What Causes Sudden Oak Death?

What causes Sudden Oak Death in trees and plant life? Sudden Oak Death, or SOD, is caused by the pathogenic fungus Phytophthora ramorum. This waterborne mold pathogen infiltrates plants and trees through contaminated irrigation water, wind-blown rain, infected plants, and contaminated pots and soil mixes. This fungus is also associated with other tree wellness issues…

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Spotted Lanternfly: How to Get Rid of Nymphs

  The Spotted Lanternfly is a destructive insect that has invaded the Philadelphia area.  All winter long, their eggs lay waiting for the warm weather, carefully encased in a protective, hardened layer of secretion. Now that they’ve emerge as nymphs, it’s time to take action! Read on to find out how to identify and combat…

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Tips for Watering Your Lawn in the Summer Months

Water is a precious commodity today as climate change has increased the likelihood of droughts in areas of the country once immune to such occurrences.   As the summer months quickly approach, here are a few things to remember as you calculate the necessary watering schedule for your lawn.   For starters, it’s always important…

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How to Control Summertime Weeds on Your Lawn

Warmer weather translates to more time spent outdoors, and the more time you spend outdoors, the more you notice weeds sprouting up on your lawn.   Lawns are often most stressed during the summertime when temperatures are at their peak, and the long days of sunshine can quickly and easily dry out your turf.  …

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Maintaining and Caring for Crabapple Trees

Malus domestica is the name given to the sweet, crisp apples we all know and love and are commonly used for eating, cooking, and baking. But there’s another type of Malus variety: the wild crabapple tree.   With fruit no larger than two inches in diameter, crabapple trees are often known for their year-long beauty,…

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Coastal Redwood Tree Care and Maintenance

The coastal redwood tree (also called “sequoia”) is named after the son of a British merchant and a Cherokee woman named Sequoyah. It’s also California’s state tree.   These beautiful, awe-inspiring giants typically grow 100 feet tall when fully matured, and some have been known to grow as high as 300 feet tall in natural forests. …

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