Biology: CMBS, like other scales, are tiny insects that feed on the sap of plants and exude a sweet, sticky substance called honeydew, promoting the growth of black sooty mold. Crape myrtles are the only host of this pest. Left untreated, infestations will turn the branches of Crape Myrtle, and nearby surfaces, black in a…

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Biology: Prunicola scales, like other scales, are tiny insects that feed on the sap of plants. The preferred hosts of prunicola scale are cherry laurels and other Prunus species like flowering cherry, plum, and peach trees. It is also known to infest lilac, butterfly bush, red twig dogwoods, holly, boxwood, and privet. It can be…

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Air Spading – What Does it Do and What Results Does it Yield? Air spading is a process arborists use to combat a common issue affecting trees – soil compaction. If your trees aren’t as healthy as they should be, it could be down to soil compaction. Air spading is a non-invasive treatment for soil…

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Bagworms are mostly found on conifer trees (Leyland Cypress, Arborvitae, Juniper, Cedar, etc.) and will do deadly damage to these trees. These caterpillars create a silk and evergreen foliage cocoon that can easily blend into a tree. Bagworms hatch around mid-June (depending on the region’s growing degree days) and extend their feeding season over a…

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Mulching is an important part of taking care of your trees, but it’s easy to go overboard. If you’re not careful, over-mulching can do more harm than good to your trees. Negative Effects of Over-Mulching: Mulching is critical to health and vitality of your trees, but you need to be aware of the amount of…

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A well-cared-for plant in the landscape that suddenly begins dropping leaves or needles can be a very troubling sight. There is usually no need to be alarmed since leaf and needle drop often occurs as a natural part of the yearly growth cycle of many plants. Most evergreens will naturally drop their older needles or…

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Recently we have received quite a few calls from concerned homeowners and landscapers about holly trees. THE CONCERN Some of the leaves are turning yellow and falling off of the trees. In some cases it appears that a large amount of the leaves are doing this and it is quite alarming to homeowners worried that…

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Winter damage, also known as cold damage, appears as stunted leaf development, clusters of buds where normally one would grow, branch dieback, and in some cases tree mortality. In most cases, Crape Myrtles can survive winter damage. It is advisable to wait until the end of June/beginning of July to cut back branches to new…

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