Category Archives: Question of the Week

What can I put on this moss to get rid of it?

Question: What can I put on this moss to get rid of it? Answer: A rake! We have been getting a lot of calls about moss this year, with customers wanting to know why they have it and if there is a product that can be applied to get rid of it. Hopefully the information ..Read More »

Why are there so many acorns?

George F., from Ashland asked, “Why are there so many acorns?” We have been bombarded by acorns over the last week. Not just a few, but hundreds and hundreds of nuts. The weather was perfect for oaks were in bloom in 2016. As such, we’ve had an unusually high set for acorns in 2016. The ..Read More »

What Are Armor Scales?

David M. from Charlottesville asked, “My neighbor said my trees are infested with armor scales. Can you tell me what that is?” Armor scales are one of the many pests that damage our landscapes. They don’t get much notice themselves because they don’t look like normal insects. Most are flat or may look like a ..Read More »


Lawn Care Payment Options Jane M from Manakin-Sabot called Virginia Green recently and stated “I am new to Virginia Green; how do I pay my bill?” That is a terrific question and I thought I would take a moment to discuss our many varied payment options. Prepay In Advanced for a 10% Discount Firstly, at ..Read More »

Question of the Week – Lawn Insects in the Winter

Freddie F. from Yorktown asked, “Is it too early to expect insects would be on my trees and shrubs?” Why Winter Is a Great Time to Find Lawn Insects Most people don’t worry about lawn insects in the winter. Now is a good time of year to scout your trees and shrubs for insects because ..Read More »

Question of the Week

Should I cut my lawn low before winter? No. Taller mowing heights enables more tillering, resulting in thicker turf.  Also, shoot growth is proportional to root growth.  The taller the leaf material, the deeper the root. Therefore, you should always mow the lawn at 3.5-4” to allow for a thicker stand of grass and encourage deeper ..Read More »

When is the right time to turn off my irrigation system in Virginia?

When is the right time to turn off my irrigation system in Virginia? Yards with an irrigation system should winterize their system toward the end of November. Thanksgiving is a good reminder. Virginia tends to have some mild, dry weather into November, and newly seeded lawns will continue to need irrigation.

Why Are My Leaves Turning Black?

Why are my leaves turning black? Leaves turn black due to aphids, or plant lice, which are small, soft-bodied insects. There are hundreds of different species of aphids, some of which attack only one host plant while others attack numerous hosts. Most aphids are about 1/10 inch long (2.54 mm), and though green and black ..Read More »

Why Do Compacta Hollies Have Dead Spots In Them?

Why do my compacta hollies have dead spots in them? Dead spots on compacta hollies are called Black Root Rot. Black Root Rot manifests as softball to basketball shaped dead or dying areas in the plant. Most compacta hollies like cool, moist, well-draining soils. In the Virginia area those conditions are hard to duplicate and ..Read More »

Question of the Week

Q: “Why am I seeing these little pine cones hanging from my arborvitae?” Cindy, Williamsburg A: Well Cindy, those aren’t pine cones. They are bagworms. The bagworm, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis, is an interesting pest of ornamental shrubs and trees. The spindle-shaped bag that the larva carries around as it feeds characterizes this insect. The larva constructs ..Read More »