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!
There are several available EAB treatment options but they vary immensely in terms of effectiveness, safety and environmental impact. Learn about the available options and why we only recommend trunk injection with TreeAzin to treat emerald ash borer.Read More
It doesn’t take a trained tree expert to spot a bad pruning job but it does take one to do the job right.
Unfortunately, we’re often called in to fix a DIY pruning job gone wrong – and sometimes we even have to remove the tree entirely because it can’t be saved.
If you plan to do some tree pruning around your property (or hire someone to do it for you), here’s a list of the top 6 tree pruning mistakes and how you can avoid making them.Read More
Biochar could be one of nature’s best examples of recycling. How else can we explain a natural process that turns waste material into a sustainable soil amendment? It’s a charcoal-like material used in the landscape to amend poor soil, store carbon, and absorb pollutants in contaminated soil.Read More
When it comes to curb appeal, nothing beats the landscape statement of spring-flowering trees. Not only do they embrace spring with a profusion of gorgeous blooms, many are highly fragrant and provide food for pollinators. The best offer multi-seasonal interest in addition to their early flowers.
Our top picks for spring-flowering trees are resilient, beautiful, easy to maintain, and just right for growing in central New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They include regional natives, as well as well-behaved non-native trees with impressive spring flowers.Read More
Your lawn will be waking soon and begin drawing from the nutrients that it stored in its roots last fall. But there’s a limit to how much your lawn can store – even in perfect conditions, it will need a boost in spring. And that’s where your organic spring lawn care program comes in.Read More
Do your fruit trees have a lot of fruit each year, or are there just a few here and there? Are they healthy, or do they need constant spraying to keep disease and insects at bay? Fruit trees, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and others, need regular pruning to stay healthy and provide you with plentiful fruit. And believe it or not, that pruning is best done in late winter or early spring.Read More
Freshly-cut evergreen boughs add an inexpensive and wonderful splash of color and breath-taking fragrance for holiday decorations. And there’s no need to purchase greens that were cut weeks ago, when you likely have evergreens already growing in your landscape. Here are our best tips for creating beautiful holiday decorations from evergreens.Read More
According to the NJ Department of Agriculture, ALL ash trees in NJ are at high risk for EAB infestation within the next few years. Control the spread of EAB by removing infected ash trees during the winter – it’s an ideal time to take down trees without damaging your lawn.Read More
Deer can damage more plants in winter than the cold, snow, ice and wind. Learn how to protect your shrubs and trees from hungry deer. Here in central NJ and PA, start your protection efforts in fall (October/November is best) for the best results.Read More
Dormant season (winter) pruning has many advantages for your trees and is more economical for you – a win/win for both you and your trees. But to do it right, you should first inspect your trees in fall.Read More
Late summer into early fall is the perfect time to grow grass. With the cooler nights and shorter days, weed growth is beginning to slow, which provides less competition for grass. Use the proper cultural practices and the three simple steps described here to build a lush, safe, chemical-free lawn.Read More
Lawn weeds appear in your lawn because of soil conditions, nutrient problems and poor cultural practices. Some very simple things that will provide huge benefits in growing a healthy lawn are proper mowing and watering habits. Here’s how to do it right.Read More
Have you seen small orange flies swarming around your boxwood shrubs? Spring is Boxwood Leafminer mating season! What can you do about them? Find out here.Read More
We continue to keep you updated on the arrival of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) into our area. Here’s the update on Emerald Ash Borer for 2016: While Pennsylvania has been dealing with EAB for several years, New Jersey will start seeing, first-hand, the devastation that it brings in 2016. Native to Asia, Emerald Ash Borer…Read More