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Why Aren’t My Annuals Blooming

Annuals may not bloom for a variety of reasons. If your petunias or geraniums suddenly quit blooming, the first thing to check for is budworms. These small green caterpillars that will eat the blooms before the buds even open. Million bells…

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Euonymus Scale

Euonymus Scale

Euonymus scale is one of the most damaging scales in our area. It can cause defoliation and even death of many varieties of Euonymus. These scales can also affect a groundcover called Pachysandra.  Euonymus scales are a small (1/8th inch)…

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Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle from Asia that is devastating our native ash forests and urban plantings. The beetle is about ½ inch long and metallic green. The adult beetles are active from May through July. The…

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Oak Galls

Oak galls are tumor-like plant growths that appear on oak leaves or twigs. They are caused by tiny parasitic wasps or midges. While dramatic looking, rarely do any damage to the tree. As the tiny larva of these insects starts…

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Ash Flower Gall

The ash flower gall is an unsightly plant growth caused by a mite that appears on ash trees. It specifically infects the clusters of male flowers ashes produce. Clusters of these tumor-like growths start to expand and become woody in…

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Lawn Renovation

Deciding to overseed your existing lawn or scrap the entire thing and start from scratch can be a difficult decision. Usually, if less than 50% of the lawn is grass, then you want to start from scratch. Late summer and…

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Fall Webworm

Fall Webworm

Fall webworms are caterpillars that form colonies inside of spiderweb-like sacks. These sacks can be feet across and are generally found on the ends of branches. The caterpillars appear on trees in the fall and defoliate the branches inside of…

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a disease that can affect a wide range of plants. It forms a very distinct looking white powder, generally on top of infected leaves. It can also be found on the undersides of leaves, buds, fruit, and…

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Grassy Weeds in Lawns

Grassy weeds in lawns are notoriously hard to control. Since our turf grasses are grasses themselves, chemical controls are limited. A full, healthy lawn is always the first defense against weeds. Chemical control methods depend on whether the weed is…

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Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust

Junipers often have brown growths that look a little like human brains on their needles. These are one stage of cedar-apple rust, which is a fungus. After the spring rains, the fungus will be covered in orange tentacle-like growths that…

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