The copper beech tree provides a visual impact but it does have its problems

The copper beech tree (Fagus sylvatica), more commonly known as the European beech tree, creates a larger-than-life visual impact in home landscapes, parks and communities. SavATree Commercial and Consulting Arborist Jean Zimmerman recently shared a personal experience which closely explains that “visual impact” quite well. “When I was growing up, we gathered beneath “The Elephant…

Japanese barberry – an invasive plant which also encourages the spread of Lyme disease

While shopping at a local garden center or nursery searching for a shade, drought tolerant, low-maintenance shrub that’s also deer resistant, you might find Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) at the top of the list of options. For the novice gardener who didn’t spend enough time doing their homework before heading to the garden center, this…

Adjusting your lawn fertilization based on environmental conditions

June 20 marked the official start of summer. Though for much of the United States, from coast-to-coast, summer’s arrival seemed to occur several weeks prior as unseasonably warm temperatures have been recorded throughout much of the country. Tom Di Liberto, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says, “It’s virtually certain that…

Patch disease should now be treated much earlier in the season

One of the most destructive of all lawn diseases is known as patch. What’s most surprising about patch disease is that your lawn will appear perfectly healthy one day and then virtually overnight (with ideal weather conditions) large “patches” of your lawn are completely, and many times, irreversibly destroyed. Dr. Jason Fausey, Director of Technical…

Crabapples

These pictures  show crabapples visible from our clients property. The picture on the left shows what heavy Spring and Summer rainfall can do to an ornamental tree species sensitive to foliar fungal diseases. The ornamental apple on the left is pruned and thinned regularly as well as covered under a disease treatment program. The other…

Common Shrub Diseases

Fire blight is caused by the bacteria Erwinia amylovora, over 130 members of the Rosaceae family are susceptible, including; apple and crabapple, cotoneaster, firethorn, hawthorn, mountain ash, and pear. Infected leaves, stems, twigs and fruits will turn brown to black. Fire blight will blacken the smooth-barked, green branches and affected twigs develop a “shepherd’s crook.” Needle,…

Fungal Issues in Lawn

Seeing an explosion of leaf spot and related fungal issues in the lawn. Yellowish patches can be seen throughout the lawn and the actual leaf blade can have a yellow or black infection spot on it.This infection can be controlled with appropriately-timed fungal treatments. Proper watering and increased cutting height can also help maintain the…