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Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Caroline Bartusiak No Comments

Aphids are starting to be found on a variety of plants already. Symptoms of aphid feeding are cupping, twisting, and wrinkling of new stems, leaves, and/or flowers. ┬áDamage can result in stunting, leaf browning, and leaf drop. Aphids also produce a sticky excretion that turns black as a result of sooty mold fungus. A single […]

Scale Insects

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by Caroline Bartusiak No Comments

Scale insects are troublesome pests of perennial plants and woody ornamental trees and shrubs. Almost all scale insects are small and highly concealed. Thus, they often cause significant damage to ornamental plants before they are found. Scales occur on nearly all pats of host plants including leaves, branches, trunks, fruits and roots. They sometimes occur […]

Fall is Renovation Time!

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Caroline Bartusiak No Comments

Renovation During the Fall With the refreshing welcome of cooler weather, now is the ideal time to renovate your lawn. Aeration is a very effective way to physically condition the soil by way of the rolling mechanism and hollow tines that open the soil which improve air circulation and root development while at the same […]

Get RID of Stink Bugs!

Posted on: May 5th, 2011 by Caroline Bartusiak No Comments

Use vinegar to wash the windows. Grow or sprinkle catnip in your garden. Vacuum stink bugs once inside your home to avoid the smell which draws more stink bugs into your house. Reduce outdoor lighting during the five months stink bugs season to help minimize the stink bug population into your area. Caulk all cracks […]

Turf Tip

Posted on: April 22nd, 2011 by Caroline Bartusiak No Comments

Turf Tip: Building the Foundation As the stage is set for a successful turf season, it is very important to establish a foundation for that success. The first building block in that foundation, is to provide nutrients for improved soil structure and to prevent undesirable weed seed from germinating. The first and most important application […]

Spring Turf Tip: Mowing

Posted on: April 22nd, 2011 by Caroline Bartusiak No Comments

Spring Turf Tip: Mowing Welcome to Spring! With the weather warming and Mother Nature returning to life, it is important to start the year with sound cultural practices. Soon the lawns will be moving into their most aggressive growth period of the year. The importance of cutting your grass to a height of no less […]