The Crux of Fruit Tree Care: Part II-Disease

Blight Breakdown Fruit trees can be a beautiful and productive asset on any landscape; tenacious, sweet smelling blooms provide aesthetic appeal while also attracting pollinators and fruit can be harvested or left as wildlife forage. However, they can be susceptible to diseases which will compromise aesthetic value, growth and fruit production.  Detection, identification, prevention and…

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After a Long and Challenging Winter, Hungry Deer are out and about this Spring

This winter was one of the most severe we’ve seen in 20 years!  Snow accumulations and cold temperatures presented many challenges for our landscapes, but in particular Deer were challenged to find food sources in these difficult conditions.  Heavy snow and cold temperatures reduced deer travel, as deer minimize the use of their stored energy to ensure survival.  The…

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Flowering Forthwith

Burgeoning Blossoms Blooming has finally begun! All plants will not flower at once, each species has it’s own specific circadian rhythm telling it that conditions are perfect for for flower and/or pollen production. Up here in the great, white north only a few trees and shrubs have begun to flower, making identification easy, what is happening…

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Arbor Day Exploits!

Reservation Renovation Under the care of the Andover Conservation Commission, The Mary French Reservation is part of the Essex County greenway with trails connecting to adjacent reservations and parks throughout the state.  Extensive wetlands bordering the Skug River boast a 1000 foot boardwalk where visitors can truly experience this ecosystem typical of New England.  The conservation…

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Arbor Day 2014 - College Hill Poughkeepsie

Planting Dogwoods in Poughkeepsie | Arbor Day

To celebrate Arbor Day at College Hill, children from Warring Magnet School of Science and Technology showed their support by planting Dogwood trees donated by SavATree. Dogwood trees are invaluable for their beautiful flowers, bracts, fruits, stems, twigs and can help make a landscape beautiful.  Poughkeepsie city workers also joined in on the activities but, the children…

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Heat Island Happenings

Metropolitan Melting Heat Islands are normally the result of a built-up, urban area that is hotter than surrounding rural areas. Average annual air temperatures in cities of with 1 million people can be 1-5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than circumferential expanses, in the evenings that difference can be up to 22 degrees.  Heat islands develop when urbanization spreads, once…

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