A new pest – Spotted Lanternfly

Damaging insect in the western part of our state The Spotted Laternfly is an insect that has been identified in the City of Winchester and Frederick County. Originally this planthopper was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, and is commonly associated with tree-of-heaven, Ailanthus altissima. Although they are most commonly found on Ailanthus (tree-of-heaven), they can […]

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Pruning Boxwoods

Boxwoods are beautiful shrubs which can enhance and beautify your landscape. Often used as a hedge, they can form a screen against unsightly views. Like most shrubs, boxwoods need dead or crossed branches cleaned out and removed, as they can restrict healthy growth. Virginia Green recommends pruning around Saint Patrick’s Day, or later, to avoid cold-temperature […]

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What is Root Rot?

Root rot is a condition found in both indoor and outdoor plants with poor drainage. As the name states, the  roots of the plant rot . Usually, this is a result of overwatering.  The excess water makes it very difficult for the roots to get the air that they need causing them to decay. To avoid root rot […]

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The Benefits of Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs

Tree and shrub fertilization can stimulate growth and maintain vigor. Most soils not disturbed by construction have plenty of nutrients to help with plant growth. The factors causing most tree and shrub problems are not nutritional but heavy clay soils, poor drainage, and incorrect planting. Since most urban environments have been disturbed by construction, and […]

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Deer Damage of Trees and Shrubs

Deer are one of nature’s creatures that roam through most of our neighborhoods.  They may or may not damage your trees and shrubs.  Some damage is not well seen, while others are very noticeable.  The best way to protect against deer damage is to protect your plants from the damage.  We will mention three ways […]

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Why You Need Horticultural Oil for Your Trees and Shrubs

One of the pesky overwintering pests is the scale insect. It usually overwinters as an egg or in the adult form. The winter months are a good time to control this pest when the plants are dormant. They can be found on many types of plants like “Manhattan” euonymus, cherry trees, burning bushes, and privet. […]

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Snow on Your Trees and Shrubs

After a heavy snowfall, have you ever thought about removing heavy snow from the branches of your trees and shrubs? There are two thoughts about this question. We will discuss both of them here. One thought is to leave the snow on the branches. This allows the snow to act as a natural insulator for […]

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Dormant Pruning of Deciduous Trees

A question people often ask us is, when should we prune our trees?  Pruning can be done almost any time of the year, but dormant pruning is typically done late fall till early spring.  It is best done when the leaves are off of deciduous plants and/or growth has slowed to a crawl. Deciduous means […]

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A Great Time for Planting

Fall is for planting. The cooler months provide an optimum time for adding plants to your landscape. There are several benefits to fall planting. With an increase in rainfall and cooler temperatures, less watering is needed. As shoot growth slows, plants require less water because the days are cooler and shorter, and the rate of […]

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