Category Archives: Question of the Week

Does Mulching Matter?

Yes! Mulch provides a number of benefits to both the plant and aesthetics of your landscape. Benefits to the plants range from keeping the roots protected from severe temperature extremes. Similar to a thermos- it helps to keep the roots cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In addition, mulch keeps moisture in ..Read More »

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

Dale R. from Ashland asked, “I hear that it is better to cut the lawn low before winter hits, is this a good idea?” Answer: A common misconception is that the lawn should be mowed shorter prior to the winter months.  Tall fescue is a “bunch-type” grass that thickens through a process called tillering.  This ..Read More »

Question of the Week

Perry K. from Yorktown asked, “When is the right time to turn off my irrigation system?”  Answer: Not yet! For those customers who have an irrigation system we suggest scheduling a visit to winterize your system toward the end of November. Thanksgiving is a good reminder. We tend to have some mild, dry weather into ..Read More »

Question of the Week

Q: Cindy C. from Short Pump asked, “Why are my leaves turning black?” A: Aphids, or plant lice, 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 ..Read More »

Question of the Week

Q: “Why do my compacta hollies have dead spots in them?” – Louis K., Charlottesville A: Well Louis, it’s 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 our area those conditions are hard to ..Read More »

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