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Overwatering Your Trees Could Do More Harm Than Good

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Don't let phytophthora root rot ruin your trees and shrubs

You don't have to be a plant health care expert to know that overwatering your indoor plants can kill them. Well, the same thing can happen to your trees and shrubs. Overwatering your trees or shrubs and/or planting them in spots that don't drain well can lead to root issues like phytophthora root rot.

This week, we're diving into phytophthora root rot and how to spot it in your yard in Charlotte, NC.

5 Flowering Shrubs to Make Your Landscaping Pop This Spring

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Looking for a few shrubs that will bring lots of color and beauty to your yard in Charlotte, NC? You're in luck! We've put together a list of a few of our favorite flowering shrubs that you can use to take your outdoor space up a notch.

3 Things You Need to Know About Tea Scale

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Camellias are a beautiful evergreen shrub that can bloom from autumn to spring. With the right varieties, you can enjoy those colorful blooms for months.

To keep your camellias healthy and strong, watch out for a pest that will soon start making its appearance in the Concord and Charlotte, NC areas — tea scales.

Don't know a thing about tea scales and wondering how they can harm your gorgeous camellias? Read on for the three things you need to know!

Is Chlorosis Behind Your Tree or Shrub's Pale Foliage?

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You've enjoyed watching your yard come back to life over the last few weeks. But wait a minute — are the once vibrant green leaves of your tree or shrub now a lot paler? It could be suffering from a condition called chlorosis.

What is chlorosis and how can you get your leaves their greenest green again? We've got the answers you're looking for!

How to Install Mulch Like a Professional

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There's no doubt that a mulch installation is one of the most beneficial things you can do to keep your trees healthy. But you know what they say about too much of a good thing. Well, the same is true for mulch.

This week, we're giving you tips on how to install mulch properly so you don't end up causing more harm than good.

Spring is Here, and so is the Eastern Tent Caterpillar

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Happy spring, dear readers! The weather is warming up and the flowers are blooming, but with that warmth and new growth comes the emergence of a bug you may want to keep an eye on: the eastern tent caterpillar.

Are these caterpillars a threat to your tree? We're giving you all the info you need to know about eastern tent caterpillars, including when you need to worry. Let's get into it!

New Pest to the Southeastern US: Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

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You love your crape myrtles for their impressive blooms. It's also nice that they're pretty low maintenance. Unfortunately, there's a relatively new insect in the Carolinas that can ruin the very same features that make crape myrtles so popular: crape myrtle bark scale.

If you have crape myrtles in your yard, you need to become familiar with this new pest that could affect the health and beauty of your trees.

Buying a House? 3 Reasons Why You NEED an ISA-Certified Arborist to Inspect the Trees

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Guest blog post from Freedom Home Services for Carolina Tree Care

By Hannah Mayhorn

So — you've gone under contract on a house and booked your home inspection. Now there's nothing left to do except negotiate repairs, get an appraisal, and sign the closing documents after the underwriter approves everything — right?

Before you put your to-do list away, there's one more essential appointment to book.

Don't Confuse Bagworms for Pinecones

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Take a closer look at the brown, spindle-shaped structures hanging from your arborvitae. Are they pinecones like you first thought? Or could they actually be evidence of bagworms?

Bagworms can cause some serious problems for your tree or shrub, especially if it's an evergreen. Let's dive into what these bugs are and how they can damage your plants.

Scale: A Tree and Shrub Pest to Put on Your Radar

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It may start with a white or gray waxy crust on your crape myrtle's stems, twigs, and trunks.

Then, a sticky substance coats your tree and drips onto anything below.

Annoying ants, flies, and wasps come next, attracted to the sticky mess.

A black mold moves in after that, ruining your tree's look.

And all the while, your tree is losing its vigor and has a lot fewer flowers than it did last year.

Who knew such tiny insects could do so much damage?

We're talking about scales this week and why you need to watch out for them in the upcoming months, especially if you have crape myrtles.

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