Proper Planting of a Tree or Shrub

May 28th, 2015 by

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 […]

Tree Disease Update

April 8th, 2015 by

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 […]

Stink Bugs

October 24th, 2014 by

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 […]

Why go organic?

March 20th, 2014 by

Synthetic fertilizers are sold to most homeowners with the idea to apply three to four times a year. These fertilizers are concentrated, water-soluble nutrients that feed your grass immediately. The grass is very green, but did you know that the excess can wash out of the root area and into the watershed? The EPA requires […]

Early Spring To Do List

March 20th, 2014 by

     The weather is getting warmer and it is time to get outside! Your landscape needs your attention so it will look great.      You need to finish pruning trees and late flowering shrubs. Take the time to look at the natural shape before pruning, prune out suckers and water spouts, and remove […]


March 1st, 2014 by

You have all heard that mulching your plant beds is aesthetically pleasing, promotes moisture for your plants and reduces weeds, but did you know it does so much more? Mulch in your beds keeps the soil cool in the summer and warm in the winter, reduces stress in shallow-rooted plants, encourages beneficial organisms and provides […]

Frost Cracks on Trees

February 5th, 2014 by

A frost crack is a vertical crack in a tree that may be up to several meters long. They usually are apparent in the early spring and are most often found on the south or southwest side of a tree. The south or southwest side of a tree receives more sunlight which warms the bark […]

Turf Tip

April 22nd, 2011 by

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 […]

The New ITMS website

April 19th, 2011 by

We have recently gone through several changes, and have evolved our look and built a new website, to bring you more information, provide resources and tips and continue to strive for green plants and blue water. We teamed up with Geoff Matheson Studio to create a new look that properly represents ITMS and our philosophy. […]

GCA Pruning Tips

March 14th, 2011 by

Stephen Lange of ITMS was featured in October/November 2010 issue of The Garden Club of America Bulletin. Read the original article linked below, or read it here: Pruning tips help Talbot County GC cope with storm tree damage Following the record-setting blizzards of 2010, Talbot County GC on Maryland’s Eastern Shore held two pruning workshops […]