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Pest Alert: Beech Leaf Disease

There is a new disease killing beech trees in our area, 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 was first discovered… View Article
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The Benefits of Honey Bees

June 16, 2020
Insects are not typically on the top of most peoples lists of favorite animals because of the pest we deal with on a regular basis. This can make it easy to overlook all of the positive benefits insects can have. In actuality, only about 3% of insects are ever considered pest leaving the other 97%… View Article

Best Practices for Mosquito Control

May 29, 2020
Temperatures are rising and you are spending more time outdoors. You have also probably been swatting away mosquitos and other pesky bugs. Have you been thinking about mosquito control for your yard? Did you know there are 51 species of mosquitos that occur in Massachusetts? Most of these mosquito species only bite birds or other… View Article

7 Spring Tree Care Myths

May 26, 2020
In this day and age of internet and social media, there tends to be plenty of misinformation shared. This even holds true on subjects involving the green industry. Today we’re going to share and debunk 3 spring tree care myths you may have read about. Myth – Pruning in the spring will make trees “bleed”… View Article

Common Spring Lawn Diseases

May 13, 2020
Having a healthy, lush lawn is the dream of most homeowners. To get to that point, you may have some obstacles to hurdle. Lawn diseases, unfortunately, are one of those obstacles. In order for disease to occur there must be a host, a pathogen and the right type of environment. Here are some of the… View Article

Crabgrass Control: 3 Ways to Keep this Weed at Bay

April 22, 2020
Your lawn is looking beautiful and lush! Your grass is thriving in the cooler weather and you’re feeling proud. Summer arrives and you walk outside to see your lawn full of another type of grass. It has a lighter, green tint. Then it dawns on you, there’s crabgrass in your lawn. Crabgrass is a major… View Article
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Weather Related Tree and Shrub Diseases

April 14, 2020
Understanding how tree and shrub diseases occur will help you monitor your ornamental plants with a keen eye. Tree and shrub disease can be caused by either physical and environmental conditions (abiotic) or pathogens like fungi and bacteria (biotic). Trees and shrubs are not all affected by diseases in the same way and diseases can… View Article

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed, (Fallopia japonica syn. Polygonum cuspidatum) is an invasive herbaceous perennial weed introduced from East Asia in the late 1800s as an ornamental and to stabilize streambanks. This has ...
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Common Questions about Poison Ivy

If you've ever had a rash from poison ivy, you probably take precautions to assure the plant isn't growing in and around your yard and avoid it as best possible. ...
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Red Thread in Lawns

Red Thread in lawns looks like its name suggests, light pink or reddish threadlike patches.  Infected turfgrass will turn light tan, and the leaf tips or margins may be covered ...
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2020 Year In Review

Lawns, trees and shrubs are living organisms and therefore face their own battles throughout the year. Now is the perfect time to recap many of the diseases, pests and environmental ...
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How to Protect Plants Over the Winter

Have you ever noticed how rhododendron leaves curl themselves and droop in the winter? This is a natural phenomenon to reduce transpiration. Transpiration is a process by which plants naturally ...
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Dos and Don’ts of Planting Trees and Shrubs

As we welcome fall, it is also the best time of year for homeowners' to plan new trees and shrubs. We've put together a list of dos and don'ts for ...
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