Category Archives: Plant Healthcare

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…

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…

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…

Large tree removal with crane (video)

Tree Removal with Crane Video

Seasons Greetings 2012

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Tree Root Collar Excavation with Air Spade (Video)

Recognizing Ornamental Tree Scale Infestation

From a distance, a white powdery scale infestation on your tree bark may look like a harmless lichen or tree fungus. Upon closer examination, you may see the nymph stage (crawlers) in the white egg masses noted in the picture of an infected Kwanzan Cherry Tree. Left untreated, these insects feed on the tree and…

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