Emerald Ash Borer

EAB has proven to be an expensive and unpredictable challenge to local shade tree commissions. We have a wide scope of offerings beginning with individual tree assessment, all the way up to comprehensive tree inventory and management plans for entire cities. Here’s a recent article highlighting actions by the Rutherford Shade Tree Department and the…

Long-term Drought Effects on Trees and Shrubs

Long-term Drought Effects on Trees and Shrubs

Republished with permission from Ron Kujawski, Horticultural Consultant, UMass Amherst The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at https://ag.umass.edu. Recurring and prolonged periods of drought seem to have become commonplace in many regions of the country in recent years. The effects on trees and shrubs can often be seen in both natural and man-made…

Insects About

Current Conditions The last couple of weeks in June were dry across the region, receiving only a fraction (0.05 inches) of the average expected rainfall for the month. Daytime high temperatures have been seasonal, night time lows are consistently below average. While the warm, dry weather is pleasant, lack of rainfall with increasing temperatures will cause…

The Crux of Fruit Tree Care: Part III-Insects

Critter Concerns Insects like fruit trees for many of the same reasons we like fruit trees, sweet smelling, pollen filled flowers and ripe, juicy fruits and seemingly sweet leaves and bark.  While we want to attract and protect pollinators and beneficial insects, injurious insects can cause serious damage, inhibiting fruit production or fouling fruit, stunting or gnarling…

Beneficial Bugs and Biologicals

Advantageous Animals Not all insects are pests to the plant kingdom, in fact, many species have evolved alongside plants and participate in a a mutually beneficial relationship.  Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are the most commonly known among the beneficials but also helpful in the microcosm of your landscape are insectivorous insects; insects that…