Tree & Shrub Care

Date: November 30, 2016
Snow Covered Bush
There are many risks to trees and shrubs throughout winter. Some of the most common causes of damage include winter salt, desiccation, wildlife feeding, snow, low temperatures, and frost heaving. Here is some helpful information about those risks and how you can protect your trees and shrubs in the winter. Salt Damage Healthy plants have a careful balance of salts in the liquid portion of their cells. Anything that alters that balance has the potential to injure or kill the plant. The…
Date: November 28, 2016
Winter Moths
I remember the first time I saw them. As my wife and I pulled away from my brother’s house along the South Shore of Massachusetts, the headlights of my car peered into the woods. It appeared as though it was snowing, even though it clearly wasn’t. Small, white insects in incredible numbers were swarming through the underbrush. This is a crazy time of year to be seeing moths flying about. After all, the season’s over, the crickets died with the first frost, there are no more mosquitoes or…
Date: December 8, 2015
Official winter doesn’t start until December 21st but an oddity of nature not in synch with spring being their opening stanza is right now in the late fall very active.Most insects follow a regular pattern of development that has the reproductive phase early in the year. Not so the Winter Moth.  For the past dozen odd years we in southeastern Massachusetts have been treated to a Thanksgiving spectacle of millions of tiny drab gray moths fluttering about in the early darkness of…
Date: July 1, 2015
Aphid Insect
As warmer temperatures move in, insect populations and activity spike.  Several of these insects look to some of our most common and popular trees and shrubs as a food source, and in some cases a place to inhabit and multiply.  The potential damage can be anywhere from loss of aesthetic value, to complete infestation, and even plant mortality.  There are several different insects that can be considered pests in the Northeast.  We will look at some of the more common insects we frequently…
Date: April 7, 2015
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With summer right around the corner, there is no better season than spring to take action on the problems that a healthy looking yard may be facing. Our professional staff at Lawn Dawg has compiled a list of the top ten tips to better protect your trees and shrubs this year. Don’t let the brutal winter fool you; we can expect just as many insects and diseases to challenge our landscape this year as any other. Keep your trees and shrubs healthy with these essential tips from our experts…
Date: May 29, 2014
Recently in the news there have been reports about a new study that was published in the Bulletin of Insectology on the role of insecticides in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees. The study itself can be found here if you’re so inclined to read it: Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder.A Google search of news stories related to the release of this study included headlines such as:Honeybee colony…
Date: November 26, 2013
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Buy a Fresh-Cut Tree from a Local Tree Farm A fresh-cut tree will look better and last longer than one that is shipped in from a far-off tree farm, plus you’ll be helping the local economy by supporting farmers in your area! There are plenty of Christmas tree farms around and here are some websites to locate one near you: Maine: http://www.mainechristmastree.com/ New Hampshire: http://www.nhchristmastrees.com/ Massachusetts: http://www.christmas-trees.org/ Connecticut http://www.…
Date: June 6, 2011
Leaves turning white
You’re ornamental tree is most likely suffering from a disease called powdery mildew, which can also occur in your lawn. Powdery mildew is characterized by individual colonies of fine, white mycelium on the leaves which eventually grow together and cover the entire leaf. This results in the grayish-white, powdery appearance seen on the leaves. The damage that powdery mildew causes is rarely permanent, but comes in the form of distortion or stunted leaf growth. Eventually the leaves that are…
Date: April 26, 2011
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This week we wanted to share some important tree care tips for the spring. This article came from the website GreenIndustryPros.com and it discusses important ornamental tree guidelines.“Mark Chisholm, an international tree climbing champion and certified arborist, teams up with Stihl to offer some advice on how to spruce up your trees for spring.Disease watch. Each year, new threats to landscaping are born and old threats get beaten down or dwindle off. Be sure to check…
Date: January 7, 2011
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This week we decided to share with you an excerpt from article written by Dr. Sharon Douglas on Weather-Associated Problems of Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Dr. Douglas works in the Departments of Plant Pathology and Ecology at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. This excerpt provides a solid understanding of what your trees and shrubs experience during the winter months, symptoms they may show from winter injury, and a few methods to help ensure their health.“Winter injury is…