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Holy Leaf!

Shot hole Fungus on Cherry Leaves If you have ventured out into your yard and noticed that your leaves look like someone has shot them with a BB gun, don't worry. The culprit is a fungus known as Wilsonomyces carpophilus, commonly known as Shot Hole Disease or Coryneum Blight. While it may seem that [...]

August 3rd, 2018|

WANTED: Dead or Alive

The Spotted Lanternfly The spotted lanternfly is native to Asia, but has recently been "spotted" in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia as well as New Jersey. Although New York has not shown any signs of infestation, this could be due to their low numbers sneaking past detection. Sadly, we know its just a matter of time. They [...]

July 17th, 2018|

Caterpillars Everywhere!

You may have noticed a massive influx of caterpillars this time of year. The cottony, spindly webs adorning your trees may look like they are cause by the same pest, but their inhabitants are very different. The webworm, bagworm and tent caterpillar all start their lives in similar thready nests. These webs act as protection [...]

July 9th, 2018|

Webworm!

By now, you have probably noticed the spindly, white, webbed nests of the fall webworm emerging. Not to be confused with the eastern tent caterpillar. The nests of the webworm tend to be much larger and messier than that of the tent caterpillar. Also, the webworm weave their nests nearer to the ends of the [...]

June 28th, 2018|

Oak Wilt

Oak wilt is a serious fungal disease that is taking over Long Island. Although it can affect all oak trees, the red oaks are much more susceptible to infection and will succumb much faster than the white oaks. The red oaks are defined by their leaves with pointed tips, where as the white oaks have [...]

June 19th, 2018|

Woolly What?

Woolly Wax!A common problem facing our Pines is the Pine Bark Adelgid. These colorful insects produce a woolly wax, damaging shoots and immature branches. Adelgids secrete a protective fiber, giving the appearance of white, strand-like filaments. A tree presenting with this "woolly wax" has often been described as appearing snow-covered or whitewashed. The adelgid prefer [...]

June 12th, 2018|

Verticillium Wilt

Verticillium wilt is a fungus that affects nearly 85% of the woody ornamentals in the U.S. Hundreds of species are susceptible to this soil-borne fungi. Verticillium can become a serious problem as the fungi will remain in the soil forever, often without the host ever showing symptoms. This fatal disease infects the plants directly through [...]

June 2nd, 2018|

Irritating Aphids?

  Protect your Crape Myrtles from Aphids! Every spring, overwintered aphid eggs begin to hatch. This new, all female generation will then give birth to live young. As more and more aphids are produced, the colony becomes more crowded. Originally, the young are born wingless. But as the need for resources increases, the aphids will [...]

May 25th, 2018|

Ticked Off!

It’s that time of year again! If you live on Long Island, you know that means the EXPLOSION of tick season. As these teeny vampires descend on your property, it is paramount to take the necessary precautions to protect your family, pets and property. “New York has the highest number of confirmed Lyme disease cases [...]

May 18th, 2018|

Invasion of the Gypsy Moths!

Every now and then, environmental conditions can converge into a “perfect storm” of pests. If you live on Long Island, you know these pests to be the dreaded Gypsy Moth caterpillars. These voracious little leaf munchers will wreak HAVOC on your foliage. During the late weeks of July and into August, adult gypsy moths will [...]

May 11th, 2018|