Tag Archive | trees

Watering Necessary Despite Wet Spring

When you see the results of May’s rain storms still being felt along the shores of Lake Ontario, it’s hard to believe that you’ll have to water your lawn and landscape plants this summer. However, you should be prepared to do so, especially if you have new plants. Rain water soaks deeply into the soil. […]

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 […]

Spring Flowering Woody Plants

An early lesson in gardening is that we shouldn’t prune spring flowering trees or shrubs until after they’ve bloomed. The reason is simple. These shrubs bloom on last year’s wood, which means that the flower buds formed last year. If you prune them before they flower, you can easily prune off these buds and you […]

The Winds Are Gone… Now What?

The recent wind beat up many of the trees in our region. Some handled it better than others. If your trees survived, you’re lucky. But that doesn’t mean your trees are invincible. It means that you shouldn’t press your luck. This wasn’t the first storm and it won’t be the last. In fact if you […]

EAB Exposure Risk Increases In Summer

As the summer tourism season gets into full swing, don’t be an unwitting spreader of the “Green Menace” known as the emerald ash borer (EAB). This pest is now in 21 states and two Canadian provinces. This means you have an excellent chance of encountering EAB, especially if you’re camping or doing something near forests […]

Why Are Some Plants Winter Hardy And Others Not?

Ever wonder why some plants are hardy enough to grow in our climate and others aren’t? The biology would take much more space than I have and require many more words than you want to read. So, I’ll give you the simplified version. Hardy plants have evolved methods for acclimating to the pending cold weather. […]

Plant Trees; It’s Good For Your Health

For years, the medical profession has known that trees contribute to health and well being. Research conducted in the 1970s by Dr. Roger S. Ulrich found that surgical patients recovered significantly sooner when they could look out at trees than when they could see no trees outside their windows. Dr. Ulrich’s research was, arguably, the […]