Our Newsletter – Shoots & Roots

New Tree Threat!
Emerald Ash Borer has recently been found in Pennsylvania. This beetle attacks by boring into the wood of these trees. It was first detected in 2002 in southeastern Michigan. Since then, this beetle has been blamed for the death and decline of more than 20 million ash trees in Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia and Illinois. This pest will kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation. Please contact us for information about treatment options to protect ash trees here in Lancaster County.

Dormant Oil Treatment
What are the benefits of dormant oil treatment for my plantings? A dormant oil treatment is a highly refined petroleum oil spray. When applied to trees and shrubs, it controls over-wintering insects and mites by affecting the pests breathing apparatus. This treatment is highly effective and environmentally safe. We stand committed to environmentally safe methods.

Remember to Sharpen Your Mower Blades This Spring
A dull blade will damage and hinder regrowth of your grass plants. It can also make the plants more susceptible to disease. We recommend mowing your lawn at 3 inches height. A higher mowing height encourages deeper rooting.

Mulch Madness!
Assess the amount of existing mulch on your landscape beds and only add enough fresh mulch to bring the total thickness to around 3 inches. If mulch is too thick, it will impede air exchange with soil and cause fungus problems on your plantings.

Plant Recommendations
Clethra alnifolia, or Summersweet
Commonly called summersweet for its fragrant flowers in late July to early August, this plant grows well in shade (unusual for a flowering shrub) but filtered sun is best. The yellow fall color is spectacular. This plant will also tolerate wet soils. Not only is this plant pest resistant, but it is also attractive to birds and butterflies. Give this wonderful plant a try this Spring!