Lawn, Tree & Landscape Tips for Central NJ & Eastern PA

Plant Nutrients: Calcium & Boron

Profiling Essential Nutrients for Plant Health:              Calcium & Boron A good analogy in the mineral world is that Calcium is the trucker, in that it moves all the other minerals, but Boron is the truck driver. A boron imbalance appears as if the truck has driven off the road.…

Beneficial Insects – The Hoverfly

hoverfly on flower

Hoverflies are tremendous beneficial predators to attract into your landscape, as their larvae are voracious aphid-eating machines. They resemble a cross between a fly and a small yellow jacket at first glance. Besides their favorite snack, aphids, they provide excellent control ofscale, thrips, tiny mites and small caterpillars, like the cabbageworms that devour your broccoli…

Winter Injury to Trees and Shrubs

shrubs flattened by snow

Heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in residential landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance.

Weed of the Week: Hairy Bittercress

hairy bittercress weed

Hairy Bittercress, (Cardamine hirsute), is a winter and summer annual that germinates from seed during cool moist conditions, like spring and fall. It is a prolific seed producer that explodes at the slightest touch, sending tiny seeds flying in all directions when the seedpods mature. Once established, it is VERY difficult to eradicate.

Why is My Tree Dying? What’s Killing My Tree?

New customers often want to know why their tree is dying – and the answer is often the same… You’ve probably seen many cases of a mulching technique called “mulch volcanoes”. You may have even done it yourself. But did you know that it could be the reason why your tree is dying?

Bats – Scary or Cute?

bat hanging upside down - scary or cute?

Bats may be the most misunderstood, under-loved and under-appreciated animals in the United States. But, as the main predator of night-flying insects (including mosquitoes!), they should really be a desirable and welcome addition to your property.

Why Tree Limbs Fall In Your Yard

              Trees can develop improperly formed limbs because of disease, insect, injury or poor pruning practices.  And, the growth patterns of certain tree species are just more inclined to do so.  The following article, sent from the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) to its members, helps you understand why…

Control Lawn Weeds Organically: Core Aeration & Overseeding

Good fall lawn care sets your lawn up to be its healthiest next spring. Growing thick, dense grass is your best offense and defense in naturally crowding out and controlling weeds.

Green worm on tomato plant

 Wondering what the green worm is on your tomato plant?…. Now’s the time to inspect your tomato plants closely for the presence of large green worms.  You’ll likely see foliar feeding damage or frass (poop) on leaves before you actually see the horn worm since it camouflages itself well among the leaves and stems. If you do find…

Emerald Ash Borer Identified in New Jersey (2014)

A sad development for New Jersey’s trees…. Breaking news from the: NEW  JERSEY  DEPARTMENT OF  AGRICULTURE Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0330 www.nj.gov/agriculture For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014 INVASIVE EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN NEW JERSEY State Agencies Implement Action Plan

Spring Tick Control

You may have heard us say that effective deer tick control starts early in the Spring, before ticks can multiply and infest your property….  This past Sunday after a nice day playing lawn bocci with extended family, we’re sitting at the dinner table and they point out a small nymph deer tick crawling up my…

Update on Emerald Ash Borer in NJ (2013)

Emerald Ash Borer Update: October 2013 Please see our 2016 Update for up-to-date information on the spread of Emerald Ash Borer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This invasive insect is threatening the extinction of Ash trees in states and areas that it has moved into.  Prior to June 2002, it had never been found in North…

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