Category Archives: Pests

Protecting Young Trees from Periodical Cicadas

The cicadas are coming!
Brood X, also called the “Great Eastern Brood,” will emerge in DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, and WV in 2021. Beginning as early as late April and continuing into June, adults will emerge at sunset from their underground locations where they spend most of their lives 1 to 8 feet below the surface as nymphs feeding on sap of tree roots. Continue reading

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Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators

Protect yourself from ticks without destroying beneficial insects. Spraying pesticides to control ticks is ineffective because ticks reside primarily within leaf litter where the sprays cannot reach them, or they are brought in by animal hosts. The pesticides, however, are nonselective and will kill pollinators and other beneficial insects they come in contact with. There are much more effective ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets and still enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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Protecting Yourself From Mosquitoes . . . Without Harming Pollinators

Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators
Mosquitos in Northern Virginia can make our gardens uncomfortable places. How can we eradicate these pests without damaging the environment? Continue reading

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Climate Change, Weather Extremes, and Oak Decline

What’s Happening to the Oak Trees?
Urban and suburban trees also deal with urban heat islands, competition with turfgrass, pollution, and construction. Combined with the mature age of many of our oaks and the extreme weather conditions, we are seeing the decline of our tree canopy. Continue reading

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