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Caring for newly planted trees and shrubs standard

The success or failure of a tree or shrub starts with the planting and post planting procedures and care. Once planted they need proper care until they are established and mature. The roots need to be established, they need watering, mulching, fertilizing, and pruning. Establishing Roots When a newly planted tree or shrub is establishing its roots it is not growing much in the canopy, don’t let this cause discouragement because the growth of the tree may not be noticeable in the first few seasons. The establishment of roots is a phase and does not happen overnight. This phase actually takes one growing season per inch of diameter of the tree or shrub when conditions are favorable. For example, when ...

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Japanese Beetles standard

While not very destructive in its native country of Japan, Japanese Beetles are very destructive in America, especially to rose bushes, crape myrtles, birch trees, and many more. Not only are Japanese Beetles destructive above the ground they are as equally destructive within the ground while they are white grubs. Japanese beetles are clumsy fliers, constantly running into things and falling out of the air. They have a hard, metallic, copper colored body with a green head. Life Cycle of Japanese Beetles Understanding the life cycle of Japanese Beetles is important to know in proper timing for insecticide treatments for landscape plants. Knowing the life cycle can also aid in troubleshooting lawn issues or aid in timing for proper preventative ...

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Emerald Ash Borer standard

The Emerald Ash Borer, also referred to as EAB, is fairly new to North America. It was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. In Illinois, it was first discovered in the northern county of Kane in 2006. This beetle is only ½ inch long and 1/8 inch wide; it is metallic green and native to Asia. Its food of choice, as its name denotes, are ash trees. It is likely that the emerald ash borer was brought to North America unknowingly in ash wood, which is used to make packing crates and for use in cargo ships. They can only fly a half mile at a time from tree to tree, so their spread is slow without the help of ...

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Bagworms standard

Over 100 different species of trees such as arborvitaes, red cedar, junipers and blue spruces are known to have problems in urban areas when it comes to bagworm infestations. The case resembles a small cone-shaped bag hanging from the branches therefore giving the name of bagworm. The cone-shaped bag can grow to over six centimeters in length; it is tapered and open on both ends and made from silk and evergreen needles or leaves. Life Cycle of Bagworms Over winter, bagworms begin as eggs within bags fastened to twigs. These eggs hatch between mid-May and early June. After hatching, many of the caterpillars will release a stand of silk and are blown away to new trees, therefore spreading the infestation. ...

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Signs of Stress standard

We have received excessive amounts of rain in the spring of 2013 causing many areas to flood. Too much water at the base of a tree can cause tree stress just like too little water causes tree stress. Some tree species adapt well to low lying areas like rivers beds, creeks and ponds and can withstand occasional flooding, but most tree species cannot. Trees as well as landscape shrubs and plants express signs of stress through changes in their foliage. The most common sign is yellowing, caused by a decrease in the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves. Yellow leaves are a stress sign of diseases, pests issues or water issues, lack of or too much of. Another common sign ...

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Ornamental Trees and Shrubs standard

Ornamental trees and shrubs as well as landscape plants will add beauty and value to a home. Our program for ornamental trees and shrubs consisting of applications of insecticides and fungicides will protect your investment from damaging insects and diseases. Below is a detailed explanation of our insecticide program for ornamental trees and shrubs. Please note that the chemical classes or mode of action of how an insecticide works is rotated each treatment to prevent insect resistance with the products used, maximizing results. Treatment #1 Target Date: Mid March – Early April Product: Dormant Oil Purpose: During the winter month’s insect pests such as aphids, mites and scale nest in landscape plants. Coating the plant with an application of dormant ...

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