Let’s Get to the Root of Root Rot

Got root rot? It’s not an easy question to answer... It’s not like you can just take a quick peek at all those roots buried deep within the earth. And although there are some above ground symptoms, including dying leaves, it’s difficult for homeowners to discern the...

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Is Your Tree Dead?

One of the joys of spring is watching the winter-bare deciduous trees fill out with soft, new leafy foliage. If your tree doesn’t leaf out on schedule, you may start wondering, “is my tree dead?” It’s important to know the difference between a dead and a declining...

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Is Red Thread Threatening Your Lawn?

At first, all you may notice is a little tinge of red in your lawn. You may think it’s just the way the light from the sun is hitting it. But on closer inspection, you notice that something is not right…That something could be red thread disease. So, how do you know...

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Getting Your Lawn Ready for Spring

Yes, Harrisburg, there is a spring. It’s finally time to put away the snow shovels and start thinking about spring projects, such as your lawn. The most important part of early spring lawn care is to make sure that it has plenty of opportunities to gently come back to...

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How Much Should You Be Watering Your Plants?

Water is an amazing substance! Throw in a few hydrogen molecules and oxygen, and you have something that is literally responsible for all life on Earth. Watering your plants is a no brainer, but how much and how often can be trickier questions. Luckily, we have a few...

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Are Your Plants Protected Against Winter Burn?

It may feel cold outside, but that doesn’t mean your plants are less susceptible to the effects of the sun. If you notice browning or rusting on your evergreens, the culprit might just be winter burn. The damage is caused by dehydrated plant tissues and, even though...

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Our Definitive Landscape Winter Checklist

While winter may be a time for dormancy for the majority of your landscape, it still needs a little TLC to see it through the cold months. Just as your yard has four distinct seasons of growth and rest, it also has four distinct seasons of landscape maintenance. This...

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You Asked: What Are Overwintering Pests?

Nobody likes thinking about overwintering pests. After all, winter is the time to focus on the holidays, cozy fireplaces, time off work, etc. But here’s a quick primer on what you need to know about overwintering pests and how to prevent them. It Begins in the Fall...

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What’s Eating Your Plants?

As Pennsylvanians, we are blessed to have a climate that sustains the growth of a variety of beautiful trees, shrubs, and plants. However, our weather also lends itself to an assortment of damaging pests that can harm the splendor and vivaciousness of our happy and...

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Some of Our Favorite Pennsylvania Trees

The State of Pennsylvania is a great place for trees. Even the name means “Penn’s woods.” According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, there are 134 native and 62 introduced species of trees found in the state. Living here, you see...

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What’s Wrong with Your Turf?

This has been one of the rainiest summers on record in Pennsylvania. Turf diseases can always be an issue in the summertime, but typically timely fungicide applications and good cultural practices keep them at a minimum. This year, however, all that wet weather has...

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Fall is Coming and So are These Pests

As the long hot summer finally comes to an end, folks often think their battle with pests is as well. While certain pest populations do diminish with cooler weather, the fact is that many continue to thrive. So, as you are enjoying the change in seasons and gearing up...

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Seven Reasons to Love Bees

Bees really are awesome!  No doubt you have heard at least some ideas about why bees matter, but here is a list of seven reasons why bees are important and beneficial to our landscapes and our lives in general.  Some of these reasons are well-known (but hey it doesn’t...

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Our Best Mowing Tips

If you cut it, it will grow. But only if you mow it the correct way. Mowing seems simple enough, but each time you cut your grass you’re paving the way for your lawn’s success or failure. Mow correctly, and you’ll have turf that’s healthy and thick. Mow incorrectly,...

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Identify Your Lawn Problem

Just when you think you’ve done everything right, suddenly there’s a brown patch of grass taunting you. Brown lawn patches are the most frustrating problems a homeowner can have with a lawn. There are a number of causes of brown spots in lawns, from insects to disease...

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Summer Lawn Must-Do’s

Summertime and the livin’ should be easy… but you have a lawn. And it needs you. Summer is tough on grass, thanks to heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects. Hot weather may slow down grass growth, but there’s still work to be done – watering, mowing, weed-killing,...

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Lace Bug: Pretty Pests That Make for Ugly Plants

Are the leaves on your plants looking less than desirable these days? A reddish-orange color on the undersides of the leaves on your trees and shrubs is a good sign that you are dealing with lace bugs. These tiny insects can ruin the appearance of your landscape once...

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How to Bag Those Bagworms

A butterfly emerging from a cocoon is a magical sight. Witnessing it spread its wings, the beautiful colors stretching out in the sun for the first time, it’s mesmerizing. But, somehow that sense of awe doesn’t translate when a black, fuzzy moth emerges from its bag....

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Get Your Lawn Summer Ready

Admit it—you have lawn envy. The green lawns of summer are beckoning to you and all you want is to carpe diem the blades of grass. Well, if a perfect summer lawn is your goal then this is the blog for you. A healthy summer lawn starts with pre-summer maintenance. Your...

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Lawn Rust: What it Is and How to Fix It

Does your lawn look like a 1960’s astronaut had an accident with their powdered Tang packet? That is to say it looks as if it is coated with an orange or yellowish colored dust. Well it is probable that it is not an orange flavored drink mix, (nobody drinks that...

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The Magic of Lawn Fertilization (When, Why, and How)

Shhh don’t tell anyone but getting a green lawn has nothing to do with magic. It is all about fertilization. Fertilization plays an important role in helping your lawn look good all year long, but knowing when, why and how can be tricky, so check out these tips!...

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Everything You Need to Know about Lawn Aeration

You are probably familiar with the basics of a beautiful lawn: mowing, fertilizing and watering. But sometimes those basics can leave your lawn, well a little basic. To get the lush lawn of your homeowner dreams it is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach...

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Answers to Your Top Tree Pruning Questions

The number one way to keep a tree healthy is by pruning. Pruning is the selective removal of parts of a tree in order to shape the tree, improve tree health, and reduce the risk of falling branches. Why is pruning important? Pruning provides both cosmetic and...

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All About Aphids

Aphids are soft-bodied insects that use their piercing sucking mouth-parts to feed on plant sap. As they feed, aphids secrete large amounts of a sticky fluid known as honeydew. This sweet syrup-like substance drips onto plants, attracting ants and promoting a black...

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The Essentials of Weed Control

Weeds are the number one problem when it comes to keeping your lawn attractive. Unfortunately, there’s not one miracle cure for this common problem. Since every weed is different, different forms of treatment must be applied and underlying causes may need to be...

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Your Trees VS. Power Lines

Our modern landscape, whether suburban, rural, or urban, is criss-crossed with power lines. They provide essential utilities for our homes and businesses and largely go unnoticed... until they’re touching the trees in our yards and creating a less than safe...

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Preparing Your Trees for the Next Big Storm

In south-central PA, storms are inevitable, often unexpected, and unfortunately destructive. Whether it be a hurricane, thunderstorm, tornado, or snow and ice event, there is a significant risk of damage to the trees on your property if you’re not adequately prepared....

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