Our Newsletter – Shoots & Roots

Pest Alert
The Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in Berks County , Pennsylvania.  It is native to China, India, Vietnam and introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest.  This insect attacks many hosts including grapes, apples, stone fruits and tree of heaven and has the potential to greatly impact grape, fruit tree, and logging industries.  Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania business and agriculture.  We have learned that most insecticides evaluated are successful at killing SLF nymphs and adults, including lower risk options such as insecticidal soap and neem oil.  However, these products tend to have weak residual activity and continuous application is needed.  Other effective insecticides include both contact and systemic options such as: dinotefuran, bifenthrin, imidacloprid, zeta-cypermethrin, carbaryl, phosmet, and thiamethoxam.

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.

Fall Clean Up

We recommend a good fall clean up of landscapes beds this fall.  Because of fungal problems this growing season on certain trees and shrubs, removal of fallen leaves will reduce the likelihood of infection next spring,

Fall Planting

Fall is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs.  The weather is cool but the soil is still warm enough for root development.  Always plant trees and shrubs at their soil lines.  Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered until the ground freezes so they get a good start before going into full dormancy during winter.

Plant Suggestion

Oakleaf hydrangea.  Oakleaf hydrangea is so named because its leaves are shaped something like those of oak trees.  These bushes produce white flowers in summer that fade to a pinkish-brown in fall.  But oakleaf hydrangea is most sought after for its foliage, which turns reddish, bronzy-orange or purplish in the fall.  The shrub grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet with a similar spread.  This shrub is a great choice for creating four-season interest in your landscape because its branches sport an attractively peeling bark in winter.  It will tolerate a bit of shade, but for optimal coloration, grow it in full sun.


Remember “No winter lasts forever,  no spring skips its turn.”