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Tent Caterpillars Memorial Day Party

Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest - picture by Bart Fusco Once again we're seeing an outbreak of tent caterpillars in various areas of Long Island, including the east end. Their preferred hosts are cherry trees, but they will go after a variety of other trees, including crabapples, dogwoods and others You can see their [...]

May 21st, 2014|

Dormant Horticultural Oil Time

White Prunicola Scale on Cherry Tree The time for an initial dormant horticultural oil treatment this spring is almost upon us. This ttreatment is extremely effective in reducing populations of many tree damaging insects on Long Island, including spider mites, various scale insects (both hard and soft), adelgids, aphids, mealybugs and other insects. [...]

March 11th, 2014|

Snow Damage to Ornamentals

Iced Branches The east end is still in the grip of one of the heaviest snowfall winters in recent years. Built up snow and ice can damage your trees and ornamentals in a number of ways, primarily through "snow loading" where the accumulated snow weighs down branches and leaders and causes splitting and [...]

February 18th, 2014|

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|

Will We Have an Outbreak of Insects in 2013?

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Scientists are predicting a potential outbreak of tree damaging insects in the upcoming year(s) both in tracts of forests and in urban landscapes due to climate change and stress caused by weather events like super storm Sandy. Eastern white pines, spruces and fir trees have all been badly hurt by [...]

February 1st, 2013|