How a Beetle Infestation is Changing Pennsylvania’s Landscape
Ash trees are disappearing from Pennsylvania’s landscape and it turns out a beetle infestation is to blame. While some may argue that they lack the aesthetic value of a maple or hemlock tree, ash trees are highly valued for their timber. The wood is strong and of moderate weight, an ideal material for tools and sports equipment. The loss of these trees not only impacts the economy but it brings up a major ecological concern for the surrounding area, specifically along streams and in residential areas.
Healthy trees can grow up to 80 feet and live for more than 100 years, however, the emerald ash borer threatens to wipe out their existence. Today, as many as 100 million ash trees have been destroyed by these tiny metallic green insects and that number is expected to grow in the coming years. Fortunately, researchers have discovered a genetic-based resistance that could help save the trees in the future. For now, treatment is administered as an injection every 2 years to preserve the landscape and save Pennsylvania’s native ash trees.
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Why an Automatic Sprinkler System is Better for Your Lawn and Garden
Put down the garden hose. A professionally designed and installed irrigation system is a game-changer when it comes to keeping your landscape lush and vibrant all season long. If you want to avoid the hassle of maintaining a proper watering schedule, an automatic underground sprinkler system will do all the work for you. It is truly one of the best investments you can make for your home or commercial property, providing the most convenient, efficient, and cost-effective way to sustain a healthy lawn. A sprinkler system is the insurance policy for your landscape.
Pennsylvania summers tend to be long, hot, and humid. Fortunately, one of the biggest advantages of having an irrigation system installed is that property owners can easily keep their lawns and gardens hydrated without having to be in the heat or check the weather. Instead, with very little effort, you can take pride in a beautiful yard free from the hassles of watering it on your own.
Separate your property into regions or zones. Typical zones might be an entrance path, island garden bed, or backyard patio. Focus on just one zone and aim to illuminate it with all the goals in mind. Don’t start the second zone till you finish the first. You’ll find that your lighting design goals will be accomplished with each zone you design and install.
The biggest mistake the average homeowner makes when buying a home or owning a home is that they don’t look up! Every once in a while when you are out working in your yard, whether it’s cutting your grass or pulling weeds, look up at your trees. A lot of people don’t realize that trees and landscaping add value to your property and help cool down your home in the summer. Knowing what to look for when looking at your trees is important. You could avoid falling trees and branches that could damage your house or even a person.
Three reasons why pruning a tree in the winter is the best time to do so:
- The biological reason is the fact that in the winter trees go dormant. This means the growth cycle, development and physical activity are temporarily stopped. This helps the tree over the winter to conserve energy for the spring. The tree slows down the uptake of sugar to the leaves to produce photosynthesis. Pruning a tree in growing season tends to make the tree bleed sap from the fresh cut. When you prune in the winter the tree heals faster because all the energy can go towards the healing process and not to the process of photosynthesis and other activities going on in the tree during growing season.
- There are physical reasons why to prune in the winter as well. When you prune a tree in the growing months, it’s like having an open wound. You are making an entrance for insects, bacterial and fungal problems. In the winter there isn’t as much insect, bacteria or fungus problems that time of the year. Freshly cut trees also emit an odor that attract bugs and insects that can cause diseases like “oak wilt” which often times can kill the tree. There is also a better chance of not spreading diseases like stem canker or fire blight by pruning in the winter.
The crown of a tree has much vulnerability to weakness. Their strength is put to the test during storms with whipping winds, and the weight of ice and snow or those combined. It is important to take preventative measures by pruning your tree correctly before the winter hits considering that more catastrophic breakage can occur during the season.
There are many diseases that trees are susceptible to. Disease-causing fungus, however, is the most incurable. Given the appropriate circumstances and environmental conditions fungi can enter the tree and cause disease. Bearing in mind that because of the devastation that fungus and disease can cause, it is important to keep your tree in ideal health. Proper prunings, deadwood removal, regular fertilizing and watering are the best ways to defend against such calamity. The most common types of disease they cause may be broken down into following four categories:
Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. Yet, despite more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful effects, topping remains a common practice. This article explains why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and offers better alternatives.