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.

Yellow Nutsedge

A troublesome weed has increased in our turf areas in recent years, yellow nutsedge. This plant is characterized by erect, triangular stems yellow-green in color.  It has a preference for wet or moist lawn areas.  New growth is very fast, much faster than turf.  Below ground portions are rhizomes and nutlets.  At this time there are only a few products available for controlling this pesky weed.  When actively growing it can be spot treated.  This is our approach.

A Berry Nice Plant
Our plant recommendation for this Fall is Ilex verticillata or winterberry holly.  Despite its name, winterberry is a plant for all seasons.  Bright red berries are especially outstanding in winter lasting through February.  Fall color is yellow.  This is an ideal plant for naturalizing and likes moist soil conditions but is adaptable.  A male plant is necessary for pollination and fruiting.  Birds love the berries!  Groupings against an evergreen background are spectacular.

Pumpkins, apple cider, Indian corn, colorful leaves.  Just a few pleasures of the autumn season.  Enjoy!  Wishing you and your families good health and happiness.

Jeff Hazlett and Staff