Beech Leaf Disease

Beech Leaf Disease

Written by Jamey Schwartz – Plant Health Care Manager There is a new disease to the North East that is causing mortality to beech trees. Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) originated in Ohio near Lake Erie in 2012 and has now spread to most counties in Pennsylvania. The disease is spread by root graft, rain splash, […]

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expanded for 2021: What Does That Mean? What’s Next?

spotted lanternfly quarantine

Franklin County is being added to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone in 2021 as the invasive insect continues to spread across Pennsylvania. We asked Jamey Schwartz, CVTS-L’s plant health care manager, what this means for businesses and residents who are finding themselves in the quarantine zone for the first time. He also gave us an […]

Using a Growth Regulator for Attractive, Healthy and Manageable Trees

growth regulator

When you planted the tree – as a sapling – all those years ago, the yard was still mostly a blank canvas. In fact, when the tree was initially placed in the ground, it needed to be staked, and it somehow it made the yard look even more barren. Over the years, though, it grew […]

Winter is Coming: Winterizing Your Trees, Plants and Landscapes in Fall

Spring gets a lot of attention when it comes to tree care, landscaping and the health of our plants, but there are also critical steps that should be taken during the fall and winter months when “winterizing” your property. These actions will ensure the strength and integrity of your trees against winter’s wind, snow and […]

New Homeowner Guide Part 3: New Home, Inherited Responsibilities

old rustic shed

Inherited or otherwise acquired properties with existing landscaping can be a mixed blessing. In the best-case scenario, the property may have previously been well-maintained. In the worst-case scenario, it may have been neglected. Either way, you are now responsible for maintaining (or salvaging) an existing landscaping project. And, for the sake of this example (acknowledging […]

New Homeowner Guide Part 2: Custom Home, Legacy Trees

custom cabin with large trees

You found the perfect lot of land to build your dream home. You didn’t choose it in spite of the trees that were there, but because of them. You recognize that these trees have value – value that can’t be replaced by new trees; value that needs to be protected and maintained. If the existing […]

New Homeowner Guide Part 1: New Home, New Opportunity

home with mulch in front

The home buying process can be an overwhelming experience. Decisions made today can have ramifications for years, decades and possibly even generations down the road. At the same time, you’ve likely spent the months leading up to move-in day thinking about all of the changes you are going to make to your newly acquired property. […]

Winter Plant Health Care Guide: Seasonal Needle Drop

brown evergreen tree

Every year we get an increase of calls from concerned property owners who are alarmed to see that their recently planted evergreen trees are changing color and dropping a substantial number of needles. This is a very common situation that we encounter in both our Landscaping, Plant Health Care and Tree Care divisions. Fortunately, the prognosis is […]