The Science Of Fall Leaf Colors

The Science Of Fall Leaf Colors

Every year tens of thousands of people take trips to see the beauty of fall leaf color. These scenes are truly sights to behold. But what causes the leaves of trees to change from Green to the array of wonderful fall colors? During the growing season, plants produce...
Fall Needle Drop

Fall Needle Drop

Fall Needle drop! Every fall we get dozens of calls from clients worried that their evergreens are dying. White Pines are the most dramatic. Their needles turn a bright golden color before dropping to the ground. Next is Arborvitae. The too are quite dramatic....
Billbugs Damage Lawns

Billbugs Damage Lawns

Our horticulturist found these 3 billbug adults crawling about on the sidewalk this week. No doubt looking for a place to spend the winter. Billbugs are one of the main insects that damage lawns along with chinchbugs and white grubs. Billbugs are small, generally not...
Rust Fungus Is Back

Rust Fungus Is Back

Lawn and shoes looking a little rusty? Well, it’s that time of year again. Rust disease is a common late summer/fall problem on lawns. There are actually a number of species of rust fungus, Many like apple/cedar rust live half their life cycle on apples and...
Landscape Mushroom & Fungus

Landscape Mushroom & Fungus

With cooler fall weather and more consistent rainfall, mushrooms are popping up in people’s lawns and landscapes. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors from Dog vomit fungus, Bird’s nest mushrooms, Fly agaric (used by Indian Shaman for hallucinogenic...
Public Service Announcement: Dryer Vents

Public Service Announcement: Dryer Vents

Today’s Public Service Announcement. While doing Perimeter pest control, we often see dryer vents like this. Please take a few minutes this weekend and check and clean out your vents and dryer hose. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly...
Spotted Spurge a Summer Scourge

Spotted Spurge a Summer Scourge

With this summer’s heat and dry conditions Spotted spurge has grown like crazy! Spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata) is a member of the Euphorbiaceae family. Other members include favorite houseplants like Poinsettias and crown of thorns. All members have a somewhat...
The Moosewood Maple (Acer pennsylvanicum)

The Moosewood Maple (Acer pennsylvanicum)

While in New Hampshire I discovered a very cool maple! Moosewood maple (Acer pennsylvanicum). This is a rather small tree for a maple, has huge leaves, striped bark and cool hanging seed clusters.Leaves can be very large, and much less toothed than red or sugar...
Trees Are Very Resilient!

Trees Are Very Resilient!

Trees are very resilient! 5 years ago this crabapple in North Conway New Hampshire was dying. It had been in front of this store for decades. the crown was thinning and it had a gaping hole in the trunk that was slowly decaying. 2 years ago, the shop owner had an...
What Is Dollar Spot Disease?

What Is Dollar Spot Disease?

Dollar spot disease is beginning to show up in lawns around the area. Dollar spot is quite common during the summer months. It shows up as spots that often grow together to form large damaged areas. It is not a terribly serious disease but is unsightly.   The best way...