease symptoms or has dead limbs hanging from it you should contact us online or call us at (678)921-8163 for our tree pruning services to try and restore your tree back to a healthy state.

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Caring For Trees During The Summer

It is crucial to care for your trees during the hot summer months, as they provide a large portion of shade in and around your home. This, in turn, keeps your home, and the surrounding yard, cooler.

During the summer, when there is less rain, your trees are at their most vulnerable state. It is important to take note of this when preparing a checklist for proper tree care.

First and foremost, Summer consists of a large portion of our dry months, with little to no rain occurring. Due to this, you may find it necessary to water your trees. Take a look at our tree care list below to make sure you are properly caring for your trees.

  • Pruning- This is essential in slowing the growth of limbs, or removing damaged limbs from a recent storm.
  • Mulching- Used mainly for aesthetics, this does indeed have a practical use. Adding mulch to the soil around the tree will keep the moisture in the soil, and keep the growth of any weeds or things that should not be growing next to your tree at a minimum.
  • Unwanted Critters- It is important to know that different insects have the potential of harming your tree, such as the Japanese Beetle. These critters can feed off your tree reducing the tree's health as a result. If you find any critters or insects on or near your tree, it is crucial that you call us so an arborist can work to ensure your tree is healthy again.

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5 Steps For Healthy Trees This Spring

Spring is finally upon us here in GA and it's important that you prepare your trees for the spring and summer ahead. Take a look at our list of 5 steps you can take to protect your trees this year:

1. Clean Up

Kick off the new growing season with a quick spring cleaning – for trees. Rake and gather debris that collected beneath trees over winter, such as small twigs, leaves or fallen fruits. This is especially important with trees susceptible to fungal diseases.

2. Mulch

A layer of mulch helps the soil retain moisture and suppresses weeds. It’s most crucial when caring for younger trees, ones that have been in the ground up to 10 years, but it’s OK to mulch older trees, too.

3. Water

Even though it seems like you never have to water trees, watering your trees can help promote quick healthy growth throughout the spring.


Pruning trees can promote healthy growth while also getting rid of ugly dead spots. If you’re unsure whether a branch is dead, wait until the tree leaves out. Dead branches are easy to spot once leaves unfurl.

5. Inspect

Before leaves appear, inspect tree trunks and branches, looking for signs of disease or damage. If you notice any dead limbs or discoloration then you should have our experts come out to access whether the damage is threatening the tree.

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What Causes Trees to Die

There are a number of reasons that can cause tree decay and death. Our team at Chapman's tree services has years of experience and certified arborists to help homeowners in Georgia protect their trees. Over the years we have come across every possible scenario for tree death and can help you to understand why your trees are not growing like they should.

Top 5 Reasons Your Tree Is Dying

Hazards to trees can come in a variety of forms such as accidents, too much herbicide, soil compaction, over or under watering, and much more. Our team aims to protect every tree rather than to remove trees which could otherwise be saved. Take a look below at our top 5 reasons your tree is dying to see if any of these are occurring on your property.

1. Accidents

Automobiles, storms, and even lawnmowers can cause bark damage and wounds on trees. One can avoid tree wounding by planting them in sheltered locations or by providing some sort of barrier. Be very careful while using lawn mowers and weed trimmers, as careless use can damage the roots and bark of even large trees. Check for any damage incurred during heavy storms, and treat it promptly. Remember, the integrity and stability of a tree changes over time.

2. Herbicides

When used properly, chemicals can benefit trees and their growth. Improperly used, herbicides can interact with the roots and damage the tree's health. Make sure the instructions for application are carefully followed. Seek professional help whenever you are not sure.

3. Soil Compaction

This is a slow tree damage process, often with few or no other signs of the cause. In compacted soil, pore space has been reduced and roots do not get enough oxygen. Often the tree slowly declines and dies. Soil compaction can be avoided by aerating the soil, by mulching and by preventing soil disruption around trees on construction sites.

4. Watering

Both over and under watering can be harmful to trees. Watering is critical for all trees in dry spells as well as young or newly transplanted trees. Monitoring the soil moisture is one of the best ways of making sure that adequate water is provided.

5. Improper Pruning

Pruning should follow standards established in ANSI A300, published by the American National Standards Institute. Proper pruning is a tree health treatment, but one of the most neglected tree care practices.

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6 Reasons you should trim your trees

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Your landscaping can compliment your home and showcase the overall look and feel you are trying to achieve. A poorly managed lawn or diseased tree detracts from your home's appearance. Pruning and trimming your trees can help make your yard more appealing and your home the envy of the neighborhood.

We have compiled a list of the top reasons you should have your trees trimmed. It is important for you to showcase your investment. Having a beautifully manicured yard can add value to your home not only visually but monetarily.

1. To Beautify Your Yard

Trimming the trees in your yard can be a great way to compliment the surrounding landscape. It can add structure and beauty to a yard that was just missing that one small detail.

In addition to shaping the trees the way you want them, trimming can help trees grow fuller and more consistently.

2. To Help The Tree Grow

Pruning your tree can not only strengthen the roots but it can also promote new growth. With proper technique, a tree can grow stronger and healthier from a professional trimming.

3. To Encourage Production

A healthier tree will produce more fruit, flowers, and healthy growth. Regular trimming and maintenance can help prevent disease and infection.

4. To Remove Hazardous Branches

By far, this is the most imperative reason to hire someone to prune your tree. The dead branches fall very easily during high winds or a severe storm. Even when weather conditions are ideal, these branches may fall. Other hazardous branches include ones hanging over the roof of your home and ones growing into electric lines.

5. To Treat Disease

Pruning and trimming your trees can help prevent the infections and diseases in your trees. If your tree is already diseased or infected pruning can help stop the spread and bring your tree back to life.

6. To Improve A Vista

Improving the look and feel of your yard or the view from your yard is known as Vista trimming. This involves the removal and trimming of trees that detract from the natural surroundings. A professional vista trimming will improve any view.

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Chapmans Tree Service has the expertise to effectivly trim and prune your trees. We service homes in Atlanta, Macoon, Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Call us at 678-921-8163 or click the button below to contact us online.

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How to Keep your Christmas Tree Green

As we get into the holiday season, many people have Christmas trees that they want to keep green for as long as possible. There are some simple tips that we recommend to keep your tree looking great from now until the New Year.

  • First things first, before putting the tree up and adding water, cut an inch or two off the bottom. The sap in the tree will harder after it is cut down so making a fresh cut will make it able to absorb the water.
  • Keep in mind that a fresh tree can drink up to a half a gallon of water a day for the first few days. Make sure there is plenty of water there to ensure this can happen.
  • Do not place the tree near a heat source like a fireplace or a radiator. The increased temperatures will make it dry out faster.
  • Over the years many people have special "mixtures" that claim to keep the tree green for longer. None of these have ever worked, stick to using water that it would be getting in nature.

Following these tips will help guarantee that your tree will look great for the whole month. If you've got any questions about this or anything else tree related, don't ever hesitate to contact us!

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How to Keep your Christmas Tree Green

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Tree climbing: Adults get in touch with childhood, nature

When Steff Merten asked who wanted to go first, of course it was the guy wearing a Spider-Man T-shirt who raised his hand.

Merten had shown members of Riveredge Nature Center's adult tree climbing club how to tie knots and buckle into their harnesses and gone over the basics of climbing. As sunlight knifed through the tree canopy on a warm, humid day, it was finally time to head skyward.

Jeff Wojcik, a 32-year-old Spider-Man fan from Port Washington, volunteered to be first. Inchworming his way up, stopping to tie safety knots every five feet, Wojcik was soon six stories up, swaying in the same breeze undulating the branches and leaves around him.

"It's nice up here," Wojcik said.

Wojcik was soon joined by the other four members of the Saukville nature center's first adult climbing club — a 69-year-old father and his 34-year-old daughter, and a married couple in their 40s — who climbed ropes tied to nearby red oaks.

Riveredge's adult climbing club is not an outlier — quite a few adults are climbing trees. In some respects, it's becoming a stampede into the trees as many folks around the United States and world are rediscovering the joys of scampering up oaks, evergreens, elms and maples. At a time when adult coloring books are exploding in popularity, tree climbing is becoming a trendy way to de-stress while also getting an unusual workout and reconnecting with childhood.

"They want to go back to being a kid," said Merten, Riveredge Nature Center adventure program manager whose climbing helmet sports the phrase: "I speak for the trees."

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin schedules tree climbs as part of its popular annual schedule of field trips throughout the state. After the first year's tree climb field trip at Riveredge filled up quickly, organizers boosted the number of field trips to three last year. This year, all three field trips — open to 18 people in each session — were quickly snapped up, said Michelle Milford, the foundation's outreach coordinator.

People signing up for the tree climb field trips say they want to try something different and add adventure to their outdoor activities, Milford said.

"It's like yoga in the trees," Milford said. "It gives you an entirely different perspective on where you are in the forest. It lets you be a bird or a squirrel for a day."

This is what's known at technical tree climbing, meaning climbing with ropes, as opposed to free climbing, or scrambling up a tree without equipment.

Harv Teitelbaum opened Tree Climbing Colorado in the early 2000s and is the founding president of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers, a nonprofit that spreads the practice of safe tree climbing. He trained a team at Riveredge that included Merten and has trained tree climbing facilitators at other nature centers and parks and rec departments across the U.S.

"A few years ago we sent out a blanket email to nature centers around the country letting them know how great tree climbing is, here's what you can do with it. We got a tremendous response from Wisconsin," said Teitelbaum.

When people join climbing clubs like the one at Riveredge, which has offered a youth club for a few years, they use the club's gear: helmets, rope, lines, weights, carabiners and saddles. Most of the equipment is arborist gear and the saddle is a low-slung harness worn around the waist that feels like a chair when climbers sit back and dangle from a tree limb.

Teitelbaum has climbed trees for decades, an experience that constantly changes since every tree is different and the same tree can change from season to season, from tall redwoods that provide a straight up-and-down experience to spreading live oaks, which offer a lot of horizontal space to roam.

Based in Colorado, Teitelbaum said he's learned things about trees he would never know if he hadn't climbed them.

"Often times, ponderosa needles form an upturned basket and after it snows, the snow will partially melt during the daytime and refreeze, so there's a little clump of ice in the basket of needles," Teitelbaum said. "That clump of ice will melt and the tree gets to drink on that for a while."

There are books for tree climbers or folks thinking about climbing trees, ranging from the technical "Tree Climber's Companion" published in 2000 by Jeff Jepson to Jack Cooke's "The Tree Climber's Guide: Adventures in the Urban Canopy," which came out in April and extols the virtues of climbing trees in London.

In an email interview, Cooke said he wrote his book to help people rediscover their childhood, remind them of simple pleasures and help them step back from their routines.

"When adults climb trees, they reconnect to the natural world in the most primal manner. Hanging from a branch, you take your life in your own hands. The world ceases to be composed of the manmade, replaced instead by natural rhythms like the movement of insects in the bark or the call of birds nesting high above you," Cooke said.

This is the third year Riveredge has offered tree climbing and the first for an adult club; members pay $120 for five sessions throughout the summer. If club members can't make one of the sessions, or if they join after the season begins, they can come during another tree climb on Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons for youths or prorate their fees, plus they must join the Riveredge Nature Center. The adult tree climbing club will meet from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 15.

Merten pointed out to club members that the first 20 feet of climbing are the hardest, especially the first time as climbers get the hang of it, struggle to tie knots and pull themselves up using the correct line. But as they go higher, it becomes easier and the rewards — spectacular views — are great.

Tom Rogers, 69, an Eagle Scout who is interested in ropes and climbing, thought it would be fun to join Riveredge's new club with his 34-year-old daughter Megan Burgard, both of West Bend.

The first thing Burgard did when she climbed up to around 20 feet off the ground was a bat hang, hanging upside down with her arms stretched out.

"You feel weightless, like you're floating in the trees," Burgard said. "I was probably 10 or 12 the last time I climbed a tree. You don't scurry up like I did when I was a kid. It's a workout. You're doing something healthy and you don't realize it."

Susannah Bird, 48, and her husband Jon, 47, of Saukville and natives of England, are Riveredge members who often hike the trails but wanted to see a different view of the nature center.

"I didn't know what to expect," Jon Bird said. "I was talking to people at work about what I was doing this weekend and when I told them I was climbing a tree, they thought I was mad."

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Tree Health Care

Do you need tree health care?

What is tree health care?

These are just a couple questions people have when they are looking for someone to improve the health of the trees on their property.  There are many things that can cause your trees to look unhealthy from pests and disease to improper planting or care.  Having a proper diagnosis of the problem is the first step in making sure your trees are at their best.

The certified arborists at Chapmans know precisely how to determine what is affecting your trees and plants and they can implement the proper treatment process and plan to get them back to being as healthy as they can be.

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Problems With Bradford Pear Trees

​The hybridized Bradford Pear trees that are now growing wild in Eastern Tennessee have become very problematic. We think they need a certified arborist to get in there and help control the population and get better, native trees in place.

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Emerald Ash Borers in Duluth

This information is from and credited to: Duluth News Tribune 

It has been nearly four months since emerald ash borers were discovered on Park Point, and residents gathered Tuesday evening at Duluth City Hall to discuss the city's emerging plan for how to combat the destructive beetle and save at least some local ash trees from near-certain death. The arrival of the invasive insect in the Twin Ports was first documented in 2013, when emerald ash borers turned up in Superior. Duluth has been on high alert ever since, watching for the seemingly inevitable spread of the beetle, and in October four trees on Park Point were found to be infested. An emergency quarantine was declared, and all transport of ash branches or wood from the Point to other parts of the city was forbidden. In a pre-emptive move, the city already has cut down 34 ash trees that could be harboring ash borer eggs or larvae due to their proximity to where the invasive insects had been found on Park Point, said Dale Sellner, buildings and grounds supervisor for the city of Duluth. But while the city of Superior's solution to dealing with the pest primarily has been to cut down its ash trees, Duluth is looking to develop a more nuanced long-term strategy, and members of the Urban Forest Commission met to share the details of a draft management plan Tuesday. Left to their own defenses, ash trees throughout the city are likely to succumb to the non-native insect. The adult beetle feasts on the leaves of ash trees, but the insect wreaks its greatest damage in larval form. Larvae burrow under an ash tree's bark and feed on its phloem, effectively girdling the tree and depriving it of essential nutrients. In Michigan, where the beetle made its first U. S. appearance in 2002 — presumably arriving in shipping pallets from its native China — more than 99 percent of ash trees with trunks larger than 2. 5 centimeters in diameter have been killed as the infestation has spread. The beetle lacks any natural predators stateside, but successful insecticide treatments have been developed. These involve periodically injecting trees with emamectin benzoate to protect them from infestation. A little more than 20 percent of trees planted along Duluth's boulevards are ash — 2,404 trees in all. A draft management plan proposes to remove most of those trees. But mature ash trees with trunks that measure at least 12 inches in diameter at a point 4½ feet above ground-level would be candidates for protection with insecticide, assuming they are in otherwise sound shape. The study identifies 911 ash trees as candidates for protective treatment. If the approach proves successful, it could save about 38 percent of the ash trees now growing along Duluth's boulevards. Louise Levy, an arborist and owner of Levy Tree Care, praised the city's proposal to protect mature ash trees but said a hard-and-fast approach to determining which to cut and which to save should involve more than measuring trunk diameters. "What I would like to be assured of is that the distribution of those ash trees that will be protected is throughout the city of Duluth," she said, suggesting that smaller trees might warrant treatment if they are in areas with relatively few mature trees. Sellner said the most recent audit of boulevard trees the city conducted was flawed and would need to be redone before a more detailed plan can be developed. He said the audit was conducted largely by temporary workers and volunteers. When cross-checked by city staff, 20 to 30 percent of the data was found to be incorrect. Sellner called the situation "unfortunate" and said: "I could dance around the subject. I'm not going to. It just needs to be redone. "Prior to any removal of boulevard trees, they would be marked, and neighboring residents would receive at least 30 days' notice of the city's plans. Individuals would have the option to save trees slated for removal by paying to have them treated with insecticide instead. New trees of different species would be planted to replace ash trees the city removes in its efforts to control borers. The current draft management plan deals solely with boulevard trees, not those growing in city parks or on other city property. The plan indicates that the city has no intention of requiring the removal of ash trees from private property unless damaged trees are deemed a threat to public safety. Rick Hanson, owner of Rick's Tree Service, recommended Duluth exercise caution as it shapes its response to the emerald ash borer. "I like to be real about things," he said advising the city to consider the long-term cost of treating trees with insecticide. "This injection isn't just a one-time fix. It's every other year for the rest of its life," he said. In the end, Hanson suggested Duluth could be fighting a losing battle, as with Dutch elm disease. "Would I rather see an ash tree live? Yes. Do I think this is a terrible thing? Yes. Is the writing on the wall? Yes. What can we save? How much money will we spend? Could that be put toward other trees, new trees? I think so," he said. Levy noted that much has been learned about how to cope with emerald ash borers in recent years and suggested more advances could be on the horizon. Sellner said he takes encouragement from the fact that Duluth's detection of an emerald ash borer infestation is at the earliest stage of discovery ever documented in the nation. He said most communities don't realize the pest is present until it has been active for three to eight years. Dealing with the invasive beetle will be expensive. Sellner noted that even if the city chose to cut down all ash trees on its boulevards, at $500 per tree, it would cost upwards of $1. 2 million. Sellner acknowledged that continued treatment to protect trees from the pest will likely cost more per ash over the long haul but said: "There's value in a mature healthy tree. You have to ask yourself what's the true cost of losing that tree. "The Urban Forest Commission will consider comments it has received on the draft emerald ash borer management plan before forwarding it. The document will then go to the Duluth Council probably in March or April for possible further modifications and/or final adoption.

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Wood Chips

Wood chips are recycled from a renewable resource and provide good ground cover for landscaped areas of your yard. They help keep moisture in the ground and prevent run-off from heavy rains. Wood chips are one of the easiest ways to keep your trees, shrubs and flowers healthy. Chapman's Tree Service will deliver wood chips right to your home or business free of charge. Learn more about the benefits of wood chips by visiting this website. 

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Green Thumb

Enter yourGardening can be a great hobby. Learn or improve your skills to create a beautiful landscape, grow herbs and crops, or simply plant a container garden. Let your kids help too – they will love it. Visit these websites to expand your knowledge or get started in the great hobby of gardening.

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Tree Entomology

This is the study of insects that affect timber varieties. The most common in Georgia is the Southern Pine Beetle. This insect has been known to kill thousands of acres of pine by boring under the bark of the tree and eating the underlying tissue. Learn about the various pests that can affect your plants by visiting these websites.

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Tree Pathology

This is the study of tree diseases. A species can be said to be affected by a disease when a living organism (biotic agent) or an environmental condition (abiotic agent) induces changes in its natural growth, its form or its physiology. For more information visit these excellent websites.

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