Question of the Week

Should I cut my lawn low before winter? No. Taller mowing heights enables more tillering, resulting in thicker turf.  Also, shoot growth is proportional to root growth.  The taller the leaf material, the deeper the root. Therefore, you should always mow the lawn at 3.5-4” to allow for a thicker stand of grass and encourage deeper […]

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When Is The Best Time To Fertilize My Trees And Shrubs?

When is the best time to fertilize my trees and shrubs? The best time to fertilize your landscape is from late fall to early spring. Plants are able to absorb nutrients from the soil, as long as soil temperatures are above 40 degrees. Fertilizing your landscape plants from late fall until late spring can help […]

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Newly Planted Trees: Strategies for Survival

Caroline R. from New Kent asked, “I just planted a new tree this summer, what is the best way to keep it alive?” Hundreds of thousands of trees are planted along city and community streets and on other public property throughout the United States each year. Unfortunately, many of these trees, perhaps 50 percent or […]

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Is My Soil Draining Properly?

Is my soil draining properly? Using a trowel and water can, dig out a hole in your prospective plant bed proximately six inches deep and twelve inches wide. Fill it with water. When the hole has drained, return and fill it a second time. This time, however, note how long it takes for the hole […]

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Why Are My Leaves Turning Black?

Why are my leaves turning black? Leaves turn black due to aphids, or plant lice, which are small, soft-bodied insects. There are hundreds of different species of aphids, some of which attack only one host plant while others attack numerous hosts. Most aphids are about 1/10 inch long (2.54 mm), and though green and black […]

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Why Do Compacta Hollies Have Dead Spots In Them?

Why do my compacta hollies have dead spots in them? Dead spots on compacta hollies are called Black Root Rot. Black Root Rot manifests as softball to basketball shaped dead or dying areas in the plant. Most compacta hollies like cool, moist, well-draining soils. In the Virginia area those conditions are hard to duplicate and […]

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Question of the Week

Peter T. from Williamsburg asked, “Is there really a difference between the Premium program and the Estate Program?” Answer: Peter, I have posted a picture here to give you a visual. Yes, there is a difference. While some lawns are not Estate program eligible, if you are, you should been on this program. The Estate […]

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Question of the Week

Q: “Why am I seeing these little pine cones hanging from my arborvitae?” Cindy, Williamsburg A: Well Cindy, those aren’t pine cones. They are bagworms. The bagworm, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis, is an interesting pest of ornamental shrubs and trees. The spindle-shaped bag that the larva carries around as it feeds characterizes this insect. The larva constructs […]

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