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In The Garden With Ron Wilson and the Arbor Doctor…The Podcast

For those who slept in!

Here’s today’s podcast! I had on as my cohost for today and I think we rocked it! ENJOY!

Ron Wilson is joined by the Arbor Doc, Ronald Rothhaas for an entire show to talk about trees and weather! Joe Strecker and Gary Sullivan also make guest appearances for this wild show! Don’t be a geek and miss this one! Click here!

Arbor Doctor On The Air…

Image result for yardboy ron wilsonArbor Doctor and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® Ron Rothhaas will be joining Yardboy Ron Wilson on 55KRC and iHeart Radio from 7:05 to 7:30 Saturday morning, January 20. Ron will also be doing a segment on 610WTVN in Columbus, Ohio from 11:05 AM to 11:30. We plan on discussing can spring be far behind and  growing degree days and who knows what? Be there!!!



Blessings at Christmas!

Christmas is here!

We at Arbor Doctor are so thankful that you, our clients, place your trust in us.  It has been nearly a decade since Arbor Doctor was established.  I have known many of you longer than that.  I consider each of you to be part of my Arbor Doctor extended family and count it as privilege that you place your trust in us.

When I started Arbor Doctor in 2005, we were in the midst of adopting our daughter Melanie from China.  In that process I began praying over our financial situation and within weeks, I lost the job I had at the time…at Christmastime!  What seemed like tragedy at the time was, in fact, an answer to prayer.  God led me to Terry Grear, a CPA and Christian man who helped me to establish the LLC and get Arbor Doctor off the ground.  I knew it was God’s will, but it still scared me to death.

I figure Mary and Joseph were also scared 2,000 years ago when she as a virgin found herself to be with child, the penalty for which in that society was death.  Joseph and Mary remained faithful, against all worldly logic, and the Son of God came into the world.

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! 31 You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”   —Luke 1:29-33 (NLT)

As we progress toward 2014, I cannot promise that I will never error.  In fact, I can guarantee I will. However, I can promise I will seek each day to honor God in all I do, just as I have since Arbor Doctor was founded in 2005, and provide to you the best plant health care service I can.

May God richly bless you and yours at this Christmas season and in the coming new year!



Ron Rothhaas

Arbor Doctor LLC

“God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.”   John 3:17 (NLT)


Elliot Abrams’ “Please Pass The Gravy” Thanksgiving Forecast


This was written by Accuweather’s Elliot Abrams several years ago:

Turkeys will finish thawing Thanksgiving morning, then warm in the oven to a high near 190 in the afternoon. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or a cold shoulder.

During the late afternoon and early evening hours, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey and cause it to accumulate 1-2 inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other, especially if it mixes in as you turn to the green bean casserole. Please pass the gravy.

A weight watch has been issued for the entire area and we expect intervals of indigestion, with increasing stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers and drop to a low of 34 in the refrigerator.

Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday: high pressure to eat sandwiches; flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50% chance of scattered soup during the midday hours. We expect a warming trend baste on where soup develops.



Arbor Doctor Ron Rothhaas to speak at Dayton Home and Garden Show

Arbor Doctor Ron Rothhaas will be speaking this year at the Dayton, OH Home and Garden Show at the Dayton, OH Convention Center.

Ron will be speaking on the subject of “What does bad weather do to your plants?”, a timely topic with the heat waves and droughts of recent years.  Many of our trees are suffering, and understanding how weather interacts with other environmental factors can help you to do a better job managing the health of your landscape.

Ron’s presentation will take place on Stage 2 at 3:00 PM, March 22, 2013.

Arbor Doctor Ron Rothhaas scheduled on WKRC radio Saturday morning, March 2

Arbor Doctor Ron Rothhaas is scheduled to appear this Saturday, March 2, 2013, on In The Garden with Ron Wilson on 550 AM, WKRC radio.  Ron will appear from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM as a member of a panel of experts including host Ron Wilson; Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; and respected horticulturist Liz Jacobs from Natorp’s, Inc.

In advance of the show, Ron Wilson remarked, “I thought it would be a great idea to have a panel discussion about trees, and of course the three of you came to mind.  You all three represent different aspects of the industry, and I value (highly) all three of your opinions and expertise!”

Ron Rothhaas remarked, “It is an honor to be asked to appear with such highly credentialed colleagues.  Hopefully, I can avoid my daughter’s flu bug and be able to be present on Saturday!”  Ron is a 1988 graduate of The Ohio State University,  a 1985 graduate of Cincinnati Technical and Community College, an ISA Certified Arborist and member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists.  He has worked in the horticultural field for three decades.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.  Read the article here>>>

The Christmas Tree: Eastern red cedar

About a week or two before Christmas, my Dad would say, “Anybody want a Christmas tree this year?” That was the signal for a trip up the mountain to find the very best Christmas tree that would fit into our living room. It also was the signal for those left at home to get the decorations down from the attic. But one year, no one had time to get the tree down from the mountain or the decorations down from the attic. What was a little girl to do? Read more at Dave’s Garden>>>

Ethics in arboriculture: Ron Rothhaas guests with Ron Wilson on In the garden

Arbor Doctor president and ISA Certified Arborist Ron Rothhaas spent 30 minutes on 55WKRC chatting about ethics in arboriculture, as well as how weather is affecting local trees, this past Saturday morning.  The podcast for the hour Ron appeared in can be found at this link>>>.   Ron’s segment starts around minute 16 of the podcast.  Thanks to Ron Wilson of In the Garden for the invitation.  Ron Wilson holds forth every Saturday morning from 6AM to 9AM.  The website for his show can be found here>>>.

Did you know?

Arbor Doctor owner Ron Rothhaas regularly participates in the online chat sessions during RonWilson’s In The Garden radio show Saturdays from 6AM to 9AM.  Listen to the “yard boy”  Saturdays mornings, and check out Ron’s chat line.  You can find more information here>>>

Arbor Doctor friend Mark Webber does a Dayton gardening show on WHIO.  Ron Rothhaas shows up there sometimes too.  Check out Mark’s information here>>>

Have a blessed Christmas and holiday season

The past few years have been challenging in America and Cincinnati.  The economy has been in flux and the weather has seen droughts, high winds, and flooding rains.  There really is nothing new under the sun.  We face challenges today just as people did 2,000 years ago.

Some of you may remember that my wife and I adopted a little girl the same year we founded Arbor Doctor.  Adoption was common in Biblical days.  The analogy is enlightening.  Too often, we despair over challenges and hardships, and complain when we don’t get what we want.  On Christmas, Christians observe the gift at Christmas.  While our society portrays this in many ways, the gift at Christmas is simple.  Just as our little girl sat in a Chinese orphanage and through no merit of her own was adopted into our family, a similar offer of unmerited adoption into God’s family came to us at Christmas.   We do nothing to earn God’s love.  He offers His love and unmerited favor to us.

We can choose to accept His offer of adoption or not.  It is our choice.  He stands at the door and knocks.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors–not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.   Romans 8:12-17 (NKJV)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!