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Proper Planting of a Tree or Shrub

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 by ITMS No Comments

Proper planting of trees and shrubs does not need to be a mystery. A few simple steps will help you avoid later issues. *Start by making sure there is drainage, good soil, no growth restrictions and good sunlight  where you choose to plant. *Dig a hole deep enough so the root flare lines up with […]

Boxwood Blight

Posted on: April 20th, 2015 by ITMS No Comments

Boxwood Blight is a disease to boxwood that is caused by the fungus Calonectria pseudonavicultata. The symptoms of this disease is leaf spot, black streaks along the twigs, defoliation, dieback on older plants and death of container and young boxwood. Pachysandra and Sarcoccoca are also hosts. Use care in selecting new plants. Keep an eye out for […]

Tree Disease Update

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by ITMS No Comments

The American Elm was once a  fast growing, shade providing, poor soil tolerating tree along city streets. In the 1900’s, logs were brought from Europe introducing the elm bark beetle and a fungus that causes Dutch elm disease. Dutch elm disease spreads rapidly. Plant breeding programs and research by the U.S. National Arboretum and Chicago’s Morton […]

Asian Wasps

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by ITMS No Comments

                                   Photo credit to the USDA The Asian wasp (Trissolcus japonicus) has been found in the wild at a study site in Beltsville, MD, according to Cooperative Extension Ornamentals Hotline. news. The wasp is a native to areas in Asia […]

Plan now for spring!!

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by ITMS No Comments

Now is the time to plan for changes to your landscape in the spring. Pull out some paper and create some designs! Do you want to change the color scheme, change plants, change bed shapes or just add to the landscape you have currently? There are so many plants, shrubs and trees to choose from so make […]

Spider Mites

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ITMS No Comments

Spider mites are more closely related to ticks and spiders than insects. They have the ability to produce silk on host plants. They are very tiny and very prolific. An easy way to check for spider mites on your plant is to hold a white sheet of paper under the leaves and give the branch […]


Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ITMS No Comments

You may be seeing scale on your plants, trees and shrubs. Scale has two life stages: a “crawler” stage and an immobile developmental stage. Crawlers look for good places on the plant to feed, settle and move into the motionless developmental stage. They feed on the sap inside branches and produce honey-dew that accumulates on […]


Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ITMS No Comments

Keep a look out for webworms. Fall webworms and Mimosa webworms may be seen this time of year. They are sometimes confused with bag worms or tent caterpillars. You can help control the population by pulling down the webs and destroying the caterpillars. Opening the web also allows for birds and wasps to enjoy a […]

Stink Bugs

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ITMS No Comments

Stink bugs invade your home because they are looking for a warm place to hibernate for the winter. Once inside, it is very difficult to get rid of them permanently. Stink bugs can enter your home through open doors or windows, but can also squeeze through the tiniest crack in siding, between window screen and […]

Two Spotted Spider Mite

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by ITMS No Comments

Two spotted spider mites prefer hot and dry conditions. They inject their mouthparts into the plant cells and extract the cell contents. This causes a flecking or strippled look to the plant. Large infestations build webs, decreases plant strength through their feeding and may cause premature leaf drop. Check for spider mites by shaking the […]