Update: Emerald Ash Borer

I am reposting this from Spring 2012.  As the snow melts and the damage from these bettles on our Ash trees is remarkable.  Trees that were showing signs of crown dieback and some woodpecker damage, last year at this time, are now standing stone dead.  The larva of these beetles have been feeding under the bark and now large bright areas where the bark has fallen off is an obvious sign of infestation.  The woodpeckers around here are well fed.


Previous post: This is a serious issue. If you have found Emerald Ash Borer on your trees or are not sure and would like to talk about ways to help prevent the beetle from damaging your trees, visit andrewsarboriculture.com for more information. We, at Andrews Arboriculture, have been studying the Emerald Ash Borer for some time and are prepared to treat therapeutically and preventatively. Our licensed, certified Arborist Russell Andrew knows that native North American Ash trees have little natural resistance to this Asian born pest. Infestations start small but as more trees in our area become infested it can cause quick and irreversible decline. According to the North Central IPM Center, homeowners wishing to protect trees should consider having their trees professionally treated.

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Happy Holidays 2014


Preventing Winter Damage to Rhododendrons and other Broad Leaf Evergreens

The recent deep freeze in Connecticut reminded me of the importance of protecting the evergreens that many of us rely on to dress up our foundations and use as winter interest in garden beds.  Although, these plants are masters at acclimating to our winters by entering dormancy, very low temperatures are damaging to leaves and…

Public Service announcement about Hydrangea’s winter damage

We are getting many people calling nervous that their Hydrangeas never looked this way this time of year.  This is concerning the classic Hydrangea macrophylla, very popular in New England, mophead flowers in blue to pink/purple.  If your plants new leaves are only coming from the ground and not on last year growth, you can blame…

Proper Tree Mulching

Mulching your landscape, for many, is an annual event to dress up your landscape for the new growing season.  It is a spring cleaning of sorts.  Whether you apply it yourself or hire a company, there is a right way and a wrong way to mulch your trees.  Aside from the aesthetic reasons to mulch,…

There is a Sea Anemone growing out of my Cedar Tree, Help!

 No, silly, that is not a sea anemone, it’s a pathogen called Gymnosproangium juniperi-virginianae.  “A what?” you say.  It is cool to look at, but it is evidence of Cedar-Apple Rust.  It is the best known and most common of all the gymnosporangium rusts.  This is dangerous in areas where apple trees are abundant because…

Getting Ready for the Best Spring Ever

Taking a break from our usual plant health care blog to share a winter project we are excited about. We have been very busy around here at Andrew’s Arboriculture. It sure has been cold outside but we can feel spring inside. We are expanding.  To continue to give the service our clients are used to and…

Happy Holidays 2013



Proof of an Organic Christmas Tree Farm

While walking with my family through our Christmas tree farm we came upon a Norway Spruce with these peculiar looking capsules hanging from the underside of the branch. It was a wonderful teaching moment because they are Praying Mantis egg sacs (ootheca) and they are so interesting. I explained that the female mantis will lay…

Dutch Elm Disease Prevention

Elm trees are popular and can be majestic.  If you have an old one you love, Dutch Elm Disease can be scary.  This disease is caused by a fungus called Ceratocysis ulmi which entered North America in Elm wood coming from Europe before 1930.  It has spread over most areas where Elms grow today.  Infection…

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