Storm Damage Safety

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When a powerful storm rolls through, it reminds us just how unpredictable Mother Nature can be. The storm itself may cause thunder, lightning and strong winds, but it’s the aftermath of the storm that is most feared. Will there be flooded streets and tunnels? Will trees fall onto homes? Will strong winds knock down power lines? To assess the damage …

How to Design Your Optimal Landscape

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Does your landscape need a refreshing update that captures the beauty and splendor of your home? The lawns and gardens you see in the magazines don’t have to be limited to what you see in pictures. You, too, can have a professional yard that goes beyond the limits of your imagination. And, you don’t have to hire a professional landscaper …

Common Garden Pests Found in the Fall

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Fall is the time of the year when gardeners can breathe a little more. Plants need less irrigation, temperatures are not as hot and many pests have completed the plant-destruction phase of their cycles. Still, there are a handful of pests that make their presence in the fall, so it’s important to be on the lookout. As with all types …

How to Control Aphids in Your Garden

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Aphids can definitely mean trouble for garden, even though they are small and rather innocent looking upon first glance. These tiny pests are pear shaped and about 1/16 to ⅜ of an inch long. Aphids have long antennae, and some have wings. They can be a variety of colors, such as green, pink, yellow, black or gray. The nymphs look …

Protecting Magnolia Trees From Magnolia Scale

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If you have beautiful magnolia trees in your yard, you certainly don’t want them to be destroyed by a small pest. The unfortunate truth is that, they can. Magnolia scale is one of the largest scale insects and are commonly found in the eastern part of the United States. They most commonly attack the Star Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia, Cucumbertree Magnolia …

Protecting Oak Trees From Obscure Scale

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Obscure scales are pests that affect oak, hickory, walnut, willow and maple trees. These scaly pests live on branches and twigs, and they feed on sap using their piercing mouthparts. Obscure scales have one generation each year. Females lay eggs in June, July and August, and there is peak crawler activity during mid-July. Although small, these pests can wreak havoc …

Rust: The Plant Fungus You Need to Know About

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Rusts are types of plant diseases that are caused by a fungus in the Pucciniales order. These diseases affect plants and flowers, and gardeners will notice the telltale signs of speckled masses that surface on the leaves. Some of these rust diseases have a reddish-orange color like the name suggests, but there are many other colors as well, including purple, …

It’s Not a Moth. It’s an Eastern Tent Caterpillar!

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It’s easy to mistake an eastern tent caterpillar for a moth, especially since this type of caterpillar is from the moth family. The scientific name is Malacosoma americanum, and they are pests that are native to North America. Eastern tent caterpillars can be a nuisance because their nests are eyesores and they can defoliate a tree when in high numbers. …

Are Those Leaf Spots on my Plants?

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Are Those Leaf Spots on My Plants? No one likes to see leaf spots on their plants, but they are typically minor stresses that will not affect the overall health of the tree. Some leaf spot diseases can cause the plant to lose its leaves, but as long as the plant is healthy, it should grow back new leaves. Leaf …

How to Manage Flatheaded Borers

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Flatheaded borers are beetle larvae that live just beneath the bark of tree trunks, branches and roots. They are similar to termites in that they dig out tunnels in the wood, and signs of an infestation include sawdust around the tree as well as loose bark that can be pulled apart. Flatheaded borers are small, approximately one-inch in size, and …