Category Archives: Tree & Shrub Care

What is Root Rot?

Root rot is a condition found in both indoor and outdoor plants with poor drainage. As the name states, the  roots of the plant rot . Usually, this is a result of overwatering.  The excess water makes it very difficult for the roots to get the air that they need causing them to decay. To avoid root rot ..Read More »

Pruning Boxwoods

Boxwoods have been used in American landscapes since colonial times.  They are found in a lot of the older neighborhoods of Richmond, Charlottesville and Williamsburg and are being found in some of the newer ones. Boxwoods are beautiful shrubs which add texture and form to the landscape.  Often used as a hedge, they can form ..Read More »

The Benefits of Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs

Small trees and shrubs are fertilized to stimulate growth and maintain vigor. Most soils not disturbed by construction have plenty of nutrients to help with plant growth. The factors causing most tree and shrub problems are not nutritional but heavy clay soils, poor drainage and incorrect planting. Since most urban environments have been disturbed by ..Read More »

Deer Damage of Trees and Shrubs

Deer are one of nature’s creatures that roam through most of our neighborhoods.  They may or may not damage your trees and shrubs.  Some damage is not well seen, while others are very noticeable.  The best way to protect against deer damage is to protect your plants from the damage.  We will mention three ways ..Read More »

Why You Need Horticultural Oil for Your Trees and Shrubs

One of the pesky overwintering pests is the scale insect. It usually overwinters as an egg or in the adult form. The winter months are a good time to control this pest, when the plants are dormant. They can be found on many types of plants like “Manhattan” euonymus, cherry trees, burning bushes, and privet. ..Read More »

Snow on Your Trees and Shrubs

After a heavy snowfall, have you ever thought about removing heavy snow from the branches of your trees and shrubs? There are two thoughts about this question. We will discuss both of them here. One thought is to leave the snow on the branches. This allows the snow to act as a natural insulator for ..Read More »

Dormant Pruning of Deciduous Trees

A question people often ask us is, when do we prune our trees?  Pruning can be done almost any time of the year, but dormant pruning is typically done late fall till early spring.  It is best done when the leaves are off of deciduous plants and/or growth has slowed to a crawl. When deciding ..Read More »

A great time for planting

Fall is for planting. The cooler months provide an optimum time for adding plants to your landscape. There are several benefits to fall planting. With an increase in rainfall and cooler temperatures, less watering is needed. As shoot growth slows, plants require less water because the days are cooler and shorter, and the rate of ..Read More »

Powdery Mildew Disease of Dogwoods

Most of us enjoy the spring blooming of the white to pink flowers of dogwood trees. Sadly, many dogwoods are susceptible to a fungal disease called powdery mildew. It can cover the leaves and infect young buds, shoots and flowers, dwarfing developing leaves and blooms, and causing distortion and even death. Because it survives on ..Read More »

What Is That Grayish Green or Sometimes Yellowish Stuff on the Bark of My Trees?

The stuff that is often found on the bark of trees is lichens. They are unique and harmless, but some consider them to be unsightly. So what are lichens and what is the treatment for them. Lichens on trees are a symbiotic relationship between fungus and algae. The fungus grows on the tree bark and ..Read More »