Bagworm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) is native to North America. It is distributed throughout the eastern United States. Once only an occasional pest in Massachusetts, is becoming a regular problem in the landscape. Historically, bagworms are only a continuous problem from Maryland and south. New populations may be brought in on nursery stock from more southern states… View Article
Updated: 3/29/2023 There is a new disease killing beech trees in our area called beech leaf disease (BLD). Unlike most diseases of trees that are caused by a fungus. BLD is caused by a foliar feeding nematode Litylenchus crenatae mccannii. Both European beech (Fagus sylvatica) and American beeches (Fagus grandifolia) may be affected. The disease… View Article
Maintaining a lush and healthy lawn is an essential part of enhancing the beauty and value of your property. Regular lawn fertilization is a crucial component of lawn care, as it supplies your grass with the essential nutrients it needs to thrive. However, many homeowners often wonder why lawn fertilization programs can vary significantly in… View Article
Spring is right around the corner. Living in New England, and it being March, you are probably ready for the longer days of sunshine and warmth. You may even already be thinking about your gardening plans, which weekend will be best for spring clean up, and prepping your outdoor equipment. You might also be asking… View Article
Each year, our lawns and landscapes face unique challenges. This year-in-review blog captures the biggest obstacles we dealt with here in Massachusetts. Drought Drought was a significant feature in the landscape this year. From roughly May through September, we saw significantly less rain than we typically do in that time frame. Most of the growing… View Article
Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive plant hopper insect native to China, India, and Vietnam. It was first discovered in the United States in Pennsylvania September 2014. Since that time the insect has spread into Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia. In September 2020, two dead specimens were found… View Article
Ticks & Mosquitoes Positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito samples were identified in Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties. During the course of this year 7 human cases of WNV were detected in in Bristol, Essex, and Middlesex Counties, according to the MA Department of Public Health…. View Article
Let's explore the defining characteristics of two unwelcome grassy weeds that often infiltrate our lawns: Crabgrass and Dallisgrass. These unwanted guests can disrupt the beauty of our well-tended green spaces. ...