Tag Archive | PHC

New Disease Attacking Western New York Oak Trees

Last fall, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that an oak tree in the town of Canandaigua had been infected with oak wilt disease, and an update was published recently in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. The DEC has established a “Protective Zone” (quarantine) around the infected tree. This severely restricts the […]

Be On Guard For Ticks, Mosquitoes And Other Pests

Your landscape may be home to insects that don’t attack your plants but do attack you, your family and your guests. Mosquitoes and ticks come to mind because they’ve been in the news lately. Mosquitoes are carriers of numerous diseases, including malaria, West Nile virus and, most recently, the Zika virus. As they suck human […]

Emerald Ash Borer & Other Tree Wreckers

Over the past few years, I’ve written a lot about the emerald ash borer (EAB). Although it sometimes seems as though it’s the only insect devouring our trees, just the opposite is true. The EAB, though voracious, only attacks a single genus of tree – Fraxinus. There are plenty of other insects out there, as […]

Make PHC Decisions Now While Bugs Are Dormant

Do you have a Plant Health Care (PHC) program in place for 2016? If not, this would be a good time to make the move. Going into the new year with a PHC program in place lets us attack your plants’ enemies while they are asleep. Most insects are dormant now, so, if you sign […]

Prepare Your Trees For A Damaging Storm

We don’t know what kind of winter we have in store. Although the weather has been quite mild so far, we can’t be sure what 2016 will bring. Meteorologists don’t even agree on their long range forecasts. So, it behooves us to be prepared. It has been some time since the whole Rochester area has […]

Store Pesticides And Fertilizers Properly This Winter

Have you applied pesticides or fertilizer this season? If so, where is the leftover material stored? On the floor of your unheated garage or garden shed? Where are you going to store them for the winter? Same place? Bad idea! Pesticides and fertilizer should be stored, preferably in their original containers, in a cool, dark, […]

Why Plant Health Care Is So Important This Year

Imported, invasive pests are coming at us in droves. Last week, I wrote about the emerald ash borer, but this is only one invasive pest that came from abroad. Granted it’s getting most of the attention because it’s the most active invasive here. Last month, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County held a first detectors […]