OPC Blog - Organic Care For Trees, Lawn & Landscapes
On this page, you'll find all of our many blog posts on tree and lawn care, common pests and diseases, DIY techniques, the best trees and shrubs for your property, seasonal tips, and so much more. Enjoy!
Benefits of Honeybees in an Organic Landscape
We count on honeybees to pollinate our crops and provide us with honey and other products. Unfortunately, their populations are under threat. However, saving this helpful bee is easier than you might think.Read More
Are Your Plants Suffering From Spider Mites Infestation?
Spider mite is a pest that is so tiny that it’s hard to spot, but one that can cause a lot of damage to your trees and plants. Read this article to learn if your plants are suffering from this tiny pest.Read More
Problem Plants to Avoid Planting
When choosing trees, plants, and shrubs for your New Jersey or Pennsylvania property, there are a few categories of flora that you should never choose from: those that are considered invasive, are classified as a noxious weed, or are non-native and not suited for our area or climate.Read More
Identifying Wildlife Prints in Snow
Wild animal prints in snow is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Read here to learn how to identify wild animal tracks that visited your property.Read More
Are Sod Webworm Moths Ruining Your Lawn?
Sod webworm is a destructive pest in your lawn. Take a closer look if you notice brown patches in your grass it might not just a simple patch caused by dog urine. Here’s how you can determine if the damage is caused by sod webworm pest or others.Read More
How to Control Lawn Weeds Organically
Lawn weeds are indicators of soil conditions, nutrient problems, and poor cultural practices. If you look closely, there are likely many different species of weeds that are now actively growing in your lawn, each telling you something specific/different. Here are some of the key things to look for and address.Read More
8 Ways to Create a Pet-Friendly Yard
These tips will help you keep your pets safe from harmful and toxic plants, chemicals, landscape materials, wildlife, and other hazards on your property.Read More
What’s the Best Lawn Grass for Central NJ and Eastern PA?
For all-round performance, we recommend tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) as the best lawn grass for homeowners in eastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey. This cool-season lawn grass is quick to establish and easy to grow in our area, and no other lawn grasses for the region can compete with its adaptability and resilience.Read More
Organic Plant Care, LLC Employee Gains Certified Treecare Safety Professional Status
We are proud to announce that Derrick Hanke recently completed the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program offered by the Tree Care Industry Association. Here’s what that means for our customers…Read More
Will Rock Salt or Ice Melt Harm My Plants?
Rock salt and ice melt are commonly used in NJ & PA during the winter. Unfortunately, these products do untold damage to our properties, the local ecosystem, and our pets and plants. Here are our suggestions for dealing with snow and ice without using salt.Read More
Winter Lawn Damage FAQs
Learn what causes winter lawn damage in NJ & PA and how to prevent it for a better-looking lawn next spring.Read More
Autumn Shrub Care: Protect Your Shrubs Before Winter Arrives
Many shrubs, especially broadleaf evergreens like hollies, boxwood, laurels and rhododendrons, can be easily damaged by brutal winter weather. Instead of lush green leaves, you end up with crispy brown ones. So we’re sharing these autumn shrub care tips to help you protect your valuable shrubs from severe winter conditions.Read More
Summer Lawn Watering Tips for New Jersey And Pennsylvania
Homeowners often water their lawns incorrectly in summer, causing lasting damage. Follow these summer lawn watering guidelines to help your turfgrass to stay green and vigorous until cooler temperatures arrive in fall. Plus, learn how to help it recover from summer damage.Read More
Organic Control of Japanese Beetles & White Grubs in Your NJ Landscape
Do the leaves on your shrubs and trees look like lace? If so, they’ve probably been attacked by Japanese beetles. Are brown patches appearing in your lawn? It could be grubs – the immature form of Japanese beetles. Learn how to control both to minimize the damage safely, effectively and organically.Read More
Are Chinch Bugs Damaging Your Lawn? Signs, Treatment & Prevention
If dead patches appear in your lawn this summer, it might be a chinch bug infestation. Here’s how to get rid of this destructive lawn pest and stop it from killing your lawn.Read More
What Is Organic Lawn Care & How Does It Work?
What does “organic” mean when it comes to lawn care? Is organic lawn care better than conventional/synthetic lawn fertilization, weed control, and pest management? What does it really take to “do organic” properly? And why does it cost more?
In this article, we answer those questions and more about organic lawn service.Read More
Parasitic Wasps: The Natural Pest Control You Want to Have In Your Garden
Parasitic wasps are one of the many beneficial insects you may want to invite to your garden. Learn why you’ll love having them as garden pest control.Read More
OPC Receives NJSBDC 2020 Annual Small Business Growth Client Award
Learn why we received the 2020 Small Business Growth Client Award from NJSBDC for our overall business achievements in 2020.Read More
Will Ivy Harm My Trees?
Answers to all of your questions about what happens when ivy grows up a tree, whether to remove ivy on trees, how to remove ivy, ivy control methods, how to prevent it from climbing trees, and more!Read More
Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima)
This blight-resistant alternative to the American Chestnut has tasty edible nuts and casts a beautiful dense shade. Learn all about its preferred growing conditions, appearance, pest and disease issues, and maintenance requirements.Read More