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5 Worst Tree Diseases in Central NJ & Eastern PA

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Our area is home to a number of damaging diseases that injure, deform and kill trees and shrubs. In this article, we share five tree and shrub diseases commonly found in our area and describe what to look out for, the trees or shrubs that are typically infected, and available treatment or control options.

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Why Are Woodpeckers Making Holes in My Trees?


If woodpeckers are drilling holes in your trees it’s likely to indicate a much bigger problem, such as an insect infestation or dying tree. For example, it’s often the first visible sign of EAB infestation in ash trees. Find out why and how woodpeckers peck trees and what you can do about it.

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Does Deer Repellent Really Prevent Deer Damage?

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We’re often asked if deer repellent spray is a good way to stop deer from eating plants and shrubs, particularly during the tough winter months when it seems like deer will eat anything they can reach. Here’s the straight answer and our application advice.

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Control Spread of Emerald Ash Borer in New Jersey: Remove Ash Trees in Winter

remove ash trees in winter to control emerald ash borer

As of August 2016, emerald ash borer has been found in New Jersey in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties. 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.

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Boxwood Leafminer – A Major Pest Of Boxwood Shrubs

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Have you seen small orange flies swarming around your boxwood shrubs? Spring is Boxwood Leafminer mating season! Perfectly timed, just as the healthy new flush of spring growth leafs out on your boxwood shrubs, small orange flies may be visible fluttering around your boxwoods. This is the mating season for adult Boxwood Leafminers. The pest…

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Update on Emerald Ash Borer (2016)

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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…

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