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!

Organic Plant Care, LLC Employee Gains Certified Treecare Safety Professional Status

We are proud to announce that Tim Daley recently completed the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program offered by the Tree Care Industry Association. Here’s what that means for our customers…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Tree Root Problems

Tree root problems can cause extensive damage, especially if you have trees growing near structures like foundations, underground pipes, or sidewalks. However, there are things you can do to prevent tree roots from becoming a major problem.

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American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Valued for its dappled shade and mottled, exfoliating bark, the American Sycamore is a large specimen tree that needs plenty of room to grow. Learn all about its preferred growing conditions, appearance, pest and disease issues, and maintenance requirements.

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Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants

What is “healthy soil”? Does fertilizer improve soil health? Learn what you can (and cannot) do with your soil to help grow healthy plants.

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Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea)

Known for its beautiful burgundy foliage that turns a lovely shade of copper in fall, the copper beech is a wonderful specimen tree for larger spaces. Learn all about its preferred growing conditions, appearance, pest and disease issues, and maintenance requirements.

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Bacterial Leaf Scorch: FAQs

Brown, dying or scorched-looking tree leaves, especially on oaks, could be due to bacterial leaf scorch, which is fatal. Learn how to identify, control, and prevent it.

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Beneficial Insects – Praying Mantis

Learn how to attract praying mantises to your New Jersey yard, which ones to buy (as an egg case), when and where they appear, what they eat, and more

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Summer Tree Care Checklist

What to do (and not do!) during the hot, dry summer months to ensure that your trees are healthy and beautiful throughout the entire year.

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Are Beneficial Insects REALLY Good For Your Yard?

We answer all of your questions about beneficial insects in your garden, including what they do, the different types, how to attract them, their many benefits, and what not to do if you want to get these incredible insects to come over to your house.

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Why Grow Native Plants in Your NJ Yard?

Native plants have many benefits for both you (e.g., lower maintenance costs) and the local wildlife and there are many beautiful plants to choose from.

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