Category Archives: Landscaping

Japanese Beetles and Scale are Back!

Just about this time last year, we were starting to see a number of trees and shrubs with Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles seem to appear overnight and can defoliate a shrub within hours and a tree within days.

Easy to distinguish by their opalescent head and copper-colored body, they emerge in early June from their larvae stage and immediately seek out food. Once they start to dine on the leaves of their host, the damaged leaves emit an odor that attracts even more beetles. Japanese beetles prey on a variety of trees and shrubs, but favorites are linden, crabapple, apple, Norway maple, pin oaks, birch, fruit trees and rose bushes.

Response time to treat your trees and shrubs should be immediate. If you see signs of Japanese beetles in your landscape, contact your local Arbor Masters to treat your trees and shrubs … Read More »

Conquering Weeds and Grubs in your Landscape

Winning the Weed War

The battle to control weeds, grubs and fungus can what seem never ending. During summer months, grubs can be especially harmful to your lawn. Grubs can destroy lawns by feeding on the roots of grasses, causing the grass to brown and die. Unfortunately, by the time the homeowner discovers they have a grub problem the damage to their lawn is already done. Grubs do not discriminate against grass varieties however, they are sun seekers and rarely attack shady lawns.

So how do you treat for grub worms? The best defense against grub worms is an effective insecticide. It is best to apply in July or August when grubs are feeding.

The never ending battle continues with weeds A cool wet spring can make your landscape optimal for invasive weeds. Weeds such as nutsedge and crabgrass can rapidly germinate and spread throughout … Read More »

Spring is Planting Time

Plant a Tree This Spring!

When is the best time to plant a tree all depends on the type of tree. Many trees do best in spring such as Birch, Magnolia, Poplars, fruit trees and dogwoods. Other trees do best in the fall such as crabapples, hackberry, hawthorn, elm, linden, maple, sycamore, pines, and spruces. Planting in spring or fall allows the root system to establish before summer heat or winter cold sets in. Preparation is key When Planting your New Tree Before you plant your new tree or shrub, there are a few rules you must follow in order to give your new landscape additions every opportunity to thrive in their new environment: Select the right tree or shrub for your landscape. The Best Trees for Kansas City offers a wide variety of trees for the Midwest. Do not fertilize new plantings; start out with a … Read More »

Emerald Ash Borer; the War Continues

Meet The Emerald Ash Borer

It has been fourteen years since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the U.S. To date, it has killed over twenty-five million ash trees in twenty-one states and caused millions of dollars in tree loss. Known for its iridescent green body, the Emerald Ash Borer only preys on ash trees.

How do I tell if my Ash Tree is Infected?

The signs of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation are fairly easy to recognize. The distinct signs of an infected tree are:

“D” shaped exit holes Canopy die-back Volunteer growth at the base of the infected ash tree “S” trails left by the Emerald Ash Borer located underneath the bark

Unfortunately by the time these signs are noticed, the Emerald Ash Borer has already caused extensive damage and the health of the tree has been compromised.

How do I Protect my Ash Trees?

There … Read More »

Protecting your Shrubs and Trees from Winter Burn

Protecting your Shrubs and Trees from Winter Burn Laura Peterson, Certified Arborist

I cannot begin to guess what this winter is going to bring; 2 feet of snow covering the ground until March, below zero with high winds and no snow until January or mild 40 degree days with sporadic snowfall and 2 inches of ice covering everything in March. Whatever conditions occur this winter it is bound to be dry for the evergreens. Soil moisture is a factor, but the almost constant winds from November through February are extremely drying and damaging to evergreens.

Drying Winter Harms Trees

Native evergreen trees and shrubs are well adapted to our winters, but the majority of plants in landscapes are not native and don’t have the resources to combat the drying winds.

Plants lose moisture through pores in the leaves. If there is not sufficient soil moisture, … Read More »