Bagworms – A Major Pest for Evergreens
Our Arborists have noticed an increase in the population of Bagworms in the DC Metro area this year. If your evergreens have been looking sick recently Bagworms may be the issue. Bagworms, found throughout the Eastern United States, are a major pest for evergreens. These caterpillars are known for the cone-shaped bag they create around themselves, hence their name. Bagworms damage trees by feeding on their foliage. Most trees will see partial defoliation; however, some…
Honeydew & Sooty Mold
Honeydew is one of the most common tree care issues we see in the DC Metro Area. You may not be familiar with the name but you’re probably familiar with the issue. Have you ever encountered annoying sticky sap coating your car, furniture, or walkway that’s under a tree? That’s Honeydew. This plant health issue can be extremely frustrating for homeowners because it’s difficult to remove, accumulates dirt, and attracts flies and other annoying insects….
Yellowing Leaves – Interveinal Chlorosis
Are your leaves turning yellow? Since it’s too early in the year for leaves to begin changing color and falling, the yellowing of your tree’s leaves is most likely a sign of lack of micronutrients. Micronutrients are elements needed in small amounts to keep a tree healthy and promote growth/development. Micronutrients include iron, manganese, copper, zinc, molybdenum, and boron. Iron and Manganese are the two micronutrients that are commonly deficient in landscape trees and shrubs….
Mushrooms Growing Around Trees: Identification & Treatment
In the past week or so we’ve noticed lots of mushrooms growing around trees and in homeowners’ yards. This increase in mushrooms can be blamed on the rainy past few weeks. When you have mushrooms growing in your yard or at the base of your tree it can be worrisome. Mushrooms can be a sign of root rot, heart rot, and overall decay. When these conditions are left untreated it can cause your tree to…
5 Diseases That Attack After Big Rainstorms
With the recent rainy and hot weather, certain tree diseases are gearing up to attack our landscape. In particular, fungal diseases thrive on our current rainy and warm conditions. When fungal spores are activated and come in contact with a susceptible host they begin to grow, enter, and feed on the tree or shrub causing major issues. Below are the 5 fungal diseases you need to watch out for after rainy periods. Phytophthora Root Rot…