Earlier this week, I headed out to a home in Midland, NC to assess some tree damage from Hurricane Michael. The homeowner had noticed that her arborvitae, which is typically a hardy evergreen, was quickly gaining brown leaves. Sure enough, signs of tree decay were clearly visible across her landscape. Given how quickly this condition can kill an arborvitae, the trees required the immediate attention of our plant health care technician.
NEWS & BLOGS
This fall, deep root fertilization is at the top of our to-do list!
Charlotte, NC – The Bagworm Caterpillar is a tree pest seen year-after-year throughout Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, and Raleigh, NC. Are your trees prepped and ready for these common creepy crawlers?
Fall is right around the corner; leaves quickly change colors, crisp air settles in, and autumn crops arrive. There's no doubt about it, fall is a beautiful time in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Are your pine trees looking sick, and heavy pine tree defoliation evident? Your pines could be suffering from a creepy crawler; otherwise known as, the Red Headed Pine Sawfly. The Red Headed Pine Sawfly feeds on both native and exotic pines, but prefers to lay its eggs on hard pines. What does the damage look like? Damage from the Sawfly is first evident on pines when reddish – brown needles start appearing, where once healthy needles once were. Once a larvae becomes older they begin to eat the needle in its entirety and will more than likely strip a branch full of foliage before moving to another needle.
Your Yard's New Year Resolutions Checklist:
- Cable any weak or distressed trees to get ready for winter storms.
- Prune any dead or diseased branches from trees.
- Spray dormant oil on your fruit trees to protect from overwintering pests, larvae and eggs.
- Clean your flower beds in preparation for the spring.
- The winter is a great time to plant roses & bare root trees before spring arrives.
The holidays are right around the corner, and this time of year many enjoy beautiful evergreen trees inside the home. To keep safety at the forefront this holiday season, below are some tips to ensure your housing your Christmas tree in the safest manner possible.
Charlotte, NC, has seen a fair share of rainfall these last few months. Has all this rain done more harm than good? The answer may be, yes. Too much rain may be hurting your plants. The main reason rain can be harmful is due to the fact that excessive rain deprives roots of the oxygen needed for survival, and a lack of oxygen in the soil doesn’t allow water the opportunity to be absorbed.
Have the recent summer storms in North and South Carolina, and exponential amounts of rain, done damage to your trees? The likelihood is great.