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Lawn weeds can also tell you many things about your soil and its nutritional needs.
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Emerald ash borer is a highly destructive pest that's decimating ash trees here in New Jersey. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is fighting EAB with a tiny parasitic wasp that they hope will help eradicate (or at least control) it. We're interested to see how it goes... What do you think about this approach?
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Did this winter storm damage your trees and shrubs?

Winter storms cause tremendous stress and severe damage to trees in the urban forest. Snapped or downed trees should be removed, but what about a tree that only suffers minor damage? How can a homeowner tell if a tree is safe enough to keep?

Assessing the damage

Minor damage – with only the smallest branches of the tree being injured – usually results in little or no permanent injury to the tree. All that is required is cleanup of the broken twigs and branches and perhaps a crown cleaning to restore a pleasing shape.

More severe damage – large broken branches, split crotches, removal of bark and splitting or splintering of the trunk – can be caused by strong winds and heavy ice storms and require more maintenance. When a tree is severely damaged, homeowners must ask: “Is this tree safe, and in good enough condition to keep?” A tree care professional should be consulted to answer this question.

“Most arborists will take the time and effort to save a tree only if the tree will still be healthy, attractive and of value to the property owner after repairs,” explains Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “A tree care expert may recommend removal of a tree that has brittle wood, or if the branch structure makes it vulnerable to damage from future storms. Trees that have been topped by storms, for example, can be prime candidates for removal,” says Andersen.

Other factors to consider when determining if a tree is worth saving:
-Species – Is this type of tree prone to pests and other problems?
-Age – Is the tree mature or over-mature?
-Vigor – What health condition was the tree in before the damage?
-Value it adds to the property – Does the tree still have value, even if partially damaged?
-Sentimental value – Is the tree a living monument?

If a tree is not worth saving, remove it as soon as possible. If it is not removed and the tree dies, it could become a hazard tree. Removal of hazard trees is dangerous to the tree care crew and requires special techniques, adding to the cost.

Treating the tree

If the homeowner decides to save the tree, the next question is: “Am I capable of repairing the damage myself, or should I seek professional help?” Major repair will undoubtedly require the use of a chain saw and climbing equipment. Unless one is experienced in the use of such equipment and comfortable working off the ground, it is best to have the work performed by a competent professional.

Inspect your trees for damage after a storm. If a tree has hazards, such as broken, hanging limbs or a split branch union (sometimes called a branch fork), you should have a reputable tree care company give an assessment. This is important because you could be held liable if the hazard branch or tree falls and damages property or causes personal injury.

Now that the snow is melting, we can assess whether any damage to your trees will be permanent or if they're likely to recover. Pruning out damaged limbs while the trees are still dormant can minimize pest and disease entry points this Spring, and minimize "suckering". Contact us to schedule a tree assessment.

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Get out this weekend to enjoy peak autumn colors.  Understand why and how leaves change colors in the Fall.

http://organicplantcarellc.com/2015/10/24/why-leaves-change-color-autumn/
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AT LAST....much needed rain is in the forecast! But, the stress caused by this prolonged drought period is triggering many trees to turn color and begin shedding their leaves early. Read why at:
http://tcia.org/blog/membership/early-fall-color-could-be-sign-tree-distress
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Ripening fruit on apple and other fruit trees has been protected from insect damage with an organic kaolin clay spray. By harvest time, the thin clay barrier will wash off with normal rainfall. Any residual clay is easily removed -- a small price to pay for delicious and safe, pesticide-free fruit!

To learn more, visit: 
http://organicplantcarellc.com/organic-fruit-tree-care/
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Wonder why it's called a Blue Moon?

July 31, 2015 will be a "blue moon", but don't be disappointed if it's not actually blue. In fact, if it is blue, it would be because of dust particles in the atmosphere from a volcanic eruption, which might not be good.

A Blue Moon only happens, at best, once a year when there are 2 full moons in one month. The second full moon that occurs in a single month, is referred to as a "blue moon".....probably because it happens.... "only once in a blue moon".

Full moons, in general, are also a good time to plant. So this weekend would be a good time to get out into your gardens and start your next crop of vegetables.

Whether blue or not, feel free to go out tonight and howl at the Blue Moon!

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Tired of Japanese Beetles partying at YOUR house?....

Organic Plant Care LLC can help minimize damage to your trees, plants and lawn using safe, organic treatments that target the adult foliar feeders, as well as the larval/grub root feeders. Targeting the specific life cycle stage with the right product is the key to controlling these irritating, annual pests.  

Call to learn more about safe treatment solutions at 908-309-6611.
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Our entire Organic Plant Care "family" is here to help your landscape thrive while reducing your exposure to harmful pesticides and chemicals. We wish you a fun, relaxing, and healthy summer whether at home enjoying your backyard, or wherever your summer travels take you.

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Taking preventative action, Organic Plant Care LLC protects Ash trees at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ from Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation. Unlike other products that are toxic to pollinators, aquatic & soil organisms, OPC uses an environmentally-acceptable product made from the seeds of Neem trees.

Systemic injection is the most effective method to target emerging foliar-feeding adult EAB beetles and younger larvae feeding under the bark on the cambium layer of the tree.

Read more at: http://organicplantcarellc.com/emerald-ash-borer/ or contact us at 908-309-6611 for a free inspection of your high-value ash trees. http://organicplantcarellc.com/contact-us/
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