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Boxwood Blight Alert!

Boxwood Blight Symptoms State extension offices throughout the northeast are alerting arborists and landscapers to be aware of the incursion of a serious new disease of boxwoods known as "boxwood blight."  The disease has been reported since 2011 in North Carolina and Connecticut and more recently in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode [...]

September 25th, 2013|

Fall Webworms Spotted

Fall Webworm Our pest management technicians are starting to see fall webworms appearing in a variety of different host trees and ornamental shrubs, including cherries, crabapples, birches and walnuts. Their nests (or "webs") are usually constructed at the ends of branches, unlike the eastern tent caterpillar (seen in springtime) which builds its' nests [...]

August 28th, 2013|

Mosquito Outbreak!

The only good mosquito is a dead mosquito! New York, and particularly Long Island, is experiencing an outbreak of mosquitoes and especially the Asian tiger mosquito, which has migrated in large numbers into our area in the last few years. This pest is distinguished by black and white stripes and is known to [...]

August 21st, 2013|

Bagworms on Your Arborvitae?

Bagworm on Arborvitae At Fox we're seeing a mini-outbreak of bagworms on arborvitae, spruces and even on some Japanese maples. Ugly brown spindle-shaped bags can be seen on the tips of foliage and twigs where the bagworm moth has laid eggs which have hatched, penetrated the foliar tissue and are now formed into [...]

August 8th, 2013|

Storm Surge Causing Delayed Tree Defoliation on Long Island!

Storm Surge At Fox Tree we are seeing a serious and disturbing problem at properties that had salt water incursion from Super Storm Sandy. Trees that appeared healthy in early spring, with well-formed buds and no apparent storm damage, have opened their buds and pushed out new foliage. Within days, the leaves are [...]

May 21st, 2013|

Attack of the Bloodsucking Fiends!

Tick waiting for host The east end and , indeed, all of Long Island is currently experiencing a major outbreak of ticks, especially lone star ticks. Black-legged deer ticks have long been a problem and are known carriers of Lyme Disease. Lone Star ticks are also vectors of diseases such as Rocky Mountain [...]

May 8th, 2013|

Time to Fertilize Your Trees!

A Tree's Rhizosphere and Canopy Winter storms, salt damage, poor soil, stress, slow growth, poor planting - there are dozens of reasons why we recommend a spring fertilization for your trees and woody ornamentals this year! We like spring feedings because they come at a natural point in the life-cycle of trees when [...]

March 27th, 2013|

Monitoring: What You Don’t See Is What’s Gonna Get You!

Monitoring for insects and disease is an integral part of creating an effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for your trees. However, it is equally if not more important to check your landscape for a number of cultural problems that will cause woody ornamentals to decline. These include soil problems (poor soil, compaction, contamination, etc.), [...]

March 20th, 2013|

Timing is Everything: Why We Monitor for Insects & Disease

At Fox Tree Service our guys are trained to inspect properties thoroughly before beginning any applications and our arborists go to customers' properties throughout the season to check trees and woody ornamentals for signs of insects and fungal plant diseases. A customer recently e-mailed us to ask us why? "I'm signed up for a regular [...]

March 13th, 2013|

Why We Like Dormant Oil Treatments

Dormant Tree Dormant horticultural oil applications to trees and woody ornamentals can be very useful to help control insect and disease problems. The treatment can be done once or twice a year during the dormant seasons in early spring and late fall. We try to do our first spring treatment in March, when [...]

March 6th, 2013|